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George Hopkins

By Joy Warren

During the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, George Hopkins was recognized as the 2018 “Employee of the Year.” Hopkins works in the Public Services Department. Town Manager Eddie Madden said “George undertakes the jobs he may be assigned with a smile each day. During Hurricane Florence, he stayed at the Town Hall, ready to assist with any task. He is a shining example for all of us.”

During the Noon Work Session, Bryon Scott, CPA, presented the financial audit for FY 2017-18. Council approved the audit as presented.

A Customer Service Policy Amendment for water connections outside Town limits was presented and approved by Council. The process includes a requirement for the signing of a voluntary annexation agreement and petition by the applicant and Town Council approval of the application. After a Public Hearing is held, Council will adopt the Annexation Ordinance which will be recorded at the Bladen County Register of Deeds. The adopted ordinance would then become effective immediately. No water and/or sewer services will be provided to the applicant until the annexation process is complete.

In administrative matters, Council declared surplus property for Public Services backhoe; adopted the Local Water Supply Plan; re-appointed Wayne Edge to the Firemen’s Relief Fund; certified the roster for the fire department; and approved the monthly financial report and budget amendment as presented.

The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Public Meeting on Dec. 12 at the Farmer’s Market from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. regarding a disposition study on the 3 Locks and Dams on the Cape Fear River.

Town offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 and the New Year’s holiday on Jan. 1.

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