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Public Hears Updates on Elizabethtown Cemetery Options

By Joy Warren

During the noon work session of the Elizabethtown Town Council on Monday, Sara Burroughs from Sage Design presented a site plan for the proposed cemetery site that the town is considering.

At Monday night’s meeting, Town Manager Eddie Madden (pictured, above) gave an overview of that presentation to the citizens in attendance. The property, which is currently under contract for possible purchase, is located near the intersection of N.C. 87 Bypass and Martin Luther King Jr Drive. The Town has submitted a request for funding from the State for the purchase of the property.

The Town also has a claim filed with FEMA for the damaged Cemetery property on Queen Street. FEMA has indicated it prefers that the cemetery stay in place and the site be fortified on the hillside, giving families the option of keeping grave sites at the current location or relocating. Madden indicated this would be a multi-million dollar, multi-year project.

The State has indicated it would prefer to relocate the cemetery, which would include sites for the relocated graves in addition to a Columbarium, Scatter Garden and additional burial sites.

Finalized plans from the Town are due to FEMA by August 15.

Assistant Town Manager Pat DeVane updated Council on several on-going projects. Tory Hole Park has been cleaned up and is opened and functioning. The boat launch is still not open due to debris in the parking lot. The Streetscape project is on schedule. Both State Farm and the new eye doctor’s office have working underground power. The Fire and Rescue project is ready to order the metal buildings and the foundation work will, hopefully, start next week.

Fire Chief Nick West

Fire Chief Nick West presented amendments to the Town’s Code of Ordinances in order to bring the Codes (Chapter 94: Fire Prevention and Chapter 150: Building Inspections) into compliance with state regulations. After a public hearing, Council approved the amendments as presented.

In other business, Council approved a resolution of support for the Regional Council of Governments for services provided; approved supplemental lease amendment with Army Corps of Engineers; approved contract for annual inspection of water tanks; reappointed Wayne Edge to Elizabethtown ABC Commission; approved Facade Grants to Matthew Dixon Law Office and Hester’s Feed and Garden Center; approved Utility Write-Offs ($3,681.71); approved CenturyLink Special Construction proposal; and approved the monthly financial report.

Town offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4. The collection schedule for garbage and recycling will not change during the holiday week.

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