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Elizabethtown, NC – In a solemn ceremony held during the December 4th Elizabethtown Council meeting, Mayor Sylvia Campbell and Town Councilmembers Howell Clark, Ricky Leinwand, and Rich Glenn were administered the Oath of Office by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ashley Core. The event marked a significant moment for the town as it welcomed its newly re-elected officials into their respective roles.

During the proceedings, Councilman Rufus Lloyd was re-appointed as Mayor Pro Tem, reaffirming his commitment to serving the community.

In her address, Mayor Campbell expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the current Council members, acknowledging the wealth of knowledge and expertise they bring to the town. Their dedication to Elizabethtown’s well-being was evident as they stood together to lead the community forward.

Terri Dennison, Director of Communication and Marketing for the Town of Elizabethtown, highlighted another key moment from the meeting. The Council extended its commendation to Public Works Director Steve Duffy and his dedicated staff for their swift response and efficient repair of a water main break on the east end of the town just last week. Their dedication to ensuring the town’s infrastructure remains in top condition was acknowledged and celebrated.

In addition to these significant events, the Council addressed several important matters during the meeting:

1. Approval of Audit Report: The Council approved the audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, as presented by R. Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co., P.A. Town Manager Dane Rideout conveyed that the audit report was exceptionally positive, with no major findings reported by the auditors. Once the audit receives approval from the Local Government Commission (LGC), it will be made available on the town’s website, ensuring transparency and accessibility to the community.

2. Rural Transformation Grant Hearing: The Council conducted the second required public hearing for a Rural Transformation Grant. This grant will support the acquisition of the Ace Wrecker property located at Highway 87 and Airport Road. According to Elizabethtown Planning Director Rusty Worley, this property will play a crucial role in addressing workforce housing needs, demonstrating the town’s commitment to community development and prosperity.

3. CDBG-NR House Projects Grant: Contracts were awarded under the Community Development Block Grant – Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG-NR) House Projects Grant. These contracts will facilitate the rehabilitation of one house and the reconstruction of another, contributing to the enhancement and revitalization of Elizabethtown’s neighborhoods.

4. Community Event Approval: The Council approved a request from Bo Barefoot with Barefoot Sandwich Shoppe to host an event on Friday, December 15, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Farmers Market. The event promises festive activities, including a visit from Santa Claus, a showing of the beloved “Polar Express” movie, and a warm serving of hot chocolate, creating a joyful atmosphere for the community to enjoy.

The next meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council is scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2024. As the town welcomes its newly sworn-in officials and continues to address critical matters, the spirit of community progress and unity remains at the forefront of Elizabethtown’s journey.

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