By Joy Warren
Four employees with a combined 128 years of service to the Town of White Lake were recognized at the Tuesday evening White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting. Tim Frush (32 years), Public Works Director; Brenda Clark (24 years), Town Clerk; Bill Stafford (28 years), Sewer/Waste Director; and Ricky Smith (44 years), Police Officer, all retired in the last few months. A reception was held in their honor prior to the meeting where Mayor Goldston Womble praised them for their professionalism and loyalty to the Town.
In administrative matters, the Board approved Utility releases ($951.42), Tax releases ($196.83) and a professional services contract for engineering for grant application for the multi-use path.
Sean Martin, Town Administrator, presented information for approval for a grant application to the Economic Development Administration for the Phase II and III of the Multi-Use Path. Total projected funding for the next phases of the Multi-Use Path is $927,000.
A Strategic Planning Proposal was approved Tuesday for moving forward with a Lake Management Plan. In partnership with the Lumber River Council of Government, the plan would begin the process of developing a Lake Water Management Plan. “This planning process will help the Town define goals related to the management of the Lake and an implementation plan for reaching long-term goals”, Martin said. Mr. Jim Perry with LRCOG stated “There needs to be a clear understanding by all involved parties of the state’s goals and objectives and how they mesh with the Town’s desires for the use of the lake.” The approved plan is posted on www.whitelakewatch.com.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th. An on-call employee will be available in case of water/sewer emergencies.