White Lake Honors First Responders and Hurricane Florence Volunteersbladenonline 11/14/2018 0 COMMENTS
By Joy Warren
During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular session, the Mayor and Board recognized and honored the service to the Town and surrounding communities by all first responders and White Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. A resolution was approved and presented to Chief Dale Brennan on their behalf.
Mayor Goldston Womble said, “Our volunteers provided countless hours to assist the Town and surrounding areas during all types of situations, especially during emergency situations such as Hurricane Florence.”
Brennan shared pictures of some of the rescues the volunteers performed. He said they responded to 109 calls during the emergency.
Another volunteer was also recognized for her unselfish acts during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Cassandra Post gave of her time to organize meals at the Fire Department and also laundered clothing for many public service workers during the recovery operation. Womble expressed the Town’s appreciation and gratitude to Post for the many hours she gave.
In administrative matters, the Board approved meter reading adjustments ($931.89), utility releases ($1,034.24), and tax releases ($3,118.66); reclassified Driftwood Grill property from R1-Permanent Residential to B-Business as originally zoned; and awarded storm debris cleanup to Smith Brothers Contractors ($50 per ton).
Womble gave a brief lake water update. “The lake water clarity is the the best it has been in the last five years”, Womble said.
The depth of clarity has increased from 4 feet to approximately 8 feet and the pH level is holding steady at 6. In addition, testing on water flowing into the lake shows a low pH of 3-6. The Lake Clarity group, as well as the long-term solution groups, continue to meet and test the lake water. Womble said he hopes to have reports to present by the first of the year from the groups seeking solutions to the lake water issues.
An update was shared on the Multi-Use Path project. A pre-construction meeting will be schedule next week with the contractor, project engineer, Town staff, USDA and NCDOT. Work can begin after the meeting and concurrence on the documents.
The Town offices and facilities will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. There will be a public works on-call person available in case of water/sewer emergencies.Share: