Hamlet City Council cancels monthly meeting due to COVID-19 concerns

HAMLET — The City of Hamlet canceled their monthly meeting on Tuesday due to concerns over security due to COVID-19’s unfold.

Notice of the cancellation was despatched out at about 1:30 p.m. forward of the 7 p.m. meeting. The discover cited “COVID exposures” and a want to “preserve workers and the general public secure” as the town’s purpose for canceling the meeting.

City Manager Matthew Christian declined to remark Tuesday night on whether or not any council members had examined constructive and, in that case, whom. City Clerk Gail Strickland didn’t reply to the identical questions despatched by way of e-mail instantly after sending the Notice of Cancellation.

The meeting has not but been rescheduled, and the town expects to identify a brand new date after Jan. 14. For up-to-date details about the brand new meeting date, name City Hall at 910-582-2651, comply with the town’s Facebook or test their web site: www.hamletnc.us.

The City Council deliberate to maintain a public listening to on the rezoning of two acres on the nook of Gin Mill Road and Freeman Mill Road and to talk about a funds modification to allocate latest funds the town has come by at Tuesday’s meeting.

The funds modification includes allocating $55,000 of the $240,234 the county gave again to Hamlet for this fiscal yr within the settlement over the gross sales tax distribution methodology problem, and allocating $166,717.44 of American Rescue Plan funds.

Hamlet minimize their funds considerably to cowl the loss from the county’s sudden change to an advert valorem gross sales tax distribution methodology in April 2020. The county settlement cash will go to the next:

• $2,000 for Old Fashioned Christmas and the Christmas parade

• $1,000 for museum provides which exceeded the budgeted quantity

• $4,000 for police gear which exceeded the budgeted quantity

• $2,000 for police skilled companies which exceeded the budgeted quantity

• $400 for recreation soccer which exceeded the budgeted quantity

• $42,000 for non-departmental skilled companies which exceeded the budgeted quantity

• $8,000 for contributions to different companies which was an addition to the funds

The ARP funds will go in direction of the next:

• $27,100 for Fica

• $38,800 for retirement

• $8,817.44 to the particular mission reserve for added grant revenues over their unique projection

• $20,000 to replace the town telephone system

• $12,000 to improve the e-mail server and combine MS Office 365

• $40,000 for enhancements to the IT infrastructure

• $20,000 for a digital message signal at City Hall

The rezoning has been rescheduled to the town’s subsequent common meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2022. Theron and Marquitta Harrington requested that 2 acres of their property at 382 Gin Mill Rd., at present zoned Residential Agriculture 20 (RA-20), be rezoned to Heavy Industry (I-2) to function a enterprise.

Theron Harrington plans to transfer his welding enterprise to the placement, which is lot allowed underneath a Light Industry (I-1) zoning, in accordance to the minutes from the Dec. 20, 2021 meeting of the Hamlet Planning & Zoning Board. He advised the board he has been in enterprise for 5 years.

The board authorized this with a 4-1 vote, with board member David Quick voting towards it.

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Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2673 or [email protected]


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