Town accepts federal, state grants for airport project

By Kevin Spradlin

CHERAW, S.C. — Mayor Andy Ingram and Town Council members on Tuesday accepted grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission for funding to remove obstructions at Cheraw Municipal Airport.Airport

The cost of the project is $72,234. Ingram explained that the town’s share is only $3,612, matched by the state agency. The FAA’s share is $65,011, which is a 90 percent Aviation Improvement Project grant.

* Sold! House goes for $25

The sale of the home and property at 101 White Row, Cheraw, became official Tuesday when council members approved the result of the Aug. 6 public auction.

Corina Esaw placed the high bid for the single-story white home that is in something less than stellar condition.

* Council members approved the first reading of Ordinance 2015-03, a request to rezone a parcel of land. The 12,500-square-foot owned by Kirby Hughes is located at 706 Market St.

The owner, said Ingram, wants the property zoned General Commercial. It is now zoned Neighborhood Commercial.

1st reading 2015-03 – rezone certain parcels of land at 706 Market street. From neighborhood/commercial to general commercial. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the change.

Councilman Reid McBride wanted to know what the difference was.

Town Administrator Mike Smith said the town completed its comprehensive plan in 1993 and detailed General Commercial designation into multiple, more detailed segments — neighborhood, office, etc. — that offered “a little bit steeper restrictions.”

The council accepted the first reading of two required readings of the ordinance.

* Council members awarded a contract to a Rocky Mount, N.C., company for the Cheraw Raw Water Line Intake and Pump Station project at Brasington Pond.

Central Builders was the lowest qualified bidder of five bids received. The bids included:
Central Buildings, Rocky Mount, $1,744,455
Frank Horne Construction, Fair Bluff, N.C., $1,772,350
State Utility Contractors, Monroe, N.C., $1,798,580
Hall Contracting Corp., Charlotte, N.C., $1,966,000
Dellinger Inc., Monroe, N.C., $1,973,253

Ingram said the city had agreed to budget $1.8 million for the project but that figure falls short by approximately $250,000. The difference, Ingram said, would have to come from the water/sewer fund balance account.

Smith said there is $4,455,894 in that account before the project. The project figure isn’t final, Smith hoped.

“We’re still looking to lower the contract price as we speak,” Smith said. “But if we do not, we have money available.”

* The town agreed Tuesday to spend up to $1,000 to paint the former Health Department building on Church Street. The facility is now used by Alcoholics Anonymous. The building has become unsightly and needed repairs, Smith said in a memo to council members.

AA has agreed to assist with the repairs by providing labor to repaint and replace any damaged fascia board, trim, etc. The town, meanwhile, will use its employees to make repairs to the roof of the building.

The money will come from the town’s Community Development general fund.

* Councilwoman Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon said planning for National Night Out, which is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Centennial Park, is moving forward. She said she and the police chief, who meet on Friday, might approach the council for “a couple hundred more dollars” to assist with staging the event.

Cheraw’s National Night Out event will include a number of activities for area children and their families including music, a smokehouse, and displays of public safety vehicles and equipment. This coordinated event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Before coming downtown to enjoy the festivities with neighbors and local law enforcement, Cheraw area residents are asked to lock their doors and turn on their outside lights until 10 pm to show their support of this event. Plan now to attend this fun and informative evening and show your support for a crime-free community.

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