The following are the minutes from the Oakboro Town Council meeting held Thursday, May 10.
• Daniel Wilson, Executive Director with the North Carolina Rural Water Association presented Senior Utility Technician Nick Griffin with special recognition for being nationally recognized. Griffin received an award for his commitment and diligence in the state of North Carolina for his certifications and knowledge in the water industry and was recognized in the North Carolina Rural Water magazine.
• Alan McGuire brought forth some budget considerations for the Board to look at. He had two scenarios. The first being to utilize the upstairs of town hall for a police department expansion. He brought commissioners plans that included using an elevator at the backdoor which would eliminate tearing up the inside interiors. He said it would keep the character of the building intact and utilize the square footage that the building has. The second scenario was to help with the appearance of the power lines visible in the streets. He mentioned three different schemes that could help improve the streetscape and take the focus away from the power lines. He stated he knows there are DOT grants but does not know the availability.
• Commissioner Georgia Harvey gave a brief report on the financial condition of the town based on the year-to-date financials. She reminded the board of the budget work session May 19 at 11 am.
• Commissioner Ted Parker gave a street and cemetery update saying the maintenance department is going to fix the potholes. Parker said the cemetery looks great.
• Commissioner Chris Huneycutt called on Special Projects Manager Larry Branch for water and sewer updates. Branch said the McCoy Creek project is now complete. The I & I project plans have now been approved.
• Oakboro Town Administrator Ross Holshouser gave an update on the new chlorinator at the booster station on Alonzo Road. Installation has been complete and Holshouser said David Nichols and Nick Griffin are the ones to be credited for the work.