During last week’s board meeting in Stanfield, Town Administrator Bridgette Helms presented the annual year-end report for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Helms reported that the town collected 115 percent of revenues in the General Fund and 135 percent of revenues in the Enterprise Fund. The debt on the sewer loan was completely paid off. The town also acquired nine new water customers and six new sewer customers.
In the area of public safety, Helms reported that the police department recently hired a fifth full time officer and is now fully staffed. The town also purchased a new Ford Interceptor for Chief Faggart. This past year, Stanfield police officers were involved in the Read with a Cop program at Stanfield Elementary School and partnered with other local police departments to participate in the Shop with a Cop program at Christmas.
The Stanfield Police Department offers several programs residents should be aware of, said Helms. Residents can notify the police department when they will be out of town and officers will provide residential security checks. The police department offers a Caring Neighbors Program in which an officer will check on elderly or disabled residents on a regular basis. The police department also offers an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Program which is designed to help police search for individuals with these conditions who may wander away. More information and registration forms for these programs can be found on the town website at Stanfieldnc.com.
In the area of maintenance, Helms reported that the town’s street lamps were recently retrofitted to LED lights which will be a significant cost savings for the town. Stanfield also recently started a curbside recycling program with grant funds. Since starting the program, 40 tons of recycling has been disposed of.
In the parks and recreation department, lights were added to the picnic shelters at the park. The backstop on field 2 was replaced. Helms reported that three leagues hold regular practices at the park and one league holds games.
The town also held the seventh annual fall festival in October and the second annual outdoor market in June.
In other matters:
- Police Chief Corie Faggart and Commissioner James Griffin presented Officer Brian Cornett with a pin recognizing his 25 years of law enforcement service. Officer Cornett has served all 25 years in the town of Stanfield.
- Chief Faggart requested adding “In God We Trust” to all Stanfield police cars. The board unanimously approved the request.
- Effective July 28, Sergeant Jimmy Snider was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
- The monthly police report for June is as follows: three disturbances, one breaking/entering, seven assist fire/EMS, eight suspicious persons/vehicles, 454 business/neighborhood checks, 173 investigation calls, 22 citations/charges, one arrest, seven business/residential alarms, one DWI, two motor vehicle collisions, two mutual aids, one damage to property and 204 total calls for service.
- The monthly police report for July is as follows: six disturbances, one assault, one larceny, four assist fire/EMS, five suspicious persons/vehicles, 720 business/neighborhood checks, 214 investigation calls, 18 citations/charges, four arrests, five business/residential alarms, two DWIs, one motor vehicle collision, three mutual aids, one damage to property, one domestic violence and 241 total calls for service.
- The financial report for July is as follows: General Fund $645,765.23, Powell Bill Fund $49,154.10, Enterprise Fund $169,432.37, General Fund CD $59,090.91, Enterprise Fund CD $104,747.33, N.C. Capital Management Fund General $2,023.47, N.C. Capital Management Fund Enterprise $2,624.98. Collected revenues in the General Fund are at four percent and total expenditures are at nine percent. Collected revenues in the Enterprise Fund are at 11 percent and total expenditures are at two percent.
- Town Administrator Bridgette Helms said street improvements have been completed around town including road patching and restriping.
- Commissioner Jerry Williams said a used truck has been purchased for the public works department at a cost of $7400.
- Commissioner Rick Williams presented a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board regarding forming a Land Use Plan Committee. The town will accept applications from those interested in serving on the committee.
- The annual fall festival will be held on October 28. Anyone interested in helping with the festival should contact town hall.