HAMLET – The town of Hamlet canceled its monthly meeting on Tuesday due to security concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
The cancellation notice was sent around 1:30 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. meeting. The advisory cited “COVID exposures” and a desire to “ensure the safety of staff and the public” as the reason for the city to cancel the meeting.
City manager Matthew Christian declined to comment on Tuesday evening whether any council members tested positive and, if so, who. City Clerk Gail Strickland did not respond to the same questions emailed immediately after the cancellation notice was sent.
The meeting has not yet been rescheduled and the city plans to appoint a new date after January 14. For up-to-date information on the new meeting date, call City Hall at 910-582-2651, follow the city’s Facebook or check their website: www.hamletnc.us.
City council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the 2-acre rezoning at the corner of Gin Mill Road and Freeman Mill Road and to discuss a budget amendment to allocate recent city funds at Tuesday’s meeting.
The budget amendment involves the allocation of $ 55,000 of the $ 240,234 the county returned to Hamlet for this fiscal year in the settlement on the issue of sales tax distribution method, and the allocation of 166,717 , $ 44 from US bailout funds.
Hamlet has significantly reduced its budget to cover the loss of the county’s sudden change to an ad valorem sales tax distribution method in April 2020. Money from the county’s settlement will go to the following:
• $ 2,000 for Old Fashioned Christmas and the Christmas Parade
• $ 1,000 for museum supplies that exceeded budgeted amount
• $ 4000 for police equipment that exceeded budgeted amount
• $ 2,000 for professional policing services that exceeded budgeted amount
• $ 400 for recreational football that exceeded budgeted amount
• $ 42,000 for non-departmental professional services that exceeded the budgeted amount
• $ 8,000 for contributions to other organizations, which was an addition to the budget
ARP funds will be used to:
• $ 27,100 for the Fica
• $ 38,800 for retirement
• $ 8,817.44 to the special reserve for projects for income from additional grants compared to their initial projection.
• $ 20,000 to update the town’s telephone system
• $ 12,000 to upgrade the mail server and integrate MS Office 365
• $ 40,000 for the improvement of the IT infrastructure
• $ 20,000 for a digital message board at Town Hall
The zoning change was postponed until the next regular city meeting at 7:00 p.m. on February 8, 2022. Theron and Marquitta Harrington have requested that 2 acres of their property at 382 Gin Mill Rd., Currently zoned Residential Agriculture 20 (RA- 20), be dezoned in heavy industry (I-2) to operate a business.
Theron Harrington plans to move his welding business to the location, which is a cleared lot under light industry (I-1) zoning, according to the minutes of the Dec. 20, 2021 meeting of the hamlet planning and zoning council. He told the board he had been in business for five years.
The board approved it by 4 votes to 1, with board member David Quick voting against.
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