Oct 6 – RED SPRINGS – Commissioners here on Tuesday approved action to help the Red Springs Rescue Squad pay off the loan debt so they can continue to provide services in the city.
Red Springs Commissioners held a public hearing regarding a loan for a property located at 209 W. Fourth Ave. belonging to the Red Springs Rescue Squad. No member of the public spoke for or against during the public hearing.
Thus, the commissioners brought forward a motion to proceed with the process of paying a deposit of $ 15,000 to the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation in the loan agreement regarding the property. The remaining money will be determined by LREMC and paid out over an 8-year period, according to CEO David Ashburn.
“You have permission to finalize the documents,” Mayor Edward Henderson told Ashburn at the meeting.
Commissioners on Sept. 7 approved permission for Ashburn and city attorney Tim Smith to pursue the case related to a possible foreclosure of the rescue team building on West Fourth Avenue.
Robeson County Court documents show a foreclosure order was made on September 9 and signed by Karen Dickerson, the court’s deputy clerk.
The rescue team received seed funding to construct their building through an LREMC zero-interest loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Program in the amount of $ 265,000, according to a 2013 press release on the Carolina Country magazine website. The magazine is published by NC Electric Cooperatives, according to its website.
The team owed LREMC about $ 110,000, according to Ashburn.
The city has received the act to construct the building from the rescue team, but LREMC must close its old loan with the rescue team and issue the new loan with the city, Ashburn told the Robesonian after the meeting.
Ashburn said he and Smith worked hard and put in many extra hours to help the city secure the rescue team and their belongings.
In the remaining cases, the commissioners approved permission from the Red Springs Chamber of Commerce to go ahead with its plan to hold a Christmas parade in December. The event is allowed unless prohibited by a future executive order given by the governor regarding COVID-19 restrictions, according to the motion.
The commissioners also participated in a closed session to discuss staff and the possible formation of a fire advisory committee. No action has been taken on these issues. Commissioner Duron Burney was not present at Tuesday’s meeting and did not participate in the closed session.
In other areas, Commissioner Caroline Sumpter said communication is an important element in helping to manage and operate a city. She also said commissioners can’t fix issues if they don’t know about them.
“Sometimes a quick text or a phone call can solve a lot of problems,” Sumpter said.
Also during the meeting, Henderson spoke about the large amount of roadside garbage in town.
“It takes an individual effort that is not being done,” said the mayor.
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