Maxton to upgrade CSX crossing

- By Jaymie Baxley - [email protected]

MAXTON — The Maxton Board of Commissioners this week approved a $10,000 mitigation package from the North Carolina Department of Transportation that will allow the town to “enhance the area” around the CSX railroad crossing on North Third Street, according to Town Manager Angela Pritchard.

The upgrades follow the commissioners’ decision to close the crossing in July.

The money will be used to extend a fence at the crossing, pave the street and make repairs to the administration building, according to Pritchard.

“They had to decide what they wanted to see over there,” she said. “It’s an ongoing process, so I can’t say exactly when that will begin.”

In other business, the board:

— Approved a policy that will require Maxton police officers to wear body cameras.

— Began its recently approved Employee Incentive Program by giving a gift card and certificate of recognition to Ricky Barton, who works in the town’s Public Works Department.

— Approved a conditional-use permit Parnell McQueen needs to open a church on Marada Road.

— Heard from Michael Mohamed, who said during public comment time that he and fellow residents will be “monitoring” the November election and “want to see something positive happen in the town.”

— Heard from resident Rodney Springer, who said that a candidate forum was being organized for the election.

— Heard from resident Nathaniel Malloy, who thanked the Maxton Police Department for its “quick response” in stopping a person who broke into his home.

— Held a public hearing for a Community Development BlockGrant.

By Jaymie Baxley

[email protected]

Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley.

Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley.

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