GIBSON — The Gibson Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday to consider repairs to a portion of the Gibson Town Depot building.
Officials say part of the roof is caving in and the depot is missing panels on the sides.
“The Town Depot needs to be patched at the rear end, it’s rotten and falling down,” board member Pete Wilkins said. “This building was built back in the 1930’s and what are we going to do, let it fall apart?”
It is not yet clear how much the repairs will cost. Town officials said they will consider estimates during next year’s budget workshops.
“We’re going to have to put in next year’s budget,” Mayor Ronnie Hudson said. “You’re talking about thousands of dollars.”
The Town Depot is where the board meetings are held as well other town events.
The board also heard a report on something that was once called Sociable Art that is now referred to as Ladies Night. It will be held monthly at the depot for women to paint and enjoy free refreshments for $35 a person.
“We had people from Laurinburg, Laurel Hill and Gibson here and we had about 15 women,” said Town Clerk Angela Hunsucker. “Everybody really enjoyed it and we’re going to have another one Dec. 17.”
Hunsucker expects about 30 women to attend the next Ladies Night painting event.
Also Thursday, board announced that the Christmas Tree Lighting is Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free refreshments will be offered during the tree lighting.
It was also announced that the Town Christmas Party for employees and officials will be held at Beefeaters on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
Mayor Ronnie Hudson also read thank-you letters sent from residents of the town regarding the Appreciation Day held in honor of the residents.
“Citizens Appreciation Day went over great, everybody had a great time … we didn’t have anybody complaining,” Hudson said.
The board also noted the appreciation expressed for 122 flags placed on graves during Veterans Day this week.
“Several people called about the flags put out for Veterans Day,” Wilkins said. “They said they were very impressed by them.”
The flags were taken down after Veterans Day, but they will go back out for Memorial and Veterans Day next year.
“I appreciate the Citizens Appreciation Day and the flags being put on the graves,” said Cecilia Pearson, Gibson resident. “The painting party was a success, we really enjoyed it and it’s really great for the community.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.