MAXTON — Maxton commissioners didn’t waste time this week approving the purchase of a sanitation truck, which the town has been without for more than two months.
The commissioners voted to buy a truck for $150,000 to replace one that was wrecked on Dec. 6. The truck will be financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a $34,000 check from the town’s insurance company, according to Mayor Emmett Morton.
“We were told we could finance it through the bank, the car company or through USDA,” said Morton. “With USDA, the pay-back time would be longer. We could pay it back in 10 to 15 years rather than paying it all back in five years.”
Morton said USDA could offer grant money to help pay for the truck. From Dec. 12 through the end of January, Pembroke sanitation has charged the town $6,000 to pick up its trash.
Angela Pitchford, interim town manager, said that the accident destroyed the truck was weather-related.
In other business, the board:
— Heard from Nick Sojka, the town’s attorney, who said the Public Schools of Robeson County agreed to end the lease on the old Townsend Middle School gym. The board decided to return it because it could not make necessary repairs.
— Heard from Amy Saul, a counselor with TT&T services, who said that counseling is available for children and families in Maxton at TT&T Services. She said transportation can be provided and the office sees patients with or without insurance.
— Unanimously agreed to encourage voters to approve the sale of $2 billion of bonds during a referendum of March 15. The sale would provide money to be used statewide for education, parks, safety, recreation and water and sewer infrastructure, and include $32 million for Robeson County.
— Presented awards of recognition to James Williams, who served Maxton as a postman since 1994; Pat Middleton, who served as the librarian at Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library since 1992; and James Knight, for 30 years of service as a dispatcher with Maxton emergency services. Sheldon McNair, who works in sanitation, received the Employee of the Month award.
— Heard from Police Chief Tammy Deese, who said the department has applied for grants for juvenile delinquency prevention programs.
— Heard from Cynthia Lester, the town’s new librarian. She said the library will hold a Black History program on Feb. 27 from noon to 2 p.m.
— Heard from Erica McComb, principal of Townsend Middle School. She asked for financial and volunteer support to promote education with the aim of raising her school’s EOG passing rate.
— Introduced Maxton Girl Scout Troop No. 607 and area Boy Scouts to the community. The Girl Scouts sold cookies during the meeting, and Boy Scouts sold discount cards for local eateries.
— Renewed a contrat with S. Preston Douglas for the firm to do the town’s annual audit.