MAXTON — Maxton employees will see a little extra in their paychecks beginning in July.
The Board of Commissioners this week agreed to include a 2.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment for all town employees in the budget that becomes effective July 1. It will be the first raise since 2011, according to Myra Tyndall, Maxton’s finance officer.
Tyndall said the all of the town’s 24 full-time and part-time employees will receive the 2.5 percent raise. The total cost to the town will be about $21,500 a year.
“This is very much due to the employees. In the past they have been put on furlough, made to pay all of their hospital insurance, and then made to pay part of their hospital insurance,” Mayor Emmett “Chip” Morton said. “This is just our way of trying to show our employees our appreciation for all that they do and hopefully build up the morale of our employees.”
On Tuesday, the commissioners also agreed it’s time to begin the condemnation process against property owners who leave abandoned property in a state of disrepair.
The commissioners authorized town administrators to begin the legal process that they said hopefully will encourage absentee property owners to clean up their properties. According to Morton, the first properties to be addressed include one located at the corner of Graham and Florence streets and one on the north end of Florence Street. He said there are five other properties that town administrators have been authorized to take action against in an effort to clean up the town.
“These properties are unsafe and an eyesore,” Morton said. “One is near the library where kids go over and play.”
In other business, the commissioners:
— Authorized town administrators to seek a loan and grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase a garbage truck. The town is seeking a $16,000 grant to help pay for the $154,000 truck. Financing will be over a 15-year period, with the town’s annual payment being $11,400, Larry Sampson, a USDA representative said.
— Approved a request to rezone property at 102 Pine St. from Highway Business to Neighborhood Business and a conditional-use permit was granted so that a day-care center can operate in the building located on the property. The building formerly housed the Shoeheel Medical Center.
— Authorized the spending of previously allocated federal highway funds to repave several roads.
— Recognized Dennis Freeman, Maxton’s water and wastewater manager, as the town’s Employee of the Month.
— Recognized James W. Williams Jr. for his many years of community service. A retired local mail carrier, he was presented a plaque and monetary gift for his more than 22 years of service to the community.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.