In regular business during the Metropolitan Moore County Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, the Council approved the current Utility Board and members Coleman March, Penny Walker Smith, Marty Copeland, Oscar McGee and Wayne Brandon.
Chris Bateman was named to the County Planning Commission.
The Council also heard a report from the Highway Advisory Committee concerning a request to close a portion of Church St. between Magnolia Dr. and Mechanic St. First United Methodist Church, which owns property on each side of the narrow street, requested that the road be closed.
The Highway Advisory Committee voted 3-1 against the request and the road will remain open from Mechanic St. all the way to Berry Chapel AME Church.
During the Council’s July meeting, Mayor Sloan Stewart reported that representatives from Spectra Energy met with him in regards to running a 30- or 36-inch gas line from Columbia to Atlanta. The line, which is part of a Federal project, would possibly run through a portion of Moore County.
At that time, no maps had been drawn up, as they were still doing research.
“The letter states the completion date to be 2017, but they told me it could not even be started by then,” said Stewart, adding that officials from Spectra had been to the Register of Deeds office and pulled deeds on property where the gas line could come through.
“I wanted to let you know, in case someone calls and tells you they have been contacted about this,” Stewart told the council members.
Also in July, Chairman March notified the Council that it would soon be time to appoint a new chairman. He wanted council members to be aware and begin considering a candidate. A new chairman should be appointed in a few months.