News Briefs

Published 2:00 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Columbus denies request to pave end of Barber Street

During its June 15 meeting, Columbus Town Council denied a request to pave the end of Barber Street during its June 15 meeting. A request was made to pave the end of the street because of drainage issues. Council did not make a motion to pave so the motion died. Columbus manager Tim Barth said the end of the road straddles two properties so for the town to pave the end, it would have to get easements from both property owners and do a survey. The property is different than when Columbus paved a portion of Gary Street as that was an unopened road that the town owned.

Landrum to hold public hearing and approve budget June 28

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The City of Landrum approved the first reading of its budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 during its June 13 meeting. The city will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall to have a public hearing and then is scheduled to approve the second and final reading of the new budget. The new budget year will begin on July 1.

Landrum approves first reading of closing a portion of Red Bird Lane

The City of Landrum approved the first reading of an ordinance to close a portion of Red Bird Lane during its June 13 meeting. The request is being made by Carver Industries which would pay for improvements to the intersection to expand the business. City attorney Larry Flynn said closing the road is an issue the city can be supportive of, but ultimately it will have to be done through the state through a road closing act. If people in the community are opposed to the road closing, Flynn said, the judge will take that into consideration.

Polk makes appointments to volunteer boards

Polk County commissioners appointed several volunteers to boards during their June 19 meeting. George Sweet Jr. was appointed to the consolidated human services board; Jane Armstrong, Jewell Lynch and Ted Owens were appointed to the home and community care block grant committee; Laura Ellington and Cynthia Gibson were appointed to the mental health advisory board and Craig Hilton was appointed to the Region C workforce development.

Tryon appoints new member to Harmon Field Board of Supervisors

Tryon Town Council appointed Lindy Buss to the Harmon Field Board of Supervisors during its June 20 meeting. Buss will fill a vacancy for a city limit resident. Harmon Field has members from both city limits and the Tryon Township as the tax is taken from the town and township.