Newton Grove board talks write-offs, Halloween observance

Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

October 9, 2013

The town of Newton Grove met Tuesday night, and discussed new appointments, upcoming policy changes and necessary changes to their health insurance.

Commissioners charged with giving overviews of departmental issues reported that everything was great in the town and that they had nothing new to report.

“The parks and recreation department is fine,” said Commissioner Brenda Raynor. “Kids are out there playing soccer and football.”

The town has interviewed four different applicants for the position of assistant town clerk. The board has recommended someone, but members declined to disclose the name of the person until a formal offer has been made by the town, and accepted.

“We would like this applicant to have a chance to give their two week notice at their current employer,” said Mayor Gerald Darden. The new assistant town clerk is expected to start on Nove. 1. The board also discussed the appointment of Richard Warren II to the ABC Board and approved him to continue in a three-year staggered term.

Amanda Turner, the town clerk, next brought up the writing off of 77 uncollectable property taxes from the year 2008 and previous. The board voted to approve the write off, which was under the advisement of the town accountant, and also discussed forced collections and garnishments for those that are remaining.

The 4th of July financial statement was discussed and the board agreed that too many t-shirts were purchased for the event, but not sold. Those shirts are still available for purchase at the town hall for $7.50.

The town is also taking an early look at a new health insurance policy which is coming up for renewal. The quotes that the town has so far have varying increases and the board decided to continue looking into the matter. Officials hope to patronize a local business in the purchasing of the new health insurance policy.

Prior to the meeting, Keith Chestnutt, with “Those Behind the Badge” of Johnston County, also made a request of the town to participate in a toy drive for Christmas presents. The town is planning on assisting with this program. The drive will collect toys, bicycles, and cash for children and is looking to expand into Sampson County. More details will follow as they are available.

Halloween “trick or treating events” will be held in Newton Grove from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.