The town of Roseboro recognized former town attorney Billie Poole during its July meeting Tuesday night, presenting him with a clock honoring his many years of service to the town. Poole was the town attorney for Roseboro for over 20 years.
“Billie Poole’s been with us a long time,” said Roseboro Mayor David Alexander as he presented Poole with the gesture of appreciation.
“Thank you for your service and dedication to the town of Roseboro,” the mayor said. “Thank you very much.”
A humbled Poole said: “Every minute has been a pleasure, and I leave you in good hands.”
Alexander introduced the new town attorney, Sandy Sanderson, who is a partner of the same firm, Holland, Poole, Holland & Sanderson, P.A..
Roseboro resident Deno Williams expressed his concerns about the “bad pot holes” in his part of town during the meeting.
“We are getting close now on these projects,” said Commissioner Cary Holland in response to Williams’ concern.
“We prioritized the streets, and all pot holes will be fixed, to a certain degree,” Holland detailed.
“You are going to get some good news tonight, yours is first on the list,” the commissioner added. During the last meeting the board discussed how they were going to tackle the dilapidated roads, and Holland explained then that a master list of the needed repairs has been created with the streets going on the list in a priority basis.
“It’s not final; the board still has to approve what we are going to do,” Holland explained, offering to give Williams a copy of said list with the board’s approval.
Town board members also talked briefly about street lights.
“As far as the street lights are concerned, I have been working with Duke Energy,” said town clerk Nancy Lindsay. “They did a street light inventory for us. They have a program that if the lights are over 20 years old, they will come out and…replace with LED lights for free.”
Replacement of any lights under the 20-year mark will cost $50 if Duke Energy is dispatched to come out and change them.
“When it’s all said and done, we stand to save over $970.80 a month,” said Lindsay. “That’s $11,640.96 a year.” The process will take a few months to complete because other municipalities are also doing the same thing right now.
“There are 49 street lights that are not over 20 years old,” Lindsay detailed further, adding that they will replace the oldest ones first, some of which will be coming up in 2015.
It will cost the town $2,450 to replace the 49 street lights that need to be replaced that are not over 20 years old, but the electrical savings over time will be more than enough to warrant the change.
“We are just waiting for them to put us on the schedule,” said Lindsay.
During the month of July there will be state mandated flow testing of all the fire hydrants in town during the hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Because of this testing the water pressure may be low or discolored; however, the water is still safe to use. If anyone has any questions they are encouraged to contact the Roseboro Public Works Director David Phillips at 590-7810 or the town at 525-4121.
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