Downtown stoplights getting upgrades

Published 9:22 am Thursday, September 14, 2017

Those power poles holding stoplights at the square in Downtown Mocksville will be replaced.

On a unanimous decision last month, Mocksville Town Board members agreed to replace the lines over the street with metal posts with arms holding the stoplights.

The town will pay the $57,500 cost, and will maintain the poles. The N.C. Department of Transportation will maintain the stoplights.

In other business, board members discussed vehicle take-home policies. Town Manager Marcus Abernethy said the annual cost is $5,000-$6,000, and the average distance traveled from home to work is five miles. It is important for public safety officers, especially those who may be on call, he said.

“There are several folks in the community who are concerned about this,” said board member, Amy Vaughan-Jones.

• Board members also changed the way the town can condemn a building, updating the ordinance. The town went through a lengthy process to condemn the old Monleigh Garment factory on Yadkinville Road/Mumford Ave., and has been receiving pressure to do the same to a dilapidated store at North Main/Campbell Road.

The change will put the authority to condemn a building from the county inspections department to the town manager or his designee. That would most likely be a police officer assigned to code enforcement, Abernethy said.

• An old “hand shake” agreement on Legion baseball using Mando Field at Rich Park needs revisiting, Vaughan-Jones said.

She asked the town manager to come up with a fee schedule for use of the field that would affect all users.

“They (Legion baseball) are a very valuable aspect … but it needs to be discussed. There needs to be a better understanding,” she said.