Mocksville-Cooleemee ABC sales top $2.87 million

Published 10:19 am Thursday, December 17, 2020

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The Mocksville-Cooleemee ABC Store sold $2.87 million worth of liquor last fiscal year.

The profit margin was $177,534, Mocksville Town Board members were told last week by auditor Marcia Henriksen.

The towns of Mocksville and Cooleemee each received $41,000, and law enforcement agencies received $5,431. An additional $7,603 was spent on alcohol abuse education.

Henrikson said the ABC Board decides where the profits go, in line with state laws. The store was operating on $325,389 working capital.

Mocksville board members also heard from resident Jenny Stevenson, who spoke during the public comment section of the meeting.

She asked if the town could help clean up property on Foster Street, where trash, furniture and other items have been abandoned. While told to clean it up, the property owners may not have the financial means to do so, she said.

“It looks horrible,” she said. “I don’t want it around my house and I know you don’t want it around your house.”

Stevenson also thanked outgoing police chief, Pat Reagan. Among other positive attributes, Reagan is “a good listener,” she said.

The board later awarded Reagan his badge and service weapon.

“He did a very nice job,” said board member Amy Vaughan-Jones. All other board members also thanked him for his service.

Rob Taylor, also an assistant district attorney, said his unique insight makes him proud of the police department under Reagan’s tenure. “He very much professionalized that department from where it was.”

Board members unanimously approved rezoning 17.85 acres at the end of Eaton Road from open space residential to general industrial. It had been unanimously recommended by the town’s planning board.

No one spoke in favor of or against the rezoning proposal. Planner Andrew Meadwell said that one person had concerns about potential heights of structures.

The property was zoned industrial in the early 1990s, and changed to campus business in the late 90s. It was changed to open space residential in 2003, Meadwell said.

The board went into a closed session to discuss personnel issues and the acquisition of property.