The Lumberton City Council convened for a public hearing and then a regular meeting on Monday, June 26 at Lumberton City Hall.
The public hearing was held regarding variance requests from a local subdivision and a new business.
When the hearing concluded, the Council went into the regular meeting. The meetings typically open by allowing time for citizens to participate and address the Council. This time, one of their own council members took the podium.
Councilman Dan Bell described his family’s situation regarding his wife’s recent health diagnosis. He said they have received an outpouring of care and support from his fellow council members and others in the community. Council members have brought meals and/or dessert to the Bell’s home every Wednesday for weeks. “You didn’t ask me if we needed anything; you took action,” Bell said. He expressed deep appreciation for their kindness during this time of difficulty in his family.
The first order of business on the agenda was discussion and possible action regarding a variance request submitted by Mark Whiteley & Associates on behalf of the River Birch Subdivision to allow the proposed Stony Brook cul-de-sac to exceed the maximum allowed length of 800 feet. The proposed length is 893.33. The action was approved.
Next on the agenda was another zoning request submitted by Stephen Withers asking to rezone around 100 feet at the rear of the property at 420 South Main Street. The request is to rezone that area from R-1 to C-2 in order to construct an advanced professional Flex Serve conveyorized car wash. The request was approved by the Council.
Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins announced that Walmart presented a grant of $1,000 to the police department that will be used toward the purchase of body cameras. Chief Sullins said his goal is for every officer and detective in his department to have a body camera. The department has eight currently and this grant from Walmart will allow them to purchase one more. In order to meet his goal of having one for each officer and detective; they would need to purchase about eight more cameras.
With no further business on the agenda, the City Council adjourned.