By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013 —
A town’s 100 year celebration only comes around once. For Stanfield, that celebration came in 2012, and was just one of the many good things that took place last year for the town in the western part of the county.
Mayor Kevin Barbee highlighted several accomplishments for the town over the past year, leading with the 100-year celebration that took place in October and showed citizens the comfort of living in Stanfield.
“We had estimated over 3,500 participants this year, and look forward to this event annually the last Saturday in October,” he said.
“We all look forward to another 100 years as a small town with family values, planned and controlled growth and most importantly a place the citizens enjoy calling home.”
And while the economy is still in a sluggish growth, Barbee said that the town was able to pay off expenses, assuring the town’s ability to have a stable budget in an unstable economy.
“We paid off the Town Hall purchase in full last year,” Barbee said.
“We have strived to pay off all long-term debts to make sure we are positioned for any changes to the economy.”
Council also passed votes that will allow the town to pay off debts faster and with less interest.
“And we recently renegotiated the Sewer Plant infrastructure loan to pay it off in less than five years at a reduced interest rate,” Barbee said.
“This will be a significant saving to the citizens as we go forward with our main initiative to be debt free within six years.”
In late August, Stanfield, Oakboro and Locust met at Stanly Community Col-lege’s Crutchfield Campus to renegotiate a wastewater treatment contract.
Barbee said the town has maintained a good relationship with Oakboro in the negotiations.
“The old contract had a few problems that will be corrected,” Barbee said.
“I look forward to a new contract that will benefit both into the future.”
Another area that will receive attention throughout the year is Stanfield’s Pete Henkel Park. Citizens may notice some repairs and upgrades that are set to take place throughout the park. The majority of those repairs, upgrades and installations will be done in-house.
Other notable events for the town of Stanfield included:
n Stanfield’s town council suffered a loss with the resignation of councilman Aaron Helms in June. Helms resignation was given because he moved out of the town limits.
The Stanfield Sweeties Dixie Youth Softball team posted a perfect 16-0 record.
A new sidewalk that runs in front of Stanfield Elementary School that distances about two miles was completed in July. The project was made through efforts by a $70,000 matching grant from USDA and the town of Stanfield.
Stanfield Elementary School students honored those with breast cancer with a fundraiser that included decorating pumpkins, which were all pink, holding a voting contest and sending the monies to Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society.