Thursday, August 15, 2013 — It may have taken a bit longer than originally expected, but Badin is on track to remove an eyesore from the town that's been a nuisance for nearly a year.
Badin Town Council members considered remarks from some of the 15 residents in attendance at a public hearing before Tuesday's monthly meeting.
The hearing was called in reference to burned remains of a structure at 64 Willow St., which burned down in November.
Since then, steps have been taken to have the shell of the burned dwelling, which was a total loss, demolished. During last month's regular meeting, the council began taking final actions necessary to have the debris removed.
Residents don’t want to see the burned structure there and some mentioned stray cats taking up residence there, creating a nuisance for nearby residents.
Some roadblocks temporarily slowed code enforcement and the abatement process at the property, primarily in regards ensuring all notices and notice dates were properly placed.
Mayor Jim Harrison said the process is now on "an exact tract to make it happen."
"We got ahead of ourselves, I guess," Harrison said in regards to the council's actions in July to remove the structure.
"This was our first time we've ever had to condemn one that has burned. The lawyer told us to hold off, so that's what we did.
Harrison said the owner of the former dwelling is already taking steps to demolish it. A second public hearing on the topic is scheduled for the next town council meeting, at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10 in BadinTown Hall. Harrison is hopeful it will be nothing more than a confirmation of the actions taken by the owner.
"I hope the public hearing next month is to say 'thank you.' He's already got a contractor, and I've seen the letter, and the contractor said he was a few weeks behind because of rain and Lord knows, we've had that," Harrison said.
Other business at Tuesday's monthly meeting:
- Tim Swaringen, Zoning Enforcement Officer, said one case has been resolved and another has until Oct. 24 to be in compliance. He said a few other lingering cases still to be resolved and encouraged citizens to fill out a form in the town hall when they have concerns regarding potential code violations.
- Badin Police Sergeant Scott Williams reported four petty larcenies in the town last month.
- Badin Property Maintenance Laborer Terry Eudy gave the Public Works Report and said the Aug. 14 limb and brush collection resulted in 14 loads weighing 13 tons at a cost of $335 for disposal. The next collection is scheduled for Sept. 3. Work was also done to remove a large fallen tree and to spray sidewalks and curbs for grass. Storm drain damage on Falls Road is also being addressed and should be fixed soon by the state once the exact location of the problem is identified.
- Town Manager Jay Almond reported no changes to the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget report and said expected Fiscal Year 2013-14 expenditures were starting to roll in, including the installation of equipment for the town's police vehicles.
- The town's yearly audit will begin the week of Aug. 27.
- BadinTown Hall will be closed September 2 in observance of Labor Day.
- Almond also said a couple of park signs are in the process of being replaced. He also encouraged people to visit www.badin100.com to stay informed about the town’s centennial celebration.
- The Best of Badin Festival will be Sept. 20-21 and boasts new attractions for the centennial year including the All-American Lumberjacks in three separate shows, centennial Best Beard and Best Costume contests with cash prizes, the annual conference of the North Carolina Archaeological Society, the Ancient Carolinians exhibit featuring Native American Indian cultures from the Badin area and Hardaway artifacts and much more.