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July 7, 2013

New London approves braking ordinance

Sunday, July 7, 2013 — New London is the latest town to ban compression braking within its city limits.

The town board voted unanimously to enact an ordinance prohibiting compression braking within the town.

Commissioner Bill Peak made a motion and Johnny Chestnut, who brought the issue before the board two months ago, seconded before the entire board voted in approval. The vote was taken after the public hearing opened Tuesday’s monthly meeting. With nobody speaking on the matter, the board immediately went to the vote.

The ordinance states “No person shall use a motor vehicle on any street, road or highway within the town of New London’s jurisdiction where the engine compression brake is in any way engaged or activated on such motor vehicle or any unit a part thereof, except for emergency situations for the purpose of avoiding a collision with another object, person or vehicle.” The ordinance can be enforced by authorities and a $100 fine will be given to the subject on first notice. A $200 fine will follow each count after.

Mt. Pleasant in Cabarrus County has a similar ordinance in place and was the example New London followed as far as putting its own ordinance in place.

“Basically we’ve satisfied all the requirements before we could do the ordinance. We advertised it twice, had the public hearing, which nobody attended. But we jumped through all the hoops,” Mayor Calvin Gaddy said.

The board also adjusted $200 in the 2012-13 budget for the recent storm damage. Fuel oil was delivered to town hall in the wake of the damage and the fact that parts of the town were without power for up to 24 hours. The board voted to move $200 from maintenance and repairs to cover the costs.

“We do not have any damage like Albemarle. We were without power, some places as much as 24 hours. Some 12-13 hours,” Gaddy said.

“I really don’t know the reason for that. But the storm did produce a power outage.”

Also covered was the animal control ordinance that was recently passed by the county and by other towns within the county. The ordinance allows Stanly County officials to come into New London to handle and enforce the ordinance regarding wild or unleashed animals. The board unanimously passed the ordinance.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

 The town’s audit contract was passed. Gaddy said it was identical to the previous three years with the same amount going to cover expenses. A total of $5,350 will go to the audit, with $1,100 for preparation for the audit.

A report on the cemetery and the possibility of expanding and adding more plots will be addressed in the August meeting.

Portions of pavement on Depot Street have given way and are in the process of being fixed. CK Earnhardt & Son Inc. will handle the issues, which have been caused in large part by the large amounts of rain the county has received.

Peak said the town’s pumping stations “have really taken a beating” with all the rain. A lot of water from the storm has increased the workload of the pumps. Two main pumps on Spring Street blew fuses and a problem has come up where both pumps will not work at the same time. Peak said that will be looked into along with where the extra water is coming from. The Highland pump also had to have the breaker tripped again but it is running fine now.

The board met in closed session once again with Paul Stratos, director of the Stanly County Economic Development Commission. Gaddy said no decision has been made regarding information from the closed session.

To submit story ideas, contact Jason O. Boyd at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email at jason@stanlynewspress.com.

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