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Spring Hope welcomes new police officer
Spring Hope Mayor Buddy Gwaltney (right) swears in Spring Hope's newest police officer Nathan Lee Barbour. (Graphic photo by Kendra Jones)

A new police officer has been hired in Spring Hope.

Police Chief Nathan Gant formally presented Officer Nathan Lee Barbour to commissioners and residents Monday night.

Barbour went through Basic Law Enforcement training at Nash Community College. Prior to being on the force, he was a Manager at Firestone in Rocky Mount.

On a different note, the commissioners accepted Nash County Parks and Recreation's offer to pay for new equipment for the town's park.

However, the equipment will not be paid for yet.

"We approved it on our side, but we have to wait for the county to approve it [Interlocal Agreement] and then it will go into effect," Town Manager Jae Kim said.

He said the town is presently paying $7,000 a year for capital improvement for the park. If Nash County pays for the much-needed equipment, the annual rate for maintaining the park will increase to $10,000 beginning in 2021.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Census is coming up.

"The reason the Census is very important is that we want to make sure that every individual is accounted for. Part of the reasoning is that $675 billion dollars of federal money will be divided among the states, counties, and local communities each year for the next 10 years based on this information," Kim explained.

He also said Census responses are kept confidential for 72 years, are only used to create statistics and cannot be traced back to an individual.

2020 Census fliers will be placed on the town's website and in Town Hall.

In other news, Police Chief Nathan Gant said he sold the excess equipment the Police Department had to Banner Elk Police Department.

The department had a surplus of one in-car camera and seven body cameras.

The commissioners will meet again on Monday, October 7th.


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