Red Oak transfers teacherage ownership to Preservation Society


The town board of Red Oak voted Monday at its regular monthly meeting to adopt a resolution that would officially transfer ownership of the dormitory from the town to the Red Oak Area Historic Preservation Society.

Also, at Monday's meeting the board heard a couple presentations. The first was by Andrew Clements, who presented an update on his Eagle Scout project to redo the "Welcome to Red Oak" signs. The project will cost around $6000 to complete. The signs will possibly somehow incorporate the Town's seal. Clements said he has checked with the DOT and the signs are not in the right of way. He will be in contact with the property owner about replacing the current signs.

The board also heard a presentation by Robbie Davis, Chairman of the Board of Nash County Commissioners. Davis talked about the county water system, how it has been a challenge to secure funding and how completion of the project is taking years longer than expected. He asked that the board consider helping to fund the water system project, up to $100,000 per year for the next ten years. Of the 700 households already signed up to be on the county water system, once it becomes operational, 57 percent are in Red Oak. Dortches is also being asked to consider investing in the county water system. The goal is for customers to pay on average about $40 per month. Town Commissioner Tony Bennett said, "We need to have a way to just let people know that you can't maintain a pump, deep well, and all that stuff any cheaper than what the county can do it for."

After the water system presentation, the council went into a closed session to discuss a personnel issue related to the zoning administrator's salary. The board voted to pay the zoning administrator $50 per town council and planning board meeting attended, being in the new fiscal year starting July 1. The board also recommended that the Planning board review the current building permit fees at the next planning board meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Red Oak Town Board will be May1 at 6:30 pm in the town hall.