Atlantic Storm Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:32:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Atlantic Storm 32 32 Siler city commissioners initiate road improvements Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:43:11 +0000

BY D. LARS DOLDER, News + Record Staff

SILER CITY – Siler City will spend almost $ 370,000 over the next year to repav sections of 10 major roads – about 23% more than originally forecast in the 2021-2022 budget – after council approval of the city commissioners at its regular meeting on Monday.

Repair work will include complete resurfacing in several locations as well as isolated crack fillings if necessary.

“Chris (McCorquodale) has been trying to get offers for several months,” General Manager Roy Lynch said of the city’s director of public works and utilities. “They are coming slowly, but we only got two.”

The lower bid, from Waugh Asphalt Inc., was $ 367,961.56.

“So that’s about $ 67,000 more than we planned,” said Lynch, “that’s why we’re sending it back to the board for a budget amendment.”

Despite some early apprehension, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the budget amendment and to contract Waugh Asphalt.

The roads to be repaired are South Sears Avenue, East Ninth Street, North Third Street, East Tenth Street, West Dolphin Street, West Elk Street, North Glenn Avenue, North Dogwood Avenue, West Raleigh Street and Cemetery Drive.

Third Street Audience

The Siler City Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on August 2 in the Jordan-Matthews High School auditorium for city residents to discuss potential road closures and rerouting near Mountaire Farms.

The board of directors scheduled the hearing last month as part of its first important step towards approving the poultry processor’s proposal to close and reroute portions of East Third Street, East Fifth Street and all Johnson Avenue. Mountaire had already approached the board with his request at least eight times, as the News + Record reported. A calendar submitted by the company lists more than 40 total interactions between company officials, the city of Siler City and the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding potential road closures.

Unless they are convinced at next month’s public hearing that the road closures are against the public interest or the rights of nearby landowners, commissioners will likely pass a permanent street diversion order, after which the decision will be submitted to the NCDOT, which can confirm or overturn the board’s decision.

Other action

Commissioners approved the replacement of the city’s travel policy for Siler City staff. A revised policy came into effect on July 20.

The updated items include procedures, reimbursements and eligible expenses. Staff recommended the adjustment to standardize and simplify the process by which employees request reimbursement, said city finance director Tina Stroupe. The updated policy is also designed to minimize the personal liability of Siler City employees when traveling for work.

Journalist D. Lars Dolder can be reached at and on Twitter @dldolder.

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Veteran crosses Las Cruces to cross US-Mexico border Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:29:49 +0000

LAS CRUCES – US Marine Corps veteran Ramon Castro’s trip along the US-Mexico border led him to speak in Las Cruces on Sunday in support of the repatriation of deported veterans.

Castro walked across the California and Arizona borders with Mexico as part of the inaugural ‘Walk the Line’ which began on Monday, June 28 in San Diego – raising awareness of needed relief for veterans Americans deported. Castro is the CEO and Founder of the American Veterans Homefront Initiative and was joined by Repatriate our Patriots and League of Latino American Citizens.

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The rally took place on Amador Avenue east in front of a mural depicting a proclamation honoring U.S. military veterans who died in other countries.

The mural, pictured on Sunday July 18, 2021, lists a group of deported US military veterans who have died in foreign countries.

Castro traveled to Ciudad Juárez on Monday and visited missing local veterans. He also met one military veteran in particular who seeks medical attention from the Department of Veterans Affairs and is denied entry into the United States.

The three organizations are working together on an official humanitarian visa application from President Joe Biden, which will allow the veteran to enter the country and receive medical assistance.