Residents want Landis to take over Aviation Drive

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS ó Property owners on Aviation Drive want to turn the private street over to the town. The 40-foot right of way was established in 1989.
Town Administrator Reed Linn told the Board of Aldermen Monday that town staff has reached agreement with seven of the eight property owners. Statt members expect to get the OK from the final property owner before the next board meeting.
When the road was constructed years ago, it met Department of Transportation standards. But now it needs some repairs, Linn said.
Public Works Director Steve Rowland was instructed to look at the road to determine what repairs need to be made.
Board members agreed they need more information before they make a final decision.
The board also:
– Approved use of the North Carolina One-Call Center, a nonprofit organization that fields telephone calls from contractors, utilities and homeowners who intend to dig on a site. Before digging and unearthing dangerous wires and lines, customers call the number. The call center contacts the municipality, which then locates the lines.
The call center does not mark the lines, but simply provides an easy link between the utility owner and the person or business wanting to dig.
Deputy Town Administrator Debbie Goodman explained how the process works. The service is free, Goodman said.
Goodman also informed the board of issues the staff faced during a two-hour planned power outage in February. She said there were a number of residents with medical conditions who needed electricity during that planned outage.
The planned outage took more than the intended two hours.
The board approved the staff setting up a database of residents with medical needs so that if an outage occurs, town officials and emergency responders will know of these residents’ conditions.
– Decided to eliminate the position of manager for the town pool, citing budget conditions.
The position is a seasonal, temporary position, Linn said.
The board made the decision during a closed session at Monday’s meeting.
– Approved a request for proposals for auditing services. Linn said the proposal is ready to be sent out for bids. The staff hopes to receive those bids by mid-April and have the board approve them sometime in May.
– Approved a request for proposals for a master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department. The town is looking for consultants to develop a comprehensive plan.
The plan would include untapped opportunities for recreation facilities, walking trails and the examination of current programs. The proposal is ready to be sent out for bids now, Linn said.