ELIZABETHTOWN — The number of handicap parking spaces in downtown Elizabethtown is sufficient, according to the Elizabethtown Town Council, which decided as much at Monday’s meeting.
The issue arose in June when Bladen County resident Cecil Marsh appeared before the Council asking for 10 additional parking spaces downtown. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell assured Marsh that the town would look into the matter and, at July’s meeting, an engineer’s report was submitted detailing several possibilities.
Board members were scheduled to visit each of the sites of the proposed spaces after Monday’s noon work session but discussed the issue first, with Councilman Howell Clark leading the way.
“I’ve only received one complaint about the number of handicap spots,” he said. “I’ve received many more about not having enough parking spots period.”
Since additional handicap spots would require the conversion of non-handicap spots, board member Paula Greene agreed, saying, “I think we’ll get more complaints if we take more spots away.”
The board agreed to cancel their visit, take no action on the matter, and leave parking as is.
In other business the board:
— Approved a special use permit for the construction of a Hardee’s Restaurant, which will be located on South Poplar Street in front of the Dollar General.
— Heard a request from Councilman Dicky Glenn that, in light of the town’s recent declaration that the airport terminal is surplus property, the town look into an air-conditioned break room with locker rooms, including showers, for the town’s Public Works Department. No motion was made, but the board was informed that staff have consulted with an architect about a remodel rather than an addition.
— Heard an update from Public Works Director Pat DeVane about drainage problems in the Glenwood subdivision, the correction for which will ultimately cost $45,000, a portion of which is due to residents tossing yard debris into a ditch in the community. The council was asked to consider a special assessment for division.
— Approved a rezoning request by Anne Purdie and Maceo Purdie for their property along the bypass to be changed from residential agricultural to commercial bypass, which the board, after consulting zoning maps, agreed was consistent with most of the property along the bypass.
— Witnessed the swearing in of three officers who were promoted to sergeant positions in the police department. The three highest scorers — Willie Thompson, Thomas Davis and Jeromy Martin — were promoted.
The next meeting of the Town Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.