Aberdeen gives green light memorial Christmas market sportsplex plans

The Town of Aberdeen discussed several topics and announced at its Oct. 26 regular board meeting that it is working on plans to create a commissioner memorial for Lloyd Harris who was an Aberdeen commissioner and volunteer fireman.

“He ran the original Golden Corral for 25 years,” Mayor Robbie Farrell said. “He was a great guy.”

In other matters, the Town will publish a link for donations on its website for a police memorial. The Aberdeen Police Department has raised $6,000 of $45,000 for a six-foot bronze memorial statue to be exhibited at the new police station when complete. 

Town Manager Paul Sabiston said sales tax are still up 10% to 15% even as some businesses are struggling. The new streetlights on Main Street are complete, and Sabiston said he is pleased with how bright the lights are at night.

The Town approved contracting with Dasher’s Designs in the amount of $15,705 to outline specified downtown businesses with Christmas lights and lighting of the Depot grounds.

A Downtown Christmas European Style Market was approved to be held on Dec. 5 between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. The style is “more quaint and toned down commercially” than the American style, according to Sabiston and will be held at the Knight Street and Tarbell areas.

The Town also approved at the meeting a lease/purchase of a concession and storage facility on Sportsplex property with Sports Center of the Sandhills, LLC and to purchase it at the end of three years for $295,000. The Town will lease the Sportsplex property and building with the Athletic Club of the Sandhills, Inc.

Audio and video upgrades for the rotunda were approved at the estimated cost of $19,679 using COVID-19 relief funds. The upgrades will enhance coherency of livestream meetings.

An ordinance for a temporary road closure for the Ugly Sweater Beer Mile to be held on December 12, 2020 was approved.

A request to authorize a water interconnection with the Town of Southern Pines to supply water to the new development known as Shaw Landing located off Saunders Blvd. was not approved.

Article by Sandhills Sentinel Journalism Intern Stephanie M. Sellers.

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