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The first regular meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners for 2020 was graveled opened by Chairman Frank Quis Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse in Carthage with all five members of the board present.

As is customary, the first order of business was to hear public comments, at which time the only person to sign up, Kevin Lewis, rose to speak of the need to address traffic safety in downtown Carthage, and the traffic circle in particular.

Mr. Lewis felt compelled to relay his eye-witness account of a near accident between a logging truck as it rounded the circle and a pedestrian that occurred last week. Compounding the safety concern, Mr. Lewis also mentioned the angled parking in the area and asked that the issue be added to the traffic study currently underway.

As anyone that has traveled in that part of Moore County knows, logging trucks traveling around the courthouse and through Carthage are a common sight and have been for many years, Mr. Lewis pointed out. 

In other business, the Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution declaring January as Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month in Moore County, after Dr. Anne Freisen spoke in support of the action.

Dr. Freisen is the Executive Director of Friend to Friend, an organization based in Carthage that offers help to persons affected by interpersonal violence, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

In pointing out the need for public awareness for this issue, Dr. Friesen told the board that Friend to Friend had a 38% increase in the people they saw over the previous year.

Courtesy photo of Moore County Board of Commissioners.

~Article by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter John Patota.

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