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Phil Drake of Drake Software currently holds the highest bid for the old Cartoogechaye school property, with a bid of $272,420.

The old Cartoogechaye school was considered surplus in October 2007 after a new school was built. A local farmer, Wayne Moss, started the bidding process with a bid of $235,000 and the intention of using the property for tomato fields. County Commissioners voted to bid on the school just before the 10-day “upset period” was set to expire, upsetting the original bid with a $259,400 bid.

The county’s interests in the property involved converting the old school site into a recreational park equipped with two softball fields and a concession stand. Moss quickly submitted an upset bid, at which point the commissioner's decided against pursuing the property further.

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Mike Grubermann represented the TDA (Tourism Development Authority) at the aldermen meeting to ask the board’s approval to appoint Matt Bateman to fill the vacancy on the TDA board. After Mayor Joe Collins opened the issue for discussion to the board, Aldermen Bob Scott interjected to reaffirm his skepticism toward the TDA, which he previously addressed during September’s board meeting. “I think we need to clarify the relationship of the TDA with the town board,” noted Scott. He continued by suggesting that until reservations regarding the TDA are satisfied, any decisions regarding the TDA should be tabled and held off until a later date.

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A comprehensive job classification and payroll study has been authorized by the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the project is set to begin this month. County administrators contracted out to Springsted Incorporated, a highly touted firm closely associated with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, to perform the project.

Springsted specializes in human resources and organizational management best practices, and the firm has been advising local governments and public agencies about the latter topics for more than 25 years. Springsted has completed similar studies for Transylvania, Craven, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Camden, Onslow, and Pender counties, just to name a few. The North Carolina League of Municipalities also highly recommends Springsted, as the firm has undertaken similar projects for their organization in the recent past.

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Franklin’s Town Planning Board decided unanimously to reject Cellco Partnership/Verizon Wireless’ special use permit application Thursday afternoon in a special meeting held at Town Hall. The company applied for the special use permit to build a 140 foot telecommunications tower at 60 Gaston Street in Franklin, designed to help offset the capacity of the two existing Verizon towers in town.

Ultimately, Planning Board members were uncomfortable with approving the permit because the company continually refused requests to supply the town with an Erlang study, which would measure the amount of traffic density that would emerge from the proposed telecommunications tower. According to Town Planner Mike Grubermann, the only way to ascertain if there is a need for a new wireless telecommunications facility is through an Erlang study.

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