Fayetteville Town Council introduced a new council member and tackled the old business of nuisance properties and the transition to a new mass transit authority during its regular meeting Thursday.
Mayor Jim Akers began the meeting by introducing Don Elmore, a past recorder for the Town of Fayetteville, who recently accepted the vacated seat of former councilman Hank Seay.
“He’s been on council before and I think he’ll bring a lot of expertise to the Town of Fayetteville,” said Akers.
Town Superintendent Bill Lanham then took the floor to present the results of the town’s recent “Great American Cleanup” initiative, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., that seeks to clean up, build and sustain vibrant communities.
Lowe’s, a corporate sponsor of the Great American Cleanup, awarded Fayetteville with a $350 grant for its participation in the program, which was used to purchase a weed trimmer and a backpack leaf blower.
Lanham said that 38.9 tons of material was recycled through the combined efforts of Fayetteville Town Park’s recycling event on April 11 and 12 and the electronic recycling event last Saturday at Lowe’s.
Lanham said 500 Fayette County residents participated in the event.
“I just want to thank everyone who came out and made a difference in the Town of Fayetteville and Fayette County,” said Lanham.
He also thanked the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Solid Waste Authority for their partnership in the event.
First on the agenda under old business, Akers opened the floor to a public hearing discussing an ordinance creating an Urban Mass Transportation Authority.
Since the Mountain Transit Authority announced that the company would pull out of Fayette County beginning July 1, many residents have been concerned about what that means for the county’s public transportation.
Lanham said the Fayette-Raleigh Metropolitan Planning Organization is working to maintain federal matching funds and replace Mountain Transit Authority’s services with Raleigh County Community Action Authority.
John Tuggle, executive director of the FRMPO, said the Raleigh County Commission will only be assisting the process by serving as a conduit for the flow of money, but the Urban Mass Transit Authority — comprised of representatives of each town and county within the FRMPO — will develop the policies.
“Raleigh County Commission will help in administering the federal funds that come through, but you’re establishing a transit authority, which will be the ultimate authority in the policies that go on,” Tuggle said.
Tuggle said the FRMPO is working to “establish a status quo” with this transit authority so that the federal dollars continue to flow in for the next fiscal year.
“By then, the transit authority will be established, and that’s when decisions can be made by the authority on routing, considerations of additional routes and so forth,” said Tuggle.
Council voted to approve the second reading of Ordinance 2014-3: An ordinance creating an Urban Mass Transportation Authority.