DOBSON — In a meeting that could only be described as short and sweet, the Dobson Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new sewer ordinance for the town Thursday night.
The action came as the board met for its regular monthly meeting in Town Hall.
Prior to the vote, Town Manager Josh Smith told the board that the move was simply an update to the existing ordinance, and was required by the state.
“We have had an ordinance in place, but it needs to be updated due to state requirements,” he said.
Smith noted that the proposed ordinance had been thoroughly examined by the town’s attorney.
“It has been combed over by both town staff and the town’s attorney, and has been determined to be legal,” he said.
The motion by Commissioner John Lawson was passed with a second by Commissioner Wayne Atkins. Commissioner Todd Dockery was absent from the meeting.
In other business, Smith told the board that the application for grant funding for the proposed town park had been delivered to the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
“All indications are we hope to hear something during their first round of awards in May,” he said. “The earlier we hear something, the better. That’s when they’re giving away the biggest chunks of money.”
Smith told the board that the town’s budget process would be getting under way in May.
“We’re probably going to need to schedule a retreat,” he said.
According to the town manager, there shouldn’t be any surprises in next year’s operating budget, but they should be prepared for a couple of expenditures from the water and sewer fund.
The board also unanimously approved a $500 donation to the Dobson Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball League to help with operating expenses.
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