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A manufactured home in poor repair on Batchelor Farm Road in Aberdeen will be demolished with permission from the owner, and a lien will be issued against the property.

Brooks Grading Hauling & Landscaping, a local company based in Pinebluff, was awarded a $4,825 contract to complete the work.

Aberdeen Town Manager Paul Sabiston described the expenditure as a good investment for the town.

“The $4,800 sounds like a lot...But typically we see a two or three-year turnaround,” he said, noting that vacant residential lots are in high demand.

The lien will ensure the town is appropriately reimbursed when the property is sold at any point in the future.

Chief Building Inspector Mike McGowan said there are a handful of other dilapidated structures at different locations under review for potential demolition. These are homes that are considered no longer habitable or that present severe code violations.

In each case, he explained to town leaders on Monday, staff will attempt to reach out to the property owners to resolve the violations. These negotiations can be challenging when the property owners include multiple heirs or out-of-state contacts.

McGowan said the property to be demolished at 189 Batchelor Farm Road is on the outskirts of town. The property owner discussed his options with town staff and had voluntarily agreed to allow the removal of the manufactured home and resolution of all code violations in exchange for a lien against his property.

Planning Director Justin Westbrook said the town’s budget has a line item with funding set aside specifically for nuisance property situations.

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Dannelley said he was pleased with the progress being made to improve this property and similar code enforcement concerns.

“More importantly, this is an objective that we’ve asked the town to get at,” he said.

In other discussion on Monday, the Aberdeen Town Board:

*Approved the final draft for several renewal agreements to continue to provide additional water and sewer services to Moore County, Hoke County and Southern Pines. The town of Aberdeen also provides water and sewer service to the Aberdeen Training Facility controlled by Fort Bragg.

Sabiston said most of the amended language simply changes the volume rate charged to these jurisdictions to match the town’s present rates and the time periods covered by the agreement, which are expected to take effect with the new fiscal year beginning in early July 2020.

*Scheduled a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 27 to consider a resolution in support of the town financing an estimated $5.8 million debt to build the new police station facility. Design work was completed late last year and construction bids are due in late January. Lending terms will be available in February.

Sabiston said town leaders should have adequate time to review the construction costs and financing terms during the budget review process this spring.

“We are where we are supposed to be and there are a lot of moving pieces,” said Dannelley. “Hats off to Paul. There is a lot going on behind the scenes with concurrent bids and things in motion. It is awesome.”

*Accepted the resignation of Bryan Bowles from the Planning Board. Bowles, who also chaired the town’s Watershed Board, was recently elected to serve on the Town Board.

*Appointed Diane Innis to fill the vacant seat on the Planning Board. She previously served as an alternate member.

*Appointed Adriana Janker and Daniel Behnke to serve as alternate members of the Aberdeen Planning Board.

Contact Laura Douglass at (910) 693-2474 or email laura@thepilot.com

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