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Following a closed session on Thursday, the Robbins Board of Commissioners voted to appoint police Chief Lawson Thomas as the town’s interim manager.

Thomas, who became police chief in August, agreed to serve in a limited capacity, acting primarily as a point-of-contact between the commissioners and the town’s staff. His appointment is a stopgap to ensure that Robbins has a manager in place before the commissioners vote to appoint a different interim manager to take over for David Lambert, who announced he was resigning from the position in May.

Lambert, who was present during the executive session, has since been named director of Moore County’s solid waste and recycling division. He said the commissioners are expected to interview two applicants to replace Thomas as interim manager on Tuesday morning.

Lambert has agreed to serve as a consultant through the end of the year on matters involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has worked closely with the agency since Hurricane Florence caused extensive damage to the town’s infrastructure in September 2018.

Earlier during Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners voted to send a letter to members of the Moore County Board of Commissioners expressing the town’s position on a proposal to raise the county’s occupancy tax rate.

“We believe that a portion of any increased occupancy tax funds should be devoted to tourism development in underserved areas of Moore County — particularly Northern Moore,” reads the letter, which is signed by Mayor Lonnie English. “Robbins and Northern Moore have tremendous tourism assets that need to be developed and supported by the (Moore County Convention and Visitors Bureau).”

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with Moore County to provide building inspection services.

• Adopted a resolution establishing an advisory committee to explore solutions for the scarcity of downtown parking.

(6) comments

Kent Misegades

I would suggest that the greatest potential for economic growth would be the exploitation of known gas and coal reserves under the Deep River. A full seismic study of the region would provide the data oil and gas companies would need. Of course the amazing technology of fracking must be used. Landowners would reap tremendous royalties and many good-paying jobs would result. All would be financed by energy companies but the three counties of Chatham, Lee and Moore must welcome this. Area airports would also benefit as these companies move people and equipment with their own aircraft and helicopters.

Dan Roman

Exploit gas and coal reserves under the Deep River?

Just what we need, a coal mine with coal a dying energy source and fracking ruining the local water supply not to mention earth tremors.

Must have been a BOGO sale at the stupid idea store!

Kent is obviously trying to be the best he can be but apparently God didn't give him much to work with.

Kent Misegades

“Robbins and Northern Moore have tremendous tourism assets“. What are these?

Barbara Misiaszek

The Potter's. They do some outstanding work. I'd love to see a museum devoted to that trade. Upstate N.Y.has museums devoted to matters of local interest.There is The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown and the Genesee Country Museum in Geneseo. There is the Blue Mountain Lake Museum in Blue Mountain. All worth a visit. Moore County should consider taking advantage of the skills and history of our potters. John Misiaszek

Conrad Meyer

Agree with you John, but there is already a more than adequate museum in Seagrove. Seems they had the idea a long time ago. Adding another museum seems like a waste to me.

So Kent's original question remains. What is the major draw to this area other than the Pottery Highway that has been there for a long time?

Barbara Misiaszek

I guess I've always seen that as more of a retail location than a museum.

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