Robbins Officer Sworn In

New Robbins Police Officer Jody Dunlop, left, is sworn in at the beginning of the meeting by Mayor Lonnie English.

Robbins may soon be able to make improvements to its outdated sewer lines.

Jeffery Sheffield, the town’s manager and police chief, on Thursday told the Board of Commissioners that he’s optimistic about a $2 million Community Block Development Grant.

Sheffield has been working with Julie Cubeta of the North Carolina Rural Development Center to prepare a winning application for the grant.

“Even though we’ve been denied three times on this, she absolutely loves our proposal,” Sheffield said. “She wants to see the town of Robbins get this grant.”

Previous efforts to receive funding for infrastructure projects were thwarted by Moore County’s designation as a Tier 1 county. The grants are typically awarded to the most economically distressed counties, which are classified as Tier 2 and Tier 3.

“[Cubeta] has given insight on what we need to put on our application,” Sheffield said, who later added that town’s eligibility for the grant “will not have anything to do with the tier system.”

Sheffield, who will be retiring as town manager in September, told the commissioners that he hopes to see the grant awarded before he leaves.

“To be honest with you, no offense to the board, I didn’t come here tonight to ask for permission,” he said of the application. “I’m going for it for the town.”

In other business, the board:

• Welcomed new police officer Jody Dunlop, who was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting by Mayor Lonnie English.

• Heard a proposal from Clare Ruggles, executive director of the Northern Moore Family Resource Center, who requested the town’s assistance in creating a “green space” at the Hope Academy.

• Approved a revised contract with Alliance Code Enforcement LLC.

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