LAURINBURG — Dee Hammond’s days as an worker of Laurinburg got here to an in depth in December 2011. However she mentioned her concern and connection to the town has by no means ended.
Hammond, who's searching for a second time period on the Laurinburg Metropolis Council, mentioned her 30 years as a metropolis employee, a lot of it as metropolis clerk, make her “uniquely certified” to serve residents.
Hammond, additionally briefly the interim metropolis supervisor, was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine, one of many highest awards introduced for service to North Carolina when she retired. She started her profession with the town in March 1985 as an administrative assistant to the neighborhood improvement division.
“I'm able to use my information, experience, and historical past of metropolis authorities to make knowledgeable selections and ideas for enchancment,” Hammond mentioned.
Hammond is going through challengers James Garby and Roy Guinn for the at-giant seat on council.
A lot has been made from Hammond’s assist of the $9. million Metropolis Corridor and police station. However she mentioned the undertaking is required.
In accordance with Hammond, the present constructing is outdated and topic to leaks, mildew and asbestos.
“A brand new Metropolis Corridor/police station will present a contemporary constructing using fashionable techniques, supplies, ADA compliant, extra space for our present workers and house for any future progress,” Hammond mentioned. “The brand new constructing will present a protected work atmosphere for our workers and a extra buyer pleasant ambiance for our residents.”
On the town’s tax charge, Hammond mentioned Laurinburg’s present tax charge at .40 per $100 valuation is without doubt one of the lowest within the area. She mentioned that council will overview the tax charge throughout finances workshops and can base any choice on accessible income sources and expenditures for infrastructure upkeep, tools substitute and personnel prices.
“I really feel we've got a good tax charge for our metropolis, ” she mentioned. “I don't see decreasing our tax charge right now.”
The councilwoman mentioned any discount within the electrical utility charge could be primarily based on “the town’s potential to supply one of the best service to residents.”
“Council lowered the electrical charge primarily based on our advisor’s advice after his examine of the town’s monetary state of affairs and charge construction,” Hammond mentioned. “We should have the ability to present our workers with the stock and instruments they should be profitable.”
Hammond mentioned probably the most urgent issues that the town faces are crime, infrastructure, and job creation.
“I acknowledge the challenges and can proceed to prioritize and take care of these points by offering sources for our police division and following the plans really helpful by our consultants to deal with the problems in probably the most value-efficient approach,” she mentioned.
Hammond added that the town’s continued partnership with different entities within the county are important to creating job and attracting enterprise and guests.
“I'll proceed to assist the Downtown Affiliate/Predominant Road program; assist beautification efforts by employees together with ideas from the Beautification Committee made up of residents,” she mentioned. “I'll proceed to fight litter and to work collaboratively with the county, the college system, Richmond Neighborhood Faculty, St. Andrews College, and the Tourism Growth Authority to advertise Laurinburg.”
Along with serving on council, Hammond is a member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Common Authorities Legislative Motion Committee, a former Scotland County United Manner Board of Administrators president, a member of the Scotland County Partnership for Kids Board of Administrators, Scotland County ABC Board chairperson, a previous chairperson of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Space Chamber of Commerce, and former president of the North Carolina Affiliation of Municipal Clerks.
She is a graduate of Laurinburg Excessive College and has earned an Affiliate Diploma in Science from King’s Faculty, and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s municipal and county administration program.
“I'm a devoted neighborhood volunteer and am at all times prepared to roll up my sleeves and get the job finished,” Hammond mentioned.
Garby declined to participate within the candidate profile and Guinn failed to reply to a request to take part.
Attain Scott Witten at 910-506-3023