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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Town Council opted to table an item dealing with an awning that is encroaching on town property.

Town Manager Eddie Madden said that all the building owners who had oversized awnings were notified one year ago that they needed to bring the awnings into compliance.

“We offered a facade grant to assist in the building owner’s costs and all have come into compliance with the exception of one — Bladen Hardware,” said Madden.

The building which houses Bladen Hardware is owned by Eugene Anderson and John P. Melvin, according to Bladen County tax records.

Madden said the town has re-opened the facade grant program and the reason the board tabled the matter was to give the building’s owners time to decide if they want to submit a facade grant application.

“The board felt like they (the building’s owners) had not had ample time to submit the application,” said Madden.

He said the board was trying to avoid the costs of a code enforcement proceeding.

Madden said the awnings on Poplar and Broad streets are located on town property and the town codes regulate the size of the awnings over the sidewalks. He said the code was amended in 2011 and owners of buildings which awnings that did not comply were notified at the time and given time to come into compliance.

In other business:

— The board voted to approve a resolution allowing the town’s employees to participate in the State Health Plan.

— The board voted to award the bid for the demolition of two houses located on Slingsby Street and Rollins Street to Register’s Land Clearing and the asbestos removal bid was awarded to Locklear and Sons.

— The board approved a facade grant for Fisher’s Men’s & Ladies Shop on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. The town’s portion will cost $1,870.

— The town declared 1.03 acres located on Rollins Street as surplus property and will be offered through the sealed bid process.

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