W.J. Aldermen to consider banning engine brakes

Cliff Clark General Manager/Editor

November 11, 2013

It may soon become a bit less noisy in downtown West Jefferson.

The W.J. Board of Aldermen during their regular meeting on Nov. 4, heard a proposal from Town Manager Brantley Price on creating an ordinance that would ban large trucks from using engine or compression brakes when driving through town.

While the aldermen all agreed it was an ordinance needed in the downtown area, Alderman Calvin Green suggested that during the drafting process, only the area between the ABC Store and the Baptist Church on Jefferson Avenue be considered for the ban.

Price said he would be presenting the proposal to the aldermen at, possibly, the next meeting.

ABC Board Chairman Haskell McGuire presented the quarterly report to the aldermen on the operations of the liquor store.

He said the store’s first quarter (July, August and September) experienced a 7.7 percent increase in sales compared with the same quarter last year. The store had sales of $389,642 during the quarter.

McGuire also reported the ABC Store had made a distribution to the town for $10,500 and the results of the store’s audit had been completed.

“It was an excellent audit…no significant findings,” said Haskell.

West Jefferson Chief of Police Jeff Rose briefed the alderman during his monthly report on the state’s new weapons carrying law and how the town might comply with the statute, specifically in the town’s parks.

Aldermen Tom Hartman suggested holding off on making any changes to the town’s statutes right now.

Price during his report to aldermen said the town is still waiting to hear from the N.C. Department of Transportation about the proposed “streetscape” project at the intersection of Second Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Price also reported approximately $697,000, or 67.8 percent, of the tax levy had been collected and that the Tourism Development Authority had purchased signage on billboards and advertising on Mountain TV to continue to promote the town.

All of the aldermen spoke about the excellent service outgoing alderman Lester Mullis provided the town during his tenure on the board.