LANSING-Alderman Mauvine Shepherd has never held her tongue when it comes to her opinion on what’s best for the town.
Whether it’s the haphazard speeding of cars down the main drag or the unsightly graffiti on a side of a big rig trailer for all to see, Shepherd has rarely stepped off her soap box when addressing the rest of the board during its monthly meetings.
During Tuesday’s board meeting, Shepherd once again broached the topic of speeding and the need to alert owners to two abandoned cars in the downtown. She complained these cars are in the state’s right-of-way.
Shepherd also wants to see the covering of the “Town Hall” lettering painted on the side of a trailer next to the town’s lone hardware store.
In 2011, a local businessman used a few choice words – mostly expletives – to express his disdain about one of the board’s past decisions. Using spray paint, the man painted a blunt message to the board on the side of the trailer. Although the graphic language is gone, the “Town Hall” portion of the not-so-cryptic message remains.
Parking is often an area of concern for town officials and Shepherd is no exception.
Her problem with parking in the town, however, stems from signage, or rather the lack thereof.
After speaking to tourists, Shepherd became aware that not everyone knows they can park in available lots. Lansing Mayor Dylan Lightfoot said signage probably wouldn’t be necessary and that guests of the town would most likely quickly figure that out.
Speeding has not been far from Shepherd’s mind either.
During the July meeting, Shepherd became outspoken about the speeding of cars in the downtown.
The most recent findings by the N.C. Department of Transportation confirmed it has been a problem for several years.
The subject came up once again during the this week’s board meeting.
It came to the board’s attention that Jeff Venable, of the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department, has agreed to let the town use a speed detector. The town just needs to supply two car batteries, which will cost approximately $180.
In addition to the conversation on the detectors, Lightfoot said he has noticed an increase in the number of state troopers in the area. In fact, he said he’s seen more in the past month than during the whole time he’s resided in the town.
He attributed this to increased media coverage about the town’s speeding problem.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.