Jonesville Town Hall votes on urban archery season amendments

Taylor PardueStaff Reporter

April 9, 2013

Jonesville’s Town Council on Monday discussed an amendment that would allow the use of archery equipment during the town’s new urban archery seasons.

Under the amendment hunters would be able to use archery equipment in town limits “during any period of time designated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for the legal taking of deer by use of archery equipment,” according to Town Manager Scott Buffkin.

Buffkin emphasized the “deer” portion of the amendment.

Council member Andy Green questioned whether the law would allow hunters to shoot their bows and crossbows in their yards to practice prior to the season beginning. Buffkin responded that he was not sure, and the amendment was tabled until next month’s meeting.

Under the amendment no hunting will be allowed on Sundays.

The amendment will be the final action needed to legalize archery hunting inside town limits.

No immediate action is necessary as long as the regulations are in place by hunting season.

The Council discussed the need for replacing Dale Swofford on the Jonesville Tourism Development Authority board.

Swofford’s term was set to end June 30, 2015 but he announced his intent to resign early, effective the end of May 2013. According to the TDA’s regulations the council may appoint someone to complete the remainder of his term.

The council received two nominations for appointees to Dale Swofford’s seat on the Jonesville Tourism Development Authority board.

Regina Atkins of Hampton Inn and Marty Adams of the Antique Mall of the Foothills are potential candidates for Swofford’s vacancy.

“At least one-third of the members must be individuals who are affiliated with businesses that collect the tax in the town, and at least three-fourths of the members must be individuals who are currently active in the promotion of travel and tourism in the town,” the council agenda said.

Commissioner Danny Lewis requested the issue be tabled due to additional recommendations he had received.

The board tabled the motion, with further discussion expected.

Scott Buffkin said the Tourism Development Authority had approved to fund half of the remaining balance for the Jonesville Jubilee fireworks cost if the Council would donate the other $750 required.

The town voted to provide the additional funding, ensuring Jonesville will have fireworks at the celebration May 4.

Arlington fire Chief Kevin Macemore gave his department’s three-month report. Macemore said his station had 62 calls in January, 62 in February and 61 in March.

Macemore said the the number of calls “keeps going higher.”

He thanked the community for supporting them in the last three or four months. He said it was the strongest reaction he had seen in his 30 years at the station.

He said the department had been doing a lot of maintenance on the trucks and said that was why the community had seen the trucks outdoors so often.

Macemore also told the Council he was hoping to be in the sub-station on Little Mountain Road by the end of May.

He requested the town allow the fire department to use the Arlington water tower for training purposes. Macemore said the department would use the tower for rope training when a certified training instructor was contacted.

The town voted to allow the department to use the tower.

Jonesville librarian Cynthia Allred gave her quarterly update to the board for the library.

According to Allred, the library lent 15,985 items, hosted 34 programs with 606 attendees, had 14,310 users come through the doors (averaging 150-175 a day), had 3,628 computer users, and signed up 189 new library card users during the quarter. She said the new software may be under-recording.

Allred added that the library averaged 1,000 books a month that were taken to daycares and nursing homes for additional use there.

Allred said the library was still a very useful tool for the town despite the increase in electronic books. She reminded the Council that the people who could not afford books were the same people who could not afford e-books.

She also expressed concern that the library’s efforts to build a new building were in danger.

The library averaged $5,000-6,000 a year toward the estimated $300,000 a new building would require, simply paying for the increase in building material costs. She urged the commissioners to come to a meeting Thursday night of the Friends of the Jonesville Library. She asked the commissioners to come and help brainstorm ways to help the library in the future.

She said that losing the library would be a major disservice to the community, as the library does nearly the same amount of circulation as the Yadkinville and Elkin libraries, despite having the oldest and smallest facility in the Northwest Regional Library system.

The meeting will be held at town hall at 7 p.m.

Allred also praised the fire department and applauded their performance last month at a fire at 309 East End Blvd. She said the department performed admirably despite being at the fire from approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday till approximately 2 a.m. Monday morning.

The board proclaimed May 2013 as Lyme Disease Awareness month. It also proclaimed May 5-11, 2013 as Municipal Clerks Week.

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, a professional non-profit association, sponsored the week to “recognize the vital role of the Municipal Clerks in local government,” according to a copy of the Board of Commissioners’ agenda.

Citing a budget workshop Friday morning at 8 a.m., the Council voted to recess until that meeting rather than adjourn.

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