LAWRENCEVILLE – The Town of Lawrenceville will receive $90,212.50, its share of the total amount Brunswick County received as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. Brunswick County received $1,416,092. The amount was based on population.

According to a letter dated June 4, 2020 to Everette L. Gibson, Interim Town Manger, from County Administrator Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, this act provides funding for a number of different programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Woolridge stated that the three towns in Brunswick County would receive a portion of the funds. A primary component of the CARES Act is $150 million in assistance to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments for the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the establishment of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

These funds may be used for qualifying expenses of state and local governments. The funds may only be used to cover costs that: are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State of government; and were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on Dec. 30, 2020.

Dr. Woolridge said the county issuing the funds is responsible for the ensuring compliance with the documentation requirements and must ensure that the use of the funds meets the requirements set forth by the federal government. In other matters, council approved the extension of an emergency ordinance to allow for the continuity of government operations during the pandemic for 60 days.

The June council meeting was held electronically and live after the Governor allowed up to 50 people to gather if proper guidelines were met.

Council adopted the FY2020-2021 budget that covers the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Council tentatively adopted the budget last month.

Gibson said the locks have been changed on the former Southern States building. Councilman Robbie Pecht, Chairman of the Finance Committee, said it was unfair for Lawrenceville to have to repay $200,000 owed related to renovations completed on the property. As background Kass USA, LLC notified the Town of Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority and the Southside Planning District Commission that the company has succumbed to the relentless pressure of COVID-19 and will not open the new business at 409 West 5th Avenue, the former Southern States building.

Gibson said the sidewalk project on South Main Street is nearing completion. Streetlights will be added.

Gibson provided information on the St. Paul’s College Campus Re-Use project. The study provides some possible uses for the facility.

Mayor Scott Martin said a group is working to raise funds for the purpose of reopening the college.

Councilwoman Alice Talbert asked who owns the property, saying she questions the reason for the study if the town or county doesn’t own the property.

Martin thanked Councilman Phil Gilson for his service on council. He did not seek reelection and Anne Williams will join council on July 1, 2020.

Gilson said he has enjoyed serving on council and wants to remain a part of the LOVE sign project.

There was a lengthy discussion about the future of the old caboose destroyed recently by fire. Gibson said the initial cash value of the caboose is $18,000 to $25,000. Councilman H. B. Brockwell, Jr. and council agreed to send Gibson their suggestions for the caboose, whether to scrap or refurbish it.

Gilson said there are many people interested in railroads and he would like to see the caboose refurbished and further stated it could bring tourists to Lawrenceville.

Martin commended the organizers of a Black Lives Matter rally held Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in downtown Lawrenceville to bring attention to police violence and brutality. He commended those who participated saying it was well organized and informative. Martin said several members of council attended the rally.

Disbursements totaling $448,022.26 were approved.

Council appointed W. C. Outten, Jr. as Town Attorney – July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Council voted to advertise for Town Manager.

Council is still seeking people to serve on the Lawrenceville Planning Commission. Members are: Cindy Pecht – Chairman, John Miller, Cherrill Robertson and Councilwoman Teya Whitehead.

Council set the dates for meetings for FY2020-2021, the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call the Lawrenceville Town Office at (434) 848-2414.