Pinehurst council approves updates to various policies

PINEHURST — The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, where the process of updating potentially outdated Village policies continued to take place.

In an effort to refresh outdated policy, the council reviewed and approved an update for the Rights-of-Way Use policy.

The first change was to clarify that damage to personal property in the ROW is not the responsibility of the Village even if it was due to maintenance being performed by the Village, and the second was to update the municipal code reference in regards to obstructing the ROW.

The council also rescinded some outdated policies that were either superseded, obsolete, or unnecessary.

“At the last meeting, we discussed a couple of policies that we think we are able to rescind due to various reasons,” said Assistant Village Manager Doug Willardson. “We have the Tree Preservation policy, the Lot Donation policy, the Significant Negotiations policy, and the Significant Vertical Construction on Village Property policy. After we discussed it last time, there was consensus that we’re able to rescind those.”

Finally, the council approved the recategorization of two policies – the Meeting Room Use policy and the Public Right-of-Way Beautification Fund policy – from Village Council policies to Administrative procedures.

“We discussed those last time as well, and they are both more administrative than council oriented, so that is the move we are suggesting,” Willardson said.

The council then approved the appointment of Paul Ackermann to a two-year term and the reappointment of Melody Jensen to a two-year term to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Councilmember Lydia Boesch also reported that the BPAC had received a status report on the construction of the new walkways on the northside of Pine Vista Drive and the southside of McKenzie Road that anticipates the installation will be completed by the end of Fall.

The council also approved a $52,272 contract with Sandhills Services to provide janitorial services at the Fair Barn for the fiscal year 2022-23.

“We put out the bid earlier this year,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wagner. “We only got one vendor who was interested, and it is Sandhills Services, who has been our vendor for a number of years now. The nature of cleaning at the Fair Barn is difficult. These cleanings are oftentimes done in the middle of the night after 1 a.m. once an event is done and we’re flipping the building for another rental on the next night, so it’s a challenge to find contractors who are interested in that type of schedule, but that’s what we have to work with down at the Fair Barn.”

The Village of Pinehurst Council will next meet on July 26.

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