Council says goodbye to Wiggins
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Saying goodbye to Rocky Mount Councilman Lamont Wiggins is bittersweet for the rest of the City Council, Mayor David Combs said Monday.
The council members are happy Wiggins will become a judge, but they're sad to see him go, Combs said while presenting Wiggins with a plaque and a 20-year service pin.
Wiggins is stepping down Friday to accept his appointment as an N.C. Superior Court judge. He will be sworn in to the bench during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Wilson County Courthouse. His jurisdiction will be Edgecombe and Wilson counties.
Wiggins said he will miss the council. He thanked everyone, especially Jep Rose, the city attorney. Rose gave Wiggins one of his legal field jobs while Wiggins was still in law school.
Rose said the council will miss Wiggins not only because of his friendship but the level of intelligence and experience he brought to the table.
A farewell reception was held in the third floor atrium of city hall near the end of Monday afternoon's council meeting.
Earlier during public comment, resident Neiamiah Smith congratulated Wiggins.
"Your honor, I'm proud of you," Smith said.
Smith thanked the council for its expanding vision for the city and the Downtown Event Center before again questioning personnel diversity among the city's fire and utilities departments.
In other business at the meeting, the council held a public hearing on whether to apply to the Local Government Commission for approval of an installment purchase contract.
The loan is for fiscal year 2018 construction projects with PNC Bank at a fixed interest rate of 3.20 percent for 120 months for a total cost of $2.9 million.
Projects to be paid for with the loan include renovations at Fire Station 7, rebuilding Substation No. 6 and a Sewer Outfall Rehabilitation Project.
No one spoke during the hearing. The council voted unanimously to ask the commission to approve the loan.
The council also approved a $2.7 million loan with PNC to purchase two dump trucks, a digger derrick, a front loader, right of way mower, two fire pumpers and more.
The council then approved a National Recreation and Parks Association grant for the 2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time Program. The $25,000 grant has no required local match.
The council canceled the regular council meeting set for 4 p.m. May 28 because it falls on Memorial Day.