A quick, productive council meeting outside

Outdoor Tabor City Council meeting includes, from left, Town Manager Al Leonard, Mayor Royce Harper, councilmen Sam Rogers and Lamont Grate. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

     A new budget for the year that begins Saturday was adopted without dissention in an unusual outdoor meeting of Tabor City Council early today.

     Councilman Nelson Lee had promised breakfast at the 6:30 a.m. meeting and public hearing held at his business, The Todd House. Flu kept Lee and others of his family home, and the restaurant doors locked, Mayor Royce Harper said, seated in a rocking chair on the restaurant porch.

     “We can meet here,” Harper said, “since we’ve advertised this as the location.”

     Councilman David Mincey was away due to a work obligation. Members Lamont Grate and Sam Rogers, with the mayor, were enough to make a quorum with Town Manager Al Leonard and one reporter rounding out the group.

     It took about ten minutes to work through the agenda, including adopting the budget, year-end budget amendments, and approving contracts for a study grant that will quantify the shortcomings and needs of the town’s sewage system.

     Look for the complete story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.