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Bratton takes over as Chase City acting town manager / September 11, 2019
With no official business to discuss Monday night, Mayor Eddie Bratton and members of Chase City Town Council opened their meeting to the public to discuss issues and receive suggestions on how the town can improve its handling of problems and concerns.

Bratton said he felt the meeting was productive and “the citizens enjoyed being included as participants in the discussion.”

In other business, Bratton said with the departure of Angela Lawrence, he has once again assumed the role of acting town manager. He said Council is reviewing applications from candidates seeking the position.

Bratton said both Tonya Duffer, the new clerk of council, and Jim Wilson, head of public works, have “enthusiastically embraced” their new positions. Bratton also took a moment to thank Mac Bailey for his “incredibly generous gifts to various organizations” of Chase City.

Bailey recently donated $500,000 to the town police, fire and EMS and two local churches as well as Save Our Heritage, the group working to preserve several buildings around town. A share of Bailey’s half-million dollar contribution also went to the Hester Bryant American Legion Post in Chase City and the Chase City branch of the Mecklenburg County YMCA.

“In the last few weeks, the Baileys made good on their offer and distributed that half million dollars to organizations that benefit significant numbers of our citizens,” said Bratton. “The effects of that support for our community will be seen as thoughtful decisions are made to assure productive use is made from the Bailey’s generosity.”

For the first time in many months, the Chase City Police Department is fully staffed, Bratton said, adding “that is a relief for the members of the department who shouldered the load when they were down by three professionally trained full time officers.

“We recognize their extraordinary dedication to protecting each of us and to protecting our town. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated police force serving us and working to keep our town safe. I cannot thank the officers of our Police Department enough for their continuing work on our behalf,” he said.

A request to the Town by Paul Jackson, owner of the Green Acres mobile home park in Chase City, to extend water service beyond the town limits to the park is being denied, according to Bratton, because of the potential impact on the existing Fifth Street water main.

Bratton announced the next Chase City Community Watch meeting will be held next Tuesday in the Fire Department Meeting Room at 7 p.m., and he asked local residents to help the town identify properties with “excessively tall grass” in need of mowing.

He also said work is under way to address deficiencies in the town code involving unlicensed vehicles being stored on properties around town, and instances that suggest violations of the Town Code but for which there is no associated penalty.

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