|By Mary Anderson, The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The discussion by
Niland said the questions brought up a larger issue that affects all small towns working to keep a fire department active and have enough volunteers available to respond to calls during the day. Some small towns have had to close their departments or merge with a larger department when firefighters were not available to respond during the day when they were working, he said.
"This raises issues I have never dealt with before because it has the potential to affect many towns," said Niland, who has more than 20 years experience in municipal management. "The text amendment to clarify the personnel policy is fine, but I would like to research the implications for towns like
The recommendation from the
Hearne said he had recently visited Harrington and found him still in good spirits.
"He has been through several surgeries and is now in the healing and rehabilitation process," Hearne said. Harrington will stay at UNC Hospitals in
Hearne said Harrington has a birthday in June and the commissioners are planning something special for him.
Smith thanked the board and town for supporting the fundraiser on
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