Serving as your Mayor is something that I, as well as my fellow board members do not take for granted. Our service to you is our number one priority. The Town has been diligently preparing in the preceding days as we prepare for the effects of Hurricane Florence on our town. I wanted to let you know that our town administration and town employees have prepared our town as best as possible and are ready to address and respond to each situation that we may encounter. Our critical infrastructure including the raw water intake facility, the water treatment plant, the water tank reservoirs, waste water treatment plant, and sewer lift stations are ready including alternate responses should there be any system failures.
Norwood Center Rural Fire Department has moved into their new facility and are diligently preparing to serve you and are placing a high emphasis on swift water rescues, an area in which they are well trained. I must say that I am so thankful for each of those dedicated fire and rescue professionals. They truly are amazing in times of need.
The town will stage our Police department and town maintenance staff at 141 Blalock St.(Former Center Rural Building) particularly if loss of power occurs. The facility is equipped with a generator and will serve the town well in events such as Florence.
Lastly, just after 6 pm tonight, Norwood contacted Stanly County Emergency Management to communicate the information above and to also alert them to the possibility that Norwood might declare a State of Emergency. North Carolina Statues 14 – 288.12 as well as Norwood Ordinance 79 authorizes the Mayor to Declare a State of Emergency in times of imminent threat. I wanted to let each of you know that I am prepared to make that call on Thursday September 13th following additional updated weather forecasts. There are several reasons for making such declaration one being assistance from State and Federal Agencies.
In closing, I, as well as my fellow board members want to make sure that we position ourselves to help you in a potential time of great need. You will see each of us out responding to public needs.
I will have more to share in the coming days.
All my best,
Linda Campbell, Mayor Pro Tem
Commissioners: James Lilly, Robbie Cohen. Wes Hartsell, & Betty O’Neal