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City looks ahead to new emergency operations center, third fire station

ASHEBORO — During the Oct. 5 monthly meeting, the Asheboro City Council approved the establishment of a fund for the design and construction of the emergency operations center and third fire station.


Finance Officer Debbie Reaves said most of the money for the facility will come from the federal government. “It’s going to be expensive,” she said, adding that a state grant for the fund will be separate from the federal money.


Mayor David Smith accentuated the need for the third fire station. “With all the (residential) developments we’ve approved, we need a third station. We’ve found a site where it needs to be.”


In other business, the council:


— Agreed to the dates for the Canada geese and duck hunting season at Lake Reese.


The Cultural and Recreation Services Department has offered geese and duck hunting at Lake Reese for the past 15 years. This year’s hunt will be allowed on Nov. 11, 13 and 16; Dec. 21, 23 and 28; and Jan. 20, 22 and 25.


Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The lake will be closed to other activities while hunting takes place. Hunters are required to call Lake Reese at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a space. If hunting reservations are not made, the lake will operate on its regular winter schedule.


— Voted to the temporary closing of North Street for Trick or Treat in the Park. The street will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


— Approved the temporary closure of Worth Street from Fayetteville Street to Cox Street for a special event related to Keaton’s Place. The closure will be on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.