The Town of Mount Gilead has received a second extension of time to complete work with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Catalyst funds. Town Manager Katrina Tatum announced the extension at Tuesday night’s meeting of Town Commissioners.
At a called meeting June 24, Tatum told Commissioners and the public that the grant work has been complicated by a number of setbacks, including the discovery of environmental contaminants at the Highland Community Center. Two buildings at Highland are slated for demolition, but asbestos, lead-based paint and fuel oil removal must also be done.
Additional delays are attributed to the resignation of grant administrator Mary Beck, who cited problems working with Mayor Patty Almond as the reason for her departure.
The called meeting resulted from Almond’s refusal to sign off on the second grant extension request, and Commissioners gave Mayor Pro-Tem Tim McAuley permission to authorize the request. Almond did not attend the meeting.
Katrina Tatum said she is looking for another grant administrator.