LEE COUNTY: Commissioners remember late member

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

The Lee County Commissioners took a brief hiatus during their meeting Monday night to remember one of their fallen comrades.

Commissioners approved a resolution honoring former Commissioner Ed Paschal, who died April 2 and served for more than 20 years on the board. He retired in 2012.

"I always remember two calls he would make to me from time to time," said Lee County Commissioner Robert Reives. "At budget time, he'd call to tell me to support the board of education. The other time, he would call me [and say], 'I just made peach cobbler.' And you don't have to guess which one I reacted to first."

Lee County Clerk to the Board Gaynell Lee said Paschal was the commissioner who made the motion to hire her, and since then, they'd been friends.

"He had a great love for Lee County," she said. Paschal recommended the county's official motto: "Committed Today for a Better Tomorrow" and designed the county's flag.

Paschal's wife, Betty, and her family were present to accept the resolution.

"He loved all of you," Betty said. "I think he loved everyone he ever met. He had a lot of love in his heart, and then his heart gave out."

The Lee County Commissioners also approved a resolution honoring Sanford City Councilman Walter McNeil Jr., who died March 30. The first black councilman and longest serving councilman, the resolution said McNeil "was known for for his honesty, his integrity, and level head and calmness when dealing with situations."

In other matters, Commissioners:

* Heard a presentation from Duke Progress Energy concerning the decommission of the Cape Fear Plant.

* Approved an amendment to the 2011 CDBG Scattered Site Housing Project.

* Approved one bid for rehabilitation for the 2011 Scattered Site Hosing Grant program.

* Reviewed the successful rehabilitated homes from the 2012 N.C. Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair.

* Renewed the Lee County health insurance plan.

* Tabled a renewal contract with Logan Systems for the Lee County Register of Deeds.

* Renewed a contract between the Lee County General Services and the North Carolina Department of Corrections for inmate labor.

* Listed 15 older vehicles as surplus so they can be sold.

* Briefly discussed the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance and asked for a representative to be present during an upcoming meeting.

* Held a closed session related to a lawsuit filed against the county and three county commissioners concerning a public town hall that was held in a private, gated community. The meeting agenda also indicated discussion "relating to the location or expansion of a business in the area."