Board of Commissioners vote to contract Hobbs Architects for pre-design work and to restructure town’s Finance Department


SILER CITY — The Town of Siler City Board of Commissioners met at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 17, in the courtroom at City Hall. The commissioners voted to contract Hobbs Architects to conduct pre-design work on the recently acquired Carter Bank & Trust building in Siler City and for a new public works office, and voted to restructure the town’s Finance Department.

As reported by Taylor Heeden, the bank was purchased by the town to use as additional office and administrative space as Siler City continues to grow and will continue to in coming years. 

Taylor Hobbs, co-founder of Hobbs Architects, said to the board of commissioners that the plan being proposed is to conduct preliminary work to gain knowledge on what the renovations to the building would entail. 

Town staff would not have to dedicate time to this because Hobbs Architects would be hired out to take care of the work, Hobbs said. 

After further discussion from the board of commissioners and Mayor Chip Price, the board voted to approve Hobbs Architects work.

In addition, the board approved to have Hobbs Architects pre-design a new facility for a public works office beside the wastewater treatment plant in Siler City, Town Manager Hank Raper said. 

The other main point of conversation was about restructuring and adding staff positions to the town’s Finance Department. 

Raper said this was a good time to do that since the finance director and assistant finance director have left the town’s department. 

Through the proposed restructuring by Raper, which includes reclassifying the assistant finance director into a budget analyst and creating a billing customer service manager this would allow department staff to have clearer job responsibilities and more manageable workloads, he said. 

The commissioners voted to approve all other agenda items before going into closed session.

The next Siler City Board of Commissioners meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, in the courtroom in City Hall.

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