By Lindell J. Kay | | 252-265-8117

BAILEY — A longtime staple, the town’s annual Christmas parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news came Monday during the town’s monthly meeting. Bailey Chamber President Nick Green told town commissioners the Miss Bailey Pageant has been canceled as well. The Bailey Chamber of Commerce might host food trucks or hold a similar socially distanced activity along with the annual Christmas tree lighting, Green said.

“We went to have something for the kids,” Green said. 

Later in the meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Green as an alternate member representing the extraterritorial jurisdiction on the town’s planning board.

Planning Board Chairman Walter Wells said he’s working on a subdivision amendment to add to the town’s ordinances.

“Someday we will get off the sewer moratorium and someone is going to want to build houses,” Wells said.

Bailey has been under a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality sewer capacity moratorium since 2003, the second-longest such sewer ban in the state.

Fixing that issue is near the top of the priority list for state House candidate Matthew Winslow, who introduced himself at the meeting.

Winslow, a Franklin County homebuilder, said he has local government and private-sector developer experience and he knows how important it is for Bailey to get the sewer cap lifted.

“I’ve been here in Bailey meeting people and everyone is very friendly,” Winslow said.

A Republican, Winslow faces Democrat Phil Stover for the N.C. House District 7 seat, which represents portions of Nash and all of Franklin County. The seat is up for grabs with incumbent Lisa Barnes running for N.C. Senate in District 11.  


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