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Pembroke council discusses gym, new state burn laws
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The city of Pembroke’s swimming pool won’t open this summer because the city was unable to find a lifeguard for various reasons, but council members did discuss renting out the Mikell Foxworth Recreation Center gym to people who want to use it, for a fee.

Allowing the gym at the old Bryan County Elementary School to be used by nonprofits such as church groups and sports leagues and other uses were discussed during a workshop prior to the council’s June 14 meeting at City Hall.

Also discussed by council during the regular meeting was the re-appointment of Steve Asplund to the Coastal Regional Commission.

Members of the commission have to be approved by Pembroke, Richmond Hill and Bryan County before their seated.

Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook said Asplund has represented the city well during his time on the commission, and his reappointment was unanimously approved.

Also Monday, Fire Chief Peter Waters told council the state’s new burn law takes effect July 1. It no longer requires a state-issued burn permit to burn leaf piles and yard debris or, “hand-piled natural vegetation,” but does limit such fires to a minimum distance of 25 feet from surrounding woods and 50 feet from other structures. There will also be no night burning, and the new law requires someone to be at the fire at all times and have a water hose nearby.

Agricultural and land clearing fires for development will still require permits, Waters said.

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