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VAR\AMTOWN OFFICIALS received this proposed site plan for the town park Monday. It includes
a picnic shelter , playground area, restrooms and regulation Softball field.
Varna mtown Hires Contractor
To Prepare Boat Ramp Parking Lot
BY DOUG RUTTER
Varnamtown officials have hired
a local contractor to clear, fill and
placc marl on town property off
Fisherman Road so it can be used as
a boat ramp parking lot.
Aldermen voted unanimously
Monday night to hire Major White
of Ash after he submitted the low
bid of $8,600. Two other area con
tractors also bid on the project.
Alderman Will Mumford said the
project will require placement about
650 cubic yards of fill material, in
cluding 450 yards of dirt and 200
yards of marl on top
About half of the money for the
work will come from the town's
S 10,233 community projects fund.
The town also has approximately
$4,300 remaining from a $25,000
state grant awarded last year for the
ramp on Lockwood Folly River.
In a related matter, aldermen vot
ed Monday to enter into an informal
"land use agreement" with Terrence
and Sue Galloway, who own land
next to the parking lot property.
Town officials and the Galloways
plan to exchange some land in order
lo improve the layout of the parking
Mumford said Monday the town
will need to install about 90 feet of
fence between the new parking lot
the Galloways' home He estimated
the cost between $250 and $350.
land Use Plan
Aldermen moved closer to ap
proving the town's first land use
plan Monday when they reviewed
several minor changcs made by
planning consultant Howard Capps
Capps will briefly summarize the
plan for the public at the town
board's next meeting on Sept. 12.
Afterwards, the document will be
submitted to the state for its review
Capps said a formal public hear
ing on the plan will be held late this
year or early next year before it is fi
Also Monday, Capps submitted a
proposed site plan for the town park
to the board of aldermen.
The plan for the three-acre prop
erty off Sabbath Home Road in
eludes 29 parking spaces, a play
ground area, picnic shelter, re
strooms and regulation softball field
Once the town makes the final
payment on the property in 1995, of
ficials indicated they will apply for a
state grant to develop the park.
Capps said the state has $1 mil
lion available this year for parks and
could have as much as $15 million
Town officials talked briefly
Monday about the need to improve
safety at the intersection of Sabbath
Home and Stone Chimney roads.
Alderman Ada McDonald said
people traveling Stone Chimney
Road often run the stop sign at the
intersection, and many people ex
ceed ihc 45 mph speed limit on
Aldermen said they plan to check
with N.C. Department of Transport
ation officials about lowering the
speed limit to 35 mph. They also
said they would like to see law en
forcement officers patrol the area
Varnamtown Or Varnumfown?
BY DOUG RUTTER
The longest-running controversy in Varnamtown
reared its not-so-ugly head Monday night. How should
the name of the town be spelled?
Some residents say it's fine just the way it is, while
others think it should be changed to Vamumtown
One letter ? an A or a U between the N and the M ?
may not seem like much to outsiders, but it means a
great deal to some of the natives.
After all, the community is named after the original
settlers, the Varnams or the Varnums. Roland D. Var
nam or Roland D. Varnum to be exact.
Town board member Ada McDonald raised the hu
morous yet sticky issue at Monday night's board meet
ing. She said some residents want to officially change
the town's name to Vamumtown.
McDonald cited several historical facts in making an
argument to change the spelling. She discussed docu
ments dating back to 1635 that spell the name Varnum,
and talked about a man named Carl Varnum who report
edly served in George Washington's army.
"Everything that's been shown to me has suggested
the Varnum spelling is U-M," McDonald said.
Mayor Pro Tem Ennis Swain served on the commit
tee that helped incorporate Varnamtown in 1988. That
same committee also settled on the spelling.
Swain said the incorporation committee was told an
old family Bible of the original Roland D. Vamam used
the A-M spelling.
"I didn't do the research." Swain explained. "They
said the old family Bible was A-M and I didn't go no
Alderman John David Dawson, who was also in on
the incorporation effort from the start, said Monday he
didn't remember anything about a family Bible.
"We decided to pick the first letter in the alphabet if
I remember right." he said.
Swain and Dawson both said they don't want to
change the spelling now. All of the town maps spell it
Vamamtown, although some of the town street signs
spell it Varnumtown.
"If you're a Varnam you're a Varnum, whether it's
A-M or U-M," Mayor Judy Galloway said.
Indeed, the spelling of the name seems to be a matter
of personal preference for many Varnams and Vamums
O'Neal Vamam spells his name with an A and has a
brother who spells his name with a U. "I got four children
and two of them's U and two of them's A," Vamam said.
In Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp.'s June
1994 phone book, there are 35 listings for Vamam and
17 listings for Varnum.
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