State doesn't fine Taylortown for buried houses
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has decided now to fine a Moore County town for the illegal burial of demolished homes.
Eighteen burial sites were located in Taylortown, and DENR had threatened to fine the town $15,000 a day if the debris wasn't dug up and disposed of properly.
DENR spokeswoman Cathy Akroyd said the department backed off the fines when the town hired crews to clean up the mess.
Former Mayor Ulysses Barrett admitted to burying the debris, saying nobody told him there was anything wrong with the practice and that the town council authorized it.