The Town of Erwin Board of Mayor & Aldermen gave their approval to the new Wings & Strings event planned for Nov. 1. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The third time will hopefully be the charm for the band 49 Winchester, this according to the Town of Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which held their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.

The band has been scheduled to perform two other times in downtown Erwin and due to weather, had to cancel. They are now scheduled to perform on Friday, Nov. 1, during the First Annual Wings and Strings event on Union Street. This event became official after the BMA voted unanimously to approve the event and to approve the closure of Union Street on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

In addition to a concert by 49 Winchester, there will be a chicken wing competition.

“There is going to be a wing sauce competition. NOLI owner Jason Howze will be preparing the wings, and we will have several participants making a gallon of wing sauce and those buying tickets will be able to taste and vote,” Town of Erwin Communications Specialist Jamie Rice said.

During an Erwin Beer Board meeting that followed Monday’s BMA, it was decided that Union Street Taproom owner Tara Baker, the wife of Alderman Michael Baker, would be allowed to have a beer tent on Nov. 1 for the Wings and Strings event from 5-10 p.m. on Union Street.

“I am requesting permission to serve beer in a designated area on Union Street during the Wings and Strings event.. We can provide wristbands if needed,” Baker said.

Town of Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson acknowledged that although the wristbands would help, they are not required.

“This group has held events like this in the past and it has not been a problem. They control the area very well,” Tilson said.

The board voted unanimously to allow the sale of beer by Union Street Taproom in a designated area on Union Street on Nov. 1, between the hours of 5-10 p.m. Baker abstained from voting.

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In other business, the BMA voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of land located at 310 Eighth St. in Erwin. The rezoning was originally approved during the Aug. 28, Town of Erwin Planning Commission meeting.

The request was made by the landowner to change the zoning from a R1, which is a low density residential to R1-A which is for single-family residences. According to Erwin Building Inspector Brian Tapp at the Aug. 28 meeting, the move would allow the landowner to build three new single-family homes.

“That is a very large corner lot, so I think that would be beneficial to have up to three new houses available,” Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said during the BMA meeting on Sept 9. This was the first reading of the rezoning. There will be a public hearing on the matter followed by a second and final reading of the request on Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m.