Those waiting to get a license plate in Walnut Cove will have to wait just a little bit longer, but not much longer according to town officials.
The new License Plate Agency office, scheduled to open on Aug. 11, will not be able to open until problems with network access have been resolved.
“The building is done and complete,” said Town Manager Monty Stevens. “We are waiting on a combination of the state and Century Link. There has to be a whole different telecommunication service run to the office. The state has subcontracted the placement of conduit inside and outside the office to a private company and CenturyLink can’t do their part until it is put in place.”
Stevens said he had been in contact with the state asking when their portion of the work would be completed.
“They think it will be any day now, but as of this afternoon I had not heard anything definite,” said Stevens. “I have been trying to get them to give me a date for when we will be able to open and they give me two answers: soon and next week.”
Stevens said all of the equipment needed for the office is ready to be shipped from Raleigh as soon as the network issues are resolved, noting the the remodeling of the building had gone smoothly.
“I think it is something the town can be very proud of,” he said, adding that customers were already coming to try to use the new office. “We probably had to turn at least 20 people away today.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.