06/22/06 — Property issues brought up at City Council meeting

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Property issues brought up at City Council meeting

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on June 22, 2006 1:45 PM

A request from a Goldsboro property owner was among the agenda items on a short docket Monday for the Goldsboro City Counci.

John Harper Jr., a Virginia resident, spoke to the council about property he owns in the city, located at 919 Bethune Ave. He wants the city to buy it.

The home was damaged by flooding several years ago, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused to buy it, he said. City officials expressed interest in buying it, he said. He said former city manager Richard Slozak had made a a$16,000 offer.

Harper said he has been paying taxes on the property ever since it was flooded and wanted to know if the city was still interested. He said the property is valued at $24,000 for tax purposes.

In other business:

*Three public hearings regarding zoning issues were held. The first, involved the initiation of zoning for property located on the northwest corner of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. The second, involved a request by William Massengill to rezone property on the southwest corner of Randolph and Peachtree streets from neighborhood business to general business. The last public hearing regarded a request to rezone properties on the east side of Patetown Road from residential to single family. No speaker expressed oppposition to the proposed rezonings.

*Mayor Al King and the other council members congratulated city departments for their hard work and recognized this year's safety award winners.

*City Manager Joe Huffman invited residents to attend the upcoming open house at the new City Hall addition. The event will be held Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.

*Council approved the consent agenda, which consisted of a budget amendment, departmental reports and setting a public hearing for a noncontiguous annexation petition.