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NAACP leader to address City Council on Monday

By staff
Published in News on January 7, 2007 2:01 AM

A presentation from the leader of the state chapter of the NAACP, zoning issues, and an Irish pub are scheduled to headline the Goldsboro City Council's first agenda of the year at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday.

After approving the minutes from their Dec. 4 meeting, council members will hear from the Rev. William Barber, a Goldsboro resident and president of the N.C. chapter of the NAACP.

Once the presentation has been given, a vote will take place on the council's consent agenda, which includes appointments to the Advisory Board and Advisory Commission as recommended by the city management team.

The group also is expected to take action on several items individually, including the potential purchase of a security system for the historic City Hall building located on Center Street, zoning issues and conditional land use requests.

The first zoning issues involves property located on the southeast side of Wayne Memorial Drive, between Cox Boulevard and New Hope Road. Council is expected to determine whether or not a request from property owner MRM Development to rezone the parcel from Office and Institutional to Neighborhood Business will work.

The second request, made by Norfam, LCC, involves its property located on the south side of Tommy's Road between U.S. 13 and Hare Road. Council members will be asked to determine if a change from residential to office and institutional is right for the area.

And then there is the Flying Shamrock. The council is expected to hold a vote on the future of what would be the first Irish pub in downtown Goldsboro's history.

The brainchild of Jerry Snyder, Wayne Turner and their silent partners, the establishment would offer traditional Irish fare, live music and a bar right in the heart of the city.

At the council's last meeting in December 2006, nobody spoke in opposition of the land use request. In fact, several appeals were made to the council to move quickly in approving the request.

The proposed pub will be located within the center unit of the Odd Fellows building on John Street, between Walnut and Mulberry Streets and will be open seven days a week.

Bob Fuller spoke on behalf of the Odd Fellows at the December meeting citing a unanimous vote by his organization to allow the Flying Shamrock crew to move in.

At the end of Monday's meeting, council members will open the floor to the public, giving residents a chance to address their elected officials.