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City Council expected to move forward with annexation

By Anessa Myers
Published in News on February 1, 2009 2:00 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will discuss passing a resolution of intent to consider moving forward with Phase 12 annexation plans at its meeting Monday night.

The area included in Phase 12 is north of Buck Swamp Road and includes the Marsh Landing, North Pointe, Morgan Trace, Tarklin Acres, North Creek, Buck Run, Canterbury Village, Pineview Acres and Lanetree Village subdivisions.

North Carolina state law requires that the city announce a resolution of consideration at least one year prior to the adoption of a resolution of intent.

The City Council adopted a resolution of consideration May 7, 2007.

If the resolution of intent is passed Monday, a public hearing about the annexation would be scheduled for April 6 at 7 p.m. Public hearing notices will be sent by first-class mail at least four weeks prior to the date of the public hearing to all property owners within the area to be annexed.

A public informational meeting on the question of annexation is scheduled for March 25 at 7 p.m. at Lane Tree Golf Club, 2317 Salem Church Road. The meeting will help to explain the city's plans and policies concerning municipal services. Notice of that public meeting also will be sent to property owners of the proposed annexed area.

After the public hearing on April 6, the council will consider adopting an annexation ordinance on April 20, meaning the area will be officially annexed with an effective date of June 30.

Also on Monday's council agenda are six public hearings and a discussion of the condemnation of several dilapidated dwellings.

The first two hearings will be held on rezoning requests.

Kathy Woodard made a request to change property on the east side of Piedmont Airline Road between Ash Street and Stonehenge Drive from a residential zone to a light industry zone. A use for the property wasn't specified.

Deborah Higgins made a request to change property located on the south side of Simmons Street between North Slocumb Street and Leslie Street from general business to a residential conditional district to allow for a boarding house.

There also will be hearings held regarding the closing of several streets.

The North Carolina Railroad Co. requested that portions of Atlantic Avenue be closed, at North William and North John streets and at North Jefferson Avenue.

The public works department requested that Emmitt and Hood streets be closed since the city owns all of the lots abutting both streets.

The last two public hearings will be held regarding amendments to city ordinances that would allow for an increase in sign area for properties on Ash Street and east of Jefferson Avenue from 10-square-feet to 32-square-feet, and would change the number of members of the Historic District Commission from nine members to seven members with two alternates.

Council members also will discuss condemnation of six dilapidated dwellings at 1202 N. Center St., 309 Wayne Ave., 324 Whitfield Drive, 604 Simmons St., 2106 E. Elm St. and 502 S. Slocumb St. Funds for demolition of the dwellings have been appropriated.

Finally, officials will discuss costs associated with future annexation plans and the anticipated federal stimulus package through President-elect Barack Obama.

The council's work session will begin at 4 p.m. in the large conference room at the City Hall Addition, and the council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the original council chambers at City Hall.