05/03/09 — Goldsboro City Council continues work on 2009-10 budget decisions

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Goldsboro City Council continues work on 2009-10 budget decisions

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on May 3, 2009 2:00 AM

Budget issues, energy concerns, the Fourth of July Jaycees parade and planning and engineering agenda items will be discussed Monday at the city council's special work session and regular meeting.

The council will continue its discussion of the proposed 2009-10 budget at 2 p.m. and then will hear a presentation from an energy committee about energy-saving measures and technology.

Mary Mosley of Operation Transition, Inc., is scheduled to speak before the council at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss the organization's plans for a homeless shelter and re-entry program for female ex-offenders. Operation Transition is not a Special Population Housing Residence, Ms. Mosley said in a letter to the council, and therefore not in conflict with the 2006 ordinance GS 168-20 through 168-23.

Citizens are also invited to speak during a public hearing allowing others a chance to provide input and comments on the housing and non-housing needs of the city, before officials submit the 2009-10 annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs.

The action plan proposes dedicating $47,360 to rehabilitation of substandard housing, $90,000 for home buyer assistance, $59,343 for after-school enrichment/public services, $20,000 for acquisition, demolition and clearance, $100,000 for CHDO activity, $237,151 for public facilities and improvements and a total $105,496 for program administration.

The speed limit on South Harding Drive may be changing from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. The council is expected to approve requesting the transfer of South Harding Drive from NC Department of Transportation street system to the city of Goldsboro. The city would take possession of the street from a point about a mile south of New Hope Road north to New Hope Road, and proposes to change the speed limit to match the posted speed limit within the Goldsboro city limits.

The second annual Goldsboro Jaycees Fourth of July parade will be held Friday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. and conclude with a street festival around 3 p.m. The council will discuss plans for the parade and vote on permitting the closing of the parade route and the 100 East block of Chestnut Street and the 200 South block of Center Street during the street fair.

City ordinances will be updated, following the adoption of the 2009 S-26 supplement to the Code of Ordinances for Goldsboro. The supplement contains all ordinances of a general nature enacted since S-25 Code of Ordinances, dated Sept. 2, 2008.

The council is also expected to add money from the North Carolina controlled substance tax remittance to the police department expense account, for the purpose of expanding the department's drug-related budget.

Site and landscape plans for Greenwood Middle School, the community gardens and farmer's market, Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro and the First African Baptist Church are among consent agenda items that will be presented during the meeting. Items on the meeting agenda requiring individual action include whether to allow Cid Yow to open a Budget truck rental and sports bar on the Northwest corner of South Berkeley Boulevard and East Elm Street, whether to allow U.S. Cellular to place a 199-foot cell phone tower on Tommy's Road and whether to allow the closing of Dexter Street.