02/15/10 — Goldsboro City Council to cover limited agenda

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Goldsboro City Council to cover limited agenda

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on February 15, 2010 1:46 PM

A public hearing involving zoning is the lone issue -- aside from a five-item consent agenda -- that will be dealt with by members of the Goldsboro City Council this evening at the group's final session of the month.

The hearing, requested by Robert Peele, involves property located on the northeast corner of Ash and North Leslie streets. Peele is seeking a change in zoning for the site from office and institutional to general business.

Tonight's meeting comes just four days after the council adjourned its annual retreat -- a two-day work session that included presentations from key members of the city management team and staff -- a day early.

Among the most notable discussions at the retreat were those led by Goldsboro fire and police chiefs Gary Whaley and Tim Bell, who spoke about the need for additional evidence storage at the Police Department and how relocating the current Fire Department headquar-ters would give the lawmen space they need.

Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. executive director Julie Thompson also addressed the council during its retreat, painting a picture of what the city's core could look like if the board moved forward with plans to redesign the streetscape along Center Street.

Tonight's meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council Chambers inside historic City Hall.