05/16/11 — City Council will hear redistricting comments

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City Council will hear redistricting comments

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on May 16, 2011 1:46 PM

The public will have its first opportunity to sound off on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget plan at tonight's City Council meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m. The council's work session will begin at 5 p.m.

The budget, which was first presented at the May 2 council meeting, does not call for any tax increases, and proposes $1.86 million in attrition to keep them from rising. The $47,447,776 budget is a decrease of $109,103 from last fiscal year.

The council will also hear public opinion on the proposed redistricting plan that was presented last month. This is the second public hearing on the plan that realigns the city's districts to account for population shifts revealed from 2010 census data. No one spoke on the new maps at the first public hearing May 2.

In other business, the council will hear recommendations as to how best to leave Park Avenue open through Herman Park. After being closed unofficially for more than a year, a bollard was removed this weekend to allow traffic to pass through. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee met last Tuesday to discuss options as to how to keep the road open while providing for the safety of park visitors.

Council will also hear presentations from Ben Seegars on behalf of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and from Sue White concerning Goldsboro Housing Authority's Father's Day Initiative.

Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation Director Julie Thompson will also speak on behalf of her organization's efforts concerning downtown aesthetics and its downtown zoning repair pilot program.

The council will also set a date for a second budget workshop after its initial meeting last Tuesday.