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City Council set to continue talk on Streetscape project

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on December 16, 2012 1:50 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will pick up where it left off concerning the continuation of downtown's signature revitalization effort Monday as members are expected to discuss and possibly vote on extending the Center Street Streetscape Project south to the next two blocks of the downtown thoroughfare.

City Manager Scott Stevens told council members at their Dec. 3 meeting that to begin construction in January 2014, as previously outlined in an effort to minimize the impact to the city's debt service payments, work on design will need to begin in earnest in January.

Mayor Al King suggested the council hold off on voting on the next phase of the project until Monday, allowing council members to educate themselves on the matter.

That discussion is expected to headline the council's work session, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.

Also expected during the work session is a presentation from the Friends of Willowdale Cemetery.

During the regular meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Historic City Hall, the public will be invited to offer its views on the following items:

* A conditional use permit to allow the operation of an Internet cafe/sweepstakes facility on the east side of U.S. 117 between Arrington Bridge Road and South George Street in the vicinity of Teasers Nightclub

* A request by Woodhaven Enterprises to rezone the southeast corner of the intersection of Wayne Memorial Drive and Gracie Place from residential to neighborhood business

* An ordinance amendment that would eliminate the sidewalk requirements for developments not identified on the city's sidewalk plan in the cases when the business hasn't operated for more than a year or when the property is expanded substantially

* Initiation of zoning for HWB of North Carolina which aims to bring a Sheetz to the southeast corner of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581 diagonally across from the Rosewood Walmart.

* Non-contiguous annexation request for that same property identified for a Sheetz convenience store.

The Planning Commission, upon hearing the public comments on those items, is expected to adjourn to the anteroom where it will prepare recommendations.

The following items are expected to be approved by consent during the council meeting:

* The authorization of installment financing to fund an information technology update

* The purchase of a compost mixer and truck chassis from Greensboro-based White's International Trucks for $161,969

* The authorization of the city manager to contract with an architectural firm for the design of the new W.A. Foster Recreation Center

* The acceptance of a Stoney Creek Park site plan which will allow for construction on the park's shelter and restrooms to be bid out

* Advisory board and commission appointments

* Monthly departmental reports.

The council will also pass resolutions in appreciation of Chief Inspector Ed Cianfarra and Neil Bartlett, both of whom are retiring this month after more than 27 and 30 years of service, respectively.