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City Council: $20K to move Stoney Creek facilities

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on May 21, 2013 1:46 PM

Goldsboro City Council members talked parks and budget at their meeting Monday.

Council approved two change orders for the Stoney Creek Park bathroom and picnic shelters and heard comments on the city's proposed 2013-14 budget during a public hearing.

The change order approved Monday will cost the taxpayers a combined $20,139 to move the two park structures.

City Manager Scott Stevens had said he did not expect the change order to cost more than $15,000.

Councilman Bill Broadaway, whose district includes Stoney Creek Park, said he had not expected the change order to cost more than $3,000 to $4,000.

"But I'm not a construction guy," Broadaway said.

Despite the large gap between what Broadaway expected and the final price tag, he still says that the tax dollars were well-used.

Council also heard comments from Wayne County Historical Association President, Kirk Keller, who is also a professor at Wayne Community College, during the public hearing on the budget.

Keller asked that more money be allocated to Wayne County Museum personnel.

For the 2013-14 budget, the museum requested $33,500 for the expansion of the hours of the part-time employees.

The Finance Department recommended keeping the allocated funds the same as 2012-13 at $12,000.

The staff members work a combined 26 hours per week, which is not enough time to catalog 15 years of backlogged artifacts as well as show visitors around the museum, Keller said.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Council also held three more public hearings relating to zoning issues, which members are expected to vote on at the June 3 City Council meeting.

An additional two public hearings were set for the June 3 meeting for zoning and annexations.

In other business, council:

* Voted to approve a site plan for Salvation Deliverance and Healing Ministries to place a mobile unit on their property within city limits provided that they make agreed upon economical modifications to improve the aesthetics of the building.

* Approved a request for street closures from the Goldsboro/Dillard Alumni Association for its annual parade.

* Approved the acceptance of a $40,000 grant for greenways with no local match required.