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Former Arts Council building back on city agenda

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on August 4, 2013 1:50 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will vote on a number of finance issues for city projects at its meeting Monday night, including a change order for the demolition of the former Arts Council of Wayne County building and the approval of the purchase of a horizontal wood grinder for the city compost facility.

The change order would add an extra $22,500 to the project for the removal of asbestos that was not indicated on the building plans the contractor originally used to estimate the amount of asbestos to be removed.

The asbestos was found inside the structure as well as under the outside overhang.

Additionally, the Council is expected to make a decision on whether to grant a conditional use permit for a boarding house on Edgerton Street.

The city Planning Commission recommended not granting the request on the grounds that the structure did not meet the city code for boarding houses.

The Council also is expected to approve an amendment to the animal control ordinance, making it a finable offense to feed stray cats that are not part of a trap-neuter-return program, and changing the language of the "dogs at large" portion of the legislation to replace the word "dog" with "animals."

The finance department will make a presentation to lower the approved purchase price of a horizontal wood grinder for the city compost facility from $621,000 to $568,280.58 to reflect a better deal the city negotiated through James River Equipment Co.

The city was able to negotiate the lower price by piggybacking on federal contract rates with a 1.5 percent handling fee added onto the federal rate. James River Equipment agreed to sell the grinder to the city for the federal contract rate, minus the handling fee.

The request will allow Kaye Scott, Goldsboro finance director and City Manager Scott Stevens to authorize the purchase order as well as amend the 2013-14 budget to reflect the extra funds allocated for the grinder coming back into the budget.

In other business during the work session, which begins in the City Hall annex at 5 p.m. Monday, the Council will hear a presentation from Goldsboro Travel and Tourism about the economic impact of sporting events in Goldsboro.

Also up for discussion during the work session will be the possible sale of city-owned property on Gully Street.

The Council also is expected to give approval for the Finance Department to purchase commercial products through GSA Advantage, a federal site that gives municipalities access to federal contract pricing for millions of products.

Finally, the council is expected to authorize the donation of a property on Shaw Court to Habitat for Humanity. The house on the property was damaged in a fire and Habitat plans to tear down the structure and raise a new house that is reflective of the surrounding architecture.