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City has new words to live by

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on November 6, 2013 1:46 PM

The Goldsboro City Council agreed to a motto for the city at its meeting Monday night, choosing "Be More, Do More, Seymour in Goldsboro, N.C." over 925 other submissions.

The winners of the motto contest will be announced at Lights Up Downtown Nov. 26.

The winning motto received the most votes from the public with 13.3 percent of the votes cast, or 135 votes, as well as the marketing team and City Council vote.

The next closest motto, "Soaring To New Heights," garnered 90 votes.

"After the first two entries, the voting dropped off significantly and the council only wanted to hear two or three proposals so we did the top two," city Public Information Officer Kim Best said.

The city marketing team put together proposed ways to use the motto and will develop a more comprehensive package ahead of Lights Up Downtown.

"The motto can be broken up and stand by itself or be put together and it works both ways," Mrs. Best said. "They are all action words which is great for marketing."

The top 21 submissions will receive two passes to the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course, two tickets to a Paramount Theatre movie, a "Do It Downtown" T-shirt and a city of Goldsboro bag.

The top five finishers will receive two rounds of golf with a cart at the Goldsboro Golf Course, two tickets to an event in the Paramount Theatre Performing Arts Series, a gift card to a downtown restaurant selected by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and a Goldsboro restaurant voucher.

The winning selection will receive dinner with Mayor Al King, a one-year membership to the Goldsboro Golf Course, a Paramount Theatre full series package, 100 Downtown Dollars, a free Parks and Registration program registration to an activity of their choice, a one-year membership to the YMCA, a prize package at Lights Up Downtown and will be featured as a guest on the WGTV morning show.

In other business, the Council deferred a decision on whether to rezone a residential property on Cuyler Best Road for an office use to help the property sell in favor of getting a written request to have the property zoned to a Office Residence Conditional District.

The office residence use is more restrictive than the requested zoning and would not require another public hearing, Goldsboro City Attorney Jim Womble said.

The property is the subject of a protest petition against the rezoning submitted by area residents who do not want a commercial business adjacent to their neighborhood.

The planning commission recommended denying the request without prejudice to allow the property owner to re-seek a zoning change before the six month waiting period.

The Council also approved a number of planning items including the approval of a request to lower the required lot size for a subdivision on Corbett Street. The 14-acre tract will be zoned R9 instead of R12.

Two used car lots were rezoned along U.S. 117 and U.S. 70.

A General Business Conditional District zoning for the First Citizens Bank property was granted ahead of the expected sale of the property and a site plan revision was given to Trinity Child Care to withdraw a need for paved parking in lieu of shrubbery being planted along the front of the property.

Street closings in the 200 block of Center Street and sections of downtown streets were approved for Lights Up Downtown Nov. 26 and the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, respectively.