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City to eye grant funds

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on July 20, 2014 1:50 AM

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to approve contracts for design and administrative services for the new GATEWAY transfer station and the continuation of the city's Streetscape project at its Monday meeting.

Both projects are funded by U.S. Department of Transportation grants.

The nearly $15 million in funding, with $10 million coming from the grant, will go to pay for the construction of the transfer station as well as Streetscape along Walnut and Center streets and the area surrounding Goldsboro Union Station and the new bus station.

The grant is the fifth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants, or TIGER V.

The Local Government Commission signed off on the financing package earlier this month, paving the way for the city to proceed.

The $300,000 expected to be approved Monday night will go to pay The Wooten Co. $108,000; David E. Gall, architect, $100,000; S&ME, $66,000; and Allison Platt and Associates, $26,000, for their design work and administrative services associated with the projects.

During the council meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in historic City Hall, the council will hear comments from five public hearings regarding zoning requests including a furniture store on Wilson Street, an animal grooming business on U.S. 70 near Millers Chapel Road, an office building off Country Day Road as well as a retail sales store off of Corporate Drive near Clingman Street.

The council is also expected to accept former Goldsboro City Council member Don Chatman as its replacement to the GATEWAY board of directors after John Forbes was removed from the board after a bylaw was discovered limiting terms to six consecutive one-year terms.

Chatman was originally appointed to the board after Councilman William Goodman was removed from the board in 2004 after pleading guilty to felony charges of falsifying expense reports on his job with the state Department of Correction.

Goodman regained his seat on the board in 2012.

The council is also expected to refuse property at 1404 and 1406 Crepe Myrtle Street, which was deeded to the city without consent. A quit claim deed was filed on the property conveying the land to the city, but the city has decided not to accept it.