City Council to hold several public hearings Tuesday

  • Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:29 a.m.

SALISBURY — Have your say on issues ranging from rezoning a future apartment complex to beer and wine sales at a future theater when Salisbury City Council meets this week.

The council will hold a number of public hearings when members meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 217 S. Main St.

Public hearings scheduled for Tuesday include:

• An economic incentive grant request for Hydraulic Depot.

The Economic Development Commission has been working with Hydraulic Depot to expand their family-run business.

Hydraulic Depot operates three service-oriented companies under one roof at 2001 S. Main St., including Salisbury Equipment Repair and Custom Design.

At the location, 6,000 square feet of additional space has been vacant for years. Owners would like to expand into this area and open a new business division, the Tool Rental Depot.

With this addition, they would add four employees to their staff of 12. Renovation of the additional space is estimated to cost $43,304.

As part of the city’s Industrial Revitalization Building Program to encourage the reuse of vacant properties, the Economic Development Commission requests that City Council consider awarding a $10,825 grant to the Hydraulic Depot.

• A request from a developer to rezone about 12 acres at 420 Gold Hill Drive and establish a new Conditional District Overlay to permit an 80-unit, campus-style complex called Summerfield Apartments.

The Salisbury Planning Board voted to recommend approval to City Council after initially turning down the request. The developer agreed to make changes suggested by the planning board, including a public park.

Summerfield Apartments is competing for N.C. Housing Finance Agency tax credits to meet a May 17 submittal deadline.

• A request by a developer to rezone about 10 acres at 231 D Ave. and establish a new Conditional District Overlay to permit the rehabilitation of an existing 98-unit complex called Colonial Village Apartments.

The Salisbury Planning Board voted to recommend approval of this project, as well, which is also competing for tax credit financing.

• A request by Lee Street Theater, under construction at 329 N. Lee St., for a special use permit to sell beer and wine.

• A request by J & J Tire and Auto Center at 401 Bringle Ferry Road for a special use permit to allow body work and major repairs on vehicles.

The owners want to expand the existing business, which does minor vehicle repairs.

• The Salisbury Historic Preservation Master Plan.

The plan includes more than 100 specific recommendations, distilled from community input that included three public forums, stakeholder interviews, focus groups and an online moderated forum.

The plan was funded by a $15,000 federal Historic Preservation Fund grant, along with an $8,000 local match.

Many of the recommendations in the plan are simple and can be accomplished without additional expense. Others will require funding and will need to be included in future budget cycles.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

• Timothy Wayne Rogers, owner of Stars and Bars Tavern at 723 Klumac Road, has applied for a permit to operate a pool hall. Rogers has asked for two pool tables.

Council members will set a public hearing for May 21.

• City Council will consider endorsing the Rowan County Solid Waste Plan.

Every three years, Rowan County must submit an update of its Sold Waste Management Plan to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

This plan is a working document that each unit of government uses as a guidance tool for solid waste management.

• City Council will consider lowering the speed limit on Mocksville Avenue between Mahaley Avenue and Grove Street to 25 mph. Every property owner along this section of road signed a petition asking for the change.

• City Council will consider adopting a lease purchase resolution for financing of telecommunications capital improvements and set a public hearing for May 21.

The city is preparing to upgrade its 800 Mhz trunking system infrastructure, which is at the end of its lifecycle. The city also will upgrade and replace radios that are more than 20 years old.

If approved, the city would issued about $4 million in debt to pay for the improvements. Staff will seek approval from City Council to apply to the Local Government Commission for approval of the financing.

• City Manager Doug Paris and staff will provide an update on the recycling program and other comments.

In other city news:

• Salisbury Parks and Recreation will host the Seventh Annual Middle School Prom May 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Tickets are available at the Civic Center. For more information call 704-638-5275.

• Covenant Community Connection will host the 10th Annual Let’s Get Connected Day May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Rowan Public Library. This year’s event, “One Planet. One Human Family. One Community,” marks the dedication of the seventh peace pole in Rowan County.

• Salisbury Parks and Recreation will host “Movies in the Park” at City Park May 31. Pre-movie activities begin at 8 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair to watch the featured movie “Brave.” The event is free and open to the public.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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