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City Council to consider demolition of Cemetery Street house

By Mark Wineka
mwineka@salisburypost.com
Salisbury City Council will consider an ordinance Tuesday authorizing the demolition of an abandoned house at 420 E. Cemetery St.
According to city records, the property is owned by Pamela Cook Leblanc of Granite Quarry.
The dwelling was first inspected and found not to meet minimum housing standards in March 2007.
No improvements were made after numerous notices and hearings.
The most recent notice from the city gave the owner until May 8 to bring the house into compliance with the minimum housing code.
As of June 22, Code Services Division Manager Chris Branham said, “the structure remains in an abandoned and dilapidated condition, and the owner has not expressed any interest in bringing it into compliance.”
Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
In other agenda items, council will:
– Hear a presentation from Dr. Greg Adams with Nth Degree Analytics, regarding results of the 2009 Salisbury Citizen Survey.
– Consider a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Taxi Owners for Cedric O’Brien Macon, who will be doing business as Triad Transport Service.
– Consider awarding a $115,764 contract to Cooper Kenworth Truck Inc. for the purchase of a 2010 Kenworth T800 tandem dump truck for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities.
– Receive an update on the fiber-optic utility.
– Consider dates for next year’s council’s retreat.
– Receive a certificate of sufficiency from the city clerk regarding the voluntary annexation of North Hills Christian School at 2970 W. Innes St. A public hearing on the annexation will be set for July 21.
– Hold a public hearing related to the city’s application for a $52,042 Justice Assistance Grant.
The city is applying for both the Salisbury Police Department ($39,249) and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office ($12,793).
The Police Department would use its share to purchase a machine for electronically scanning fingerprints, according to Police Chief Mark Wilhelm.
The Sheriff’s Office would use its portion of the grant to buy software for the detention center, four new Tasers and 35 Taser cartridges.
– Receive a presentation from City Park campers regarding the Salisbury Police Department’s McGruff Club.
– Recognize Rowan Regional Medical Center for hosting the Healthy Harvest Farmers Market.
– Recognize city of Salisbury Customer Service Award winners and members of the Customer Service Design Team.
– Proclaim July 15-Aug. 12 as “Read to Your Child Days: Salisbury-Rowan Reads!”
Council meetings are streamed live at www.salisburync.gov/council/webcast.html and shown later on Time Warner Cable’s Access 16 television channel.

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