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Council to look at zoning map change

By Mark Wineka
mwineka@salisburypost.com
Salisbury City Council will consider a zoning map change Tuesday in connection with the new customer service center the city plans to build at 1415 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
The city looks to rezone its 4.5-acre site to establish a conditional district overlay, which will guide development of the 26,000-square-foot customer service center.
The center will include the “head-in” unit for the city’s future fiber-optic cable business. It’s where customers of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities and the cable business will be able to pay their bills in person or take their questions about service.
The site also will be the headquarters for the cable operation and house the city’s Information Technology Department, a new employee Wellness Center and a fleet radio shop.
The plan calls for a 21,850-square-foot outside storage area that will be fenced in.
The city property is located at South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Harris Street.
Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
In other agenda items Tuesday, council will:
– Receive an update on the first Salisbury Barbecue and Cultural Arts Festival, which is scheduled for May 1-3. Organizers reportedly have secured all the necessary applications, permits, licenses, agreements and road closures for the event and provided evidence of insurance.
– Recognize 2008-2009 city retirees and employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.
– Recognize the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Early College program.
– Recognize winners of the Public Services Department’s Recycling Poster Art Contest,
– Proclaim May as Better Hearing and Speech Month.
– Consider closing the 100 block of East Liberty Street from 5-10 p.m. April 25 for Rowan Helping Ministries’ Celebrate! Pass the Plate! fundraiser.
– Consider an amendment to the Land Development Ordinance regarding sidewalk requirements for infill lots.
– Consider an amendment to the Land Development Ordinance regarding canopy lighting at gas stations.
– Hear a presentation from Salisbury High student Braxton Whitaker and Parks and Recreation staff related to a goose and duck education program.
– Consider adopting a 25 mph speed limit on Circle Drive.
– Consider restricting parking on a portion of Florial Street.
– Consider a municipal agreement with the Department of Transportation regarding federally funded projects for sidewalks near Salisbury High School, the Sports Complex and on Statesville Boulevard.
– Consider appointments to the Transportation Advisory Board.
– Hear details of the Salisbury-Rowan County Layoff Assistance Day, to be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd.

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