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By Mark Wineka
Salisbury Post
First things first.
Salisbury City Council is expected to pass a resolution Tuesday “in support of sound, fair and uniform annexation statutes.”
It’s the same resolution the city has asked other municipalities in Rowan County to consider as Salisbury looks for allies in its efforts to annex a large area of residential subdivisions along N.C. 150.
A letter and the attached resolution for the town’s consideration went out Friday to mayors, managers, administrators and clerks.
The resolution basically supports protection of the state’s 1959 annexation statutes and opposes any efforts for a moratorium against lawful involuntary annexations here and elsewhere.
The council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
The council will consider another resolution, fashioned by the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission, in favor of Duke Energy’s efforts to construct a combined-cycle natural gas-fired generation unit at the Buck Steam Station.
In other agenda items Tuesday, the council will:
– Consider a $122,099 contract with James River Equipment Co. for the purchase of a four-wheel-drive loader for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities.
– Consider a $164,700 contract with James River Equipment Co. for the purchase of a six-wheel-drive road grader for the Street Department.
– Consider a $47,800 contract with Shulenburger Surveying Co. to survey properties in the proposed annexation area.
– Consider setting a public hearing for March 18 to receive comments related to the city’s providing fiber optic cable to the home.
– Review and approve its 2008-2009 goals.
– Consider the site plans for a new hotel and restaurant in the 1100 block of East Innes Street at Interstate 85 and for a new dental office for Dr. Steve Yang at 2290 Statesville Blvd.
– Hold public hearings on the use of Community Development Block Grant funds and HOME funds for 2008-2009 and on the reallocation of unspent 2005-2006 Community Development Block Grant funds.
– Receive an update from David Whisenant on hurricane relief efforts in Pascagoula, Miss.
– Consider appointments to boards and commissions.
Council meetings are streamed live at www.salisburync.gov/council/webcast.html and shown later on Time Warner Cable’s ACCESS 16.

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