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Planning Board to recommend areas for annexation

By Mark Wineka

Salisbury Post

The city of Salisbury’s planning staff intends to recommend “several areas” for involuntary annexation Tuesday.

A city memorandum distributed with Salisbury City Council’s agenda last week says the proposed annexation areas will be identified in hand-delivered information prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

Council meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.

The memo from Joe Morris, planning and community development manager, says, “The planning, utility and finance staff, working in coordination with the Centralina Council of Governments, has identified several areas in proximity to the primary incorporated city limits for potential annexation.”

In other agenda items Tuesday, council will:

* Consider approving a final subdivision plat for the Grove Street Extension.

Construction of the extension is nearing completion. Once it is finished, an approved plat means the .4-mile extension can be accepted for maintenance by the city.

* Consider ordinances for a stop sign on Henderson Street at the new Grove Street extension and a speed limit of 25 mph on Grove Street.

* Consider approval of the Salisbury Sidewalk Revitalization Plan, as submitted by the Planning Board.

* Hear a staff presentation on the GIS Strategic Plan.

* Hear presentation on highlights and goals from the Planning Board, Human Relations Council and Greenway Committee.

* Hear comments from City Manager David Treme on an Airport Development Plan and city parking lot ordinance.

* Consider appointments to the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan Steering Committee and the Human Relations Council.

* Consider authorizing Mayor Susan Kluttz to sign an agreement with the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for the “Fit Community” designation, recognizing efforts to support physical activity and healthy eating.

* Consider closing the 100 block of East Liberty Street from 2-8 p.m. Feb. 12 for a Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.

* Consider closing the 100 block of East Liberty Street and the 200 block of North Lee Street from 1-6 p.m. May 19 for the 90th birthday celebration of Cheerwine.

* Award the custody of retired canines to their handlers, Officers Andy Efird, Bryan Hodgson and Justin Crews.

* Proclaim Jan. 28-Feb. 3 Catholic Schools Week.

* Recognize employees of the Plant Operations and Environmental Services divisions of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities for receiving National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Gold and Silver Peak Performance Awards for 2005.

Council meetings are streamed live at www.salisburync.gov/council/webcast.html. They also are shown later on Time Warner Cable’s government access channel, ACCESS 16.

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