City Council to hear about BlockWork

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 13, 2011

By Emily Ford
SALISBURY ó A week after all five incumbents were re-elected to serve for two more years, Salisbury City Council will hear about the cityís first BlockWork project.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St., the Community Appearance Commission will detail BlockWork, the Oct. 22 neighborhood improvement program that brought about 80 volunteers to the 200 and 300 blocks of South Shaver Street.
Work included painting, weeding, landscaping, fence installation and more. BlockWork, based on the Rowan County United Wayís Day of Caring, was a competition among neighborhoods. Several applied to have a neglected block designated as the BlockWork area.
Brooklyn-South Square won, and neighborhood leaders have used the momentum to pursue traffic-calming measures in the area, including a new lower speed limit (25 mph) and proposed crosswalks, four-way stop signs and medians.
Also on Tuesdayís City Council agenda:
Council to receive an update regarding a request from Rowan Regional Medical Center for the placement of a mobile catheterization laboratory on Mocksville Avenue during hospital renovations.
Council to consider adopting an ordinance regarding parking restrictions on the south side of the 400 and 500 blocks of East Lafayette Street.
Council to consider authorizing the mayor and the city traffic engineer to execute municipal maintenance agreements to extend reimbursement rates through June 30, 2012, for signs and supports; traffic controls devices and markings; traffic signals; and computerized traffic signal system
Council will receive public comment.
Interim city managerís comments.
Council will go into closed session to consult with an attorney.
In other city news:
The city will hold the grand opening of Foil-Tatum Park at 11 a.m. Saturday at 223 N. McCoy Road.
The Holiday Caravan Parade will be held Nov. 23 beginning at 2 p.m. in Spencer and 3 p.m. in Salisbury.
Downtown Salisbury Inc. will host Holiday Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 downtown.
The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at City Park Lake.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.