City Council to receive financial update on Fibrant

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 30, 2012

By Emily Ford
SALISBURY — Salisbury City Council on Tuesday will receive the third quarter financial report and an update on subscribers and revenue for Fibrant, the city’s high-speed broadband utility.
The council, which will meet at 4 p.m. in City Hall at 217 S. Main St., also will consider changing the way recyclables are collected at the curb.
The city’s recycling contract is up, and council members will consider awarding a contract to Waste Pro of North Carolina Inc. for curbside recycling services.
The company would provide 96-gallon carts and pick up recyclables every other week. City residents now have smaller tubs picked up weekly.
Residents have asked for larger, wheeled recycling containers, according to city staff.
“This change will reduce the number of trips and trucks going into our neighborhoods,” said a memo to City Council. “The carts also will provide a lid, which will help keep the items in the carts so that they do not blow away.”
The three-year contract would cost $351,829. Based on nearly 12,000 pickup points, Waste Pro submitted the low bid, $5,700 less than Republic Services of NC. Waste Management submitted the high bid of $594,520.
Also on Tuesday, City Council will:
• Recognize Dr. Windsor Eagle for his years of service as principal of Salisbury High School.
• Recognize the Community Appearance Commission for receiving the 2012 National Make a Difference Day Award and $10,000.
• Consider closing the 100 block of South Lee Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 23 to accommodate the Salisbury Pride celebration. Police turned down the group’s original request to close the 100 block of East Fisher Street due to safety concerns, but Chief Rory Collins said he supports the new request because the event would be on private property, making it easier to separate protesters and participants.
• Adopt a budget amendment to appropriate $2,436 in donations to the Parks and Recreation Department.
• Hear from staff regarding the Community Access Preservation Act.
• Hear from the Police Department about applying for a 2012 Justice Assistance Grant for $38,332 and consider setting a public hearing for May 15.
• Consider adopting an ordinance clarifying the base rezoning of 17 parcels in Land Development district map amendment CD-02-2012, Rowan Helping Ministries Homeless Shelter.
• Go into closed session to consult with an attorney.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.