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City Council to consider naming road for McCombs

SALISBURY — Salisbury City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday supporting the designation of Faith Road between Jake Alexander Boulevard and N.C. 152 as the “Rep. W. Eugene McCombs Memorial Highway.”
McCombs, who died in 2004, was a well-known public servant in Rowan County, having served as a state representative, county commissioner and mayor of Faith.
The council’s resolution would be a recommendation to the N.C. Department of Transportation. If approved by the DOT, the McCombs Highway designation would result in signs along the highway and would not change any Faith Road addresses.
McCombs was a merchant at the McCombs & Co. grocery store in Faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific.
His public service in Rowan County extended for 38 years and included stints on the Faith Town Board from 1948-61, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners from 1966-76 and 1980-82 and in the N.C. House from 1993-2004.
McCombs served as chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners for 10 years and mayor of Faith from 1959-61.
Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
In other business Tuesday, council:
• Will hold a public hearing and consider the voluntary annexation of the county fairgrounds property of 25 acres on Julian Road.
• Will hold public hearings and consider applications to allow pool tables at two locations. One application is from Shawn Wheeler at 122 Avalon Drive; the other, from Glenda Zambrano at 2168 Statesville Blvd.
• Will consider adoption of an ordinance, prepared by the Code Service Division, to force a house at 1030 S. Fulton St. to be repaired or vacated and closed or demolished. The 1902 house, located in the Fulton Heights National Historic District, was built as a duplex or triplex. It was damaged in a Feb. 22, 2009, fire, and the city has had difficulty in getting the property owner to make repairs.
• Will receive an update from Interim City Manager John Sofley on the bridge construction project on West Innes Street. City Engineer Wendy Brindle has reported that the bridge, which was supposed to be open by Aug. 25, has run into some delays, and it may not be open until after Labor Day.
• Will consider two appointments to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
• Will proclaim Tuesday a National Night Out in Salisbury, during which the Police Department teams up with several neighborhoods for activities.
• Will proclaim Aug. 16 as Rowan-Salisbury Help Fair Day.
• Will recognize student participants in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
• Will receive a petition to close a portion of Kentucky and Hillsboro streets and set a public hearing for Sept. 2.
• Will receive a petition to close an alley in the 100 block of West Cemetery Street and set a public hearing for Sept. 2.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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