School board seeking up to $1 million in assistance from city for new central office

Published 12:46 am Monday, November 17, 2014

Rowan County’s Board of Education wants the city of Salisbury’s assistance with $1 million worth of work related to the construction of a new central office for the school system, according to a letter from Board Chairman Richard Miller included in council’s agenda packet for Tuesday’s meeting.

The Board of Education is counting on receiving a minimum of $500,000 from the city for the $7.98 million project on the 500 block of N. Main St.

In the letter, the school board is requesting in-kind contributions from the city for work on parking lots, storm drainage, sidewalks and other items. Also included in the request is the installation of a metal dome on the top of the central office. The letter states the cost of installing the dome is $341,000.

The “total request” is for $1.02 million of in-kind contributions from the city.

“Assistance, from the City of Salisbury, … would be paramount to the successful completion of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Central Services project,” the letter states.

The Board of Education approved construction bids for the central office on Nov. 6, and City Council supports the plan to locate the building near downtown.

Council, which up to now has not approved any money for the central office, will hear a presentation from the school system Tuesday.

An economic-impact study conducted by the county’s economic development agency states, “Quite simply, the local economy will benefit through the economic activity generated by the construction of a new central office. Also, businesses within the immediate proximity of the new central office will likely see a tangible increase in economic activity.”

A note in the agenda packet from the city’s finance department states the $500,000 for the central office is not budgeted but will not be detrimental to the city’s financial well-being. The money would have to come from the city’s general fund.

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

In other business Tuesday, council will:

•  approve a final summary for the denial of a special use permit for the West End Plaza, which was requested by the county.

• receive a presentation from the Community Appearance Commission regarding the 2014 BlockWork Neighborhood Improvement Project.

• consider adopting a resolution seeking permission to file applications with the federal Transit Administration for federal transportation assistance.

• consider authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute a municipal agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding sidewalks along South Main Street from D Avenue to Rowan Mill Road.

• Council to hold a public hearing regarding Salisbury Transit System’s proposed Community Transportation Program Grant Application.

• consider a request for temporary use of the public right-of-way for closure of the outside lane of westbound traffic and the sidewalk in the 200 block of W. Innes St. from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on weekdays beginning Dec. 1 and ending Dec. 31 for construction at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

• consider adopting a resolution of support for the Carolina Thread Trail Greenway master plan for Rowan County communities.

• consider awarding a contract in the amount of $498,985.05 to Sutphen Corporation for the purchase of a pumper truck for the Fire Department.

• receive a presentation from staff regarding Parks and Recreation Department  staffing, facility improvements, and new events and programs.

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