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Hurley Park foundation, pool-hall permit on council’s agenda

Salisbury City Council will consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Memorial Park Foundation regarding the future of the park’s funding during council’s meeting Tuesday.

The Hurley family has decided to replace the foundation with a non-endowed, designated fund under the Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas, according to documents in council’s agenda packet for the meeting.

The reason for the change is to ensure future funding for the park.

The Hurley family gave a donation to the city to fund the initial construction of the 16-acre park in the mid-1980s. The family later set up a private foundation in order to provide grants to the city to help maintain the park — the foundation provides 50 percent of the annual funding for maintenance of the park.

The Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Memorial Park Fund advisory board will continue to manage the funds for the time being.

Council meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Council will also hold a public hearing regarding an application for a pool-hall permit for a bar near the Salisbury Mall.

Mary Jane Kotsalis owns The Carriage Room at 2141 Statesville Boulevard near Little Caesars and Dairy Queen. She is seeking the permit so the bar can use its pool tables in a for-profit capacity.

As part of the application process, the Police Department conducted a review of the business and, based on the review, is recommending the permit be approved.

In other business Tuesday, council will:

• receive highlights and goals presentations from the Alternate Methods of Design Commission, Housing Advocacy Commission, Planning Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

• considering adopting a resolution of support for North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credits programs.

• consider adopting an ordinance ordering the Code Services Division manager to cause the dwelling at 233 Nesbit Drive to be repaired or vacated and closed or demolished.

• go into closed session to consult with an attorney.

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