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Teens will have a new Friday night option

By Mark Wineka
mark.wineka@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The owners of Bounce City on North Church Street are offering teenagers a place to hang out on Friday nights.

Guanah and Jehan Davis told Salisbury City Council Tuesday of their plans for “B.C. Nights,” aimed at providing entertainment for 13- to 19-year-olds. Immediate plans are for a B.C. Night Oct. 30 at the Bounce City location.

The Halloween party will include a deejay and dancing, arcade games, laser lights, costumes and food. The business has security officers and will offer a safe environment, the owners said.

Admission will be $10 a person.

Jehan Davis said Bounce City already had a soft opening of B.C. Nights, and it attracted about 50 teens.

“We thought there was a need,” Guanah Davis said.

Bounce City opened about a year ago. The Davises said they have seen about 25,000 customers so far and have had about 500 birthday parties. Council members wished them well on their plans for B.C. Nights.

In another matter connected to youth, council received an update on the Rowan County Student Leaders organization established last October. Tarik Woods, president of the student-led, student-organized group, reviewed some of its activities, which included things such as tutoring, mentoring, book and food drives and a dodgeball tournament.

The student leaders started out with 23 students, and membership is now at 48 students from eight high schools, Woods said. He added the students averaged 54 hours of community service each and raised $3,216 — money donated to nonprofits in the community.

The group also collected 613 cans of food for Rowan Helping Ministries and mentored 14 middle school students.

Councilwoman Karen Alexander is a liaison to the students, who meet at her building off East Council Street. She reminded council that no city or county funds have gone to the group.

In other business Tuesday, council heard a first-quarter financial update from Finance Director Teresa Harris. On Fibrant, Harris said the city-owned utility had revenues that were about $291,000 ahead of expenditures for the quarter, even with a debt service payment of $605,000.

“This trends about what we had a year ago,” Harris said.

Fibrant has just less than 3,500 customers.

Councilman Brian Miller cautioned that cross-resourcing of personnel — employees who have duties with Fibrant but are paid by other funds — helps in lowering Fibrant’s expenses. He asked Harris and City Manager Lane Bailey to show those expenses paid by the general fund in future budget updates.

Harris said Fibrant’s debt service payment was interest only. A larger principal payment will come due in the third quarter.

In other business Tuesday, council:

• Approved a future reimbursement to Tribek Properties of roughly $615,000 — the amount Tribek will spend in extending Newsome Road between Faith Road and East Innes Street. Tribek, which plans to develop property on both sides of the road extension, will build it to N.C. Department of Transportation specifications in 2016.

The DOT didn’t plan to construct the road until 2021. That’s when the DOT probably will reimburse the city for the road’s cost.

• Approved a stormwater incentive grant of $27,558 for First Presbyterian Church. The figure represents half the cost of stormwater drainage improvements the church will be making.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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