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Public gets say in naming two city streets

By Amanda Raymond

amanda.raymond@salisburypost.com

The public will get to give its input on the naming and renaming of two streets in the new South Main Street bridge overpass area.

During its meeting on Tuesday, the Salisbury City Council heard a staff report about the reconfigured interchange.

The work was done by the N.C. Department of Transportation in the Cedar Springs Road/Peeler Road and South Main Street area in Salisbury. The new street alignment included work on an existing street and construction of a new street. NCDOT left the naming of the streets up to the city.

A portion of Long Meadow Drive and Southmark Drive on the southern side of the interchange allows access to Peeler Road, so it is being proposed to be renamed Peeler Road.

The newly constructed road to the north of the interchange is being proposed to be named Cedar Springs Road because it allows access to the existing Cedar Springs Road.

The Salisbury Planning Board recommended approval of the name proposals.

David Phillips, zoning administrator, said the street name changes would not affect local businesses. Only one property would have to change its address, but there is no business in the building right now. Phillips said the property owner would be notified of the address change.

The council approved setting a 30-day period for public input in regards to the name proposals.

Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell and Councilman David Post were not present because they are attending the Broadband Communities 2016 Summit in Texas.

In other council business, the council:

  • Approved the consent agenda, which included:
    • Authorization of the issuance of an issued shotgun and badge to retiring Master Police Officer Alan Waller.
    • Adoption of a budget ordinance amendment to the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget to appropriate Police Department Asset Forfeiture funds in the amount of $2,750 for a kel phone system.
    • Adoption of an ordinance to temporarily close Jake Alexander Boulevard beginning at Lincolnton Road and ending on Statesville Boulevard at Brenner Avenue for the Buck Hurley Triathlon on May 1 from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
    • Adoption of an ordinance that would temporarily close Old Concord Road between Monroe Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue for the Fur Fun 5K Run/Walk for the PAWS that will take place on May 7 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    • Adoption of an ordinance that would temporarily close Main Street between Thomas and Fisher streets for the George Washington Parade on May 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Accepting an application from Janet Nekooasl for a permit to operate a pool hall on South Main Street and set a public hearing for April 19.
  • Approved the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget for Community Development Block Grant and HOME program funds.
  • Approved a right-of-way use permit at 113 E. Fisher St. that will close three parking spaces adjacent to the building and the sidewalk directly in front of the building through June 1, 2016 for construction.
  • Appointed the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee members. Mayor Karen Alexander said she would be the council liaison for the committee.
  • Finished making appointments to various boards and commissions.
  • Reviewed the council’s goals and objectives for fiscal year 2016-2017.

No one spoke during public comment.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.

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