Spencer Board of Aldermen to hold public hearing for alley closure

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2016

By Amanda Raymond


SPENCER — The Spencer Board of Aldermen will be holding a public hearing about an alley closure on the 500 block of 2nd street.

The board will meet at 600 S. Salisbury Ave. at 7 p.m. today.

The grassy alley is from Spencer Avenue to Iredell Avenue between residents on 1st and 2nd streets, according to town staff.

The petitioning property owner, Denise Whitley, owns properties on 1st and 2nd street and wants to erect a fence that would close off the part of the alley that is in the middle of the two properties.

The fence could block access to Iredell Avenue for other residents who share the alley.

Whitley said she has had trouble keeping people away from her property. Children have cut through her property and bothered her dog.

“(Apartment residents) were bringing swimming pools over there, they are picnicking on it, people are walking their dogs on it,” she said. “I had to stop a lady from digging up flowers.”

The board approved the adoption of a resolution of intent and set up a public hearing for this month’s meeting.

In other business, the board will:

  • Hear reports from town departments.
  • Hear a report from Reid Walters, town manager.
  • Hold a public comment period.
  • Discuss a municipal records retention schedule amendment.
  • Discuss a Spencer Car Decal Program.
  • Discuss acceptance of a street bid.
  • Discuss vacant, neglected and abandoned properties.
  • Go into a closed session to talk about the purchase of a property.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.