City Council to consider 2020 Census resolution
By Liz Moomey
SALISBURY — The Salisbury City Council will consider a resolution to establish a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of North Carolina and Rowan County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The meeting will be at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
Presented by Mayor Al Heggins, the resolution states the “City of Salisbury is committed to ensuring every resident is counted” in the 2020 Census. While the Census Bureau releases population estimates and other information on a regular basis, it conducts the census every 10 years.
The partnership would commit the city to support the goals and ideas for the 2020 Census and will disseminate 2020 Census information; encourage all city residents to participate in events and initiative that will raise the overall awareness of the 2020 Census and increase participation; provide Census advocate to speak to city and community organizations; support census takers as they help the city complete an accurate county; and strive to achieve a complete and accurate count of all persons within the jurisdiction.
The Rowan County commissioners are also considering a census resolution at their meeting Monday.
Meanwhile, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Rowan County will host a 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Meeting to get community stakeholders involved.
Other agenda items include:
• The council will consider approving a construction contract for the widening of Newsome Road. The contract proposed is to J.T. Russell and Sons, Inc. for $2.17 million.
• Overton Elementary School design coordinator Jessica Tucker will present about the school’s first Lego League Teams. For the club’s project, they had to select a building in Salisbury to define its problem, research information and conduct problem analysis.
• City Engineer Wendy Brindle will give the council a presentation about The Gables at Kepley Farms phase five. The council will consider approving the phase five.
• The council will also consider awarding an asphalt bid for Hanes Construction for $494,860 to pave various streets.
• The council will make appointments to the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
• City Manager Lane Bailey will give the council its first quarter financial report.
• Heggins will present proclamations for Indian and Native American Heritage Month, Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and Small Business Saturday.
• In the consent agenda, the council will adopt its 2020 meeting schedule. It includes only one meeting for July and December. It also changes the meeting time for the Aug. 4 meeting to 3 p.m. No meetings will be affected by holidays in 2020.
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