BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A 69-page agenda and three public hearings offer no promise of an early adjournment for Monday night’s meeting of the Tarboro Town Council. The meeting will get under way at 7 p.m. in council chambers, located on the second floor of town hall.
The main item on the agenda is the town’s 2013-2014 FY budget, which comes in at $43.2 million and promises to generate its fair share of questions as council members go thru the document.
In addition to the budget, public hearings will be held on text amendments on two unified development ordinances.
First up with is a public hearing to permit solar energy facilities in all residential zoning districts. Additionally, action could be taken to permit major solar energy facilities in I-1 and I-2 zoning districts.
The third public hearing will address microbrewery facilities and could result in the permitting of facilities producing less than 15,000 barrels annually. The change would allow microbreweries to be established in the B-1, B-2, I-1 and I-2 zoning districts.
Should the amendment pass, the council would also consider a grant application to the North Carolina Main Street Solutions Fund Grant for Tarboro Brewing Company, to be located at 526 N. Main St., listed on county tax rolls as owned by Wine & Dining, Inc.
According to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Wine & Dining is headed by Inez Ribustello and Steven Ribustello and Rusty Holderness, who operate On the Square at 115 E. St. James.
Other items on the agenda include:
• An amendment to the 2012-2013 FY budget to create a special project fund to manage a $50,000 talent enhancement grant the town received from the state;
• Compliance documents required for Talent Enhancement Community Development Block Grant, This one item takes up approximately one-third of the agenda and addresses a variety of isuues including a fair housing plan, equal employment and language access,
• Bid award — Poly-Lok water tank repainting ($251,150);
• Bid award — Engineering services, sewer line rehabilitation, clean water state revolving fund;
• Member cooperative bid agreement for joint purchasing of utility materials and supplies;
• Offer to purchase 509 Trade St.