The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 6, 2013

Oaths of office highlight crowded council agenda


TARBORO — Shortly after Tarboro Mayor Pro Tem Taro Knight calls Monday’s meeting of the town council to order, he will be out of his temporary position and back as plain old Ward 7 council member Taro Knight.

After the meeting is called to order at 7 p.m. Monday, the council will be presented with a certificate of municipal resolution certifying the results. Then, incoming council members Othar Woodard, Steve Burnette and John Jenkins, along with mayor-elect Rick Page, will be administered their respective oaths of office.

After outgoing council members Candis Owens and Gerrelene Walker are recognized for their service, a new mayor pro tem will be elected … and it will then be time for the new council to get down to work.

On the agenda are three public hearings — a zoning map amendment and a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) amendment — both requested by Billy Trevathan, and a certificate of convenience and necessity by Blanche Lee Jenkins for the operation of five taxis in the town in calendar year 2014.

Council will also hear a report from the Main Street Façade Committee before dealing with four consent items.

After the consent items, the council will delve into 10 action items, including four appointments to boards and three budget amendments.

The council will also deal with building code enforcement pertaining to 508 Albemarle Ave., which was addressed in-depth at the November meeting. Demolition has begun on the rear of the building, which has been deemed unsafe.