The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 8, 2013

Town council faces brief agenda

The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker

ROCKY MOUNT — While a short agenda doesn’t always translate into a short meeting for the Tarboro town council, the body does, indeed, face a short agenda for Monday’s meeting, scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Town Hall.

Only four action items are on the agenda, in addition to a public hearing on the request of Educational Capital Solutions, LLC to annex 52.31 non-contiguous acres into the Town of Tarboro.

Educational Capital Solutions in the partner of North East Carolina Prep and owns the land that was once the site of the Mary Frances Center, a substance abuse facility for females.

Should the annexation be approved, the Town of Tarboro would be responsible for paying $1,320.86 per year through 2014 and $1,159.39 per year from 2015 through 2030 to reimburse the rural fire district for lost assessed value.

There are six items on the consent calendar, including tax levy adjustments for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 along with approving internal control policies and approval of the minutes of the Jan. 14 meeting.

There are also four action items on the agenda, including the consideration of a contract with Wake Forest-based S&W Productions for the July 4 fireworks show at the high school football stadium.

Specifics of the contract are essentially the same as last year, when the town paid $8,000 for a 20-minute program. The contract to be discussed Monday is for the same amount, requiring a 50 percent deposit, but does not specify a length of time for the show.

Also to be acted on is a budget amendment to move $13,695 into the FY 2012-2013 capital outlay budget to provide adequate funding for the purchase of the town’s new recycle trailer.

The town received a $10,833.33 grant from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and provided $2,166.67 of its own funds to purchase the $13,000 trailer.

Council members will also review bids on the agricultural farms the town owns for the purpose of awarding a lease. The town has three farms of approximately 95 acres, 13 acres and 16 acres, respectively.

Council members will also receive a report of unpaid taxes that are liens on real property, as well as tax lien advertising.

Members of the public wishing to appear before the council may do so at the beginning of the meeting for a period of not more than five minutes.