BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
From start to adjourning to closed session, the Tarboro Town Council took but 26 minutes to conduct business Tuesday night, hearing a citizen’s petition as well as a report from the planning board, approving three consent items as well as three action items. When the council went into closed session, it was under attorney-client privilege.
Among the action items, council took the following action:
• Unanimously approved an amendment to the FY 2013-2014 budget to create a special project fund to manage proceeds of a $955,046 loan for three sewer system rehabilitation projects funded under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Under the terms of the agreement, one-half ($477,523) will be in the form of principal forgiveness with the balance financed for 20 years at zero percent interest.
The sewer lines in question are 40 to 55 years in age and have deteriorated greatly.
• Unanimously approved a match grant agreement with the North Carolina Main Street Solutions Fund for a $200,000 grant for the benefit of Tarboro Brewing Company, to be located at 526 N. Main St.
Under the terms of the grant, Tarboro Brewing is responsible for a match of $400,000 and must commit to creating a minimum of eight fulltime jobs which must be retained a minimum of six months from the date of opening.
Council also called a public hearing for the Dec. 10 meeting to discuss a zoning map amendment requested by Billy Trevathan. The request is to rezone 2.5 acres of land located along and beside the south side of U.S. 64 East from AR-20 (general residential) to B-3 (general commercial district.
Trevathan also asked council to ignore the planning board’s recommendation to deny his request to change the regulations on outdoor advertising signs.