Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker
Members of the Tarboro Town Council moved through a rather uneventful agenda in a little less than 75 minutes Tuesday night, approving a zoning change request for 10.2 acres of land formerly part of the Hilma Country Club and agreeing to turn the park benches on the Town Common so that their backs faced the street.
The zoning request, submitted by Hilma, LLC owner Charles Ainsley, changes the zoning designation from O&I/R-12 to B-3 and brings the tract in-line with surrounding properties.
Ainsley noted that the corner was one of the busiest in town and the rezoning could help lead to business attraction and the creation of jobs.
The bench turning came at the request of council member Candis Owens, who noted one of the two America in Bloom judges who visited the community last June thought that having the benches face the monuments and not the street would be an improvement for the community.
In other action:
• Council notified the citizens that the town will apply for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant of up to $500,000 to allow for repairs and improvements to homes owned by elderly and low-income citizens. A total of 17 applications were received and a special, called meeting will be held on Monday to score the applications.
• Council notified the citizens that the town will apply for a $50,000 Talent Enhancement Capacity Building Grant. This grant will provide funds for tuition, travel and wages for staff members to participate in a program at East Carolina University that trains staff members in the art of grant writing.
• Charged off of uncollectible personal taxes from the 2002 tax levy in the amount of $8,983.99
• Amended the budget for insurance claims reimbursed in connection with Aug. 13 water damage to the gymnasium floor at Braswell Center