04/19/14 — City Council meets Monday

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City Council meets Monday

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on April 19, 2014 10:31 PM

The Goldsboro City Council will hold two public hearings at its meeting Monday night.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at historic City Hall.

The first hearing is held each year as part of the process for the city to receive Community Development Block Grant and Home and Investment Partnership program funds.

The city expects to receive $325,000 in CDBG funds and nearly $160,000 in HOME funds in the coming fiscal year.

Each year, the city must furnish information about the programs to citizens and hold public meetings -- and produce a published statement projecting the planned use of the funds.

Thus far, three such meetings have been held over the last six months.

Monday's public hearing will give the citizens a chance to suggest what should be done with the funds in the coming year.

The city's draft for the use of the funds allocates the large majority of the CDBG funds to public facilities and improvements and program administration -- the current statement allocates $150,000 to facilities and improvements and $65,000 to administration.

The plan directs almost $110,000 of the $160,000 in HOME funds to homebuyer assistance.

The second public hearing will allow public comment on the proposed annexation of a tract of land bordering the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction area.

The council approved a site plan for a Wal-Mart neighborhood market at the proposed annexation site at the corner of U.S. 70 and N.C. 111 South.

The annexation will allow the location to sell beer and wine.

The council is expected to approve or deny the annexation following the public hearing. If approved, the site would become a part of District 2, but there would be no residents living on that tract of land.