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City budget to be unveiled

By Rochelle Moore
Published in News on May 7, 2017 1:45 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will get its first glance of the recommended fiscal 2017-18 budget during its meeting Monday night.

The budget proposal holds the line on property taxes and maintains the current property tax rate of 65 cents per $100 in property valuation, said Scott Stevens, city manager.

No fee increases are planned for water or sewer service, but a new stormwater utility fee will be considered as part of the budget plan, Stevens said.

The council plans to review the budget during its 5 p.m. work session, in the City Hall annex, at 200 N. Center St.

Following Monday's presentation, the budget will be available for public review in the city manager's office in City Hall. The budget will also be available on the city website by the end of the day Tuesday, said Melissa Corser, city clerk. The council plans to hold a budget public hearing on May 15 and could schedule budget work sessions during the next month. The council is slated to approve the budget during its June 5 meeting, and the budget plan will go into effect on July 1.

Also Monday, the council will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 214 N. Center St., and review for approval a near $2.27 million street resurfacing contract with Turner Asphalt, based in Raleigh.

The contract will pave the way for the start of the city's three-year resurfacing plan for city roadways, which will be paid for through $7 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds.

The contract includes resurfacing a variety of road sections in all of the council's six districts this year.

Some of the larger sections include areas along South Slocumb Street, East Holly Street, Beech Street, Hunter's Creek Drive and the majority of roads in the West Haven public housing community.

The roads are part of the first phase of the resurfacing needs.

"I would estimate by the end of June it would start," said Marty Anderson, Goldsboro chief city engineer. "They should be done sometime in December before the cold weather gets here."

Additional roads will be selected for projects planned in 2018 and 2019, Anderson said.

Also during the meeting, the council will consider:

* The sale of property at 206 Whitfield Drive for $1,800 to Chester Brown, and 218 Winslow Circle for $3,500 to Hezekiah Jones. The purchase amounts will be shared with Wayne County.

* Moving $15,000 from the fund balance to the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation budget for additional costs to operate the Mina Weil pool and Peacock pool during the summer months. Part-time employee expenses are estimated to cost an additional $11,000 and operational supplies are estimated at an additional $4,000.

* Appointing Wells Warner to the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course Committee and Debbie Smith to the Historic District Commission.

* A revision to the preliminary subdivision plan for Meares Bluff Plantation, on Patetown Road, that includes the start of Phase II of development and the addition of 24 lots.

* Setting a future public hearing date for the annexation of 30.4 acres near the Wayne Memorial Drive and Tommy's Road intersection. The property extends from Tommy's Road to the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass.

* Approving ordinance changes for internet sweepstakes businesses. Future sweepstake businesses will only be allowed in the general business zone. The businesses will also be required to be at least one mile from another sweepstake business and at least 500 feet from a residence, church, school, playground, day care and public park.

* Approving a site plan for the State Employees Credit Union for the addition of an automated teller machine and 49 new parking spaces, on Cashwell Drive.

* Approving site plans for Stratus Properties allowing the addition of 23 new mini-storage units at 907 S. John St.

* Approving a conditional-use permit that would allow the expansion of Well Travelled Beer, at 201 S. Center St., into a 1,674-square-foot building along West Chestnut Street. The expansion would allow the business to double in size and add additional seating.

* Approving a conditional-use permit for the outside storage of goods and materials associated with a contractor's office and retail supply business, on North George Street.