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Board to consider annexation, get update on public safety building


HOPE MILLS — The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a non-contiguous annexation and receive an update on the public safety building during tonight’s meeting.

The board is expected to hold a public hearing on a non-contiguous annexation of 3.32 acres at the intersection of Brooklyn Circle and U.S. 301.

If the annexation is accepted, the board is requested to authorize town staff to present the initial zoning to the planning board.

The public can speak and share their comments for or against the annexation. Those who wish to do so are asked to register with the town clerk prior to the meeting and limit their comments to 3 minutes.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The board also is expected to hear an update on the public safety building from architect Scott Garner. The building is near completion, and at Garner’s last report, he told the board it should begin to occupy the building the first week of November.

On the consent portion of the agenda, the town is expected to approve an ordinance amendment which was changed to state that a violation of a town ordinance may be a misdemeanor “only if the city specifies such in the ordinance.”

There was a public hearing on Oct. 3 regarding the amendment to town policy. The amendment also states further violations of a local ordinance may not result in a fine in excess of $50 “unless the ordinance expressly states that the maximum fine is greater than fifty dollars,” according to the agenda.

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Under new business, Commissioner Grilley Mitchell has asked to discuss holiday decorations for the historical district on Trade Street.

In an email to the town manager and the board, Mitchell said businesses on Trade Street are often neglected by the town with regards to decorating the light poles during the holidays. He said he had been contacted by business owners who want help from the town on making that part of the historic district more attractive.

The board will also hold a closed session regarding personnel.

Jason Canady covers Hope Mills for CityView. He can be reached at jcanady@cityviewnc.com. 

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