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Hope Mills looks to schedule workshop, hearing on budget for next year

Zoning cases, attorney fees also on meeting agenda


HOPE MILLS — Interim Town Manager Chancer McLaughlin is expected to recommend a date for a workshop and a public hearing on the 2023-24 budget when the Board of Commissioners meets Monday night.

In a memo to the board, McLaughlin wrote that he would recommend a budget workshop be scheduled on May 15 at 5 or 5:30 p.m. before the commissioners meeting.

He recommends a public hearing on the budget be scheduled June 8.

The town board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

Also on the agenda for Monday, the board will hold a public hearing on annexing 11.165 acres that belong to the High Family Properties LLC. The property is at 5070 U.S. 301 S. The staff is requesting authorization to proceed with zoning the property for light industrial use.

Anyone who wishes to speak for or against the annexation must register with the town clerk 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

Under new business, the board will consider an annexation request for 2.6 acres at the intersection of Corporation Drive and Chickenfoot Road.

Some notable big-ticket items on the consent agenda are budget amendments, including:

  • Moving $264,500 of funding for chapel renovations from fiscal year 2021-22 to 2022-23.

According to a memo from McLaughlin, the chapel renovations are complete. Renovations and the addition of restrooms totaled about $264,000.

  • Using $47,700 in N.C. Department of Transportation funding that was received in 2021-22 to cover expenses related to a widening project on Rockfish Road.

The town moved the backflow prevention devices, costing $25,035, and a light pole at Brower Park, costing $20,610. The budget amendment will use funds the town received from DOT for an easement purchase to cover those costs.

  • Using $15,000 from the general fund to cover extra charges from the town attorney to cover several instances when extra time was required. The town attorney has billed the town for several expenditures above his monthly rate.

The additional fees total $14,886. The services provided by the town attorney were not listed on the agenda.

Items on the consent agenda are expected to be passed unanimously without discussion.

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