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Spring Lake aldermen to discuss tax agreement, grant for Main Street projects


SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen expects to hear more information about the new interlocal agreement on tax revenue between Cumberland County and the town at a work session on Monday.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Grady Howard Conference Room at Town Hall.

According to agenda materials, the purpose of the agreement is “to provide for the continued collection of taxes between Cumberland County and the town of Spring Lake.”

The board also expects to hear information about a grant for Main Street improvements.

The Rural Transformation Grant provides local governments in rural communities with access to grants and other guidance to improve economic vitality and meet related challenges.

Mayor Kia Anthony will present the information on the grant, which can support Main Street projects, downtown investment and revitalization efforts.

The board approved the Spring Lake Main Street Overlay District in 2014 to protect and enhance downtown by maintaining “a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant environment while encouraging the economic growth that compliments and expands the unique character of the downtown area,” according to town ordinances.

Anthony has said previously that she wants to incorporate the Main Street four-point approach to downtown revitalization, which is preservation-based and centered around economic vitality, design, promotion and organization.

The board also has emphasized the need for downtown revitalization including public improvements; mixed-use downtown development; small business training and technical assistance; planning; and industry improvements.

At its last meeting, the board rejected a plan for a 72-unit apartment complex in order to adhere to its vision for Main Street to be a thriving commercial corridor. The developer of that project, Pivotal, said it is not in the business of renting commercial space and is solely interested in residential units.

The board is also expected to go into closed session to discuss issues of attorney-client privilege and personnel.

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