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Spring Lake board expected to approve seeking grant for downtown development


SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen is expected to approve a resolution to apply for a Main Street transformation grant and create a special events committee.

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

The proposed Spring Lake Special Event Advisory Committee would be charged with developing an annual calendar of activities including identifying speakers, topics and potential sponsors. The committee also would be expected to develop ways to market the events in the community.

According to agenda materials, the purpose of the committee would be to “provide guidance and recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on special events held in Spring Lake” and serve as an advisory body on safety, marketing and logistics.

The committee would be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on event applications, advising organizers, and reviewing budgets.

The committee also would be responsible for determining what services are needed from the town, including police, fire, medical, traffic services, solid waste, street maintenance, water, parking, vendor permits and health department inspection.

Mayor Kia Anthony said Sunday that the town has not yet determined a fee structure to support the new committee.

“Once the committee is formed, we will allow the members to determine fee structures for the board to approve or deny,” said Anthony.

The board also is expected to approve a resolution to apply for a Main Street Rural Transformation Grant through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Engagement and Investment program. The grant would support investment and revitalization efforts for downtown.

At its last work session, the board unanimously supported applying for the grant in preliminary discussions. The grant would allow for five phases of downtown development, including curb and gutter improvements; pedestrian walkways and sidewalks; gateway signage; and landscape improvements. The fifth phase includes moving utility lines underground, which has been a project discussed in Spring Lake since 2001.

If the town receives the grant, the projects are estimated to have a two- to five-year timeframe for completion.

The initial grant would be in the amount of $478,000.

The board will also discuss plans for a Memorial Day and a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday.

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