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Council to schedule hearing on proposed electrical hike

By Sarah Willets swillets@civitasmedia.com

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LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Monday night will again vote on whether to raise electrical utility rates by 3 percent.


The rate hike passed the Council Policy Committee, which includes the City Council, with all but one vote on Wednesday but will not be adopted until after a public hearing is held on the matter in March. An exact date for the hearing is expected to be set at Monday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.


The hike would raise electrical rates, now just under 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, by about .38 cents — or an extra $6 on $200 electrical bills. The proposed increased was prompted by a more than $2 million decline in electrical sales since 2011.


The City Council will also recognize two retiring employees on Monday. Capt. Terrence Shaw, who oversees the Lumberton Police Department’s Administration Division, will retire after 23 years on the force. Charles Davis, a horticulturalist, will have worked with the city for 20 years upon his retirement.


A public hearing on whether to amend the city’s Land Use Ordinance to allow retail sales in manufacturing zones will be held during the meeting. Two manufacturers along Interstate 95, Kayser-Roth and Due Process Stable Trading Company, would like to open outlet stores at their facilities.


The council first discussed the revision during a Jan. 8 meeting. No more than half of a building zoned for manufacturing could be used for retail sales under the proposed revision.


The council is expected to appoint members to Comprehensive Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Land Use Plan steering committees, which would both include two representatives from the council and two from the Planning Board.


In addition to voting on new items approved during Wednesday’s Council Policy meeting, the council will revisit a Jan. 8 request from William E. Antone Jr. to rezone property at 4140 Fayetteville Road to accommodate retail sales. The Planning Board is expected to recommend that council deny the request because rezoning the property, which currently is zoned Office Residential and Business General Commercial, would remove the buffer between the commercial zone and a nearby residential zone.

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