Town’s finances are improving

Last updated: May 21. 2014 8:13AM - 1593 Views
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MAXTON — The town Board of Commissioner on Tuesday voted unanimously not to rezone the property at 612 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from an R-10 Residential District to Highway Business.

The property, which according to town officials already has a conditional-use permit that allows the property owner to have an office building, is near residences and businesses.

Commissioner Emmett “Chip” Morton told the commissioners that to rezone just one property could be considered “spot zoning.”

“Why are we rezoning a lot that already has the conditional use?” Morton said. “That was created by the state to give an option to the property owner for the use of the property.”

Town Attorney Nick Sojka told the board that as long as the use of the property remained just a basic office operation, there is no need to rezone because of the existing conditional-use permit already held by the property owner.

In other business, the commissioners on Tuesday:

— Heard from interim Town Manager Angela Pitchford, who said that she was informed by the state Local Government Commission that the town’s financial condition is improving. She said the town is considering opening town offices for half of a day on Fridays. Offices have been closed on Fridays to save money.

— Tabled any action on how to proceed with paying the cost of gates being installed at at least one local CSX Railroad crossing until more information can be obtained from the railroad company and the N.C. Department of Transportation.

— Appointed Elizabeth Gilmore to fill one of three vacant seats on the town’s Planning/Zoning Board.

— Presented a proclamation of appreciation to Frank Lea for his efforts at getting a fountain installed in Elizabeth Cole Park.

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