LUMBERTON — An application for a conditional-use permit that is needed for a new youth center to open was presented to the City Council at Monday’s meeting.
Nathaniel Stubbs wants to operate the Brothers United In Learning and Development Center at 3150 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The center would serve youths ages 9 to 18 by offering mentoring, tutoring, group activities, music lessons, job skills and more.
The City Council sent the matter to the Planning Board, which will set a date for a public hearing.
The center would be in Councilman Robert Jones’ District 6.
“I talked to Mr. Stubbs about what he is proposing and it certainly addresses the interest of the youth in our community,” Jones said. “I don’t know if we have had anything this directed to the youth that targets their potential. They find out the children’s interest and they provide a variety of things from people and professionals to help the youth.”
The councilman suggested that fellow council members visit the center, which is under construction.
“It’s the new year coming on now. I’ve been working on this for a long time,” Stubbs told the council. “I’ve just found the perfect place, so it’s about time.”
In other action on Wednesday, the council:
— Approved a conditional-use permit that allows K&L Veterans Home and Services to move to 411 Carthage Road.
— Referred a request for a condition-use permit that Cape Fear Construction Company Inc. needs to construct a solar farm on West Fifth Street to the Planning Board.
— Approved a five-year agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for routine safety maintenance at the Lumberton Municipal Airport.
— Approved an agreement with property owner Dick Taylor that will allow him to place an awning at 210 and 212 N. Chestnut St.
— Approved spending $407,000 for a new generator at City Hall.
— Hired the Wooten Company to provide technical assistance for a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to build a new shelter and soup kitchen for homeless people.
— Approved $370 of Community Revitalization Funds to fill in a disabled veteran’s swimming pool in Precinct 3.
— Approved $500 of Community Revitalization Funds for maintenance at The Oaks.
— Adopted a resolution asking the state to restore funding to the The Clean Water Management Trust Fund, which has lost 78 percent of its funding since 2010.