Rowland gives business another chance

By: Tomeka Sinclair - Staff writer

ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners is giving a music business that sits adjacent to the Town Clerk’s office one more chance to pay its overdue rent.

“If they don’t, we’re locking the doors,” Town Clerk David Townsend said.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, the commissioners rescinded a previously approved motion to lock the doors of Journey Music Production, located at 204 W. Main St. All but one commissioner voted in favor of a new motion to give the business until Aug. 31 to pay $2,100 in overdue rent. Commissioner M.C. Shooter was absent.

The business was four payments behind on the $700 monthly rent at the time of the June commissioners meeting. The commissioners agreed then to change the locks on the building and not give anymore chances.

The owner called the next day and agreed to pay $700 each week to catch up, Townsend said.

“So far they’ve made two $700 payments,” he said.

Journey Music Production is produces artists and provides talent a place to rehearse. It opened in 2015.

Townsend said he is not a fan of closing businesses because the town needs revenue.

“They have a full recording studio in there. People from Chicago go there to rehearse,” Townsend said. “I don’t want to have to close it.

“We’re not in the real estate business. We just want to get this out the way so we can address more important matters.”

In other business, the commissioners:

— Went into closed session with Rowland Police Chief John Reaves, at the request of Commissioner Paul Hunt Jr., and returned 10 minutes later. No action was taken.

— Learned that a letter was sent to all of the gaming establishments informing them of the new fee to operate gaming machines.

— Learned that the North Carolina Justice Center will be holding a workshop July 27 to encourage industry growth in the Southeast.


Tomeka Sinclair

Staff writer

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at tsinclair[email protected] or 910-416-5865.