City to hold hearing on hazard plan

By: By Mike Gellatly - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council will consider public input on a new hazard mitigation plan at its monthly regular meeting on Monday.

The council heard from Landin Holland, of Holland Consulting Planners of Raleigh, on its hazard mitigation plan last week and could move forward in adopting the plan at the 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

The plan, which was started before Hurricane Matthew, must be updated and approved every five years for municipalities to be eligible for certain federal and state aid.

A public hearing is not legally necessary to pass the plan, but council elected to hold one.

The city on Monday is expected to act on the following as well.

— The city will ask its Planning Department to design a zoning amendment that would allow volunteer organizations such as the Baptist Men and Methodist Outreach to house themselves in one location as they continue to contribute to the recovery from Matthew. Both groups have pledged years of support in the area, but current zoning does not allow all of their activities to be in one place.

— A $76,875 contract to repair a water main on VFW Road could be awarded to low bidder Columbus Utilities.

— A sewer collapse on West Fifth Street will be addressed.

— The council will consider allowing the Management Information Systems Department to reallocate $30,000 from its capital fund to purchase security software.

— An ordinance that the speed limit on West 23rd Street between McMillan Avenue and Elm Street be reduced from 35 to 25 mph will be considered.

— The Housing Authority of Lumberton’s lease at 407 N. Sycamore St., commonly known as Old Catholic School, will be considered for extension.

— Council’s approval of Community Revitalization Funds in the amount of $400 for Oakridge Association; $1,000 for 911 Day; $1,200 for Southeastern Family Violence Center; $190 for Lumberton High School; and $400 for the Wycliffe Homeowners Association for community day events.

By Mike Gellatly

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Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly