Council to revisit lease of island


Staff Writer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss leasing Panther Island among other topics Monday evening.

The council will consider leasing the seven-acre island to Rocky Mount Dam, a limited liability corporation that's part of Capital Broadcasting Co., which is renovating Rocky Mount Mills. The island is located in the Tar River below the mills.

The offer — open to upset bids — is for $1 per year for 25 years with one additional automatic renewal unless terminated. The council can refuse any bid before an agreement is forged.

Discussion on the matter has been deferred from the previous two council meetings.

The council will also hold public hearings on requests for land rezonings.

A property owner wants to rezone two acres of land on North Winstead Avenue and Shearin Andrew Road from agricultural to industrial use. Another owner is asking the council to rezone nearly two acres on Atlantic Avenue from industrial to business.

City staff is recommending approval of both requests.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The council usually conducts a work session at 5 p.m. prior to its first regular monthly meeting.