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Council to consider mill additions

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss development at the Rocky Mount Mills and property annexation at Nash Community College among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council will hold a public hearing on a special use permit needed to establish a hotel and office on Falls Road in the Rocky Mount Mills Village Historic District as requested by Evan Covington Chavez, the Mills' real estate development manager.

At the council's last meeting, Councilman Reuben Blackwell said he'd like to see language in the permit changed to a more accurate description since the application is actually for a three-room facility, which in his mind is more like a guest house than a hotel.

The request is for a permit to establish an office at 1104 Falls Road and a hotel at 1032 Falls Road. Staff recommends council approval of the permit.

The council is set to consider a petition for annexation of property and water service agreement with Nash Community College for water and sewer service at 3880 and 3882 Eastern Avenue.

The council also will consider approval of a grant award from Nash Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program for supplemental funding for arts engagement for adults, children and the community. The $4,000 grant requires a dollar for dollar match and a budget amendment appropriating the funds.

Council members will vote whether to amend the city policy regulating alcohol use on city property. The amendment would change the length of time from four hours to eight hours, adds Booker T. Theatre to the list of approved locations and clarifies that the council can add or delete facilities from the list that allows alcohol consumption at any time.

The council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building in downtown Rocky Mount.