Council seeks more input on downtown project


Staff Writer

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set Monday to receive a community update, hear from the public and hold a public hearing on a proposed public-private downtown hotel and parking deck project.

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is scheduled to deliver her first community update. The council voted recently to receive updates from Small-Toney during regular monthly meetings.

The council also will receive petitions from the public. Anyone wishing to address the council is asked to complete the citizen sign-in sheet and hand it to a police officer, preferably prior to the beginning of the meeting but definitely prior to speaking. Presentations are limited to no more than three minutes. The time will be monitored.

For the second meeting in a row, the council will hold a public hearing relative to a proposed development agreement, ground lease and capital lease for downtown development.

No action on the part of the council is listed on the meeting’s agenda.

The council will consider a lease agreement with Sandra Taybron for about 1,127 square feet of space in Suite 324 on the third floor of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, restricted to Sundays and Wednesdays only, for a total of 104 days per year with a one-year lease at $325 rent per month from July 1 through June 31, 2020.

City staff recommends the council approve a resolution authorizing the lease and authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute the lease agreement on behalf of the city.

The council will vote whether to award a three-year contract to Precision Cut Landscaping & Lawn Care at a cost of $69,852 for litter and trash removal at city parks, including the cleaning of 16 shelters.

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.