Tarboro council elects new member


Tarboro Town Councilwoman Sabrina Bynum


By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Friday, February 17, 2017

With the selection of a new councilwoman for the the Ward 7 seat, the Tarboro Town Council is again at full strength.

Sabrina Bynum was selected 6-1 by the council Monday to fill the vacant seat held previously by the late Taro Knight, who died of cancer last year.

Bynum said she wanted to be a part of Tarboro's growth.

“I want to see activities for our residents,” Bynum said. “I want to see business development.”

Bynum was one of three candidates for the seat. Roy Gray, a former councilman, and Earline Knight Womack also were considered.

The process was completed via written ballot. Bynum took her seat on the council after her selection, which was done at the top of Monday's regular scheduled meeting.

Beginning in 2014, Bynum spoke during public comment sections of council meetings to argue against the Boys & Girls Club exclusive use of the M.A. Ray Center for its afterschool program.

In other business, the council unanimous approved an Unified Development Ordinance text amendment to allow funeral homes within the B-2 district. Prior to taking a vote, the council held a public hearing with a local funeral home representative saying he planned to open a funeral home office within the district that is mainly strip shopping centers.

The council also unanimously approved an agreement for Holland Consulting Planners to manage the Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs and HUD Community Development and Block Grant Disaster Recovery. Proposed work includes turnkey project management and preparation and submittal of all documentation to comply with state and federal requirements.

Holland will work at an average hourly rate of $84.20 with no separate charges such as per diem, mileage or lodging.

During closed session, Norris Tolson with Carolinas Gateway Partnership presented an update to the Council on industrial recruitment activity.