The Rocky Mount City Council will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. today in George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building.
According to the agenda, the public hearing is on a request by W. Ronald Barnes for existing land use and zoning for less than one acre of land at 139 North Winstead Avenue.
“The property was a dry cleaner, which the guy owned that went out of business when he retired,” JoSeth Bocook, senior planner for City of Rocky Mount Planning Department, said. “When the property originally rezoned in 1984, there wasn’t much commercial out there then as it is now. He isn’t looking for any specific tenant, but seeking to allow any land use to operate on the property.”
The council also will consider a request from Pastor Keith Moore of Abundant Life Ministries, who wants to close the 500 block of Mill Street from 1 to 5 p.m. July 12 for the church’s fourth annual citywide festival. Moore said more than 700 people attended the festival a year ago, which included free food, games and activities for children and adults. If rain cancels the event, the church would hold the occasion July 19.
City Manager Charles Penny said in a memo to the Rocky Mount Police Department, Rocky Mount Fire Department and Rocky Mount Public Work Departments have reviewed the request and recommend approval.
In other consent items, council will make consider recommendations during the review of the fiscal year 2014-15 budget and adoption of the fiscal year 2014-15 budget ordinance. The council also will consider the adoption of the budget ordinance amendments for 2013-14 fiscal year.