If approved by the City Council Monday night, the Rocky Mount Municipal Stadium will get a new name and a $1.5 million boost for improvements.
According to the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting, the N.C. Wesleyan College Board of Trustees is interested in paying the high-dollar price tag for the privilege of renaming the football complex to the Municipal Stadium for the North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishops. The local college has held its home football games at the stadium for the past two years, during which time officials have tossed around the idea about a longer term commitment and improvements to the stadium.
“The funds would be used to make improvements needed to the stadium, which could include such items as a new field house, improvements to the press box, new score board, improvements to the restrooms, new landscaping and improvements to the entrance of the stadium,” City Manager Charles Penny stated in a letter to the mayor and City Council.
The approval would not alter the management of the stadium or relinquish the city’s ownership of the facility.
Other items on the agenda include three public hearings: one about closing a portion of the 1600 block of Gay Street, another about rezoning 2129 Benvenue Road to multi-family residential and a third to add “crematory” to the approved uses in commercial corridors.
Also on the agenda is a request to amend a contract with Four Griffins LLC for the extension of Beaver Pond Road to Northern Boulevard. In 2012, the city approved a $55,000 contract for the road to Sparrow Hawk Lane, but the amendment calls for the contract amount to be bumped up to $91,000 and the work to extend to Northern Boulevard. It would also extend the contract by 90 days.
During the presentation portion of the meeting, the family of Mary Etta Barnes will be recognized for her advocacy for the South Rocky Mount community.