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Event center goes before public April 21

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After months of speculation and discussion, the Rocky Mount City Council will open the floor to the public for its thoughts on a proposed event center for downtown.

A public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. April 21. That’s two weeks from today. It should make for one lively evening.

Since almost the very first mention of the proposal, the Telegram has received Speak Up calls, Letters to the Editor, story comments at rockymounttelegram.com and plenty more communication about the idea. It’s safe to say it has been the most talked about local news event since the Sanderson Farms proposal in Southern Nash County.

So far, those who are opposed to the center have raised their voices the loudest. Most of the support we’ve heard for the plan has come from City Manager Charles Penny and members of the City Council who believe an event center would be one more resource to draw local folks as well as outside visitors to downtown.

The public hearing should offer a good sense of how Rocky Mount residents feel about the plan. Some of the attention will center on the location of the proposed center. But a lot of people wonder how the city would pay for such a facility, particularly since similar venues in other cities often operate at annual deficits that reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Here’s hoping there’s a strong turnout for the hearing and thoughtful arguments on both sides of the issue. We’re equally hopeful that members of the City Council will listen carefully to all sides and make their decision in the best interests of their constituents.

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Down town

Just cover the entire place in black top already please.

Done Deal

This "public hearing" is a mere formality, one of several steps required before the eventual "vote" which has already been decided. Unless there is some way for the public to force a referendum, it cannot be stopped.

I think you are probably right....

High Handicapper wrote:
This "public hearing" is a mere formality, one of several steps required before the eventual "vote" which has already been decided. Unless there is some way for the public to force a referendum, it cannot be stopped.
However, I plan to attend for the entertainment that might transpire. I want to hear Knight shout "Racist!" at those who dare speak up against that boondoggle, and I'm hoping that that character Curmilus will be there to speak up in favor of it. I suspect that will be the only entertainment that I will ever witness that is a direct result of that event center.

LMBAO!

Character? I am a real black man! So Run & Tell That!

LOL!

Curmilus wrote:
Character? I am a real black man! So Run & Tell That!
I don't think anyone doubts that fact.

Dancy!

If you want to find Curmilus there he will be the one hanging out of Knights butt !

Dancy!

If you want to find Curmilus there he will be the one hanging out of Knights butt !

Funny

The 4 black members don't give a hoot what anyone say, their useless minds are made up, they cast their vote before the ink dried on the facts sheet. This is nothing more than a slap in the face of the people. No one should show up for this BS STUNT but do what needs to be done to STOP this waste of our tax dollars and go through, over, under or around the City Council to make our city once again an "ALL AMERICAN CITY". THIS IS OUR CITY NOT THEIRS, THEY WORK FOR US NOT US FOR THEM. They can't correct the crime problems in our city so we must correct the problems ourselves.

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