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Council to revisit storefront churches and activate ad hoc flooding committee

By Allen Turner, The News Reporter

Whiteville City Council is set to revisit storefront churches downtown and adopt guidelines and appoint initial members to an ad hoc committee to study city flooding Tuesday. The meeting gets under way at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at 24 Hill Plaza.

Council held a public hearing in January on a staff proposal to remove storefront churches as a permitted use in the B-1 (Central Business) zoning district but allow storefront churches for consideration as a conditional use in the B-3 and I-1 zoning designations. Existing churches would be grandfathered in and allowed. Following the January hearing, council voted to postpone further discussion and decision, and it’s that further discussion and decision that will take place Tuesday night.

On Jan. 22, council voted to form an ad hoc committee to review matters related to flooding issues, asked City Manager Darren Currie to develop guidelines for the committee and asked Mayor Terry Mann to seek individuals to serve on the committee. Currie’s guidelines and Mann’s list of interested potential members will be discussed Tuesday.

In other business, council will consider a resolution of support of regional water management positions and watershed management for submission to the county legislative delegation, adopt a policy and fee schedule for collection of parking fees from business owners who use parking areas owned by Ms. Alice Braswell and receive the city’s annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 from CPA Alan Thompson of Thompson, Price, Scott and Adams.

Council also will consider changes to the Emergency Services ordinance to add language to provide the ability to request mutual aid resources from outside agencies, adopt state statues regarding emergency management and provide the ability to enforce any obstruction of emergency services personnel.

The changes are described by staff as “necessary to legally provide some of our emergency services.” Council also is expected to adopt a routine budget amendment.

Stuart Rogers