Whiteville council okays new ABC store drawings
By Allen Turner, The News Reporter
The Whiteville City Council Tuesday night unanimously accepted a preliminary drawing and design on the town’s new ABC store, heard of drainage concerns from a Runnymeade resident and was briefed on the National Incident Management System.
The Rocky Mount architectural firm of Oakley Collier showed council preliminary drawings of the new ABC store at 302 Oak St. at the intersection of Oak Street and Powell Boulevard. City Manager Darren Currie said the design deliberately makes the exterior of the new building similar to the exterior of the new city hall.
The previous ABC location, also on Powell Boulevard, had to be closed to make way for the state widening project along U.S. 701 bypass and the store currently is operating out of temporary quarters in Hill Plaza.
The new ABC store is estimated to cost $800,000-$900,000. Council expects to pay Oakley Collier a total of $98,500 for designing the building and overseeing construction. Construction bids will be sought after Oakley Collier finished detailed plans and specifications for the building.
The new store will be built on property purchased for $215,000 from the owners of The News Reporter. The city received $332,000 from the N.C. Dept. of Transportation for the site of the old ABC store, land the state needs for the U.S. 701 widening project. Most of the city proceeds from DOT for the old store were applied toward the purchase of the Oak Street property and what was left will be help cover the estimated costs of constructing the new store.
Glenda Turbeville of Bentmoor Drive in the Runnymeade area expressed concern to council about drainage issues in her neighborhood. City Manager Darren Currie explained to her that drainage is a citywide problem and that an ad hoc committee has been appointed to explore solutions.
Council took no action but received a briefing from Emergency Services Director Hal Lowder on the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a comprehensive national approach to management of all hazard incident management at all jurisdictional levels. Jurisdictions are required to meet NIMS implementation requirements to receive federal preparedness funding after an event and Lowder’s presentation gave council information on their responsibilities during an incident.
In the public comments portion of the meeting, Jim Mauldin spoke to oppose the city’s $144 annual storm water management fee. The $12 monthly flat fee applies to all residential and commercial properties and is collected annually in property tax payments. Mauldin feels that, instead of a flat fee, individual fees should be established based on property size and lot conditions, such as paved or unpaved.