Washington City Council meets Monday

Published 5:38 pm Saturday, August 9, 2014

At Monday’s Washington City Council meeting, council members will decide whether to accept a $25,000 loan for downtown redevelopment, to pass housing projects deed trusts, to purchase of new vehicles and will honor two local youth sports teams.

Before the meeting begins, council will be honor the 12U and 9U Washington baseball teams for their efforts this summer. The Washington 12U team won the Little Tar Heel state championship and the Washington 9U team took the Cal Ripken League championship for its area.

One of the new items City Council will discuss is whether to accept a $25,000 three-year no interest loan from The Beaufort County Committee of 100 to fund the UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative for downtown redevelopment projects.

A portion or the entire loan could possibly be forgiven if a substantial development results in new investment and the creation of jobs in Beaufort County, according to city documents.

“It’s going to cost us $25,000 to do the project, and they essentially agreed to loan the city that money,” said Brian Alligood, Washington’s city manager. “They will help us with a redevelopment project.”

Council is expected to give authorization to Washington Mayor Mac Hodges to release the deed trust on a pair of low to moderate income subdivisions, Keys Landing and Northgate.

The Rev. David Moore, who has spearheaded the Keys Landing Subdivision came to the July 28, council meeting seeking assistance with funds for the driveways and curb cuts that did not lineup at the three nearly completed houses.

Moore was asking for $3,960 without repayment, while the city said it is asking for $1,320 per lot in repayment when the homes are sold, according to Alligood.

“It was the recommendation that we made that that occur that,” Alligood said. “That’s because that was recommended at the last council meeting by Councilman Brooks. So we put it back on there for their consideration. “

The city is also looking to purchase two new vehicles, a Ford F150 and Ford F350, but will need council’s approval because they are both over $20,000.

To read the complete agenda visit the city’s website at http://www.washington-nc.com/meeting-agendas.


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