Hope MIlls TOwn Hall The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 5 will hear about the latest change order for the new Public Safety building that will require modifications to several areas outside the building.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Scott Garner, the architect of the new Public Safety building, is scheduled to review the latest changes, which are tied to sidewalk adjustments by the N.C. Department of Transportation and Duke Energy, according to agenda materials.

Garner told commissioners at the last board meeting that these changes were coming.

N.C. DOT and Duke Energy gave notice of acquisition of additional easement along Rockfish Road, according to Garner’s memo to the board. The easement extends from the walking trail to the front of the new building. As part of the adjustment, overhead power lines will need to be relocated to the Public Safety building side of the street, the memo states.

The masonry building sign and three flag poles were in place but the flag poles will now need to be relocated, the memo states. The sign could remain on a provisional basis, the memo states.

Garner says a new design with flag poles, police and fire memorials and a digital sign has been created.

The costs associated with the easement are just over $75,000, according to the memo. But the town’s Park and Recreation Department will be able to do some of the work, bringing the total of the change order to $47,345, according to the memo.

The board is also scheduled to hold a public hearing on a request to amend the Hope Mills Zoning Ordinance related to a recent moratorium.

“Town of Hope Mills Planning staff is requesting the approval of a text amendment tied to a recent moratorium that instituted a town-wide halt on specific uses that negatively impact the character, use, and overall harmony of existing and future development areas,’’ according to agenda materials.
This summer, the board agreed to place a temporary moratorium on certain businesses while the town’s staff works to create an overlay district.
The moratorium included the following businesses:
● Motor vehicle parts and accessory sales.
● Motor vehicle repair and/or body work.
● Motor vehicle rentals.
● Motor vehicle sales, new and used.
● Retail establishments primarily tied to smoke shops and vape establishments.

Anyone who wishes to speak during the public hearing is asked to sign up with the town clerk prior to the meeting and limit their comments to three minutes.

The board also will be asked to consider an amendment to the town’s Parks and Recreation fee schedule for special events permits. In a memo to Town Manager Scott Meszaros, Parks and Recreation Director Lamarco Morrison said the town has seen an increase in special events permits, which has generated a need to increase the town’s special events fees in an effort to recover some of the town’s costs. The fees cover items like the roll-out trash bins, portable bleachers, electricity access, temporary fences, a portable stage and maintenance staff and parking attendants.

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