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City Council to discuss proposed changes to garbage pickup regulations

Fayetteville Logo Amendments to the city’s solid waste ordinance will be considered by the Fayetteville City Council on Monday, Jan. 9.
The council will meet at 5 p.m. at City Hall. At a Dec. 5 workshop meeting, the council asked the city staff to provide additional information on proposed amendments that address service limits, enforcement and other ordinance revisions.

The goal, according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting, is to “deliver consistent, predictable, financially responsible solid waste services that promote a safe, affordable, healthy and resilient community.”

Daniel Edwards, assistant director of public services who oversees the solid waste division, will speak to the council on topics including service limits of household carts, recycling carts, yard waste, limb pickup and service on private streets.

“That’s everything we’re going to talk about in a nutshell,” Edwards said.
Edwards said he will seek council members’ direction on solid waste issues.

“This is what we’ve been saying we need to do to be more efficient, better practices compared to peer cities," Edwards said.

“It’s basically just how many carts do we want to pick up from a household? How many carts we’re going to pick up for recycling? How many combinations of containerized material (do) we want to pick up for yard waste per household?” he said.

“For the private streets, the ability … to have a resident put that material on a regular street so we don’t have to go down some of these roads,” he added.

“That’s kind of where we’re going.”

Edwards said the last time the ordinance was amended was in 2013.

One dead in Sunday shooting

crime scene tape A man was killed Sunday afternoon, Jan. 8 in a shooting on Nutmeg Place, the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting just before 1:30 p.m. on the 3500 block of Nutmeg Place, the Police Department said in a release.

They found 20-year-old Julian Wright inside a home with a gunshot wound, the release said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the individuals involved were known to each other and were inside Wright’s residence,’’ the release said. “An interaction between the individuals led to Wright being shot.’’

The Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating.

Hope Mills board to hear final overlay district report

hope mills logo The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 9 is expected to receive the final report from the group working on the town’s overlay zoning initiative.

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

Thomas Lloyd and Associates has been working with town staff on the overlay initiative.

Commissioners adopted amendments to the Hope Mills Zoning Ordinance at the Dec. 5 board meeting. Those amendments concluded a six-month process that included three work sessions, consideration from the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board, final approval by the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners, and a moratorium that sunset on Dec. 31, according to a memo from Thomas Lloyd and Associates.

The firm plans to present its recommendations to the board for updates to the Southwest Cumberland Plan. The Southwest Cumberland Plan is the town’s planning guideline for development, according to Mayor Jackie Warner.

Warner has previously said it was time to revise the plan because of the town’s unprecedented growth.

According to the memo from Thomas Lloyd and Associates to the board, Hope Mills is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the southeastern portion of the state.

“The commercial growth, scattered along major entrance corridors, has led to a saturation of certain commercial uses which don't fit in with the overall harmony of the town and aren’t compatible with the desired vision for future development,’’ the memo states.

The update for the Southwest Plan would call for “the prevention of uncoordinated commercial strip development,” according to the memo.

The town hired the firm to help develop an overlay zoning policy after the town experienced a saturation of similar businesses. Overlay zoning is a regulatory tool that creates a special zoning district over existing zoning. It can include additional or different regulations that apply within the district.

Last year, the board implemented a six-month moratorium that restricted certain businesses from filing a business permit.

Businesses which specialize in motor vehicles parts and accessory sales; motor vehicle repair shops or bodywork; and tobacco stores and smoke shops were some of the businesses affected by the moratorium. The moratorium ends on Jan. 18.

Other business

The board also is expected to discuss amending the town charter to alter the terms served by the mayor and the Board of Commissioners to four-year staggered terms and setting a date for a public hearing.

According to a resolution of intent in the agenda package, “At the regular municipal election in 2023, there shall be elected five members of the town board to fill the seats of those officers whose terms are then expiring.

“The three members who receive the highest number of votes shall serve a four-year term, while the remaining two members elected shall serve a two-year term. Thereafter, in the 2025 election, there shall be elected two members of the town board to fill the seats of those officers whose terms are then expiring.

“The two commissioners elected in the 2025 election shall serve four-year terms. In each election after 2025, board members shall be elected to fill the seats of those officers whose terms are then expiring and shall serve four-year terms in staggered biennial elections.’’

Nominations sought for Human Relations Community Awards

community The Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission is seeking nominees for its 2023 Community Awards, according to a news release from the city.

The awards recognize “dedicated residents and organizations who are committed to the well-being and the promotion of positive human relations” in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, the release said.

Nine awards are presented annually in these categories: youth; humanitarian; lifetime achievement; individual; industry and business; educator; military; religious leader; and organization.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 17, the release said.
Nomination forms are available on the city’s website under the "Human Relations" tab.
Award winners will be recognized at a luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Human Relations Department offices at 225 Ray Ave., Suite 100. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 8, the release said.

The money raised will support the higher-education scholarships for high school seniors.

More information is at https://www.fayettevillenc.gov/city-services/human-relations-4154 or by contacting the Human Relations Department at 910-433-1698 or DionaCurtis@FayettevilleNC.Gov.

City Council exploring ways to round up abandoned shopping carts

shopping carts City officials aim to round up a problem that shoppers encounter in retail parking lots everywhere: abandoned shopping carts.

The problem is not only one of safety, officials said, but one that cost the city at least $78,000 over a period of two and a half years.

The Fayetteville City Council voted 8-1 on Jan.3 to direct city staffers to develop an ordinance setting rules for businesses on retrieving stray carts on their property.

Councilman Derrick Thompson made a motion calling for the ordinance, and Councilwoman Brenda McNair seconded it.
Councilman Deno Hondros voted against the motion.

No city or county in North Carolina has a similar ordinance, according to Brook Redding, special projects manager for the city manager's office.

“This has been a project over the past three years that we’ve spoken about,” Redding told the council during a work session on Tuesday.

Redding asked council members for direction on what the ordinance should address.
Since August 2019, he said, Mayor Mitch Colvin has requested that the staff investigate the problems that errant shopping carts cause for pedestrians and drivers.

Redding said he researched the problem that year to identify ways to track and manage the shopping cart problems and determine the city’s cost to collect abandoned carts. Over a 20-day period, Redding said, his staff identified more than 143 displaced carts citywide. They were found in residential areas and on street curbs, Redding said.

In May 2020, with the help of the N.C. Retail Merchants Association, he said, the city entered into an agreement with big-box retail chains such as Walmart to manage the problem.
That agreement expired in April 2021, but the city continued to collect data on abandoned shopping carts. From May 2020 to October 2022, city crews collected or found more than 1,000 abandoned carts across the city.

Assuming that it takes about two hours of an employee’s time to locate, collect and dispose of abandoned carts, and to talk with the business, he said, since May 2020 the city has spent more than $78,000 picking up shopping carts.
That cost does not include the equipment needed to collect the carts and disposal fees, Redding said.

A state statute classifies abandoning a shopping cart as a misdemeanor, Redding said, but police officers can’t be expected to enforce that law when they are dealing with more serious crimest.
Councilman D.J. Haire asked Redding whether his staff and the city’s legal team can craft an ordinance to address the problem.

“It is a problem,” Haire said. “It is a concern, regardless if other cities don’t have ordinances in place.”

Redding said he would need direction from the council on what the ordinance would cover.


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