SANFORD: New mayor, new council members will take oath Tuesday

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 07:05 AM

Four newly-elected Sanford City Council members, including incoming Mayor Chet Mann, will officially join their cohorts during the council's Tuesday meeting.

North Carolina Sectary of State Elaine Marshall will administer the oath, according to the city's agenda.

"The swearing-in ceremony is very special to us," Mann said. "I haven't had the chance to meet with the council it its official capacity, and this (meeting's) agenda has to be taken care of. In the coming meetings, I expect to see some changes and things to implement."

Several members of Mann's family, including his wife Missi and sons T.C. and Elliot, and supporters are scheduled to be in attendance at the 7 p.m. meeting at the Sanford Municipal Center, located at 224 E. Weatherspoon St.

Mann said he intends to execute an "Open for Business" revitalization plan beginning in January. The four legs, he said, of the platform will be job creation, destination Sanford, quality of place and community pride.

"Some of these things will happen quickly and some will take time," he said. "And some will be in collaboration with other governments."

Mann will unveil this platform during the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Flame Steakhouse.

Council members Samuel Gaskins and James "J.D." Williams, representing Wards 1 and 3, respectively, will be rejoining the board Tuesday along with newcomer at-large district member Norman "Chas" Post III who defeated L.I. "Poly" Cohen in the Sept. 10 primary.

A reception for the recently elected officials will be held immediately after the meeting.

Other agenda items include:

* Three rezoning applications. Winslow Enterprises requested 0.88 acres at 2800 Lee Avenue be rezoned from General Commercial to Light Industrial. Wesara Associates requested that varies tacts of land, totaling 10.85 acres, at 1248 Broadway Rd. be rezoned to General Commercial from Residential and Light Industrial. Elite Storage also requested its conditional zoning request for two tracts of land at 2203 Woodland Ave. be updated for the development of a mini-warehouse storage business.

* Repealing a "no parking zone" at 305 N. Steele St.