City Council tables support for CCCC bond referendum

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Sanford City Council on Tuesday tabled a resolution to support the Central Carolina Community College bond referendum that will appear on the Lee County ballot on Nov. 4.

The referendum would provide funding to repair existing facilities and build new ones at the college, including the renovation and expansion of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

Mayor Chet Mann said the request for support was put together by the bond committee of the college.

But Council member James Williams said he was unsure about passing this resolution until he knew what the tax implications would be.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions about this bond referendum in my mind," he said. "I would think we would need some answers to questions like that before we could support it."

City Council also passed an ordinance to restrict parking on certain areas of Bickett Road and Pine Street.

The ordinance would create two no-parking zones. One zone would be along the east side of Bickett Road from Pine Street going north about 160 feet toward Morris Street. The other zone would be along the north side of Pine Street between Bickett Road and Hawkins Avenue.

Sanford City Manager Hal Hegwer said there was a request to look into restricting parking because of a concern about traffic being able to move through the area.

"We have had some occasions there where the household garbage canisters have been knocked over," he said. "It's pretty tight in there."

Hegwer said he had also gone out and talked to owners along the two streets, and they don't mind a restriction being enacted.

"We have talked to actually nine owners there, and they don't seem to have any problem with it," Hegwer said.

But the people living on the other side of Pine Street will still be able to park along the south side of the road, Hegwer said.

Also, City Council passed an ordinance to re-appropriate funds earmarked for expenditures that were not complete by June 30, including an upgrade of the 911 system and the Cotton Road water line extension.