Council to review community development projects

John Charles Robbins Daily Journal Editor

September 7, 2013

A series of Community Development Block Grant projects is up for review by the Rockingham City Council next week.

The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at City Hall, 514 Rockingham Road, Rockingham.

Rockingham’s Community Development Director Sandra Ridley will be discussing with the City Council sanitary sewer projects that have been funded in part by federal grant dollars.

In a report to city leaders, Ridley detailed the special projects and is asking the City Council to formally adopt several to comprise the City of Rockingham’s Community Development Projects.

City Council members are being asked to adopt a Grant Project Ordinance for the 2012 CDBG Infrastructure Project for Marigold, Flowers Streets and Mill Road. This would establish the budget and appropriates the revenue for the sewer project in that neighborhood, Ridley said.

The council is also asked to adopt a Citizen Participation Plan, for three CDBG projects; 2011 CDBG-IF, South Street Sewer Project; 2012 CDBG-IF, Marigold, Flowers and Mill Road; and 2011 CDBG Hook-up project.

“The Citizen Participation Plan describes levels of citizen participation through the grant from inception to closeout,” Ridley said in her report. In addition, the plan describes the procedure for any resident complaints.

And finally, the City Council is being asked to adopt a Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Plan, for all three CDBG grants.

“No relocation or demolition of housing units is proposed in any of these projects but this is a CDBG program requirement to have a Plan in place,” Ridley said in the report.

Also at the meeting, the council is expected to recognize the Rockingham Ponytail State Championship Team which represented North Carolina in the 12 and under Dixie Youth Softball World Series in Bluffton, S.C.

In other matters, the City Council is expected to:

• Consider scheduling public hearings on a couple of zoning matters. The planning staff is asking the council to consider amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to establish regulations for “unattended donation containers.” The issue relates to several collection bins that began popping up around town, requesting clothing and shoe donations. Some people were unhappy to learn that the donations, or money earned from the donations, did not go to benefit local charities or organizations. The planning staff is also asking the council to consider an amendment to the UDO to clarify that “homeless shelters” and “soup kitchen” are a conditional use in the Highway Business (B-3) zone. This item stems from the recent fire which gutted The Baker House shelter and soup kitchen on U.S. 1, south of the downtown area.

• See Mayor Steve Morris issue a proclamation marking Sept. 11 as “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance,” in reference to the terrorists attacks against the United States in 2001.

— Editor John Charles Robbins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 13, or by email at