PEMBROKE – The North Carolina Lumbee Tribe may move forward in their goal of building more housing for low-income Indians after the council approved a final platform here on Monday.
The property consists of dividing 5.47 acres of land behind the Lumbee Tribal Administration building into 12 parcels to accommodate 12 single family homes. The 1,300-square-foot homes will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and will be energy efficient, said David McGirt, the Lumbee Tribe’s construction manager.
The houses will be placed in Arrowpoint Acres, which already contains Lumbee member accommodation.
There has been a “desperate” need for housing for members of the Lumbee tribe since Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, McGirt said.
“It will be a nice home for our people,” said McGirt.
Councilor Channing Jones asked if the houses would look like the houses in the subdivision, and McGirt went on to show councilors pictures of what the houses will look like.
“You are really nice. I wish I had one – beautiful houses,” said McGirt.
In other areas, the council approved a $ 310,326.23 contract defining the scope of work for the Wooten Company, which will perform preliminary engineering for the Pembroke Transportation Investment for Revitalization Project.
The project includes the installation of dedicated left-turn lanes in both directions on the NC 711 and around 12,400 linear meters of cycle and pedestrian paths. There will also be street improvements in the center of the historic downtown area, including replacing the deteriorated infrastructure and installing lighting and landscaping, zebra crossings, ramps, bike paths and new sidewalks. The project also includes the repair of deteriorating underground rainwater and wastewater infrastructure in connection with surface treatments.
The aim is to improve connectivity between the western part of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and small businesses in the city center.
A grant from the city of 5.2 million
Also on Monday, it failed to make a motion to change Article 2, which is referred to as basic definitions and interpretations in the city’s unified development ordinance; and Article 10, the UDO Acceptable Uses Table to include recreation, indoor commercial spaces as special uses in a C-3 commercial zone district.
The addendum was prompted by a request from Ryan Locklear who was planning to open a classic video arcade at 518 Union Chapel Road. Locklear said the company will only be open to members aged 18 and over and will provide entertainment for college students.
“The idea is to stop people from leaving town for entertainment,” Locklear said.
Thomas and Locklear made it clear that the business will not be a qualified gambling business that is banned within city limits.
“They are (video games) only for playing,” Locklear said. “These are not slot machines.”
Prior to the vote, Alderman Ryan Sampson expressed concern about Locklear’s plan to sell beer at the facility in the presence of underage members. Despite the concern, Sampson filed for approval of the change, but the motion failed on a second.
The local council gave the city’s fire department the green light to apply for a Fair Fire and Emergency Staffing (SAFER) grant to employ three full-time firefighters to provide more adequate emergency response during the day.
The grant would fund salaries and benefits, which the city’s employees estimated at $ 150,000 a year over a three-year period. The grant would require a 35% grant for the first two years, which would be $ 52,000, and a 65% grant for the third year, or $ 97,500.
However, there is a chance the federal grant could cover 100% of the grant funding, Thomas said.
Since January, the fire department has responded to four bushfires, five building fires, 16 car accidents, two gas leaks, and provided three aircraft and 22 medical aid during the day. The total number of calls this year between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. is 258, according to Chief Timothy Locklear.
“Our response during the day is not good because everyone (volunteers) is working during the day,” said Locklear.
The council also:
– Agreed to hold another drive-through candy-or-treat event on October 30th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Pembroke Recreation Complex
– Approved a road closure on October 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the intersection of Fourth and Breece Streets to hold a legacy / birthday event for an elder in the ward. Local churches and gospel groups will be present at the celebration.
—Learned that on November 4, in the office of the City Council chambers, separate sealed tenders for the construction of the improvement of the sewage treatment plant will be opened.
– Note that the National Night Out is on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm at Milton R. Hunt Memorial Park.