The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 20, 2014

Albemarle City Council may decide on new member

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer

Monday, January 20, 2014 — Albemarle City Council will consider an appointment to the District 3 council seat at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

While they may not make the appointment, council members have now heard from all six candidates for the position.

Several delegations have also announced that they will be present at the meeting to discuss items of interest and concern with the council.

Tom Hearne, an Albemarle resident, will address the council in regards to solar panels installed by citizens.

Last year, Hearne, who wishes to install his own solar panels, requested that the city consider adopting a net metering policy which would make the installment of solar panels more monetarily beneficial and therefore more plausible for citizens.

ElectriCities of NC advised against the policy largely on the basis that net metering put an unfair cost on the city and other citizens who do not own solar panels.

Hearne will present his own research and arguments to give the city council what he feels is a more complete view of the situation.

Mike Macomson will also ask the city to consider policy changes. He will ask the council to consider establishing an urban archery season for deer within the city limits.

Urban archery seasons were initiated as an effort by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to keep urban deer populations down. Half of Stanly’s municipalities have adopted urban archery seasons: Locust, New London, Norwood, Richfield and Stanfield.

Macomson will present further information about urban archery seasons, but no decisions will be made. City Manager Ray Allen has suggested that a public hearing be conducted on the subject if the council wishes to consider this further.

The city will open a public hearing on the rezoning of Jim’s Custom Windows on U.S. 52 from general business to residential office.

The property owner has been working to address concerns about the appearance of his property and the council invites anyone with comments on that issue, or any other issue with the rezoning, to speak at that time.

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