The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 15, 2013

Red Cross reviews proposed budget, transportation plans

Schyler Martin
CNHI News Service

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — The town of Red Cross discussed the proposed budget, transportation plans and the installment of two members to the Planning Board/Board of Adjustment Monday night.

A public hearing was called for the first reading of the proposed budget for 2013-2014. The proposed budget hardly deviates from last fiscal year’s budget plan. The tax rate will remain at 15 cents. The board unanimously appro-ved the reading of the proposed budget.

Reuben Q. Crummy, a transportation engineer at N.C. Department of Trans-portation, presented the Stanly County Comprehen-sive Transportation Plans  (CTP) Amendment. If passed, the CTP would serve as a list of recommendations for improving transportation in the city of Locust, the town of Red Cross and unincorporated areas of Stanly County.

The CTP would ensure that all concepts for transportation improvement are regarded and discussed. Future projects would have a clearer, simpler planning process to go through. Concepts would go through a rigorous environmental process to ensure that they are as good as they can be, officials said.

The CTP Amendment covers future plans for improving highway, bicycle, pedestrian and rail and public modes of transportation. Town council members received the CTP presentation positively.

Councilman Dicky Hatley nominated Thelma Tomber-lin and Harris Williams to be installed to the Planning Board/Board of Adjust-ment. Both members were unanimously accepted and sworn into oath during the meeting.

Also discussed was the renewal of Property and Liability Insurance through the North Carolina League of Municipalities Risk Management Services. The renewal included a $30 increase. All council members approved the renewal.

The finance department gave a standard report. The departments of fire protection, police protection, street maintenance, waste collection and zoning had nothing to report.

After receiving no further comments from citizens, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The next town board meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 10.

Schyler Martin is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.