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Sidewalk public hearing continued to next meeting

Amendments to Albemarle’s regulations for sidewalk installation were the subject of a public hearing at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Albemarle resident Jim Nance speaking in favor of amending the current ordinance, which would require installation of sidewalks and landscaping whenever most renovations are performed on existing businesses.

“I would support a change in the ordinance that would not require sidewalk and landscaping installation when renovations such as re-paving a parking lot, which does not change the footprint of the business, are performed,” he said.

Following discussion, council voted to continue the public hearing to the board’s October meeting and to have city staff develop recommendations in the interim.

In other business, council members:

• Voted to support the renaming of Franklin Street to Troy Alexander Drive;

• Heard a report from Rocky River Rural Planning Organization Director Lee Snuggs and NCDOT Division 10 Corridor Development Engineer Scott Miller;

• Received an update on Hurricane Florence Federal Disaster Recovery and Reimbursement;

• Were introduced to Renee Keziah, new assistant public works director;

• Considered recommendations for a “Walk of Fame” presented by Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation Director Joy Almond;

• Were informed by Police Chief David Dulin that the annual Community Night Out will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the YMCA Park.