LUMBERTON — The City Council on Monday backed up on a parking restriction on West 31st Street that it had proposed last week during a policy meeting.
Parking vehicles will be prohibited on West 31st Street between Rowland Avenue and Floyd Avenue from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays while school is in session at Tanglewood Elementary School.
The council had voted last week to limit parking at all times on Mondays through Fridays of parents waiting to pick up their children from school because it had created a public safety issue.
Councilman Erich Hackney, of Precinct 8, said he the restriction should be modified after leaving a friend’s house on West 36th Street recently and seeing people using the field and playground behind Tanglewood.
“I just happened to be riding up to the school and there was a bunch of folks out there playing ball, a lot of parents and so forth,” Hackney said. “… It seems like we’re kind of restrictive to folks who want to use it during the evening.”
Hackney said he contacted Tanglewood Principal Joanna Cummings about a new arrangement.
“I asked her if we could maybe come up with an alternative where those parents and kids could not have to worry about parking on the north side, which actually is the side closest to the residence,” he said.
Also on Monday, the council approved a conditional-use permit for Jonathan Erickson, who requested the permit for property at 1000 Wesley Pines Road.
According to Brandon Love, director of Planning and Neighborhood Services, Wesley Pines is expanding its facility, and the permit is required for any expansion of public utilities.
According to previous reports, the independent living facility would expand to 41 units with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 750 to 1,500 square feet. Wesley Pines is a 50-acre senior living community located on Wesley Pines Road and owned by The United Methodist Retirement Homes Inc. It houses about 115 people ages 55 and older in its independent, assisted and skilled-nursing facilities. The community has about 22 independent living homes on its campus.
In other action on Monday, the council:
— Approved the renewal of a contract with Alamac for the city to provide fire protection to the plant, which is outside the city .
— Approved the demolition of five houses that have been deemed unsafe. They are at 901 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 1308 Jacobs St., 1309 Jacobs St., 3285 W. Fifth St. and 1003 N. Willow St.
— Approved a reduction in the change order for $6,605.64 from Horne and Son Construction for a Community Block Development Grant rehab project near Britt Park.
— Accepted a $40,000 Rural Economic Development Center grant to assist in Phase III of the sewer system mapping project in East Lumberton.
— Referred a petition for a rezoning request for property located on Dawn Drive to the Planning Board for review and recommendation and authorized the Planning director to set a public hearing.
— Approved an $80,000 contract with the Wooten Company for the GIS mapping project.
— Approved a change order for $83,970.66 from Frank Horne Construction Inc. for changes to the Harrill Road sewer extension and northeast sewer diversion project.
— Referred a petition for a conditional-use permit to the Planning Board for Kenneth Kelly, who wants to put a family cemetery at 275 Taylor Drive.
— Set a public hearing for June 11 for extending the moratorium on electronic and cyber gambling establishments.
— Authorized the Police Department to apply for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant.
— Approved a change in the speed limit on McArthur, Patton and Eisenhower streets to 25 mph.
— Authorized the city manager and finance director to perform budget amendments for the year end closing of fiscal year 2012.
— Approved the write-off of an interfund payable of $200,000 that the sanitation fund owes the water and sewer fund.
— Accepted a donation of a .66-acre tract of land from John E. Floyd and Frances Floyd Jenkins that adjoins Northeast Park.
— Adopted a resolution to enter into an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for a $120,893 VISION 100 aviation grant.
— Approved the days of Thursday and Friday as the City Council’s budget workshops.
— Approved the de-obligation of $1,095 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 6 for community watch.
— Approved the releases of about $5,700 in taxes from 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
— Designated $200 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 8 for the Boy Scouts of America.
— Designated $1,000 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 2 for Community Day.
— Designated $200 in community revitalization funds each from Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for Breath of Life Ministries for community programming.
— Designated $1,000 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 7 for Community Day.
— Designated $1,050 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 1 to Wycliffe Subdivision, Wycliffe Subdivision East and Oaks Home Owners Association. Each will receive $350.
— Designated $650 in community revitalization funds for the Robeson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services as follows: Precinct 1, $100; Precinct 3, $100; Precinct 4, $100; Precinct 8, $150; mayor, $200.
— Designated $700 in community revitalization funds from Precinct 3 for the construction of a handicap ramp at 1107 Hardin Road.
— Approved selling old emergency radio equipment as surplus property.
— Approved an agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation for the Transportation Improvement Project.