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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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RM Council appoints EDA board members

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Citizens to serve as board members of an economic development authority (EDA) were approved Monday night by Rocky Mount Town Council by a 5-1 vote.

An ordinance to create the EDA was approved last month by council as a way to help fund a music venue in the old Lynch Hardware Building.

The members of the EDA are Ann Dillon, Adam Lynch, Peggy Santrock, Cliff Hapgood, Jon Snead, Linda Spence and Les Hutchinson.

Town Manager James Ervin said funding through the creation of an EDA is estimated to be between $600,000 and $700,000 towards the cost of the music venue. That money would come from selling historic property tax credits.

The establishment of an EDA was necessary because a municipality cannot directly recoup the tax credits, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

Now that the members have been appointed, Hankins said the town staff will schedule an initial meeting of the EDA to go over expectations and goals for the music venue project.

Council member Bobby Cundiff cast the dissenting vote. He said his vote did not reflect any ill will against any of the members that were appointed, but was a vote against the concept of establishing a music venue in the old Lynch Hardware building.

Cundiff said earlier that he didn't think the town should be in the music business.

In other matters Monday night, council:

•Approved a request from the Community Partnership for Revitalization (CPR) to use the old Lynch Hardware building for activities during the annual "Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas" event that will be held Dec. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. Activities planned at the building include photos with Santa Claus, face painting, children's crafts, children's interactive activities and a local artist group.

•Approved a request by Bryan Forbes, Franklin County varsity softball coach, to waive fees associated with the construction of an indoor hitting/training facility that would be used by middle and high school softball teams. The fees, including site plan review, zoning permit and land disturbing permit, would total $960.

•Approved the acceptance of a USDA Rural Development grant toward the purchase of two police vehicles, up to $25,000 toward the purchase of at least $45,000 in vehicles and related equipment.

•Approved a request from the Franklin County Department of Commerce and Leisure Services to contribute a local match of $2,450 toward two new boater access ramps on the Pigg River. Total cost of the two projects is $29,800 with the state covering $20,000. The remaining cost after the town's contribution will be funded by Franklin County.

 
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