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City Council will meet Tuesday, March 7, in a business session and two work sessions. All three sessions are open to the public.
Council's meeting will begin with a special work session at 5:30 p.m. to hear a presentation on a conceptual plan for a riverfront park to be located adjacent the White Mill on four acres of the former Dan River Mills property.
The Parks and Recreation Department has been working with the Raleigh, N.C., office DHM Designs to develop a public space that would be a destination within the River District. DHM also is working on a separate but parallel study of the Long Mill Dam’s recreational value.
Both projects are at a point in their development that they are ready to be reviewed before going to the engineering phase. The presentation on Tuesday requires no action by City Council at this point. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that will be voted upon in future business meetings.
The business session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 427 Patton St.
The second work session will follow the business session. It will be held on the same floor, but across the hall in the Council Conference Room.
During the business session, City Council will vote on whether to create a master lease program to refinance bonds used in purchasing the former Dan River Mills’ Schoolfield site and the acquisition, construction and renovation of various properties in the River District. The program also could provide financing flexibility for future projects.
The Industrial Development Authority would serve as the prime lessor. The goal of the program would be to increase the number of banks willing to support development projects at more competitive interest rates.
City Council also is scheduled to vote on seven other matters:
In addition to these votes, City Council will hold a first reading on two matters:
A first reading is an introductory step required by City code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council cannot vote on the budget amendment Tuesday. The earliest vote that can take place will be the March 7 City Council meeting.
For the second work session, the agenda includes the following items:
River City TV, the city’s government access channel, will air the business session. Watch it live on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122) or streaming on the River City TV Facebook page.
River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.