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Old 12-10-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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Such a wonderful building and a very important one to keep!
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Greenville City Council sworn in, ready to get to business - Daily Reflector
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:13 AM
 
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Council member Smith launches job training initiative

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Greenville, N.C. (WNCT)- The City of Greenville is launching a new initiative in hopes of bringing more training and jobs to the area.

Council woman Kandie Smith launched the new job training initiative as her last move as mayor of Greenville.

The city plans to work with Pitt County Community College to form additional work force training programs. Officials will then recruit those who can benefit most from the training. Partnerships with local organizations will allow them to recruit future employees. Former Mayor Smith says it’s a win-win for community members and businesses.

“We do want the people to know we do want you to work, we do want to support you, but we also want to make sure we bring the businesses in as well,” said Kandie Smith, Greenville City Council Member, “so we got to have you ready so let’s see what we can do to do that together.”

The City of Greenville and Pitt Community College are already working together on two programs- Project Tool Up and the Youth at Work program.

Anyone interested should contact the City’s Office of Economic Development at (252) 329-4502 or Pitt Community College’s Ernis Lee at (252) 493-7388.
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Vidant/ECU board planning transition strategies - Daily Reflector

PCC going smoke-free in 2018-19 - Daily Reflector
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:39 AM
 
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Council votes to extend the alcohol sales on Town Common - Daily Reflector


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The Greenville City Council voted on Thursday night to extend a provision allowing for sales of alcohol at the Town Common, with plans to remove restrictions from the ordinance early next year.

The council voted unanimously to support the recommendation brought by city staff, after a presentation by Gary Fenton, director of the Recreation and Parks Department.

The original provision was approved by the council last March, but was specifically drafted with a “sunrise provision,” set to expire on Dec. 31. The idea behind the original ordinance was to evaluate it over the course of the year and see if the city staff believed it was beneficial to the city. Mayor P.J. Connelly asked for the discussion of the ordinance be added to Thursday night’s agenda.

Fenton presented a recommendation from staff to not only remove the sunset provision — which would make it law indefinitely — but also to remove certain restrictions from the original ordinance to make it more accessible to groups interested in hosting events.

The provision in question was the requirement of a fenced off area to mark where people could consume alcohol, which Fenton said could lead to an increased cost that planners might not be able to afford. He said that planning an event on the Town Common often came with other costly requirements like police security, and the staff felt the fence was not necessary, and that other ways of designating an area for alcohol consumption— something required by state law, were more suited to the city’s interest.

“We found that fencing became extremely expensive, and the cost had to be picked up from the nonprofit group,” Fenton said. “That cost can be prohibitive and may make hosting the event impossible.”

Originally staff recommended that the city wait until a modified ordinance was brought before them in Feb., but Connelly said he did not like the idea of allowing the ordinance to expire. He said doing so might discourage organizers from planning events, due to the uncertainty surrounding whether it would be readopted. After hearing Connelly’s concerns, District 4 Councilman Rick Smiley, motioned for the sunset provision be removed effective Thursday night, and that a modified version of the ordinance be brought before Council at the start of the new year. Smiey’s motion was passed with unanimous support.

Also at the meeting, council unanimously approved a series of contracts related to the Town Creek Culvert project, totaling to $5.7 million. The contract awards were given to WK Dickson for construction management, at a not to exceed cost of $2,368,300, Catlin for Environmental and Waste Management at a not-to-exceed cost of $3 million and ECS Southeast, LLP for geotechnical and materials testing for $300,000.

Kevin Mulligan,director of Public Works, said that these contract awards round out the final cost for the culvert project, which totals $30.9 million.

The council in October approved a contract with Trader Construction of New Bern to make the upgrades.

The council also discussed the Adopt-A-Street Program on Thursday, brainstorming with city staff ways to improve participation from groups in the city.

Councilwoman Kandie Smith asked staff to bring an updated recommendation next year regarding the 500-foot rule that governs the construction of nightclubs in the city. Smith cited concerns about how the provision was limiting residents’ ability to build clubs in parts of the city not related to downtown, and that this was creating an environment of exclusion for some demographics.
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Council members expressed concern about the roads leading into Greenville. Mayor P.J. Connelly said that the condition of those roads left a bad impression on people entering the city. He said that he wanted to begin talks with the North Carolina Department of Transportation about possibly taking over control of the roads’ clean-up.

“I mean when you get off of 264, it’s atrocious, it really is, It’s almost embarrassing sometimes with how high the grass is out there,” Connelly said. I love NCDOT because they’re investing a lot into our city, but maintenance standards-wise I don’t think it’s the same thing we do. I understand, they have a tremendous amount of land that they need to cover, so I understand the barriers that they have. But there’s trash that gets chopped up and blown around, and that’s the first impression that people see, I think that’s the most visible issue that we have.”

Mulligan said that his staff did not believe that adopt-a-street programs would be sufficient to address those concerns. Staff is evaluating whether the city should take over maintenance, but that would come with a price tag. He said keeping the stretch of Statonsburg Road, that runs in front of the hospital from the U.S. 264 Overpass clean, would cost $30,00-40,000 annually, for twice-weekly litter collection and right-of-way mowing.
Public Works to reset adopt-a-street program due to lack of participation
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Old 12-17-2017, 10:54 AM
 
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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City to review rule governing location of nightclubs - Daily Reflector

Pitt County commissioners consider drone ordinance - Daily Reflector
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:25 PM
 
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Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith announces for NC District 8 representative seat

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A Greenville City Council member will be taking another shot at a state government seat in the 2018 elections.

City Councilwoman and former Greenville Mayor Kandie Smith announced her intentions to run for the District 8 seat as a Democrat currently held by Republican Representative Susan Martin.

Martin announced in November she would not be running for re-election.

Filing to run for the election isn't until March.

According to the Pitt County Board of Elections under newly proposed redistricting lines District 8 would cover just Pitt County and no longer include Wilson County.

The redistricting changes were made by Republican state lawmakers after a judge determined the previous boundaries were racial gerrymanders.

The changes are being reviewed in federal court.

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Rocky Mount Event Center construction on schedule, under budget

http://www.reflector.com/News/2017/1...cky-Mount.html

Great for Rocky Mount & Eastern NC, but bad news for Greenville, IMO. A lot of the traveling sports tourneys Greenville has stated they're missing out on, due to lack of facilities, will probably now be going to Rocky Mount. Greenville should focus on this sports complex idea quick because travel soccer, lacrosse, softball, volleyball,etc. tournaments are a huge business and is growing more every year.

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Old 12-18-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith announces for NC District 8 representative seat




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Rocky Mount Event Center construction on schedule, under budget

Rocky Mount Event Center construction on schedule, under budget - Daily Reflector

Great for Rocky Mount & Eastern NC, but bad news for Greenville, IMO. A lot of the traveling sports tourneys Greenville has stated they're missing out on, due to lack of facilities, will probably now be going to Rocky Mount. Greenville should focus on this sports complex idea quick because travel soccer, lacrosse, softball, volleyball,etc. tournaments are a huge business and is growing more every year.
In regards to the Rocky Mt Event Center, and itís respective opening, in an interview featuring Andrew Schmidt of the Greenville Visitor Burea and then-candidate PJ Connelly, they discussed the upcoming Rocky Myt facility and the challenges it brings to Greenville. Considering Connelly is now mayor, and the two seem to have decent chemistry, I would imagine they would hold preliminary discussions in the near-future regarding what Greenville can do to boost her profile in sports, and not be beat out by Rocky Mt.
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