The Southern Pines Town Council held their June working session at the SPPD Community Room on West Pennsylvania Avenue from 3:00 P.M. until just after 5:00 P.M. on June 25. Jim Simeon was absent from this session. The Council heard a request for a text amendment to the highway corridor ordinance to allow a crushed granite patio at the front of the restaurant.
Next the Council heard from a developer about a request to allow an additional sign at the new mall. Next the Southern Pines Business Association brought their plans for a welcome kiosk to be placed at the train station welcome center.
Next a hearing was conducted regarding issues pertaining to a planned multi-family development. The design of the development would require a text amendment and exemption.
This was followed by a presentation on a summer reading program, the "Southern Pines Grows Great Readers" program. This appears to be another program to patch around failures and flaws in the school system and public education process. The presentors wanted the Town Council to be "aware" of this program in order to support their efforts, especially grant requests. Instead of continually pouring more and more money into patches, workarounds and experiments to correct failings in the education system, it would be great if the education system were simply reformed so that it does not fail so frequently.
The Town Council next heard from the law enforcement and fire departments about their progress and conformance with the VIPER system and new FCC regulations.
The Town Manager gave a report on the Sewage Treatment and Disposal Service Contract with Moore County, and finally the Council and Town Staff discussed a resident's complaints pertaining to an unpaved portion of Ridgeview Road.