Granite Falls Council approves recreation grant application
The Granite Falls Town Council unanimously approved an application for a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust fund grant to complete renovations at Shuford Recreation Center during a special meeting Thursday night.
The town held a public meeting regarding the project and grant application earlier this week, and residents who turned out gave the project an OK with a show of support, as did the town’s Recreation Center Advisory Board.
The grant will be in the amount of $136,250 to renovate the swimming pool, and men’s and women’s fitness rooms at the recreation center. The town will match the grant for a total project cost of $272,500. Because of the timing of the grant cycle and estimated completion date for the project, matching funds likely will not be required until fiscal year 2014.
The pool and fitness room renovations both were included in the town’s Capital Improvement Plan presented to the council in June.
With the council’s approval, Mayor Barry Hayes, Town Manager Jerry Church and town staff are authorized to execute the documents related to the PARTF grant.
Council members also decided by a 4-2 vote to extend the hours of operation for electronic gaming/Internet sweepstakes businesses.
The current ordinance limits the hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and does not allow operation on Sunday. The proposal was to extend hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
The text amendment given approval during Thursday’s meeting extends the hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday. Hours on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to midnight. There will be no operation on Sundays.
The council gave approval for another zoning text amendment to add breweries, distilleries and wineries as permitted uses in the H-B Highway Business District. That also would allow them to be permitted uses in the M-l Industrial District.
Council members considered and approved applications for a massage license and massage business operator license for Emily Ford.
Ford plans to open Meaningful Touch Massage and Bodywork therapy at 4345 Hickory Blvd. The council determined that Ford’s applications met the necessary criteria and issued the licenses she was seeking, contingent upon approval from the Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office following inspection of the facility. That inspection will not take place until the equipment is moved in at the site.
In other business, the council:
• Adopted a resolution designating meeting dates for 2013 for the town council, planning board, board of adjustment and recreation advisory board.
• Authorized Tax Collector Kim Anderson to release taxes for $724.51.
• Learned that the administrative offices, recreation center, public works and electric department will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 for Christmas, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Day. Garbage Disposal Service will pick up garbage and recycling on the regular schedule except the week of Christmas when pickups will be a day behind normal schedule after Christmas Eve’s collection.