NEWTON GROVE — Town officials are currently looking for someone to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board to help make important decisions regarding the town’s infrastructure.
Town Clerk Amanda Turner recently reported that the position will be open until it’s filled. The position became available in December after someone moved outside the city limits. Zoning Board members do not receive payment for their services, but Turner mentioned how it’s important for residents to get involved by becoming volunteers. The board meets once a month.
“It’s important to support your community,” Turner said in regards to joining organizations such as the Zoning Board.
Administration for Zoning is contracted through the Mid-Carolina Council of Governments, which is the state-designated lead regional organization for Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties. All applications related to zoning are sent to Town Hall and are forwarded to the administration. Building permits are issued by Sampson County officials who also handle inspections.
The town has zoning jurisdictions in the city limits and the zoning jurisdiction extends to the extra-territorial jurisdiction, an area within one mile of the city limits.
Training for the position will occur after the selected individual is sworn in. As a member of the zoning board, Turner said the new individual will be involved with approving conditional use permit and regulations that the administration may suggest.
According to the town’s Zoning Ordinance, some of listed purposes included lessening congestion on the streets, providing safety from fire and preventing the overcrowding of land.
Residents interested in the position may contact Town Hall at 910-594-0827.
Circle improvements coming soon
With a new year underway, improvements for Weeks Circle are in the works. The CING (Citizens Improving Newton Grove) Committee is collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Duke Progress Energy to replace light poles and improve landscaping.
“Hopefully by the summer, we’ll have it completed,” Turner said.
In December, town officials approved a resolution for the project during a board meeting. It is an initiative of the town’s Weeks Circle Enhancement Project. NCDOT agreed to cover expenses of landscaping.
So far, marker flags have been placed around the circle for the project. Officials noted that a lot of work went into the project which involved the CING Committee. Some of it includes variegated grass and rose beds.
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