Hearings set for Dobson board

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

DOBSON — Town Manager Josh Smith will present his recommended budget for the next fiscal year to the town Board of Commissioners tonight

Residents also will have an opportunity to weigh in on two zoning matters which require public hearings.

The Dobson board will consider rezoning a parcel located at 413 East Atkins Street. The property, owned by Khalil Nassar, is 0.902 acres in size. Nassar is requesting the property be rezoned from residential to business.

The planning board has recommended approval for the general rezoning effort.

Smith said the parcel is located between two commercial properties, and he also stated he has not been made aware of any concerns from residents regarding the effort.

A public hearing also will occur for a change to the town’s zoning ordinance. The change would remove a lot-size requirement for average width. Smith said the requirement was vague and unnecessary since a multitude of other size requirements are spelled out in the ordinance.

Smith said the planning board recommended the change to the language.

The town will consider entering into an agreement with Open Gov for services related to the state’s financial transparency requirements. Smith said the company would charge about $5,000 per year. The contract would fulfill requirements the town post its financial statements on its website and can also be used as an analysis tool by town staff.

An amendment to the town’s personnel ordinance will also be presented to the board. According to Smith, the change would implement a 5-percent pay increase for town employees who are fluent in Spanish.

Smith said his recommended budget will include some capital items, such as vehicles. Though no tax increase is included in the budget, he will make the case for a small increase to sewer user fees.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Dobson Town Hall, located at 307 North Main St.

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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