ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Town Council conducted a public hearing Monday regarding the town's Recreation Master Plan. The hearing was the last of the two required hearings and the board voted to approve the plan.
“The application to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is due on Jan. 31,” said Town Manager Eddie Madden. “This is the final step in the application process.”
The total project is valued at $400,000, said Madden. Half of the funds will be matched by the town.
“To date, our only financial obligation was the purchase of the Allen property on Swanzy Street at a cost of $55,000 including the closing costs,” said Madden.
The remainder of the town's obligation will consist of land donations which can be counted as a local match, according to Madden.
In a related matter, the council voted to approve a PARTF grant proposal for an expansion of Leinwand Park.
This expansion will include the property behind the town hall, as well as the old cement plant that the town purchased and demolished recently. Madden said part of that expansion will include about 60 additional parking spaces.
In other business:
— The board approved the submission of N.C. Department of Transportation application for a Bicycle Planning Grant.
— The board mulled a request from Ann Gaddis to display photos of local farmers at the Cape Fear Farmer's Market.
— The board approved a contract with Robert Segal, CPA. According to Madden, Segal's company evaluates non-personnel related expenses of the town and finds ways to enhance revenues.
— The board approved for Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Bryan Martin to proceed with code enforcement on four properties. The properties are located at 1003 Martin Luther King Drive; 510 Quail Street; 208 Gill St.; and 310 Gum St..