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Anyone think that the Pinehurst Village Council will wake up to the possibilty that Mr. Ratkowski played them against his current landlord in order to lease the additional space he recently obtained??
Anyone else notice that the tab for this bar has grown from $1M to $1.3M since the project was first announced? Also, TE could have added in his above article that the VILLAGE is on the hook for the $400K in grant money should the bar fail. It appears that the approximate $1M being spent on the new sand parking lot & other "enhancements" for Old Town is an offset to the approximate $300K the Village is spending on the new bar parking lot otherwise known as a "spur road".
@tarheelborn: You could have added that it came out in the 10/24 council work session that the VILLAGE is on the hook for the $400K in state grants if the new bar, and lets be honest, that's exactly what is will become, fails and the grants must be repaid. This is inaddition to the almost $300K the village is spending itself for the bar parking lot being called a "spur road". The biggest sham though is that the state grant job creation requirements for the first grant are also be considered as satisfying the second grant requirements hence NO jobs are being created by the second $200K grant.
Can anyone remotely begin to explain why both Robbins & Moore County are just now finding out that the Bear Creek withdrawl permit has been suspended? I can not believe that DENR did not notify Robbins which begs the following question - was this a very recent suspension or did Robbins know prior to providing its "discussion draft" of terms & conditions wrt it's attempt to blackmail the county into quite literally bending over backwards on a water deal? It now appears that the permit Robbins held for Bear Creek is about as useful as teats on a boar hog! The county should just move on to developing a Deep River solution and not sink anymore time, effort & money into using Bear Creek.
Ms. Herman would see, if she looked out the back of her home, the geese feeding daily on the Pond #1 dam grass. Closer examinaton would also show the approximate 3/4 pound of crap per bird per day that these filthy birds leave for those that walk on the dam to dodge. It's a shame that the foxes she referenced are apparently gone now as they would help control the problem.
Following on to what Easygoing stated, you can expect the council and village attorney to have a creative interpretation of the PDO language wrt the BOA appeal process. The present language in the section pertaining to BOA appeals is pretty black & white wrt an appeal yet we're already seeing direction by the council to overturn the Historic Committee decision. I pity the poor attorney that will be representing the HC in the appeal because in reality, the council is stacking the deck against him/her even before the appeal is heard.
I'll agree with Andy wrt his proposed 30 mph limit for village maintained streets as long as the limit on the state maintained highways is not changed. The current state limits were determined after study and not at the whims of the village council. Can anyone really imagine what Rt. 211, Linden, Morganton or Rt.5 would look like with a 25 mph limit?
I don't agree with Andy wrt his comments on the chief. Chief Phipps came into the meeting and presented data that showed that 85% of the drivers were normally within 5-6 mph of the limit which is acceptable. The real issue is walkers/bikers wanting to use the same streets that were not designed for both vehicle and their use at the same time. The solution is adopting a bike plan as Southern Pines has and the council not delaying further trailway construction.
Everyone should attend, if possible, the council work session this coming Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM and suggest that the planned sand lot maintence work starting 7/23 is sufficient and that there are better uses of the aproximate $900K saved than putting it into the currently planned "enhancements".
The council stated its intention to also pursue a 25 mph limit on selected state highways in the village such as Linden Road. Anyone care to guess what a 25 mph limit on Rt. 211, say from its intersection with Rt. 5 to the traffic circle, would look like? Not surprisingly, not a single word was stated about the negative image Pinehurst will receive from a 25 mph limit.
$8 to have your seat shake? Don't think so!
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