Greenville, Havelock & Wilson to receive Brownfield grants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Regional Administrator, Stan Meiburg, will recognize the cities of Greenville, Havelock, and Wilson, NC as the recipients of brownfield grants for assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Reade Ventures Redevelopment Site in Greenville, NC.
Morganton Main Street holds vandalism summit. “We’re dealing with two separate issues here,” Louis Vinay said addressing community merchants and property owners Tuesday evening. “One is vandalism, and that’s a crime. The other is skylarking, and that’s hard to control.” At a meeting open to local business and property owners held at the Morganton Community House, Vinay, Morganton’s city attorney, and other city officials talked about risk management – a matter that those attending felt had been left widely opaque for years. In an attempt to shed light on the situation, the city introduced Risk Management Field Consultant Amy Whisnant of the North Carolina League of Municipalities.
Boone ETJ billed pulled from Senate floor. A bill abolishing the town of Boone's extraterritorial jurisdiction seemed to be on the road to passage late last week, but the legislation was withdrawn from the Senate calendar Monday evening. Senate Bill 949 would eliminate the town of Boone's ETJ powers, which it has exercised since 1983, effective June 30, 2013. The bill was scheduled for consideration during the Senate session that convened at 7 p.m. Monday evening. Instead, the bill was withdrawn from the calendar and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
Fracking may be legalized this year. A bill legalizing fracking may become law this year, despite growing opposition from local governments. ... Erin Wynia, a policy analyst for the N.C. League of Municipalities, said her group supports fracking because of its potential to encourage economic development and create jobs. But the league wants state and local representation on the bill’s newly created Oil and Gas Board — which will oversee the development and regulation of fracking in the state.
Cary could make room for sweepstakes. Internet sweepstakes parlors may get the legal nod from the town of Cary. Town staff have drafted rules to explicitly allow and set rules for the “gambling lite” businesses, where patrons win and lose money playing virtual slot machines. The town, like other governments across the state, is changing its laws months after a state court ruled the parlors legal. Town staff have fielded more than 20 calls in the last 10 weeks from prospective parlor owners while at least nine businesses host the gaming machines, according to town staff.