Roseboro residents are encouraged to bring out all of their unwanted junk and place it curbside later this month during the town’s annual Clean-Up Week.
The Board of Commissioners voted to hold the clean-up May 21 through May 25.
“We want everyone to participate,” said Mayor David Alexander. “As long as the trash is separated, we will take it. We will take everything, including tires, however there is a four-tire limit per household.”
The mayor also stated that during that week, the town will be spraying for mosquitoes. “The spraying will begin that Monday and continue throughout the week,” he noted. “We want to get the word out there so everyone can be aware that we will have a lot going on that week.”
N.C. Step Grant
Officials will be in town later this month to discuss plans for the North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity (N.C. STEP) grant recently awarded to Roseboro and the town of Garland.
Alexander and the board have discussed possible uses for the grant money, which totals $125,000.
“We want to use it to renovate some of the buildings downtown,” the mayor stated. “We have one side of the street that looks really good; the other side, not so good. Depending on what the officials say we can use it on, we are hoping that is one thing we can renovate.”
There are currently 15 buildings located downtown, eight of them are empty.
“It is one of those things that we want to continue working on,” said Alexander of efforts to revive the downtown. “Keeping that downtown area busy, but appealing also, is very important to us.”
Another hope for the N.C. STEP grant is a potential parking lot on the south side of the downtown area. A new parking lot, located on the north-side of Main Street is still in the planning stages, but is expected to be complete in August.
“We want to expand some of that parking on the south side of the downtown businesses where the Railroad Steakhouse is,” Alexander explained. “When there are games there or we have an event (at the park, there is no parking area, so hopefully, we will be able to use that grant money there as well. We just have to wait and see what those officials say.”
The visit is tentatively scheduled for May 16.
The town has another grant officials are hoping to get as well. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been applied for, but town officials won’t find out if they are on the receiving end until the end of September.
“We want to use that to renovate the depot and hopefully get a splash pad there for the kids,” Alexander acknowledged. “It is just really exciting, and we hope that we can get that grant too.”
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