ROSEBORO — Paving streets has been a topic for discussion among commissioners in previous meetings and once again made its way onto September meeting’s agenda, this time being addressed by Roseboro resident Gary Ford.
During the Tuesday night meeting, Ford questioned commissioners about the paving of his street, E. Roseboro Street, during the public comments portion of the meeting.
“I come here tonight to get information on when the streets are going to be paved,” Ford said to commissioners.
In the wake of recent heavy rains, Ford said he has noticed drainage problems in his area and was concerned about when the street would be paved.
“When it gets paved, I want to make sure it gets paid in the right way,” the resident added.
Roseboro mayor David Alexander said the state is using the street right now, so he doesn’t see that it would make too much sense to pave the road at the present time.
“We have talked with them about paving it and they plan to come in and pave it after they are finished with their work,” Alexander said.
With a change in the guidelines for applying for the town’s facade grant, commissioners are encouraging business in town to utilize applying for the money.
During the August town board meeting, Roseboro commissioners voted to amend the guidelines for applying for the grant. Guidelines to apply for the grant didn’t allow for the alteration of signs, but now, with changes from the board, sign alteration can be a part of the grant requests.
Commissioner Alice Butler made the recommendation, and during this month’s meeting, informed other board members that no additional businesses had applied for the grant. Butler said she is hoping to remind the town’s businesses that the grant money is available so more businesses can take advantage of the funds.
The program, which was established in 2009, was initially governed by the Main Street Committee. At the collapse of that committee, the grant has been overseen by the town. Within the town’s budget, $6,000 has been set aside yearly. The grant will provide a dollar for dollar match, up to $2,000 for each project and a total of three grants are awarded each year.
The board previously made changes to the grant guidelines that allowed all businesses within the town limits of Roseboro to be eligible for the grant. The grant funds were restricted and only available to businesses in the downtown area.
One businessman in Roseboro reported to commissioners that the facade grant program is one that provides property owners or business tenants an opportunity to renovate their building facades while implementing appropriate design standards and preserving the unique architectural and commercial character of Roseboro.
According to the program’s guidelines, a facade is defined as one side of a building regardless of the number of stories. Each store front of a building can be considered a facade and the rear of a building may also be considered for the facade grant, with priority given to the front of the building. The program is intended to encourage and provide incentives for the renovation of buildings in the downtown area. Within the renovation, the program clearly states the design must be appropriate for historical standards and preservation of the unique architectural character must be kept.
The Facade Grant was initially created by using funds from interest off of the Revolving Loan program. For the last couple of years, it has mainly been funded by the town’s general fund and was created to initiate interest in cleaning up and fixing up buildings downtown. The program’s goal is to award three grants each year.
Members of the facade grant committee are David Alexander, Anthony Bennett and Tony Blalock.
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