While the Town Council voted two weeks ago to appropriate $4,931,500 for the purpose of financing the construction of the town center sewer and drain system, some thought that perhaps the vote was taken in haste.
Town Manager Austin Faison said the vote 6-0, even with three recusals, still stands under state law. Councilors James Letterie, Peter Christopher and Mike Lucerto, recused themselves from the discussion and the vote because of business interests they have in the center.
“So this will be brought up again, due to the confusion and lack of information the voting members had, some councilors may have felt they were voting in a little bit of haste. So we have an opportunity to have a public hearing about it,” Faison said, adding he would provide updated maps. “I’ve been talking with the business community and the residents to make sure they are heard in this process.”
Faison is on the cusp of hiring a new assistant town manager, who will be working on the center business district work. Faison said he also wants to start a Town Manager’s Committee to work on the above, ground portion of the area with the community, including a public planning process.
“It’s not just the Center Business District work it’s the development that come along with it,” Faison said.
The public hearing will be held Nov. 13 at a meeting place to be determined.