UNION — Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Union City Council resulted in the finalization of a city needs assessment list, approval of city budget workshop dates, and a $2,000 donation to the Union County High School Band-Aid Club.
Before Tuesday’s council meeting, a public hearing was held at 6 p.m. to create a needs list for the city, which is required for the City of Union to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Currently, the city is planning to apply for grant funds for the May Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project and the Union Mill Village Renaissance Phase II Project in April.
During the council meeting which followed the public hearing, Jason Vance, of Catawba Regional Council of Governments, presented the list which he explained is part of an annual process for the city:
1. Infrastructure improvements to the Monarch Mill Village in cooperation with Union County and infrastructure improvements in areas including Main Street, and Buffalo.
2. Continue revitalization efforts in the Union Mill Village.
3. Demolition of dilapidated houses in the City of Union.
4. Upgrade of sidewalk, water, sewer services, and drainage and street problems in the city.
5. Neighborhood improvement projects on Carson and Cornwall streets.
6. Increase available affordable housing for low and moderate income, disabled and elderly citizens.
7. Continue activities to support economic development in order to create jobs for low and moderate income persons.
8. Roadway safety improvements.
9. Improve and expand recreation, health care and cultural facilities.
10. Construct parking and pedestrian improvement adjacent to planned cultural center in Downtown.
11. Implement a gateway and beautification plan.
12. Promote fair housing opportunities to all citizens.
The council also heard from Bruce Sparks, the Vice President of the Union County High School Band-Aid Club. Sparks explained that the club is seeking funding for the band’s Indoor Percussion ensemble — which consists of 29 students — to participate in the World Championship competition in Dayton, Ohio during spring break.
Sparks explained that the ensemble was successful during regional competition last year, moving from the “novice” competition class to the second-highest class, beating a “World Class” (consisting of college age students) group by four points. He said these competitions are based solely on the performances and talent of the students, and Union has been able to perform on par with what he called “big money schools.”
Sparks said the trip will cost $15,000, and to date, the club has raised $9,000 for the trip. He said they have also approached county council for funding assistance.
Council members voted unanimously to provide a $2,000 donation to the UCHS Band-Aid Club for the trip.
Budget Workshop Sessions
In other business, council approved the dates for its 2014-2015 annual budget workshop sessions. The sessions will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, and at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 29.