The Dunn City Council voted to accept a grant for $500,000 from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for improvements to Tart Park during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night.
The grant requires no match. The money was included in this year’s state budget.
Dunn has already received a PARTF, or Parks and Recreational Trust Fund, grant for $375,000 with a city commitment of an additional $375,000. This brings the money for the phase one upgrades to Tart Park to $1.25 million.
“We want to thank Rep. Davis Lewis for making sure this $500,000 was in the budget for his hometown,” Mayor Oscar Harris said. “That puts us in great shape to move forward with Tart Park. We really want a state-of-the-art park.”
“I think it’s going to be good for all our citizens,” Mayor Harris said.
“He has his good days and bad days. Keep Billy and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Mayor Harris said.
Mayor Harris said it was gone about the wrong way and it should be a conditional use request instead of changing the ordinance.
“We want to help her, let’s start over,” Mayor Harris said.
Mayor Harris and council member Buddy Maness both said there was a reason there are industrial zones and that churches don’t fit in that use.
At Mr. Maness’ suggestion, Rev. Campbell will not have to pay a second set of fees if she seeks a conditional use permit.
“She shouldn’t have to pay for an application fee ... to start the process over again,” he said.
Council member Chuck Turnage said following Hurricane Fran it took years to get repaid by FEMA and he hoped the process was better now. However, Mayor Harris said the town will get the debris picked up much faster than DOT will.
Council member Dr. Gwen McNeill voted against it saying she thought $10,000 was too much for the museum. She said it was OK last year while the museum was just starting, but not now.