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Council to discuss alcohol at Town Common

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The Town Common during Sunday in the Park

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Shannon Keith

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Greenville City Council on Thursday will discuss whether or not to allow the consumption of alcohol on the Town Common during certain events.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 200, W. Fifth St.

City officials are requesting that the council provide direction to staff on developing policy and guidelines pertaining to the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Town Common in connection with special events like the annual PirateFest, Sunday in the Park concert series and other sponsored events.

City staff said that they have received repeated requests from local residents as well as organizations that sponsor events in the 25-acre park. Staff is seeking approval to develop a list of standards and guidelines about the issue, which will be brought before the City Council for final approval. 

The City Council last discussed this issue in 2014, when it voted 4-2 to remove the Town Common from the alcohol policy for city parks and facilities. 

Also at today’s meeting, officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation will give presentations on two road-widening projects in Greenville.

The plan for the widening project on Fire Tower Road and Portertown Road covers a 2.77-mile route through a densely populated residential area along Greenville’s southern and eastern border. It connects commercial areas on Fire Tower and 10th Street.

From a 16-foot center median there will be two 11-foot lanes on either side. Five-foot bike lanes will be built along both sides of the road, and curbs and gutters will be added. Plans call for bicycle lanes along both sides of the road.

Traffic cuts in the median will allow vehicles to make left turns in certain subdivisions or U-turns to reach subdivisions and driveways.

The roundabout at Fire Tower and Portertown will be expanded to two lanes. A two-lane roundabout will be built at the intersection of Portertown and Eastern Pines roads.

An additional two-lane bridge would be constructed on Portertown over Hardee Creek between King George and Robin roads and Williamsbrook Lane and Willow Run Drive.

The project, with an initial price tag of nearly $30 million, was authorized earlier this year. The preliminary design shows about 20 houses and businesses must be bought out for the project to proceed.

The Evans Street widening project will four-lane Evans Street/Old Tar Road from Red Banks Road in Greenville to Worthington Road in Winterville.

The project will widen that section of road to include four 12-foot-wide lanes, a 23-foot median, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The purpose of the project is to increase capacity and improve traffic flow along the project’s area. The addition of sidewalks and bicycle lanes also will improve safety for people using alternate means of transportation, NCDOT officials said.

“Those will be constructed along that whole stretch of road,” Robert Deaton, a project development manager with the NCDOT, said. “The officials from Greenville and Winterville were pleased with that aspect of the design and have been wonderful to work with on this project.”

Designs for the $35 million project should be finalized in 2017, and then environmental impact studies will be conducted. The state will begin right-of-way property acquisition in 2019, and construction should begin in 2021. The preliminary design shows about 20 houses and businesses must be bought out for the project to proceed.

Go to www.greenvillenc.gov for access to the full City Council agenda packet.

Contact Shannon Keith at skeith@reflector.com and 329-9575.

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