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Council scheduled to discuss new District 1 member


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, January 7, 2019

Filling the District 1 seat previously held by state Rep. Kandie Smith is on today’s Greenville City Council agenda.

The Council is scheduled to consider four individuals who have applied to fill the District 1 seat at its 6 p.m. meeting.

Smith resigned from the seat after being elected to the District 8 seat in the state House. The individual selected will finish Smith’s unexpired term, which ends later this year.

The applicants are Shawan Barr, who temporarily held the seat in 2017 went Smith briefly served as mayor; Kelly Darden Jr., who was appointed last fall to Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners; Monica Daniels, a social work supervisor with the Pitt County Department of Social Services; and Christopher Dolin, a supervisor with a grocery distribution business in Battleboro who describes himself as a “newer resident to the area.”

We’ve invited all the applicants to come and speak during the public comment period and we’ll give them three minutes to discuss what they are the best candidate to represent District 1,” Mayor P.J. Connelly said.

The council will then discuss if they want to move forward with the process, he said. On Thursday, if council members are comfortable moving forward, nominations will be made. If someone is approved, Connelly said, they will be seated immediately and can vote.

Prior to tonight’s meeting, the Council will hold a 4 p.m. workshop City Hall Conference Room 337 to hear a presentation on the city’s existing 500-foot requirement for locating nightclubs and the effects of establishing a second entertainment district outside the downtown Greenville area.

Smith requested the information at last month’s City Council. Smith said she receives numerous reports that downtown club owners exclude certain people from their clubs. Smith said she believes the issue can be resolved by creating an area where businesses that make all people feel welcome can operate.

Once the presentation is complete, staff will seek input on how to proceed.

Staff also will give a presentation on a proposed new process for outside groups that want to hold special events on city property. The change is intended to establish a one-stop application process but will involve changing fees.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.