ROSE HILL — The Town of Rose Hill recently held its monthly town council meeting and public hearing, which was attended by 19 citizens.
During the public hearing, Mayor Sue Bowden opened a discussion about leasing space from two water tanks to Eastern Carolina Broadband (ECB).
The ISP is new to Duplin County and has expanded to areas such as Magnolia, Beulaville and the Duplin County side of Mount Olive. In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the ECB was approved to lease two locations on a 10-year lease. The city will receive $250 per tank each year as well as the opportunity to receive free internet service.
“If the signal is strong enough, yes,” Bauer said, “after Commissioner Ross Powell asked if the city would receive free internet service. He went on to explain that the city currently has sufficient service, but not the public works department and the sewage treatment plant.
City Administrator John Bauer said ECB’s leasing of space on the two water reservoirs, one at 522 Brices Store Road and 331 Sixth Street just off Highway 117, was intended for economic development/community development to help rural areas with internet service that is not currently available to them. More information to come.
City Clerk Angela Smith swore in Mayor-elect Sue Bowden, Commissioner-elect Marsha Whaley and Commissioner-elect Ross Powell. City Administrator John Bauer was honored with a plaque recognizing him for 50 years of public service to the city.
Rose Hill resident Reid Fussell came to council to voice a complaint about an area of town where he believes the stop sign is not clearly visible.
He thinks it’s dangerous for the townspeople. It has been confirmed that the Director of Public Works (PWD) is aware that there are areas of overgrowth that need to be cut to make certain city signs more visible. Bauer said he and the PWD drove through town taking notes on those areas.
Also, at the meeting, reports were given by the administrator, the police department and the public works department. The 2022 budget calendar was also approved by a 5-0 vote.