Pinehurst Council approves appointments to Neighborhood Advisory Board

Council presented with conceptual plans for Givens Library and Tuft Archives

PINEHURST — The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, July 11, with primarily presentations and appointments on the agenda.

The council first approved two appointments to the Pinehurst Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Carolyn Jamison and Jennifer Tomilin.

“The first is in regards to the newly formed neighborhood of North Lake Pinehurst,” said Village Manager Jeff Sanborn. “We had a lot of interest from the neighborhood. We had four applicants that we interviewed, and we agreed that the best candidate for the position was Carolyn Jamison. Carolyn has served on the NAC previously, representing the civic group, and also was an alternate for what was previously known as the Oakmont Circle neighborhood.”

“We had three applications for the second position, but when we engaged two of those folks, they clarified that they weren’t interested in being the primary member; they only were interested in being the alternate,” Sanborn contined. “We ended up doing one interview, and that was with Jennifer Tomilin. She has served as an alternate for the Donald Ross neighborhood previously as well, and she comes with the endorsement of the Donald Ross Association.”

The council was then presented with an update on the Library and Archives designs by Oakley Collier Architects, the firm handling the project.

According to the firm, the completed steps for the project include completing programming interviews, existing condition analysis, space programming summary, reviewing potential properties for suitability and creating preliminary concepts for review and approval.

The conceptual programming for the Tuft Archives includes a history museum & visitor’s center, research archives, exhibit space, retail space, multi-purpose space, fully accessible entries, toilets, elevators, and enhanced connection to Village Green. For the Givens Library the conceptual programming includes adult, children and YA stacks, space for 36,000 volumes, two meeting spaces, four study rooms, separate children’s program space, storage and work room/offices, fully accessible, with independent, on-site parking.

The council agreed to have the firm focus on more specific site locations and to bring back some more concrete cost factors.

The council also approved an ordinance amending the FY2024 budget in order to account for GASB 96 IT Subscriptions in accordance with the new governmental accounting standards. The council previously approved these exact same standards for the previous financial year at their last meeting.

Finally, the council approved a contract with Sandhills Services for cleaning services at the Fair Barn for FY24.

“This is a contract that is specific to the Fair Barn,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mike Wagner. “Sandhills Services has the current contract. You approved the contract last year, so it’s a renewal of that. It does include a 3% CPI increase. They’ve been doing this for probably at least the last 15 years for us.”

The Village of Pinehurst Council will next meet July 25.

By Ryan Henkel, North State Journal

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