Pinehurst council approves RV space rental fees, reviews new library costs

PINEHURST — The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, Sept. 26, primarily focusing on reports.

The council began by appointing Carol Henry as the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction representative for the Planning and Zoning Board and Board of Adjustments.

“[Henry] holds previous planning and zoning board experience with the Village of Pinehurst having served from around 2014 to 2016, and she’s going to be a benefit to us with that previous experience,” said Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Jeramy Hooper. “Carol will not only fill the ETJ seat for the planning and zoning board but also she will be a voice for the Jackson Hamlet community.”

The council then received an update on the library and archives space analysis, programming update and location discussion.

“We’ve been going through this process incrementally with regards to the design of our future library and archive spaces,” said Village Manager Jeff Sanborn.

The council reviewed updated cost projections for both the library and the archives. The Tufts Archives are projected to cost between $2 million and $2.3 million, while the Givens Memorial Library is projected to cost between $5.8 million and $6.5 million.

Following the presentation, the council directed staff to continue data collection and set up meetings with the library board and local area school principals.

“We’re Pinehurst,” said Mayor Pro Tem Pat Pizzella. “We want to build a first-class library… That’s what we’re going to do. So now we have to figure out what’s the right size of the library and the right location.”

The council also approved an updated fee and charges schedule for the Pinehurst Harness Track’s new RV spaces.

“We are proposing a $400 monthly rate or a $2,500 full season rate,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wagner.

The Village of Pinehurst Council will meet again on Oct. 10.

By Ryan Henkel, North State Journal

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