“We’ve been sitting on this land and it’s not getting used.” Hamlet Mayor, Jeff Smart said.
The land is roughly 24 acres situated on Boyd Lake Road and 20 acres on Coles Store Road. Bidding will start on Oct. 12.
According to Smart, the city thought they would develop the land eventually, but plans just haven’t worked out over the years.
The land is being marketed as two separate properties and advertisement for the land will begin soon.
Mayor Jeff Smart gave a mayoral proclamation making Sept. 23 John Coltrane Day in Hamlet.
Coltrane, a well known jazz musician and sax player, was a native of Hamlet before leaving the city to pursue school and a career in music.
Smart also made note of the expository planning stages of a jazz festival the city would like to host in the future.
“It’s still in the works.” Smart said. “In the years to come, the plans will be where we want it to be.”
The council also approved a slight budget increase to $8,500 to incorporate more of the banners the city is hanging as a part of the Small Town Main Street Program.
“We’re trying to be as frugal as possible, but still have an impact.” said Gail Strickland, member of the Small Town Main Street design team.
The banners, which the town is planning to have up by the Seaboard Festival, will reflect different seasons and plans to purchase spring and summer themed banners are in the works.
Other business conducted at the city council meeting:
n The city of Hamlet gave their “gratitude and sincere appreciation” to Bernice Owens, a business and property owner in Hamlet.
n A proclamation was passed for the city to play a larger role with the National Literacy Month program.
n Plans were cemented to hold the NCDOT Fall 2009 Litter Sweep is on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m., beginning at City Hall in Hamlet.
n A resolution to adopt an Industry Appreciation Week was passed.
n The council was presented the merit award given by American Institute of Architects for the Hamlet Depot project.