LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council may move up the time when it meets.
Council is expected to consider the time change tonight at 7 p.m.
If council adopts resolution R-2017-08, regular meetings would begin at 6 p.m. Officials said they are considering the earlier time because of the length of meetings.
Because the city code does not state the time of meetings, council can adopt a revised schedule of meetings by resolution as long as it is adopted seven days prior to to the first meeting affected according to city officials.
If approved, the city would begin the new schedule on April 18.
The board will also conduct two public hearings tonight. One hearing involves a request to rezone a property at 205 Fairley St. from central business to office/institutional. Faith Temple Baptist Church wants to use the property as a church. The Laurinburg Planning Board has recommended council approval.
There is also a public hearing planned for a request for a conditional-use permit to operate a carnival at 1671 S. Main St. from Thursday until April 2.
In other business, council will hear a report by City Attorney William Floyd on ethics policies adopted by other municipalities.
At the Jan. 10 planning retreat, city officials had asked Floyd to talk about the city’s ethics policy since Laurinburg’s ethics policy had not been reviewed since its adoption in December 2010.
The attorney and the city clerk reviewed Laurinburg’s policy along with policies adopted by Winston-Salem, Cary and Waynesville. City officials also looked at Fleming Bell’s “A Model Code of Ethics for North Carolina Local Elected Officials.”
Council member Dee Hammond had asked for the review to see if council wanted to refresh, add or change the seven-year-old policy. She said she would like to see the city policy simplified.
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023