The Pembroke City Council on Monday signed off on the job description for getting a professional city planner to help guide growth.
“Moving forward, the city will need that. As you have more business and more development come in, you want to make sure that it is planned correctly and that you stay on the course of whatever your long-term goals are,” City Administrator Dustin Peebles said.
Peebles said after the meeting that the position would be entry level, with a pay scale of about $28,000 to $29,000. He anticipated that the position would be posted by the end of the year.
Council voted unanimously to set the job description for the position.
Also Monday, Council approved a contract for the public-safety director program for the next five years. The program, which will be funded with a $625,000 federal grant, focuses on drug-free and -prevention activities. William Collins is the city’s public-safety director.
In other action and announcements Monday:
• Council appointed five members to the urban-redevelopment board: Tiffany Walraven, Doyce Mullis, Jackie Butler, Myra Ammermon and Wilson Pickett.
• Christy Burton was approved to fill the open seat on the Downtown Development Authority board.
• David Mizell, a new officer with the Pembroke Police Department, was introduced. Mizell served in the military for seven years before working to become a police officer.
• Recreation Director Mandy Toole said the new playground equipment for the site by the community center is scheduled to be delivered Wednesday. The equipment will start to be installed at that time. Toole said that the mulch will “hopefully” be delivered by Monday, with playground installation planned to be complete ahead of Christmas, weather permitting.