Planning & Zoning – March, 18, 2019

The Planning and Zoning board met at 6pm on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Ramseur Municipal Building. Present were chair Elton Smith, member Jim McIntosh, alternate J.C. Parrish, consultant Jill Wood, and non-voting community members Denise Lowe, John York, and Jay Hubbard.

The main topics of discussion were a zoning request hearing scheduled for April 1, 2019, residential parking and home occupation ordinances. It was a lively meeting, informative and educational for all who observed or participated.

Our elected officials would be wise  to schedule more working meetings of this nature, and allow informal citizen input, questions, and conversation. Continue reading “Planning & Zoning – March, 18, 2019”

Phoneman Vs. The Witch Hunters

The Town of Ramseur has been pursuing a zoning violation case against Tim Matthews for several months now. Tim owns several properties downtown, but he is probably best known for his Phoneman business. Mr. Matthews has owned the building in question for over six years.

Shortly after purchasing the property, located at the corner of Main and Carter Streets downtown, Mr. Matthews hired local artist Reggie Robbins to paint a large silhouette on the side of his building.  Since then Tim has added several other signs and paintings to the wall. Over the years Tim Matthews also purchased several sign permits from the Town of Ramseur in order to comply with local laws and ordinances. In short, Tim Matthews has jumped through every hoop placed in front of him by our local government, every time he’s been asked to do so. Continue reading “Phoneman Vs. The Witch Hunters”