The Town Council approved several items Tuesday, including plans for new apartments and a hotel and work on Fire Station 1.
The board approved construction on the Perimeter Park Apartments and the Wyndham Garden Inn.
The apartments will add 250 to 275 units north of Perimeter Park. The hotel would add 95 new hotel rooms to the lot next to the Cracker Barrel on Aviation Parkway.
Both projects had raised concerns from council members at previous meetings.
The apartment units mostly will be in Wake County but will be partially in Durham County, too. Officials worried how that would affect logistics from school assignment to emergency calls.
Developers promised to handle those details, including figuring out which apartments will be zoned for which county’s schools or elections, who will respond to emergency or social services calls, and other concerns.
There had been suggestions to ask the General Assembly to shift the Durham County line so the entire complex would be in Wake County, but Mayor Mark Stohlman said the master plan could be approved before that happens.
“There had been some talk about what to do with the county lines,” he said. “But that’s after this, not before.”
Meanwhile, there had been some uncertainty about whether the Wyndham Garden Inn complied with town rules. Town staff was uncertain if it would harm the property value of nearby lots.
But the town didn’t receive any complaints, and the project earned approval.
Finally, the council approved spending $28,000 to update the fire station. Ever since the fire department got a new, longer ladder truck, it has had to back into it instead of looping around.
That creates a nuisance and a possible public safety issue, Fire Chief Todd Wright said, because the fire station is located on a relatively busy stretch of Town Hall Drive.
The Town Council will soon begin budget discussions. Council members are expected to receive a draft budget this week to review before launching into public discussions of spending priorities. They must approve a budget by the end of June.
Potential changes include a 2-cent property tax increase to pay off the 2012 bond referendum, and more funding for Morrisville-Carpenter Road improvements. The way the town funds trash pickup will not be part of the disucssion.
“There was enough unease on it to wait,” said Stohlman, who had originally pushed for changing the current system of using property taxes to fund the collections.
Stohlman said the discussion could still come up, but for now the council’s attention will be on more immediate budgetary concerns and how to replace revenues lost due to actions from the General Assembly, including the elimination of business privilege taxes.
The board also noted that construction of the town’s newest greenway, the Shiloh Greenway connected to the new Church Street Park, came in $121,000 under budget.
Jerry Allen, director of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, said he hopes to have a large celebration, including giveaways, a demonstration at the park’s cricket pitch – the first regulation pitch in the Triangle – as well as food trucks and other activities.
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Morrisville is considering building a “food hub,” where a farmers market and community garden would be clustered in town. There is a public hearing and information session on the idea Thursday May 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Read more about the proposal in Wednesday’s paper.