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PEMBROKE — The city council here on Monday unanimously approved site plans for a Slim Chickens restaurant to be developed on West Third Street.

The action is the final major step needed before issuing the necessary zoning permit to proceed with construction, Pembroke City Manager Tyler Thomas said.

“This is the final procedural step that would involve the board,” Thomas said.

Members of Council previously approved the rezoning of a vacant lot on Lowery Street and three residential properties on West Third Street from the R-20 residential neighborhoods to the C-3 Highway business districts to make way for the development.

The owners of the four plots intend to sell their land as commercial properties to Inspire Brands and Break Bread Ventures franchises, which are looking to build a Slim Chickens and a Dunkin Donuts in the area. Both franchises are proposing to develop 807, 809 and 811 W. Third St. for restaurants.

The plan is to use the vacant land for parking and as an entrance/exit for the proposed West Third Street development. The three residential properties are to the west of a McDonald’s restaurant and the vacant lot is to the rear where there is a residential area.

“We’re just thrilled to come here,” said Rob Bryan, owner of Break Bread Ventures. “We look forward to the development and to having a great chicken coop for you to come with us frequently.”

“Thank you for the investment,” said adviser Channing Jones.

Stormwater Management Consultant

Also on Monday, members of council selected LJB Inc. as the company to provide engineering and other services required for the City of Pembroke’s stormwater research and development project.

“This refers to the Attorney General’s EEG Environmental Improvement Fellowship,” Thomas said.

The City of Pembroke has solicited proposals from qualified engineering consultants to provide the planning and engineering services necessary to assist the city in developing a stormwater utility.

The other companies that responded were the Wooten Company and Raftelis.

Thomas said establishing a stormwater utility would allow the city to develop revenue that will be specifically directed toward stormwater improvement and maintenance.

“Currently, the city technically has no revenue that we can spend on stormwater maintenance and overall development,” Thomas said.

Staff policy

Council filed a decision to consider approving several recommended updates to the city’s personnel policy before the new fiscal year.

Some of the recommendations include increasing from $500 to $1,000 per fiscal year for employees who wish to continue their education or training, and expanding the four hours of unpaid school leave for employees to include volunteer activities in the community.

The elimination of insurance coverage at midnight on the day an employee was made redundant was also recommended to the board.

“I prefer to talk about it at the next budget workshop,” council member Theresa Locklear said.

The Board will consider approving the matter at the June 27 meeting, which will replace the July meeting time.

In other cases counsel:

— Set a public hearing date for June 27 to discuss the City’s budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

— Set a public hearing date for June 27 to consider issuing a special use permit to operate a private club. Plaintiff Ryan Locklear is looking to expand his classic arcade located at 518 Union Chapel Road.

—Reappointed Reginald Oxendine, Leavira Chavis, Trent Locklear, Edward Brooks and Vee Oxendine to the Pembroke Planning Board.

—Approved a resolution in support of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke 5K Run/Walk to be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 2 at the Southeastern Lifestyle Center. The run/walk will be assisted in honor of Bobby Dean Locklear.

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.