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Nashville Task Force to get outside assistance
NASHVILLE - Nashville's Comprehensive Plan Task Force has acquired the assistance of two professionals, Charles Taylor told council members during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Taylor, who is serving as the chairperson of the Task Force, gave council members a brief report Tuesday night. He said the group had so far met twice and at the last meeting, had two visitors, Dr. Mohamad Kashef, of the East Carolina University Planning Department, and Michael Geouge, of Sanford Holshouser Business Development Group, LLC.

Dr. Kashef will work with the focus groups for the task force. The focus groups will be composed of citizens throughout Nashville. Taylor said the focus groups will look at downtown areas, residential areas. The groups will meet with landowners in the ETJ as well as realtors to see what the needs are in Nashville.

Geouge will work on the Economic Development Plan.

Taylor said attaining the two ended up being a good deal for the town.

"In order to do this, we have to have a little professional help and with that we are contracting with Dr. Kashef of the ECU Planning Department and he will work with us along with bringing some graduate students to help," Taylor said. "Mr. Geouge of Sanford Holshouser Business Development Group has also agreed to work with us."

Taylor said Town Manager Preston Mitchell and his staff would do a lot of the leg work to keep Dr. Kashef and Geouge from having to spend so much time on the project. In the end, it would save the town money.

"Due to the foresight of our town manager, we've been able to secure both of these at a very reduced rate of what their normal charges would be," Taylor said.

Geouge's services will cost $16,000, Taylor said but Geouge has agreed to take the payments in two years, which would equal $8,000 per year for the town. Dr. Kashef will cost $5,000.

"I think this a very fair price we've been offered," Taylor said. "We're going to spend approximately $21,000 and we'll be receiving probably $50,000-$60,000 worth of material and help from these gentlemen."

Once complete, Taylor said a manual will be compiled and a 5-6 page summary would be given of the town's needs. "That's really what we're looking for in going ahead with the plan," Taylor said.

The Comprehensive Plan Task Force is comprised of eight citizens and two council members. The task force will put together a comprehensive plan, which will look at Nashville's needs over the next 20 years.

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