e-Newsletter: August Update for the City of Kinston

Mayor BJ Murphy e-Newsletter: August 2011

Dear friend,

Believe or not, school is almost back in session.  The smell of freshly cut grass in August can only mean that Friday night lights will soon be here.  Make sure you get out and support our local athletic programs this fall.  Let’s go Vikings!

To keep you more informed, I reguarly update my Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Also, feel free to visit my webpage and email me at bj@bjmurphy.org if you need some help. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.



Highway 70 Bypass
For nearly two decades the only bypass we’ve heard about has been a southern bypass.  However, the Lenoir County Transportation Committee, which I serve on, has made progress to convince DOT and other agencies to seriously consider a northern bypass for many economic development reasons.  This would keep our stores on existing 70 busy, especially for the summer months, and would help the future growth of the GTP. 

Later this month, there will be two public hearings to view potential routes, using existing roads and proposed roads.  Stay tuned to the Kinston Free Press for this information.  Here is the 2007 Comprehensive Transportation Plan map to see the future of some roads.

2011 City Council Elections
Before you know it the 2011 City Council elections will be upon us.  September 13th is the Democratic Primary and November 8th is the General Election.  Please prayerfully consider who our leaders will be for the next four years.

City Manager Search
The Kinston City Council will meet Monday night, August 15th, to receive the second batch of applicants.  Over the next couple of months we will be discussing these applicants and interviewing the cream of the crop.  Finding the best manager with the right mix of leadership, experience and more will be crucial to help Kinston grow.

Demolition by Neglect
In the FY 2011-2012 budget, the City Council agreed to go ahead and merge our Inspections department with the County’s.  However, after the brief rise of crime and number of citizen complaints on dilapidated housing we decided to keep this department.  The main reason was to utilize the approximately $93,000 in revenues to enforce our Demolition by Neglect ordinance.  If you see a property that we should consider demolishing, please call 252.939.3282.

Speaker Thom Tillis
NC Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, will be in Kinston on Thursday, August 18th for a town hall legislative update.  The town hall will be held at King’s Restaurant on Hwy 70 at noon.  Many people are going at 11am to eat a Dutch lunch.  Please rsvp to speaker.rsvp@ncleg.net to make sure you’ve got a seat for the town hall.


Contact Mayor BJ Murphy
207 East King Street, Post Office Drawer 339
Kinston, NC 28502
(252) 939-3114