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Lineman Appreciation Day Proclamation

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson declared April 18, 2017, to be Lineman Appreciation Day in Morganton during the City Council meeting Monday night, April 3, 2017. Councilman Sidney Simmons presented the proclamation to Electric Services Director Brooks Kirby and his line crew.

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Pictured from left are Brooks Kirby, Electric Services Director; Alan Clark, Electric Line Technicians 3; Randy Chester, Underground Crew Supervisor; Gary Benfield, Electric Line Technicians 3; and Councilman Sidney Simmons.

A Proclamation

WHEREAS, linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes; and

WHEREAS, linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing; and

WHEREAS, linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States; and

WHEREAS, linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Ronnie Thompson, on behalf of the Morganton City Council, do hereby proclaim, April 18, 2017, as

Lineman Appreciation Day

in the City of Morganton and thank the linemen of the City of Morganton Electric Services Department for all they do for our citizens.

Issued on this the 3rd day of April, 2017.

 

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson declared April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Morganton during the City Council meeting Monday night, April 3, 2017. Councilman Forrest Fleming presented the proclamation to Harriette Novak, Guardian Ad Litem Program Recruiter for Burke County, and Sydney Smith, Guardian Ad Litem District Administrator for District 25.

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Pictured from left are Smith, Fleming, and Novak.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, children are vital to our city, county, and state’s future success, prosperity and quality of life, as well as being our most vulnerable assets; and,

WHEREAS, all children deserve to have safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy homes and communities that foster their well-being; and

WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect is a public responsibility affecting both the current and future quality of life of a city, county and state; and

WHEREAS, parents need support and resources to cope with stress and nurture their children to grow to their full potential; and

WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed because of partnerships created among citizens, human service agencies, schools, faith communities, health care providers, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community;

WHEREAS, each year, the month of April is dedicated to raising awareness of the pervasiveness of child abuse and promoting the safety and well-being of all children.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor of the City of Morganton do hereby proclaim April 2017 as

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

in the City of Morganton and commend its observance to all citizens.

Issued on this the 3rd day of April, 2017.

 

Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service Proclamation

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson declared April 4, 2017 as National Service Recognition Day in Morganton during the City Council meeting Monday night, April 3, 2017. Councilman John Cantrell presented the proclamation to Paige Pitts, Senior Corps Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

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Pictured from left are Pitts and Cantrell.

Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges; and

WHEREAS, the nation’s cities are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet their needs; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants address the most pressing challenges facing our communities, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to providing health services and helping communities recover from natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, national service expands economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants serve in more than 50,000 locations across the country, bolstering the civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations that are so vital to our economic and social well-being; and

WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve, both through their direct service and by managing millions of additional volunteers; and

WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and

WHEREAS, the Corporation for National and Community Service shares a priority with mayors nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities; and is joining with the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service, and mayors across the country for the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service on April 4, 2017.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor of the City of Morganton, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2017, as National Service Recognition Day, and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our city and thank those who serve; and to find ways to give back to their communities.

Signed this day the 3rd of April, 2017.

 

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AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL

April 3, 2017

Ronnie Thompson, Mayor 
John H. Cantrell )
Forrest A. Fleming ) Councilmen
Sidney Simmons )
Vacant Seat )

Sally W. Sandy, City Manager
Louis E. Vinay, Jr., City Attorney

Joy Hern-Guzman, Interpreter

I. Call to Order in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

II. Public Comment – 6:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Anyone wishing to speak during this time must sign in with the Clerk before the meeting begins, and upon being called will have 3 minutes to address the Council.

III. Business of the Council begins at 6:15 p.m.

IV. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

V. Invocation to be Given by Brooks Kirby

VI. Introduction of Council

VII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Upcoming events:
• CoMMA: The Jive Aces, Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

• Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m., Soccer Complex

• Foothills Cup Omnium Cycling Race, April 7-9, Downtown Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Restaurants open for visitors and spectators

• Skatepark Public Meeting, Thursday, April 20 – 6:00 p.m., Mountain View Recreation Center

• Little League Opening Ceremony, Monday, April 24, 5:00 p.m., Catawba Meadows – rain date Tuesday, April 25

• Farmers’ Market begins Saturday, April 29

b. Main Street Conference and Awards

• Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort for Food Matters Market

• Main Street Champions – Mike Crotts, Chief Building Codes Administrator, and Mike Fincher, Building Codes Inspector

c. Proclamation: Lineman Appreciation Day
Accepted by: Brooks Kirby, Electric Services Director

d. Proclamation: Child Abuse Prevention Month
Accepted by: Harriette Novak, North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Recruiter, NC District 25 Guardian Ad Litem Program

e. Proclamation: Leaders' Day of Recognition for National and Community Service Programs, locally our Foster Grandparent Program
Accepted by: Paige Pitts, Senior Corps Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services

f. GFOA – Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

g. Resolutions: •Opposing State Election Changes
• To Congressional Delegation to Support Continuance of ARC & CDBG

h. Masterplans Update

• Recreation Masterplan Steering Committee Meeting – Tuesday, April 4, 5:45 p.m. at Collett Street Recreation Center

• Downtown Masterplan Charrette week of May 15

VIII. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

IX. Consent Agenda – All items below are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council member, staff member or citizen so requests. In the event a request is made, the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered under Item X.

A. Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on March 6, 2017.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration of Tax Releases in the Amount of $437.71

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve tax releases in the amount of $437.71.

C. Consideration of a Budget Amendment and Project Ordinance / Capital Projects

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: Approve a Budget Amendment in the amount of $3,750 to appropriate transfer of funds from the Community House project – repayment of private donations advanced to the project from Capital reserve.

Approve a Project Ordinance in the amount of $3,750 to appropriate the transfer of funds (donations) from the Community House project to repay the Capital Reserve fund.

D. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Sanitation

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $23,186 for insurance reimbursement / maintenance & repairs.

E. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / CoMMA

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $1,100 to appropriate Etta Baker contributions and corresponding expenditure.

F. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Human Resources

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $499 to appropriate the receipt of funds from the City’s insurance carrier for vehicles no longer in service.

G. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Public Safety

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $575 to appropriate the receipt of funds from the City’s insurance carrier and corresponding expenditure for the repair of the Public Safety Car.

H. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Public Safety

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $2,309 for insurance reimbursement and corresponding expenditure for the repair of the fire truck (Quint 1).

I. Consideration of Renewal of City Banking Contract with First Citizens Bank

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Renew a banking contract with First Citizens for an additional five years using the current fee structure and to move the City merchant contract to First Citizens.

X. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XI. New Business

1. Consideration of Entering into a CDBG Small Business Loan Agreement with Alexander Brooke Boutique for the Purpose of Opening an Independently Owned Women and Children Clothing Boutique

2. Consideration of Neighborhood-wide Speed Limit of 25 mph in the Residential Neighborhood that Includes Crayton Street, Murphy Court, Poteat Street, and Bickett Street

3. Appointment to Boards and Commissions

a. Historic Preservation Commission

XII. Other Items from City Manager and City Council Not on Agenda

XIII. Reports

XIV. Adjournment

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MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL

April 3, 2017

Ronnie Thompson, Mayor 
John H. Cantrell )
Forrest A. Fleming ) Councilmen
Sidney Simmons )
Vacant Seat )

Sally W. Sandy, City Manager
Louis E. Vinay, Jr., City Attorney

Joy Hern-Guzman, Interpreter

I. The Meeting was called to order in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Thompson.

II. Public Comment – The Mayor stated the guidelines for public comment and said speakers were to be called in order of sign-up.

No speakers were signed up so the Mayor recessed the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

III. Business of the Council – The Mayor reconvened the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

IV. Pledge of Allegiance – The Pledge was led by Councilman Fleming.

V. Invocation – The invocation was given by Brooks Kirby, Director of Electric Services.

VI. Introduction of Council – The Mayor introduced the Council and staff.

VII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. The Mayor announced the following upcoming events: at CoMMA-The Jive Aces on April 4; Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 at the Catawba River Soccer Complex. He announced the Foothills Cup Omnium Cycling Race held April 7-9; a Skatepark Public Meeting on April 20 and Little League Opening Ceremony on April 24. He also announced that the Farmers’ Market season would begin on April 29.

b. Main Street Conference and Awards – The City Manager stated that at the recent North Carolina Main Street Conference, held in Shelby, the City was given two awards. The first for “Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort for Food Matters Market”. The second, a “Main Street Champions” award, for the efforts of Mike Crotts, Chief Building Codes Administrator, and Mike Fincher, Building Codes Inspector, in going “above and beyond to help downtown businesses succeed.”

c. The Mayor read a proclamation in honor of Lineman Appreciation Day. This proclamation was accepted by Brooks Kirby, Electric Services Director.

The proclamation was presented by Councilman Simmons who stated his thanks for the job the Electric Department crews do. Kirby stated these are the people who come out in the rain, lightening, snow, etc., to ensure the electricity remains on within the City.

d. The Mayor read a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation was accepted by Harriette Novak, North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Recruiter, NC District 25 Guardian Ad Litem Program.

Councilman Fleming presented the proclamation to Novak. Novak introduced Sydney Smith, District 25 Administrator. Smith stated the Guardian ad Litem program advocates for children who are abused and neglected and in the court system. She stated there are over 200 children in Burke County who do not have an advocate or voice in court. Novak shared that on April 6 there would be an event in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. She stated the Guardian ad Litem works with children who have been removed from the home and this event will help shed light on the Guardian ad Litem program.

e. The Mayor read a proclamation for a “Day of Recognition for National and Community Service Programs”, locally our Foster Grandparent Program. The proclamation was accepted by Paige Pitts, Senior Corps Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Councilman Cantrell presented the proclamation to Paige Pitts. Pitts stated appreciation for the proclamation. She shared information about the Foster Grandparent program at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. The Burke County program of Foster Grandparents is one of the original 20 pilot programs. Senior volunteers give at least 20 hours a week to schools, Head Start, preschools and J. Iverson Riddle Center. They work one-on-one with children which has shown results in better test scores in schools, better reading and math skills.

f. GFOA – Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – The City Manager reported that City has once again received a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR). This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

g. The City Attorney summarized the resolution Opposing Changes in Municipal Election Laws (Senate Bill 94).

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council adopted Resolution #17-15 Opposing Changes in Municipal Election Laws.
• The City Attorney summarized the resolution to the Congressional Delegation to Supporting Continued Funding for Certain Federal Programs (ARC & CDBG)

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Fleming, and carried unanimously, the Council adopted Resolution #17-16 Supporting Continued Funding for Certain Federal Programs (ARC & CDBG)

h. Masterplans Update – The City Manager stated that the first Recreation Masterplan Steering Committee Meeting would be held on April 4 at the Collett Street Recreation Center. She stated the Downtown Masterplan Charrette would be held the week of May 15 and gave some details of what to expect. Dates, times, and meeting places can be found on the City website. She stated there would be more opportunities for public input throughout both of these processes.

i. The Mayor announced there would be a Council Workshop prior to the May 1 City Council Meeting. The meeting will be held in Conference Room 4 of City Hall at 3:30. The purpose of the workshop is to hear an update from Dave Stockton regarding the CoMPAS restructuring/reorganization.

VIII. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update – The City Manager stated there was nothing to report.

IX. Consent Agenda – The City Manager presented the Consent Agenda and asked if any items should be removed. No request was made.

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Simmons, and unanimously carried, the Consent Agenda was approved and each individual item adopted as stated, these being as follows:

A. Approved of minutes for a Regular Meeting held on March 6, 2017.

B. Approved tax releases in the amount of $437.71

C. Approved a Budget Amendment (Ord. #17-17) in the amount of $3,750 to appropriate transfer of funds from the Community House project – repayment of private donations advanced to the project from Capital reserve.

D. Approved a Project Ordinance (Ord. #17-18) in the amount of $3,750 to appropriate the transfer of funds (donations) from the Community House project to repay the Capital Reserve fund.

E. Approved a budget amendment (Ord. #17-19) in the amount of $23,186 for insurance reimbursement / maintenance & repairs.

F. Approved a budget amendment (Ord. #17-20) in the amount of $1,100 to appropriate Etta Baker contributions and corresponding expenditure.

G. Approved a budget amendment (Ord. #17-21) in the amount of $499 to appropriate the receipt of funds from the City’s insurance carrier for vehicles no longer in service.

H. Approved a budget amendment (Ord. #17-22) in the amount of $575 to appropriate the receipt of funds from the City’s insurance carrier and corresponding expenditure for the repair of the Public Safety Car.

I. Approved a budget amendment (Ord. #17-23) in the amount of $2,309 for insurance reimbursement and corresponding expenditure for the repair of the fire truck (Quint 1).

J. Renewed a banking contract with First Citizens for an additional five years using the current fee structure and to move the City merchant contract to First Citizens.

X. Items Removed from Consent Agenda – There were no items removed from the Consent Agenda.

XI. New Business

1. Consideration of Entering into a CDBG Small Business Loan Agreement with Alexander Brooke Boutique for the Purpose of Opening an Independently Owned Women and Children Clothing Boutique

The City Manager stated that Seth Garrison and Brittanee Garrison are the owners of Alexander Brooke Boutique. They have requested CDBG small business loan funds in the amount of $15,000 to assist in the purchase of inventory for the new store. Alexander Brooke Boutique will be a start-up clothing retail store in Morganton. They will provide clothing for women and children in a boutique setting at an affordable price. The shop will be located on North Sterling Street. The store will also provide embroidery services.

The City has set aside CDBG funds for the purpose of encouraging small businesses that meet both HUD hiring guidelines as well as City of Morganton Mission 2030 goals. Entrepreneurial development, Downtown Revitalization and Tourism enhancement were each identified as essential Mission 2030 goals for economic development. This business loan is being recommended by the staff to promote these goals.

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Fleming, and carried unanimously, the Council approved entering into a $15,000 CDBG Loan Agreement with Alexander Brooke Boutique, LLC for the purpose of purchasing inventory for a start-up women and children clothing store located on North Sterling Street.

2. Consideration of Neighborhood-wide Speed Limit of 25 mph in the Residential Neighborhood that Includes Crayton Street, Murphy Court, Poteat Street, and Bickett Street

The City Manager stated that in preparing to respond to a letter from a concerned citizen who is a resident on Crayton Street, a traffic engineering study, including a speed study performed by Public Safety, was conducted with regard to the above-referenced residential area within the city limits of the City of Morganton. The traffic engineering study primarily focused on the evaluation of the nature and characteristics of the nearby street network. The streets listed above are all narrow, local residential streets whose primary function is to provide access to the residences along those streets. Most of the homes along these streets are the original cottages built nearly a century ago for the employees at Broughton Hospital. The layout of the neighborhood and roads reflect their function at the turn of the twentieth century. Some cut-through traffic is likely since these streets do provide a short-cut, although not that convenient of a short cut, between South Sterling Street and Bethel Road. Crayton Street is the only connection to Bethel Road, while Bickett Street, Poteat Street and Murphy Court only connect to South Sterling Street. It should be noted as well that no sidewalks are available for residents on these streets. They must use the streets for walking and other pedestrian activities. While mobility, that is speed or ease of traffic flow, is still necessary on these streets; the role of mobility is not as vital in a residential setting as it would be on an arterial street or an expressway. From a traffic engineering and safety standpoint, these residential streets are contained within the northeast quadrant formed by South Sterling Street and Bethel Road. South Sterling Street, an arterial, has a posted speed limit of 45 mph while the collector street, Bethel Road, has a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Logically, there should be some distinction and hierarchy between South Sterling Street and these residential streets then in terms of speed limit as there exists in function of the streets. The same holds true for Bethel Road and these residential streets. Consequently, the residential streets listed above should fall under an umbrella speed limit of 25 mph for the neighborhood along these streets. And as a result, the appropriate neighborhood speed limit signs should be posted at the appropriate locations leading into the neighborhood for enforcement.

Mayor Thompson asked when this would go into effect. The City Manager stated as soon as signage is in place.

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council authorized the implementation of an umbrella 25 MPH Speed Limit for the Neighborhood that includes Crayton Street, Murphy Court, Poteat Street and Bickett Street and the installation of the appropriate “Neighborhood Speed Limit 25 mph” signs (Ord. #17-24).

3. Appointment to Boards and Commissions

a. Historic Preservation Commission

A vacancy exists on the Historic Preservation Commission due to the resignation of Tyler Franklin Sain whose term is set to expire on November 8, 2017.

Mark Barrier has expressed interest in serving on this board.

The Mayor appointed Mark Barrier to the Historic Preservation Commission to fulfill an unexpired term which will expire on November 8, 2017.

XII. Other Items from City Manager and City Council Not on Agenda – The City Manager announced there would be a Public Hearing for Project Stop at the May 1 Council meeting.

The City Attorney stated that along with the new Mountain View School building project it has been discovered there is a need for a temporary building easement on City property.

Upon motion by Councilman Fleming seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved a temporary building easement along Alphabet Lane with the Burke County School System.

The City Manager stated that there might be a period of time when Alphabet Lane may be closed during this construction project. Staff will try to set a schedule so people will know when those closings will take place.

The City Manager stated we are currently in talks with the grading contractor and working with them to secure services for the MLK Park in hopes of getting a better product.

XIII. Reports – Reports were distributed for information.

XIV. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

Preparation of Minutes. These minutes were prepared by Mikela D. Russell, Assistant City Clerk. Copies of all resolutions, ordinances and orders referenced in these minutes are intended to be incorporated into these minutes as if fully set forth herein. Prior to including them into the official minute book, the minutes have been read and approved by the City Manager and the City Attorney, then distributed to each member of the City Council for further review and final approval, at a subsequent Council Meeting.

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