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Boy Scout Troop 182 leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Kelsey Morrison and Christopher Turowski, members of Boy Scout Troop 182, attended the City Council meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Christopher Turowski, left, and Kelsey Morrison, right lead the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Council honors Andrew Shuping

The City Council presented a retirement resolution to Andrew Shuping. Shuping retired from the City of Morganton May 1, 2017, after serving 22 years and 11 months. Shuping retired from the Public Works Department, Cemetery and Grounds Division as a Senior Maintenance Worker.

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City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem John Cantrell, left, presented the resolution to Shuping, right, during the Council Meeting.

RESOLUTION HONORING ANDREW M. SHUPING

WHEREAS, Andrew M. Shuping was employed by the City of Morganton as Laborer I in the Public Works Cemetery and Grounds Department on June 8, 1994; promoted to Laborer II in the Public Works Cemetery and Grounds Department on July 1, 2001; reclassified as Sr. Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Cemetery and Grounds Department on July 1, 2004;

WHEREAS, Andrew M. Shuping has faithfully served the City of Morganton in the Public Works Cemetery and Grounds Department, and has given of his time and efforts for the benefit of the citizens of Morganton for twenty-two years, eleven months; and

WHEREAS, Andrew M. Shuping retired from the City of Morganton as Sr. Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Cemetery and Grounds Department on May 1, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the Morganton City Council wishes to officially recognize the contributions of Andrew M. Shuping and express their appreciation for a job well done.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Morganton that the Mayor presents this Resolution to Andrew M. Shuping.

Adopted this the 1st day of May 2017.

 

Chapman named WPCC Outstanding Alumnus

Michael Chapman, City of Morganton Purchasing Agent/Warehouse Supervisor, was named the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus at the May 1, 2017 Morganton City Council Meeting. The award recognizes an Alumnus who has given unselfishly of his or her time and talents to advance the mission and goals of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) and the local community.

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WPCC President Dr. Michael S. Helmick presents the award to Chapman.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson proclaimed May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Morganton. Carol Ervin with the Burke County Health Department accepted the proclamation and spoke about mental health awareness in Morganton and Burke County.

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Councilman Sidney Simmons, right, presents the Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation to Carol Ervin, left, with the Burke County Health Department.

PROCLAMATION
MENTAL HEALTH MONTH MAY 2017

WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, all American’s experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives; and

WHEREAS, prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental illnesses; and

WHEREAS, there is a strong body of research that supports specific tools that all Americans can use to better handle challenges, and protect their health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, research also shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people’s lives for the better. Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the paths of people living with mental illnesses; and

WHEREAS, with early and effective treatment, those individuals with mental illness can recover and lead full, productive lives; and

WHEREAS, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation and in our community and is identified as a priority in the recent community health assessment; and

WHEREAS, the number of hospital ER visits, behavioral health hospital hold hours, individuals seeking mental health treatment continues to rise in Morganton; and

WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen shares the burden of mental illnesses and has a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts.

THEREFORE, the City of Morganton, I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Morganton. As the Mayor, I also call upon citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Morganton and Burke County to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental illnesses in its various forms and complications for daily living in wellness.

Adopted this 1st day of May, 2017.

 

National Nursing Home Week Proclamation

Mayor Thompson declared the week of May 14 to 20, 2017, as National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor both our vulnerable citizens who receive care and the dedicated ones giving care. Mayor Thompson will present the proclamation to staff at Autumn Care May 15, 2017.

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National Nursing Home Week
May 14 – 20, 2017

WHEREAS, we honor and respect our elders and citizens of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities who reside in skilled nursing care centers in Morganton; and,

WHEREAS, skilled nursing care centers throughout our area are holding events in observance of National Nursing Home Week, May 14 to 20, 2017, using this year’s theme of “The Spirit of America”; and,

WHEREAS, we urge all citizens to visit a loved one, family member or friend residing in any care setting and offer a kind word, a personal touch, and spend time participating in various activities to unite those from all walks of life in need of our continuing love and support; and,

WHEREAS, my administration is committed to quality health care, we take this moment to embrace the essence of the theme “The Spirit of America.” Let’s join all residents, patients, caregivers, nurses, other staff, volunteers and visitors in celebrating their special week.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor of the City of Morganton declare the week of May 14 to 20, 2017, as National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor both our vulnerable citizens who receive care and the dedicated ones giving care.

Adopted this the 1st day of May, 2017.

 

Municipal Clerk's Week Proclamation

Mayor Thompson recognized the week of May 7 – 13, 2017, as Municipal Clerks Week, and extend his appreciation to Kelly Russell, Municipal Clerk, and Carolyn Richardson, and Assistant Clerk, for all their hard work.

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Councilman Forrest A. Fleming, right, presents the proclamation to Kelly Russell, Municipal Clerk.

Proclamation
Municipal Clerks Week 2017

Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk, a time honored and vital part of local government exists throughout the world; and

Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk is the oldest among public servants; and

Whereas, the Office of the Municipal Clerk provides the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels; and

Whereas, Municipal Clerks have pledged to be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all; and

Whereas, the Municipal Clerk serves as the information center on functions of local government and community; and

Whereas, Municipal Clerks continually strive to improve the administration of the affairs of the Office of the Municipal Clerk through participation in education programs, seminars, workshops and the annual meetings of their state, provincial, county and international professional organizations; and

Whereas, it is most appropriate that we recognize the accomplishments of the Office of the Municipal Clerk.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor, do hereby recognize the week of May 7 – 13, 2017, as Municipal Clerks Week, and further extend appreciation to our Municipal Clerk, Mikela “Kelly” Russell and Assistant Clerk, Carolyn Richardson and to all Municipal Clerks for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to the communities they represent.

Adopted this 1st day of May, 2017

 

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Agenda

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL

May 1, 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

Becky Brinkley, Interpreter

3:30 p.m. – City Council Workshop to receive an update on the status
of the CoMPAS restructuring – Conference Room 4

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 the Rev. Lauren Carlson, Calvary Lutheran Church

VI. Introduction of Council

VII. Retiree Resolution

• Andrew Shuping, Public Works/Cemetery & Grounds, Sr. Maintenance Worker

VIII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Upcoming events:
• CoMMA: Artrageous, Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
• Downtown: TGIF concerts begin Friday, May 5
• Farmer’s Market, Saturdays and Wednesdays

b. Proclamation: Mental Health Awareness Month, Accepted by: Carol Ervin, Burke County Health Department

c. Proclamation: National Nursing Home Week, To be presented by the Mayor on May 15 at Autumn Care

d. Proclamation: Municipal Clerk’s Week

e. Update: CoMPAS Restructuring status update, Presented by: Dave Stockton, Uptown Services

IX. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

X. 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 XI.

A. Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on April 3, 2017.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration of Tax Releases in the Amount of $2,797.49

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve tax releases in the amount of $2,797.49.

C. Consideration of a Resolution Acknowledging Addition of Government Drive to the State-Maintained Secondary Road System

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a resolution acknowledging the addition of Government Drive to the State-maintained secondary road system.

D. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Cemetery

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $1,266 to appropriate receipt of reimbursement of funds for damages and for purchase of replacement materials.

XI. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XII. New Business

A. Public Hearings and Actions

1. Public Hearing for Proposed CDBG 2017 Action Plan

a. Consideration of Approval of 2017 ACDB Action Plan

b. Consideration of a Project Budget Ordinance for 2017 CDBG

c. Consideration of Administration Contract with Western Piedmont Council of Governments

2. Public Hearing for Consideration of Items Associated with the Wastewater Process Conversion Improvements Project

a. Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing Filing of an Application for Approval of a Financing Agreement Authorized by NCGS 160A-20 – Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater

b. Consideration of Award of Contract for the Process Conversion Improvements Project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

c. Consideration of Award of Installment Financing for Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater

d. Consideration of a Capital Project Budget Ordinance

3. Public Hearing for Consideration of Joining with Burke County in Entering into An Economic Development Incentive Grant Agreement with Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (“Continental”)

4. Public Hearing to Consider of a Resolution Removing Local Historic Landmark Status From the Grounds at 402 North Green Street (Parcel Identification Number 2703183160), the Previous Location of the Now Removed Perkins House

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of Proposed Amendments to City Ordinances to Address Foot Races Run on City Streets

2. Consideration of Amendment to the 2014 Sidewalk Encroachment Agreement for 100 West Union Street with Table Rock Investments, LLC

3. 30-Day Notice for Boards and Commissions

a. Human Relations Commission
b. Board of Adjustment
c. Cable Commission
d. Community Appearance
e. Main Street Advisory
f. Planning & Zoning
g. Recreation Advisory

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

XIV. Reports

XV. Adjournment

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Minutes

MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL

May 1, 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

Becky Brinkley, Interpreter

I. Call to Order – 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 Boy Scout Troop 182, First Baptist Church Morganton.

V. Invocation – The invocation was given by the Rev. Lauren Carlson, Calvary Lutheran Church.

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

VII. Retiree Resolution – The Mayor read a resolution in honor of Andrew Shuping. Andrew retired from the Public Works/Cemetery & Grounds as a Sr. Maintenance Worker after serving the City for 22 years’ and 11 months.

Councilman Cantrell presented Resolution #17-18 to Andrew stating it was workers like Andrew who helped to keep Morganton beautiful

VIII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

There was a special presentation given by Dr. Michael Helmick, President of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC). He stated his reason for being at the meeting was to present the WPCC “Outstanding Alumnus” award for 2016. Dr. Helmick read a detailed description of the award recipient before announcing the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus was Michael Chapman, Purchasing Agent for the City of Morganton.

Chapman was surprised and expressed his gratitude for the award.

a. The Mayor announced the upcoming show at CoMMA, Artrageous on May 4. He also announced that Downtown TGIF concerts would begin May 5, and that the Farmer’s Market has now opened, on Saturday behind the Depot and the Wednesday mini-market on Green Street.

b. The Mayor read a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month. Councilman Simmons presented the proclamation to Carol Ervin, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge.

Ms. Ervin stated she was representing a collaborative effort with Carolinas Healthcare, Burke County Health Department, and Partners Behavioral Health Management, to provide awareness of services and support available in our area. She shared a calendar of events that would be happening during the month. The goal of the events is to help break the stigma of mental health.

The City Manager also announced a meeting to be held on Monday, May 22, at the Collett Street Recreation Center. The meeting is a collaboration between the Human Relations Commission and Public Safety, the topic being “Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness and Development Disabilities: What to Expect When you Call for Help”.

c. The Mayor read a proclamation for National Nursing Home Week. He announced that he would present this at a program on May 15 at Autumn Care.

d. The Mayor read a proclamation for Municipal Clerk’s Week. Mikela Russell accepted the proclamation and thanked the Council for their support.

e. The Mayor stated the Council had received an update at a Special Meeting earlier in the day regarding the CoMPAS restructuring. He asked Dave Stockton of Uptown Services to share a synopsis of the update for the citizens. Stockton stated that it’s been a year since he began working with City. First there were some tactical changes and those changes have made a financial impact. Stockton stated that there has been an overall 20% increase in revenues in FY 2016. He stated most of the growth has been from internet which has been the plan. He stated they are really pleased looking at the overall results; CoMPAS has made a strong turn-around.

•The Mayor announced the Park and Recreation Masterplan Survey, stating it is on-going. He stated that feedback is needed. Surveys are available online and at the Collett Street Recreation Center.

IX. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update – The City Manager stated there were no updates at this time.

X. 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 Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and unanimously carried, the consent agenda was approved and each individual item adopted as stated, these being as follows:

A. Approved Minutes for a Regular Meeting held on April 3, 2017.

B. Approved tax releases in the amount of $2,797.49.

C. Approved Resolution #17-17 acknowledging the addition of Government Drive to the State-maintained secondary road system.

D. Approved a budget amendment (Ord #17-26) in the amount of $1,266 to appropriate receipt of reimbursement of funds for damages and for purchase of replacement materials / Cemetery fund.

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

XII. New Business

A. Public Hearings and Actions

1. Public Hearing for Proposed CDBG 2017 Action Plan

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 6:42 p.m.

The City Manager stated this public hearing was to receive public input and comments concerning the proposed 2017 Action Plan of the City of Morganton. This Plan, as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD), outlines the goals and actions of the City of Morganton in its use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the period, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

The action plan continues to fund small business loans and annual grants to non-profits. These are two very popular programs. Additionally, funds are included to clear slum and blight.

The Mayor asked if anyone would like to speak.

Edward Turowski stated that he resides at 1676 Whippoorwill Lane. Turowski stated he has been a registered nurse for 44 years and commended Ms. Ervin and the work she does. He stated that heroin and methamphetamine use is on the rise. He encouraged support of mental health awareness.

There being no further public comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:45 p.m.

a. Consideration of Approval of 2017 CDBG Action Plan

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved the 2017 CDBG Action Plan as presented.

b. Consideration of a Project Budget Ordinance for 2017 CDBG

The City Manager stated that a requirement of the CDBG Entitlement Program is that the City adopt a Project Budge Ordinance each year to reflect the current budget revenues and expenditures. For 2017/2018 fiscal year, the City is receiving $150,745.

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Simmons, and carried unanimously, the Council approved the 2017 Project Budget Ordinance.

c. Consideration of Administration Contract with Western Piedmont Council of Governments

The City Manager stated that the City will contract with the WPCOG to administrate the 2017 CDBG Entitlement Program.

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Fleming, and carried unanimously, the Council approved a Grant Management Assistance agreement with WPCOG.

2. Public Hearing for Consideration of Items Associated with the Wastewater Process Conversion Improvements Project

a. Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing Filing of an Application for Approval of a Financing Agreement Authorized by NCGS 160A-20 – Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 6:49 p.m.

The City Manager stated that in the spring of 2015, City Council authorized an interim solution to be implemented for addressing the inoperable Pure Oxygen system at the wastewater treatment plant. Concurrently, a Process Conversion Study was performed to evaluate alternatives and improvements.

Findings and recommendations from this study were presented to City staff and it was decided to move forward with improvements consisting of the following major components.

• Two new aeration basins
• New aeration splitter box and secondary clarifier splitter box
• Repairs to secondary clarifiers
• New building to house aeration blowers, electrical gear, and chemical storage / feed facilities.
• Improvements to RAS/WAS pumping equipment
• Improvements to flow equalization facilities

The design for the proposed improvements began in the fall of 2015 and the City has recently received Construction Authorization from the Division of Water Resources.

Construction bids were received and opened at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Council Chamber at City Hall in Morganton. A total of four (4) bids were received.

The Process Conversion Improvements Project and associated financing require approval of the Local Government Commission (LGC). The LGC requires a resolution approved by the City Council in order to begin the process for final approval of the borrowing. The total borrowing for the project will be $9,716,370.

There being no public comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:52 p.m.

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved a Resolution Authorizing Filing of an Application for Approval of a Financing Agreement Authorized by NCGS 160A-20 – Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater. (Resolution #17-21)

b. Consideration of Award of Contract for the Process Conversion Improvements Project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City Manager said as stated above construction bids were received and opened at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Council Chamber at City Hall in Morganton. A total of four (4) bids were received.

Haren Construction Company, Inc. of Etowah, Tennessee submitted the low base bid of $8,527,000. Haren is a well-known water / wastewater utility contractor that has constructed numerous similar projects in North Carolina. Staff recommends awarding the contract to Haren Construction Company.

Upon motion by Councilman Fleming, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved contracting with Haren Construction Company, Inc. of Etowah, Tennessee in the amount of $8,527,000 for the Process Conversion Improvements project at the wastewater treatment plant, contingent upon LGC approval in June 2017. (Resolution #17-19)

c. Consideration of Award of Installment Financing for Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater

The City Manager stated that requests for proposals (RFPs) for financing system conversion and improvements at the waste treatment plant were sent to eight banks. The amount to be financed is $9,716,370. One valid bid was received from Wells Fargo Bank.

It is the recommendation of Finance Director Karen Duncan that financing be awarded to Wells Fargo, the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. The interest rate proposed is 2.45% for a period of ten years. The first debt payment will be in next fiscal year (FY 17/18) so a budget amendment will not be necessary.

Upon motion by Councilman Fleming, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council awarded Installment Purchase Financing Contract – Process Conversion Improvements Project / Wastewater to Wells Fargo Bank in the amount of $9,716,370 at an interest rate of 2.45% for a term of ten (10) years, contingent upon LGC approval in June 2017. (Resolution #17-20)

Councilman Fleming stated that over the past year the City has done a lot of work at the Waste Water Treatment plant. He stated this work is a necessity and is glad that things are being done to get the plant in good working order. The City Manager stated that some equipment at the plant is 50 years old.

d. Consideration of a Capital Project Budget Ordinance

The City Manager stated this Capital Project Budget Ordinance, in the amount of $9,716,370, establishes the budget for the Process Conversion Improvements Project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Fleming, and carried unanimously, the Council approved the Capital Project Budget Ordinance in the amount of $9,716,370, for the Process Conversion Improvements Project at the Waste WaterTreatment Plant.

3. Public Hearing for Consideration of Joining with Burke County in Entering into An Economic Development Incentive Grant Agreement with Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (“Continental”)

There Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:00 p.m.

The City Manager stated “Project Stop” was the name given by Burke Development, Inc. (“BDI”), for confidentiality purposes, to a planned major new investment and expansion by Continental (“the Company”), a multi-national corporation which operates a large manufacturing facility just off Jamestown Road in Morganton. The State of North Carolina is prepared to make large contributions toward this project, including a building re-use grant and a so-called “JDIG” grant. The City, along with the County of Burke, has been asked to also make appropriations in the form of economic development incentives.

State law, especially General Statutes Section 158-7.1 and various court decisions, requires certain determinations and procedures before such incentives may be granted. Therefore, the City and the County have determined that “but for” the proposed incentives, the Company’s expansion project would be unlikely to go forward, and thus the City and County would lose an extremely valuable new investment which promises to significantly increase the property tax base and create many good new jobs. The Company envisions a new capital investment in structures and equipment of at least $41,000,000, and the creation of at least 135 new full-time jobs, paying wages greater than the Burke County average.

BDI, in collaboration with the County and City, has negotiated with the Company for appropriate and necessary incentives, and a proposed economic development agreement has been drafted. This agreement calls for the City and the County (after separate and independent actions) to furnish two categories of incentive. First, there would be “tax incentive grants” from both governments, based on the increases in property tax values arising from the project. Specifically, for a period of seven years beginning with 2017, the City and County would each grant reimbursement of 75% of the calculated increase in tax revenues attributable to the increase in assessed tax valuation of the facility where the Company is located. Second, provided the Company expends at least $2,400,000 in a manner which qualifies for the State’s building re-use grant, the City and County together would pay $200,000 to the Company over a period of three years, with the last payment contingent on Project Stop actually creating at least 135 new jobs by 2020.

Agreement by the City and the County to the proposed incentives is conditional upon the final approval by the State of its building re-use and JDIG grants.

As required by statute, economic development incentives of this nature may only be approved after a duly-noticed public hearing on the subject. Notice of this particular hearing was duly published in the News-Herald on April 18, 2017. The County Commission held its own public hearing at its April 18 meeting, and then duly approved the proposed economic development incentives agreement for Continental.

Alan Wood, President/CEO Burke Development, Inc., stated this has been a long and winding road. Wood stated Continental would be adding to an existing structure; offering 160 new full-time permanent positions which will be added to the 400 current positions at the facility; and wages will be above the County average. Wood stressed this was a very competitive project. Continental will be working on a new generation braking system.

The Mayor thanked Wood for the hard work BDI has done working to make this project happen.

There being no further public comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 7:06 p.m.

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved entering into an Economic Development Incentives Agreement, jointly with Burke County, for Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.; and to authorize the Mayor and City Manager to execute all necessary documents.

4. Public Hearing to Consider of a Resolution Removing Local Historic Landmark Status From the Grounds at 402 North Green Street (Parcel Identification Number 2703183160), the Previous Location of the Now Removed Perkins House

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:07 p.m.

The Mayor asked Phillip Lookadoo, Director of Development and Design to give an overview of this item. Lookadoo stated that the Perkins House, a historic structure previously located at 402 North Green Street, received local historic landmark status in 1987 (Ordinance #87-07). The structure burned in January 2004, removing any historic landmark status it had attained. The nomination adopted in 1987, however, specifically stated that the grounds were included in the nomination. As stated in Ordinance #87-07, the “Perkins House” itself generated the historic status of the property. The property, holding no independent historic significance, effectively lost its historic status with the demise of the house.

Action has been taken by the Morganton Historic Preservation Commission as well as a review by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office consenting to removal of the property as a local historic landmark. Action to remove the local historic landmark status requires that Council hold a public hearing, which was advertised on March 22, 2017, and adopt an ordinance removing said status from the property.

The City Attorney stated that the only way to remove an ordinance is by an ordinance, which is why this item is before Council.

There being no public comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 7:09 p.m.

Upon motion by Councilman Cantrell, seconded by Councilman Simmons, and carried unanimously, the Council adopted Ordinance #17-28 having the effect of removal of the Local Historic Landmark Status for the Perkins House property as given by Ordinance #87-07.

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of Proposed Amendments to City Ordinances to Address Foot Races Run on City Streets

The City Attorney stated the City’s streets (especially but not exclusively in the Downtown area) are often used for ‘5-K’ and other foot races, usually for fund-raising or publicity purposes. These races, often sponsored by charitable or church groups, are quite popular, and often draw hundreds of participants and even more spectators. While they are a valuable and positive part of City life, they can also pose a number of challenges, such as traffic control, disruption of normal business routines, and even public safety issues.

Races on City streets have been at least somewhat regulated by Article E of Part 6 of the City Code of Ordinances. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is now applying stricter rules or regulations governing races on state roads, which includes most major streets in downtown Morganton. The Department of Public Safety and the City Attorney recommend several changes to the City’s ordinances to better govern foot races on City-controlled streets, and assure the safety and enjoyment of all concerned.

One major change, in Section 6-2072, is to specifically define “street race” as an event involving more than 75 participants and requiring the blocking or interrupting of vehicular traffic. Also, an amendment to Section 6-2074 would require that street races only be conducted on routes approved by the Department of Public Safety, which is authorized to publish a list of pre-approved routes. In addition, for clarification, at several points in Article E, the phrase “street festival” would be replaced with “special event”.

Councilman Cantrell asked if a route list had been put together. The Attorney stated there are potential routes and asked Major Lowdermilk to elaborate. Major Lowdermilk stated that 4 routes have been designed which bypass DOT streets. He stated that DOT requires a certain amount of manpower at street crossings, street closings, etc., which taxes the department.

Upon motion by Councilman Fleming, seconded by Councilman Simmons, and carried unanimously, the Council approved amending Sections 6-2072, 6-2074, 6-2075 and 6-2076 of the City of Morganton Code of Ordinances, concerning “street races” and “special events”, as specifically and fully set out in the amendment. (Ordinance #17-29)

2. Consideration of Amendment to the 2014 Sidewalk Encroachment Agreement for 100 West Union Street with Table Rock Investments, LLC

The City Attorney stated that Sabrina Hurt, owner of Treat Gift Shop and Café, located at 100 West Union Street, has requested to extend her outdoor seating. Property owner, Jerry Norvell (dba Table Rock Investments, LLC) is in agreement with the expansion.

There is currently a metal plate “door” to the basement in the sidewalk, and an active fire suppression connection below the kiosk. Both items have been reviewed. The “door” hinges will be reworked to be flat so as to create less of a trip hazard and table and chairs will not be a problem for access when needed. The fire suppression system has been reviewed by the building inspector, Fire Marshal and Chief of Public Safety. While there is a 36” clearance required to the curb, the building inspector and Chief agree that as long as the opening is directly in front of the suppression system access and no permanent fixture is within 36” of the unit, including only break away barriers that denote the seating area, then sidewalk seating will be fine. The tenant will be required to put up the appropriate regulatory sign denoting the unit.

Treat plans to re-open for lunch in 3 weeks and continue with dinner hours. Outdoor seating is very popular and tends to fill up before indoor seating.

The Main Street Office understands that the kiosk will have to removed, which the property owner has allowed to be placed there for 15+ years always with the understanding it was temporary.

Upon motion by Councilman Simmons, seconded by Councilman Cantrell, and carried unanimously, the Council approved an amendment to the 2014 Sidewalk Encroachment Agreement for 100 West Union Street with Table Rock Investments, LLC

3. 30-Day Notice for Boards and Commissions – The City Manager stated that many terms on various Boards and Commission are set to expire in June. She stated a memo with details would be shared with Council and if there were any interested citizens who would like to participate they could find the application on the City website. Following are Boards and Commissions with expiring terms:

a. Human Relations Commission
b. Board of Adjustment
c. Cable Commission
d. Community Appearance
e. Main Street Advisory
f. Planning & Zoning
g. Recreation Advisory

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

Councilman Simmons stated that there was a $20 vehicle registration fee added last year in the budget. Councilman Simmons made a motion to remove the $20 a year vehicle registration fee from the budget. Mayor Thompson seconded the motion for the purpose of discussion.

Councilman Simmons stated he has received a lot of comments about the fee and feels it creates a hardship on families with multiple vehicles.

Councilman Cantrell stated this was part of the budgeting process and felt Council should not do something outside the budget process. He stated the time to look at this would be during the budgeting process over the course of the next few weeks. He stated he feels that the Council needs to look at the impact of the budget and tax rate rather than looking at one particular item.

Councilman Simmons stated the reason he brought this up was to give those working on the budget some time to begin looking at possible changes.

Karen Duncan, Finance Director, stated the money is collected by the state and it is not something she can have stopped immediately.

Councilman Fleming asked the motion be tabled until the June 5 Council Meeting. Councilman Cantrell seconded the motion, which then passed unanimously.

XIV. Reports – Reports were distributed for information.

XV. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 7:23 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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