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December 4, 2017 Council Meeting




Councilman Forrest Fleming presents Marvin Evans a 25-year Service Pin. Marvin works in the Recreation Department as a Senior Maintence Worker.

 20171204 Cato Swearing 

Councilwoman Wendy Cato being sworn in by Judge Robert Ervin. The Bible is being held by Councilwoman Cato's grandson.

 20171204 Cato Family

Councilwoman Wendy Cato surrounded by her family after swearing her Oath of Office.

 20171204 Hawkins Swearing

Councilman Christopher Hawkins being sworn in by Judge Robert Ervin. Councilman Hawkin's wife and daughters hold the Bible for him.

 20171204 Hawkins Family

Councilman Chris Hawkins is surrounded by his family after swearing his Oath of Office.



December 4, 2017 

Ronnie Thompson, Mayor
Wendy Cato )
Forrest A. Fleming ) Councilmen
Christopher Hawkins )
Sidney Simmons )

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

Becky Brinkley, 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 the Pastor Jerry Gamble, Mount Home Baptist Church

VI. Organization of Council

a. Swearing-in of Council Members
b. Remarks by Council Members
c. Election of Mayor Pro Tem
d. Setting of Meeting Dates and Time
e. Appointment of Standing Committees by the Mayor

VII. Introduction of Council

 VIII. Service Pin

• Marvin Evans, Recreation Department, Sr. Maintenance Worker – 25 years
• Gary Massey, Public Safety, Lieutenant – 25 years

IX. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Presentation: Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) given by Anthony Starr, Executive Director, Western Piedmont Council of Governments

b. Upcoming events:
•CoMMA: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!, December 14, 7:30 p.m. – Sold Out
Messiah Sing-Along (at First Baptist Church) December 19, 7:30 p.m.

•”Seussify” Morganton, Downtown Christmas Parade, Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m.
•Holiday Farmers’ Market, Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
•”Seussify” Morganton, Shop Late Downtown Event, Friday, December 15, 4 – 7 p.m.
•Holiday Carriage Rides and Santa visits continue Friday / Saturday evenings in Downtown

X. Consideration of Changing City Council Meeting Date for January 2018

XI. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

XII. 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 XIII.

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

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration of Tax Releases in the Amount of $361.27

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve tax releases in the amount of $361.27.

 C. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Recreation

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment to appropriate contributed funds from the Optimist Club for the skate park in the amount of $15,000.

D. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Recreation

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $5,000 to appropriate the receipt of funds from ElectriCities to be used for lighting at the skate park.

E. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Development & Design

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $139,600 to appropriate funds received from Duke Energy for boat launch.

F. Consideration of Application for a Certificate of Taxicab Franchises

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve second/final reading of issuance of Taxicab Franchises to Michael W. Gilbert (Ace Cab), Larry Segars (City Cab) and Claudia Morales (Becerra Translation & Associates).

XIII. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XIV. New Business

A. Public Hearings

1. Public Hearing for Consideration of an Economic Development Grant Agreement / Project Quantum Leap

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of Award of Contract / Recreation Splash Pad

2. Consideration of Sale of Two Vacant Lots on Roper Street

3. Consideration of Boards and Commissions

a. Cable Commission

4. 30-Day Notice Boards and Commissions

a. Fireman’s Relief Fund

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

XVI. Reports

XVII. Adjournment


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