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      WHEREAS, Sybil S. Burnette was employed by the City of Morganton as Secretary I in the Electric Department on May 12, 1998; reclassified as Secretary II in the Electric Department on July 1, 2000; reclassified as Administrative Specialist on July 1, 2004; and    


            WHEREAS, Sybil S. Burnette has faithfully served the City of Morganton in the Electric Department, and has given of her time and efforts for the benefit of the citizens of Morganton for twenty years, eight months; and


      WHEREAS, Sybil S. Burnette retired from the City of Morganton as Administrative Specialist of the Electric Department on April 1, 2018; and


      WHEREAS, the Morganton City Council wishes to officially recognize the contributions of Sybil S. Burnette 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 Sybil S. Burnette.


     Adopted this the 2nd day of April 2018.



WHEREAS, the Chesterfield Ruritan Club was chartered on April 10, 1958 with 23 original members of which only one charter member is still living; and

WHEREAS, the Chesterfield Ruritan Club assists the elderly and needy in the community with food, clothing, hospital bills and other basic needs, sponsor local school athletic programs, sponsor and provide space for scout troops, award college scholarships to local students, donate the clubhouse for school and community activities, promote and volunteer at the annual Burke County Fair, partner with schools on fundraising projects, provide a free senior citizens supper, hold a free annual health fair at clubhouse, volunteer with the local Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations, complete community roadside clean-up and provide members with timely and pertinent information through guest presentations at monthly meetings; and

WHEREAS, the Chesterfield Ruritan Club will turn 60 years old on April 10, 2018 and will be celebrating with an Anniversary Dinner to be held on Saturday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the City of Morganton encourages all citizens to give full regard to the past and continuing service of the Chesterfield Ruritan Club.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Morganton congratulates the Chesterfield Ruritan Club on its 60th Anniversary and extends best wishes as its members continue to contribute to the betterment of this community.

This the 2nd day of April, 2018. 

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April 2, 2018

Ronnie Thompson, Mayor Sally W. Sandy, City Manager Louis E. Vinay, Jr., City Attorney
Wendy Cato )
Forrest A. Fleming ) Council Christopher Hawkins )
Sidney Simmons ) 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 Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, Iglesia de Dios Nueva Vida / New Life Church of God

VI. Introduction of Council

VII. Retiree Resolutions

• Sybil S. Burnette, Electric Department, Administrative Specialist

VIII. Service Pin

• Jason Whisnant, Public Safety, Captain, 20 years

IX. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Update: History Museum of Burke County
Presented by: Jim Brinkley and Waits Gordon, Board of Directors

b. Morganton Works – Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Kathy Bailey, Chief Executive Officer

c. Video: Lineman Appreciation Day – April 18, 2018 Accepted by: Brooks Kirby, Electric Director

d. Recognition: Public Safety Award of Valor Presented by: Chief Ronnie Rector

e. Proclamation: Chesterfield Ruritan Club 60th Anniversary Accepted by: Mike Casey, Club member

f. Resolution: Reimagining Broughton
Presented by: Jerry Davis, Burke County Chamber of Commerce

g. Upcoming events:
• CoMMA:
On Golden Pond, Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. Malpass Brothers, Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Rent, Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

• Ribbon Cutting, Morganton General Store, Friday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.
• Rotary Distinguished Person of the Year Award Dinner honoring Councilman Emeritus John Cantrell, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m., Morganton Community House
• Little League Opening Day, Monday, April 23, 5:00 p.m., Catawba Meadows Ballfields

X. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

XI. 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 XII.

A. Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on March 5, 2018 and Council Workshop held February 23, 2018.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration of Tax Releases in the Amount of $9,596.93

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve tax releases in the amount of $9,596.93.

C. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Public Safety

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of
$20,785 to appropriate funds received from insurance for repairs of a Public Safety vehicle and Engine 1.

D. Consideration of a Letter of Endorsement to Apply for a SmART Initiative Grant

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Allow the Main Street Program to apply for grant funds from the NC Arts Councils SmART Initiative Program; and to endorse the application because it is understood the arts is an economic driver that Morganton should be seizing.

XII. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XIII. New Business

1. Consideration of Award of Contract for Construction of the Downtown Greenway Trailhead
2. Consideration of a Resolution of Intent and Calling for a Public Hearing for Closing of an Alley

3. 30-Day Notice of Vacancy on Boards and Commissions

a. Human Relations Commission

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

XV. Reports

XVI. Adjournment





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