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Friday, December 19, 2014

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of December 16, 2014

I began video recording the City Council in 2012, because of my desire that the City do it on their own as any modern 21st century community began doing long ago. I had people tell me that they couldn't make it to the meetings, but they would like to see what is going on. I was also told by some council members that my summaries did not truly reflect the record, so having a video/audio recording cannot be misinterpreted.

So below is the City Council meeting. With each agenda item, you can click on the links and it will take you to that specific point in the meeting. You can always drag the marker on the video display to the point in the broadcast that you are interested in seeing.

Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 16, 2014

Thoughts about the City Council meeting of December 16, 2014 - I didn't do an article of thoughts this week. I will incorporate thoughts into this article.

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Hound Notes: Not much happened at this meeting other than ordinary business. Taxi Cab rates were raised based upon research conducted by the Hickory Police Department in relation to other communities in the region.


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Invocation by Rev. Whit Malone, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Persons Requesting to be Heard
Cliff Moone (per Hickory Inc.) - thanked Council for their continued support of the Proclamation for Bill of Rights Day, which was December 15, 2014. He briefly discussed the history of North Carolina’s acceptance of the Bill of Rights. He requested that in future years, not necessarily a Proclamation for Bill of Rights Day, but for the City to encourage the libraries to have a public reading of the Bill of Rights, on Bill of Rights Day, and to encourage it to be done in the schools as well. Mr. Moone commented that it requires vigilance to maintain these rights, and these freedoms that we all care so muc
h about. He mentioned that some of the major Supreme Court cases that have come down have been around the Bill of Rights. He discussed a case that came out of North Carolina that had been ruled based
on the Fourth Amendment.

Larry Pope (per Hickory Inc.) - thanked Council for giving him the respect that any citizen of the City of Hickory deserves and ask for, regardless of his differences with Council. He commended Council for their work on the recent bond referendum and the work that they are going to be doing since the passing of the bond referendum. He advised Council that he had expressed an interest in serving as part of the  committee that would be appointed to serve as part of the bond referendum and the results of the bond
referendum. He advised Council that he had filled out the application expressing his interest.
Mr. Pope requested, under Title Two of the American with Disabilities Act, Section 504, provided to him in layman’s terms, simplified, all expenditures of the $40 million dollars as it is spent. He would like to have those explanations down to the penny, or half penny of what is purchased or paid for, and the cost of those items. That helps him as a citizen, a taxpayer, to keep informed of what is going on with that $40 million dollars. He stated that the City will be hiring someone to be the Executive Director of that project, which was never mentioned as part of that $40 million dollar expenditure when voters were a
sked to vote. He commented that he did not know where that money would come from if it would be the City’s contingency fund or from the grant funds. Citizens are entitled to know how that $40 million dollars is being spent, and is spent, when it is spent and planned for. He wished Council and their families a very Merry Christmas.


Consent Agenda: Item F Removed from the Consent Agenda -- subsequently all items unanimously approved

*** F. Adopt Resolution of Intent to Lease City-owned Property to The Service League of Hickory, North Carolina, Inc. - Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise City Council’s consideration of a lease agreement with The Service League of Hickory, North Carolina, Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 506 3rd Avenue NW, Hickory. Reason for removal was because the use of the property per lease was for a daycare center (per page 48). Wording was changed and item passed unanimously.

Informational Items
A. Report of Mayor Wright’s travel
to National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Austin, Texas, November 19 – 23, 2014; (Lodging - $903.32; Meal Per Diem - $282; Registration Fee - $520; Air Fare - $411.70; and Taxi Fare - $50)

B. Report of Alderman Zagaroli’s travel
to National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Austin, Texas, November 19- 22, 2014; (Lodging - $712.23; Meal Per Diem -$216; Registration Fee - $435; Air Fare - $836.70; and Taxi Fare - $50)
 




New Business - Public Hearings
1. Consideration of Rezoning Petition 14-02. -  Mr. Alan Cheung, agent for the Christian Science Society of Hickory, has petitioned for the rezoning of .59 acres of property located at 3048 North  Center Street. The petition is to rezone the property from Medium Density – Residential – 2 (R-2) to Office and Institutional (0I). Hickory Regional Planning Commission considered this petition at a public hearing conducted on November 12, 2014, and vote unanimously to recommend approval to Hickory City Council. The rezoning of the subject property to Office and Institutional (I) is consistent with the goals and policies contained within the Hickory by Choice 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

2. Consideration of Closing a Portion of E Avenue SE near the Intersection of 7th Street SE. - The City Clerk received a petition from Moretz Property Management, LLC and Moretz Mills, LLC requesting the City close a portion of E Avenue SE, Hickory. The signatures on the petition represents two of two property owners abutting this portion of the right-of-way.

 3. Consideration of Voluntary Contiguous Annexation of the Property Located at 1704 30th Avenue Court NE, Owned by Clay and Catherine Franklin. - Clay and Catherine Franklin submitted a petition for the voluntary contiguous annexation of 1.206 acres of property located at 1704 30th Avenue Court NE. The annexation area consists of one residential lot immediately adjacent to the Lawson’s Creek development. The Franklin’s intend to utilize the lot for the location of one new single-family residence. The annexation request is in order to connect to the City’s water and sewer system. Staff has determined the petition meets the statutory requirements for voluntary contiguous annexation, and adequate public services are available. Staff recommends approval.

 4. Consideration of Text Amendment (TA) 14-03.  - Planning and Development Services Department, in conjunction with the Hickory Regional Planning Commission, conducts a review of the City’s Land Development Code to determine if amendments are needed. Staff recommends amendments to Articles 6, 7, and 14 of the City’s Land Development Code. Articles 6 and 7 pertain to accessory dwelling units and temporary health care structures, and Article 14 pertains to a definition of the term “premises”. Hickory Regional Planning Commission considered these amendments in an advertised public hearing on November 12, 2014. Hickory Regional Planning Commission votes unanimously (7-0) to recommend City Council’s approval of the text amendments.


Departmental Reports:
1. Increase Taxicab Meter Rates. - Hickory Police Department researched and surveyed 29 cities to determine average rates. The average per mile rate was $2.12, which indicates that the current starting rate in Hickory is $.50 below the average and the current mileage rate in Hickory is $0.12 per mile below average. Only two of the 29 surveyed cities had any sort of flat rate minimum charge above the starting rate. Hickory Police Department recommends increasing the taximeter starting rate to $2.50
for the first 1/8th of a mile, and increasing the mileage rate to $0.265 for each additional 1/8th of a mile ($2.12 per mile), effective July 1, 2015 when the Driver Permits, and Certificates of Necessity are renewed.






General Comments
Alderman Guess commented that he had attended the pre-Grand Opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery Store located on Highway 70, which was opening on December 17th at 7:00 a.m. He had met with the management and staff at the store. He commented that would be a great addition to our City, and also to the citizens that live on the Southwest side of town. They presented checks totaling $8,000, of which Cooperative Christian Ministries received a substantial check , as well as Long View Elementary School and City of Refuge. They have already started giving back to the community. The store initially is to be open 24 hours. The manager at this store is a Catawba County resident and has been at the Walmart in Hickory for nine years. The store hired approximately 100 employees primarily from Hickory.
Alderwoman Patton thanked everyone for their attendance and wished everyone a lovely Christmas and a great New Year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 16, 2014

This Agenda is about the Hickory City Council meeting that took place on the date listed above. City council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each Month in the Council Chambers of the Julian Whitener building.

At right of this page under Main Information links is an Hickory's City Website link. If you click on that link, it takes you to our city’s website, at the left of the page you will see the Agenda's and Minutes link you need to click. This will give you a choice of PDF files to upcoming and previous meetings.

You will find historic Agenda and Minutes links. Agendas show what is on the docket for the meeting of that date. The Minutes is an actual summary of the proceedings of the meeting of that date. You can also look in the upper right hand corner of the front page of the Hickory Hound and (will soon) find the link to the past history of Hickory City Newsletters.

Here is a summary of the agenda of the meeting. There were a couple of important items that were discussed at this meeting and the details are listed further below:

Please remember that pressing Ctrl and + will magnify the text and page and pressing Ctrl and - will make the text and page smaller. This will help the readability for those with smaller screens and/or eye difficulties.

City Website has changed - Here is a link to the City of Hickory Document Center: 
City Council Agenda - December 16, 2014

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Hound Notes: I haven't been posting much lately because I have been recharging my batteries. I've been a little run down lately. Not much to report on, but there are some things that are developing behind the scenes as always.

Doesn't look like a heavy Agenda for this meeting, but we'll see.

Taxi issue was discussed at the second meeting in November (11/18).

Change Order for Parking Deck at the Convention Center was discussed at the Special Council meeting held in late November (11/25).

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Invocation by Rev. Whit Malone, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Consent Agenda: 

A. Approval to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant for Facility Improvements. - The Hickory Fire Department requests approval to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighter’s grant for facility improvements. The Fire Department plans to utilize the grant to install diesel exhaust  removal systems in six fire facilities. Vehicle diesel exhaust emissions will be eliminated in the workplace after this type of system is installed in all of the City’s fire stations. The total anticipated cost of this system is $172,525 and the matching funds required by the City of Hickory, if awarded the grant, would be $17,252.50, which is ten percent of the anticipated cost.

B. Approval of a Proclamation for Bill of Rights Day.

C. Acceptance of Change Order 1 of the Construction Contract with Advanced Grading and Excavating LLC for the Hickory Metro Convention Center Sewer Relocation Project in the Amount of $4,856.25. - This project is necessary to relocate an existing 8-inch sanitary sewer service for the Hickory Metro Convention Center that runs parallel with the front of the building. The proposed parking deck columns and footings conflicts with the service location and must be relocated to accommodate parking deck construction. Necessary alterations have been determined and alternate quotes for the proposed construction have been received. City Staff has reviewed the quoted prices with Advanced Grading and Excavating LLC and finds the cost to be reasonable. Advanced Grading and Excavating has the appropriate license to perform this work. Staff recommends City Council’s acceptance of Change Order 1 of the construction contract with Advanced Grading and Excavating, LLC, for the Hickory Metro Convention Center Sewer Relocation Project in the amount of $4,856.25.

D. Citizens’ Advisory Committee Recommendations for Assistance through the City of Hickory’s Housing Programs. - The following requests were considered by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee at their regular meeting on December 4, 2014:
 Ada Barrios was approved for recommendation to City Council for First-time homebuyer’s assistance to purchase a house located at 1513 36th Avenue Drive NE, Hickory. She has requested $6,500 for assistance with down payment and closing costs. The First-Time Homebuyers Assistance Loan is zero interest, no payments and repaid upon sale, refinance or payoff of first mortgage.

Funds are budgeted for these items through the City of Hickory’s former Rental Rehabilitation Program income received in FY 2012 and/or program income received through the City of Hickory’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Each of the following applicants are being recommended for approval for assistance under the City of Hickory’s 2013-2014 Urgent Repair Program. This program provides qualified low income citizens with assistance for emergency-related repairs not to exceed
$7,200.
 Carol Brinkley, 1030 8th Street NE, Hickory
 Jackie Robinson, 632 1st Avenue Place SE, Hickory
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee recommends approval of the request.

E. Adopt Resolution of Intent to Lease City-owned Property to Hickory Senior Citizens, Inc. - Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise City Council’s consideration of a lease agreement with Hickory Senior Citizens, Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 534 3rd Avenue NW, Hickory.

F. Adopt Resolution of Intent to Lease City-owned Property to The Service League of Hickory, North Carolina, Inc. - Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise City Council’s consideration of a lease agreement with The Service League of Hickory, North Carolina, Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 506 3rd Avenue NW, Hickory.

G. Adopt Resolution of Intent to Lease City-owned Property to Hickory Soup Kitchen, Inc. - Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise City Council’s consideration of a lease agreement with Hickory Soup Kitchen, Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 131 Main Avenue NE, Hickory. 

H. Adopt Resolution of Intent to Lease City-owned Property to Community Ridge Daycare Center Inc. - Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise City Council’s consideration of a lease agreement with Community Ridge Daycare Center Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 243 7th Avenue SW, Hickory. 

I. Request from Hickory Police Department to Award Police Badge and Service Weapon to Retiring Captain Gary Lee. - By authority of NC General Statute §20-187.2, City Council may award the service weapon and police badge to retiring Captain Gary Lee upon his retirement from Hickory Police Department on December 31, 2014 after completing 30 years of qualifying service with Hickory Police Department. Upon approval from City Council, the police badge and service weapon (Glock Model 19-Serial #UHF219) will be declared surplus and removed from the City’s fixed asset inventory.
 
Informational Item
A. Report of Mayor Wright’s travel to National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Austin, Texas, November 19 – 23, 2014; (Lodging - $903.32; Meal Per Diem - $282; Registration Fee - $520; Air Fare - $411.70; and Taxi Fare - $50)

B. Report of Alderman Zagaroli’s travel to National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Austin, Texas, November 19- 22, 2014; (Lodging - $712.23; Meal Per Diem -$216; Registration Fee - $435; Air Fare - $836.70; and Taxi Fare - $50)


New Business - Public Hearings
1. Consideration of Rezoning Petition 14-02. -  Mr. Alan Cheung, agent for the Christian Science Society of Hickory, has petitioned for the rezoning of .59 acres of property located at 3048 North  Center Street. The petition is to rezone the property from Medium Density – Residential – 2 (R-2) to Office and Institutional (0I). Hickory Regional Planning Commission considered this petition at a public hearing conducted on November 12, 2014, and vote unanimously to recommend approval to Hickory City Council. The rezoning of the subject property to Office and Institutional (I) is consistent with the goals and policies contained within the Hickory by Choice 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

2. Consideration of Closing a Portion of E Avenue SE near the Intersection of 7th Street SE. - The City Clerk received a petition from Moretz Property Management, LLC and Moretz Mills, LLC requesting the City close a portion of E Avenue SE, Hickory. The signatures on the petition represents two of two property owners abutting this portion of the right-of-way.

 3. Consideration of Voluntary Contiguous Annexation of the Property Located at 1704 30th Avenue Court NE, Owned by Clay and Catherine Franklin. - Clay and Catherine Franklin submitted a petition for the voluntary contiguous annexation of 1.206 acres of property located at 1704 30th Avenue Court NE. The annexation area consists of one residential lot immediately adjacent to the Lawson’s Creek development. The Franklin’s intend to utilize the lot for the location of one new single-family residence. The annexation request is in order to connect to the City’s water and sewer system. Staff has determined the petition meets the statutory requirements for voluntary contiguous annexation, and adequate public services are available. Staff recommends approval.

 4. Consideration of Text Amendment (TA) 14-03.  - Planning and Development Services Department, in conjunction with the Hickory Regional Planning Commission, conducts a review of the City’s Land Development Code to determine if amendments are needed. Staff recommends amendments to Articles 6, 7, and 14 of the City’s Land Development Code. Articles 6 and 7 pertain to accessory dwelling units and temporary health care structures, and Article 14 pertains to a definition of the term “premises”. Hickory Regional Planning Commission considered these amendments in an advertised public hearing on November 12, 2014. Hickory Regional Planning Commission votes unanimously (7-0) to recommend City Council’s approval of the text amendments.


Departmental Reports:
1. Increase Taxicab Meter Rates. - Hickory Police Department researched and surveyed 29 cities to determine average rates. The average per mile rate was $2.12, which indicates that the current starting rate in Hickory is $.50 below the average and the current mileage rate in Hickory is $0.12 per mile below average. Only two of the 29 surveyed cities had any sort of flat rate minimum charge above the starting rate. Hickory Police Department recommends increasing the taximeter starting rate to $2.50
for the first 1/8th of a mile, and increasing the mileage rate to $0.265 for each additional 1/8th of a mile ($2.12 per mile), effective July 1, 2015 when the Driver Permits, and Certificates of Necessity are renewed.

2. Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Out for Lunch

Taking a break... Recharging the batteries... R&R...

Whatever you want to call it. I have been burning the candle at both ends for a long time and not feeling well, so I stepped back to take a deep breath. Don't confuse that with a thought that I'm done here.

Be back soon.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014

I began video recording the City Council in 2012, because of my desire that the City do it on their own as any modern 21st century community began doing long ago. I had people tell me that they couldn't make it to the meetings, but they would like to see what is going on. I was also told by some council members that my summaries did not truly reflect the record, so having a video/audio recording cannot be misinterpreted.

So below is the City Council meeting. With each agenda item, you can click on the links and it will take you to that specific point in the meeting. You can always drag the marker on the video display to the point in the broadcast that you are interested in seeing.







Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014 

Thoughts about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014 - I didn't do an article of thoughts this week. I will incorporate thoughts into my notes in this article.

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 The Hound's Notes:  
The meeting only lasted a little over 20 minutes. The first business was the Council's election of Alderman David Zagaroli as Mayor Pro Tempore and John Crone being re-elected as the City's Attorney. Attorney Crone stated that he has held that position for 22 years.

The main business of the night was presented by the head of the Economic Development Corporation Scott Millar. The building for this program will be across from the Hollar Mill. The initial program at LRU will be a Certified Physicians Assistant program. Mr. Millar stated that they hope, because of Hickory's Geographical location, that this will be a premiere medical program and fulfill a need in Western North Carolina. The next phases of development will be a proposed School of Ophthalmology and a Pharmacy school.

This is a Home Run for Hickory and Lenoir-Rhyne, if it is allowed to develop. Medical Programs are something that I spoke about as something Hickory needed for Economic Development five years ago in the Time to Put the Puzzle Together series. If you haven't red that series you should.   That series is always located at the top right hand of the template page of this site.

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Invocation by Rev. Jay Robison, Pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church

Election of Mayor Pro Tempore for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to NC General Statute §160A-70 and Section 2-54 of the Hickory City Code.

Appointment of a City Attorney for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to the Hickory City Code, Section 4.151 of the Charter.

Swearing in of Mayor Pro Tempore and City Attorney

Consent Agenda: 

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Approval of a Resolution in Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. - Lenoir-Rhyne University (“LRU”), in conjunction with the Catawba County Property Development Corporation (“CCPCD”) is working to develop and establish a health sciences initiative at the university. The specific initiative is a physician assistant’s program. As part of the collaboration with LRU, the CCPDC will purchase land and a building and then lease the building to LRU to up fit. LRU will house the physician’s assistants program in the building. The program will serve health sciences students, interns, and graduates from other institutions who’ve enrolled in the program. The City of Hickory and Catawba County have committed to contributing $100,000 each to the CCPDC in support of the collaborative LRU health sciences initiative. The City will pay the $100,000 in $20,000 contribution over five (5) years. Staff recommends Council adopt the Resolution of Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014

This Agenda is about the Hickory City Council meeting that took place on the date listed above. City council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each Month in the Council Chambers of the Julian Whitener building.

At right of this page under Main Information links is an Hickory's City Website link. If you click on that link, it takes you to our city’s website, at the left of the page you will see the Agenda's and Minutes link you need to click. This will give you a choice of PDF files to upcoming and previous meetings.

You will find historic Agenda and Minutes links. Agendas show what is on the docket for the meeting of that date. The Minutes is an actual summary of the proceedings of the meeting of that date. You can also look in the upper right hand corner of the front page of the Hickory Hound and (will soon) find the link to the past history of Hickory City Newsletters.

Here is a summary of the agenda of the meeting. There were a couple of important items that were discussed at this meeting and the details are listed further below:

Please remember that pressing Ctrl and + will magnify the text and page and pressing Ctrl and - will make the text and page smaller. This will help the readability for those with smaller screens and/or eye difficulties.

City Website has changed - Here is a link to the City of Hickory Document Center: 

City Council Agenda - December 2, 2014 

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Hound Notes: Last Tuesday's Special City Council meeting related to the Bond Referendum and future oversight committee was plenty interesting. If you didn't see anything about it, here's the link.  Newsletter about the Special City Council meeting of November 25, 2014 


*** Just curious about Hickory Inc. paying taxes on the Southern Desk property (Budget Item J.4) $10,500. Is the just a Paper/Accounting entry to settle the books on unpaid taxes.

*** In Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. Looks like a heavy investment from the City. Hope there will be specific goals attached to this investment. Hope we will be told how this investment will specifically benefit the community. I do agree that such endeavors are needed to address the poor overall health of the community. That is what the Gallup-Healthway study points to and that is what the Hound prescribed, along with Dr. Jody Inglefield in the 21st Century platform created a year and a half ago.


The Complete "Platform for a 21st Century Hickory"
3) National Studies and Surveys - that rank us seriously low.  Expedite processes to study how they came to their conclusions and what we need to do to correct the circumstances; including contacting those who created and implemented the study to get their thoughts on what it would take to address the negative issues.  We need to look at improving every year, not regressing or responding to these scientific surveys. 

4) An Agenda on Health and Wellness...  The Gallup-Healthway study is a prime example of a valid scientific study that casts a negative light on Hickory. How do we address what this study finds? Dr. Jody Inglefield admits that he doesn't have all of the answers, buts says that is why we need local health professionals to weigh in, but what does stand out is the negative issues this community faces involving health.
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Invocation by Rev. Jay Robison, Pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church

Election of Mayor Pro Tempore for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to NC General Statute §160A-70 and Section 2-54 of the Hickory City Code.

Appointment of a City Attorney for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to the Hickory City Code, Section 4.151 of the Charter.


Consent Agenda:
A. Call for a Public Hearing – For Consideration of Rezoning Petition 14-02. (Authorize Public Hearing for December 16, 2014)

B. Call for a Public Hearing – For Consideration of Text Amendment (TA) 14-03. (Authorize Public Hearing for December 16, 2014)

C. Call for a Public Hearing – For Consideration of Voluntary Contiguous Annexation of Property Located at 1704 30th Avenue Court NE, Owned by Clay and Catherine Franklin. (Authorize Public Hearing for December 16, 2014)

D. Call for a Public Hearing – For Consideration of Closing a Portion of 3rd Street SE, and Two Unopened Right of Ways as Shown on Plat Book 14, at Page 78, Catawba County Registry. (Authorize Public Hearing for January 6, 2015)

E. Approval of Art Exhibit Policy that Allows Hickory Public Library to Exhibit Art from Local Artist. - Library staff requests approval of an Art Exhibit Policy, including an Art Exhibit Application, and Release Form. This would permit local artists to showcase their paintings in a large open wall space in the main meeting room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The room has been painted and an art wall hanging system has been installed. The recommended policy, application, and release form have been approved by the Deputy City Attorney Arnita Dula, Risk Manager Todd Shoebridge, and the Library Advisory Board. Library staff recommends approval by City Council.

F. Approval to Apply for EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant Funding for Petroleum and Hazardous Material in the amount of $400,000. - The Brownfield Assessment Grant program provides grants of up to $400,000 to assess environmental contamination and conduct redevelopment planning activities at Brownfield sites. The City has received this funding in 2007 and 2012, and currently has a very robust Brownfield Program that aims to redevelop these sites throughout the community with a focus on the Urban Revitalization Area. The Brownfield Advisory Group has recommended that the City apply for additional assessment funding to continue the momentum of the City’s current grant which will be completed in mid-2015. Grant funding will enable the City to continue its Brownfield program, and this funding has played a vital role in the redevelopment of numerous sites in the City. There is no required match to apply for the grant. These funds will help leverage additional private investment at targeted Brownfield sites. Staff recommends City Council authorize staff to apply for EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding for Petroleum and Hazardous Materials in the amount of $400,000.

G. Approval of a North Carolina Department of Transportation Utility Relocation Agreement for the Replacement of the Bridge located on 29th Avenue NE. - Staff requests approval of a Utility Relocation Agreement between the City of Hickory and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the relocation of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure adjacent to bridge 34 on 29th Avenue NE at 5th Street Place NE, estimated cost $55,500. The bridge has to be replaced to meet current standards of roadway construction, and will be replaced with a box culvert in lieu of a bridge. The City has water and sanitary sewer infrastructure that are located within the NCDOT right of way along 29th Avenue NE by way of an encroachment agreement. Encroachment agreements require the utility owner to bear the cost of relocating lines as necessary to accommodate construction or maintenance of the roadway as it becomes necessary. The estimated project price for the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department is $55,500. This project will be funded through the annual Public Utilities Capital Budget in the appropriate year, anticipated to be FY 2015-2016. Staff recommends Council approval of the agreement.

H. Approval of a North Carolina Department of Transportation Revised Municipal Agreement for the Replacement of the Bridge located on 29th Avenue NE. - The Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the replacement of the bridge located on 29th Avenue NE was revised due to legislative changes enacted this year. The E-Verify requirements have been removed from the agreement. Staff recommends approval of the revised Municipal Agreement with North Carolina Department of Transportation.

I. Adoption of a Resolution Certifying and Declaring the Results of the Special Bond Referendum and Approval of Statement of Results of the Special Bond Referendum held November 4, 2014. - At the November 4, 2014 Special Bond Referendum, a total of 26,854 registered and qualified voters of the City of Hickory, North Carolina were eligible to vote. For the $25,000,000 General Obligation Streets and Sidewalks Bonds, the number of voters who voted “Yes” was 6,924 and the total number of voters who voted “No” was 4,610. For the $15,000,000 General Obligation Economic Development Bonds, the number of voters who voted “Yes” was 6,402 and the total number of voters who voted “No” was 5,139. Both General Obligation Bonds were approved by the majority of voters who voted in the November 4, 2014 Special Bond Referendum. Staff recommends Council approve a statement of results of the Special Bond Referendum and adopt a Resolution to certify and declare the results of the Special Bond Referendum on the bond order authorizing the issuance of $25,000,000 General Obligation Streets and Sidewalks Bonds and on the bond order authorizing the issuance of $15,000,000 General Obligation Economic Development Bonds.

J. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 11.
1. To budget a $25 Library donation in the Library books line item. This donation is by Mr. and Mrs. Pope Shuford in memory of Marcus Lentz.
2. To budget a total of $185 of donations in the Youth Council expenditure line item. Donations in the amounts of $145 and $40 will be used to purchase supplies for the Youth Council’s holiday service projects.
3. To appropriate $3,453 of Miscellaneous Revenue Funds to the Fire Department’s Departmental Supply line item. These funds are from the sale of scrap metal to Mountain Recycling.
4. To transfer $11,500 of General Fund Contingency to the Public Buildings Capital Land line item. This amendment is necessary to pay taxes on the old Southern Desk building.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Approval of a Resolution in Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. - Lenoir-Rhyne University (“LRU”), in conjunction with the Catawba County Property Development Corporation (“CCPCD”) is working to develop and establish a health sciences initiative at the university. The specific initiative is a physician assistant’s program. As part of the collaboration with LRU, the CCPDC will purchase land and a building and then lease the building to LRU to up fit. LRU will house the physician’s assistants program in the building. The program will serve health sciences students, interns, and graduates from other institutions who’ve enrolled in the program. The City of Hickory and Catawba County have committed to contributing $100,000 each to the CCPDC in support of the collaborative LRU health sciences initiative. The City will pay the $100,000 in $20,000 contribution over five (5) years. Staff recommends Council adopt the Resolution of Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Newsletter about the Special City Council meeting of November 25, 2014

Hound Notes: The meeting was well attended, but it was attended by the usual suspects. What was presented was polished and sounds like a good start. There was no bravado about the political process involving the bonds. I think that Hickory Inc. does understand that the public overwhelmingly supported what they proposed and now the onus is on them to bring results. 

What is proposed below from this meeting would squarely engage the public and bring forward a process of transparency. Let's hope that we see an oversight committee that will represent all of Hickory and engage all of Hickory. It would definitely be a step forward.

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Discussions relating to the implementation of Hickory NC's $40 million Bond Referendum. You can follow along with the handouts that were given at the meeting.

1) Bond Project Implementation Process
2) Changing Community Perception -MindMixer Software
3) The Citizen Committee - Oversight Committee

The meeting ended with a brief discussion by architect Scott Mitchell about the Parking Deck being built at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. A change order is necessitated due to unfavorable soil conditions.

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 Bond Project Implementation Process




Changing Community Perception -MindMixer Software





The Citizen Committee - Oversight Committee







The meeting ended with a brief discussion by architect Scott Mitchell about the Parking Deck being built at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. A change order is necessitated due to unfavorable soil conditions