This newsletter is about the Hickory City Council meeting that I attended this past week. City council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each Month in the Council Chambers of the Julian Whitener building.
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Here is a summary of the agenda of the 12/1/2009 meeting. There were a couple of important items that were discussed at this meeting and the details are listed further below
Invocation by Alderman Danny Seaver
Recognition of Retiring Ward 4 Alderwoman Z. Ann Hoyle - Audio of Ms. Hoyle's recognition and speech - Hickory Daily Record Article
The Hound felt this was a fitting tribute to a lady who has represented her community and constituency very well over the past 18 years. The Mayor's presentation was excellent and you could see that his admiration came from the heart. Mr. Guess will have some big shoes to fill. Ms. Hoyle may not be the greatest orator in the world, but what she has said has always been on point and gets to the heart of the matter. To me this is not a racial issue. It is an issue of fairness and if Hank comes at these issues with Fairness in mind, then he will be successful and in getting to know Hank, I do believe that is what is in his heart. I would truly like to thank Ms. Hoyle, because I believe she has represented Hickory in an excellent manner and we should all be forever thankful for that. If there were a Hickory Hall of Fame, she certainly would deserve to be bestowed such an honor.
Oaths of Office Ceremony (There will be a short break following the ceremony)
Election of Mayor Pro Tempore for Calendar Year 2010 Pursuant to NC General Statues §260A-70 and Section 2-54 of the Hickory City Code - Alderman Brad Lail was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tempore
Appointment of a City Attorney for Calendar Year 2010 Pursuant to the Hickory City Code, Section 4.151 of the Charter - Attorney John Crone was unanimously elected as City Attorney
Presentation by John Rambo Thanking City Council for Their Support of the Hickory Community Theatre Along With an Invitation to Celebrate the Theatre’s 60th Anniversary - This is an annual presentation by the HCT. Mr. Rambo thanked the City for the use of the old City Hall. Mr. Rambo introduced the subject of the 60th Anniversary Booklet that was made available at this meeting, entitled 60 Years of History - a Photo Diary of Hickory Community Theatre (This is a neat little magazine style booklet).
Mr. Rambo then turned over the Microphone to Jeff Mingus turned over the mic to Jeff Mingus. Mr. Mingus is the official historian of the HCT and he is a board member and the treasurer. He explained that he started out by volunteering as a "drink pourer" at presentation. He maintains the theater archive. He mentioned the wealth of documents saved by Charles Jeffers and pam Livingstone. He talked about some gaps that are missing and he encourages people who have participated in HCT projects to write them down and submit them to HCT so that they will have a more thorough history of the Theatre in Hickory -- he wants to develop a wikipedia style History of the Hickory Community Theater.
Special pre show videos will be presented before HCT events that will represent each decade of the HCTs history. These presentations will be made at HCT events throughout the upcoming year. He spoke about the HCT 60th anniversary event that took place this past October 25, 2009. Mr. Mingus then introduced the initial pre show video.
Presentation Audio of the founding up through the 1950s
The Hound feels that this was an excellent presentation I believe our arts society is excellent for a community of this size. The presentation that was put together tonight was excellent. I hope that they will youtube this video, because it was an excellent historical perspective of how the HCT was developed and what it has done for this community over the last 60 years.
The Hickory Community Theater Mission Statement - We intend to create an artistically adventurous environment that attracts and excites diverse members of the community by providing an expanded understanding of life through the art of quality theatre.
Accept and Enter Into Minutes Certification of Votes From November 3, 2009 Election From the Catawba County Board of Elections
Mayor Rudy Wright 1923 95.72%
Write-In 86 4.28%
Ward 4 Hank Guess 1586 70.40%
Z. Ann Hoyle 658 29.21%
Write-In 9 0.40%
Ward 5 Sally M. Fox 1753 97.23%
Write-In 50 2.77%
Ward 6 Jill Patton 1422 66.23%
Harry Hipps 721 33.58%
Write-In 4 0.19%
Approve Submission of 2010 Urgent Repair Program Application for Funding to the NC Housing Finance Agency - The City of Hickory is required to submit an application for funding for the 2010 Urgent Repair Program to the NC Housing Finance Agency by December 12, 2009 and will apply for $75,000 in funds. These program funds will be utilized to assist a minimum of nineteen eligible homes with urgently needed repairs in an amount not to exceed $5,000 per housing unit. The City will provide $37,500 in matching funds available from Rental Rehabilitation Program income and there is a $50 application fee. Staff recommends approval.
Approve Vacant Building Revitalization Grant “Operation No Vacancy” to Richard and Jill Noble and Timothy and Ronda Reid for Property Located at 588 11th Street, NW in the Amount of $2,171 - The Vacant Building Revitalization Grant Program was established by City Council in September, 2008 whereby the program provides matching funds up to $25,000 for projects seeking to renovate and rehabilitate vacant buildings and the demolition of substandard buildings. Mr. & Mrs. Noble and Mr. & Mrs. Reid have applied for such a grant in the amount of $2,171 to assist in the renovation of the facility for use by a hair salon. The property owners plan to install new windows and a new garage door along with parking lot expansion, new porch railing, plumbing upgrades and landscaping. The Redevelopment Committee reviewed the application and recommends approval. Due to time constraints, the applicants have requested two readings to be held on December 1, 2009; they need to vacant their current building within the month.
Approve Vacant Building Revitalization Grant “Operation No Vacancy” to Jack Sipe Construction for Property Located at 844 Highland Avenue, SE in the Amount of $23,000 - The Vacant Building Revitalization Grant Program was established by City Council in September, 2008 whereby the program provides matching funds up to $25,000 for projects seeking to renovate and rehabilitate vacant buildings and the demolition of substandard buildings. Jake Sipe Construction has applied for such a grant in the amount of $23,000 to assist in the renovation of the facility to use for general business use. The property owner plans to invest approximately $46,000 to renovate the exterior of the building, to include installation of new fascia, pave parking areas, landscape, repairs of two loading dock doors and to clean, re-point and repair the brick exterior. The Redevelopment Committee reviewed the application and recommends approval.
Approval of Community Relations Council Grant Recommendations for Fall 2009 - Requesting Agency - Project – Total Project Cost – Grant Request Amount – CRC Recommended Amount
Dayspring Ministries of Hickory - Parakleo’s Reading Enhancement Program – Resident children of Hickory (SE, SW) – Enhance reading skills for the children of the community. Purchase learning cd’s, books and listening centers - TPC-$31,600 GRA-$1,500 CRCRA - $500 – to purchase a listening center
Morning Star Summer Enrichment Camp - Enrich the Lives of Youth and Curb Summer Learning Loss – Area children who attend camp. Funds will be used to provide snacks at no additional cost to parents. Need copy paper, crayons and general supplies TPC-$5,137 GRA-$1,000 CRCRA-$1,000
Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry - Vision Screening and Prescription Eyeglasses - Low and moderate income uninsured residents of Hickory; vision screening and eye glasses for qualifying Hickory residents TPC-$75,000 GRA-$5,000 CRCRA-$1,050
Hickory Museum of Art - Torn from Home – Outreach for After School Project – 120 students, family and eventually 6500 visitors to exhibit, including a large number of children TPC-$13,790 GRA-$950 CRCRA-$950
Girls on the Run of Catawba Valley - Girls on the Run Scholarship – Girls ages 8-15 in Hickory schools. Qualified scholarship for eligible children of Hickory. Programming expenses for 75 children that would be unable to participate. TPC-$13,100 GRA-$1,500 CRCRA-$1,500
CVCC Foundation, Inc. Hickory 10 – Minority college students; assist minority college students to stay in college; Hickory 10 funds to assist minority students on a case by case basis: car repair, utilities, rent, medical, etc. TPC-$11,000 GRA-$1,000 CRCRA-$500
Hickory Community Theater - Rug-Bug Theatre @ HCT Bi-lingual Project – ESL students in elementary school; Bilingual Theater production for children and by children TPC-$7,300 GRA-$1,000 CRCRA-$500
CRCRA Total $6,000
Approve Resolution in Support of the National Park Service Locating its New Over mountain Victory National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitors Center Near Historic Quaker Meadows in Morganton, North Carolina
Approve Contribution to The David M. Lawrence Professorship With a Donation in the Amount of $2,500 - David M. Lawrence joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1968 and will be retiring in December 2009. Local Governments around the state are combining to raise $333,000 to establish a professorship at the Institute of Government in honor of Mr. Lawrence. David Lawrence has substantially contributed to the tradition of good, sound and open government in North Carolina. His legislative consulting has literally changed the way governments do business in the state. He drafted the original version of North Carolina’s open meetings law and comprehensive rewrite of general laws affecting county government and contributed to many laws dealing with local government finance, including tax increment finance legislation. Contributions from cities with a population similar to Hickory is $2,500. Staff recommends a donation in the amount of $2,500.
Budget Ordinance Amendment No. 11
1. To budget a $1,000 Library Donation from the North Carolina Community Foundation (Catawba Valley Community Foundation/Catawba Valley Unrestricted Endowment) and budget in the Library Departmental Supplies item to purchase equipment and software.
2. To appropriate $2,171 of General Fund Balance and budget in the Planning Department's Vacant Building Revitalization Grant line item. This appropriation provides matching funds to assist Richard and Jill Noble and Timothy and Rhonda Reid in their renovation of a building located at 588 11th Street NW. The applicants plan to invest approximately $2,171 in eligible project expenses to renovate the exterior of the building. Other improvements include parking lot expansion, installation of new windows, a new garage door, a new porch railing, plumbing upgrades and landscaping.
3. To appropriate $23,000 of General Fund Balance and budget in the Planning Department's Vacant Building Revitalization Grant line item. This appropriation provides matching funds to assist Jack Sipe Construction in their renovation of a building located at 844 Highland Ave. SE. Plans are to renovate the building for general business use. The applicant will invest approximately $46,000 to renovate the exterior of the building. In addition, the applicant will install new fascia, pave parking areas, landscape the area, repair two loading dock doors, and clean, and repair the brick exterior of the building.
4. To transfer $5,020 from the Police Department Capital Vehicles line item to the M/A Com Radio System project equipment line item. This transfer is to pay for the purchase of a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for the new radio system. To transfer $5,020 from the Police Department Capital Vehicles line item to the M/A Com Radio System project. This transfer is to pay for the purchase of a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for the new radio system.
5. To appropriate $30,000 of General Fund Balance and transfer to the Stormwater Fund-Other Professional Services line item. This appropriation is to fund a contract with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments for assistance in development and implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase ll public education and outreach program.
Report of Alderwoman Hoyle’s Travel to the 2009 Congress of Cities & Exposition in San Antonio, TX From November 9 – 15, 2009; hotel - $1,569.12; airfare - $437.70; registration - $1,020; per diem - $283.50; other expenses - $102
Report of Alderwoman Patton’s Travel to the 2009 Brownfields Conference in New Orleans, LA From November 14 – 18, 2009; hotel – 609.16; airfare - $237.70; per diem - $253; other expenses - $93 (Alderwoman to reimburse City $40 toward per diem expenses)
New Business: - Departmental Reports:
1. Approve Purchase of Replacement Fire Engine 7 and Award Bid to Vendor Who Meets Required Specifications Set Forth by the Hickory Fire Department - The Hickory Fire Department requests City Council to approve the purchase of replacing Fire Engine 7, which was originally purchased in 1993. In order to meet the deadline to purchase this equipment prior to December 15, 2009, staff had not yet received bids (at the time of Council Agenda preparation) from vendors due to the City’s Invitation to Bid did not go out until November 18, 2009. Official bid opening was conducted on November 30, 2009. Due to a December 2009 deadline for ordering a fire apparatus with a 2007 compliant diesel emission engine, staff requests two readings be held on December 1, 2009 to meet the chassis and engine order deadline. Bid tabulation and bids will be available to City Council on December 1, 2009 for consideration. Funds have been budgeted for this item in FY 2009-10. Deputy Fire Chief George Byers made the presentation and explained why there was only one bid. His summary basically showed that the costs of this equipment ($487,886) is in line with other similar equipment purchased in the area. Those units were purchased in Rocky Mount and Charlotte. One of the reasons behind the second reading is because they want to beat the deadline of new emission standards, set for 2010, that will increase the price of this equipment by over $30,000. The Mayor asked why the Chief thought there was only one bid? Chief Byers stated that one company is Illinois didn't bid because the body configuration does not work well with their engine. Anchor-Richey, highly recommends the unit being purchased. The other dealer is in between franchise agreement, so they couldn't make any agreements on contracts that would beat the deadline. The Metrolina dealer is tied up in equipment with Charlotte and probably can't handle a deal with supplying any more equipment at this time. Chief Byers further explained the fine service that has been supplied by this company in the past. He says that they are very reliable. The Council gave unanimous consent.
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