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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of October 2, 2012

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.

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.

Here is a summary of the agenda of the 8/21/2012 meeting. There were a couple of important items that were discussed at this meeting and the details are listed further below:

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 Invocation by Pastor Jay Robinson of Viewmomnt Baptist Church

Special Presentations
A. Presentation and Administration of Oath of Office to Deputy Chief Fred Hollar - (From the City Information Officer) - (2:15)
“I feel fortunate that we have a person of Chief Hollar’s character and experience. He is well known and well respected through out the community. His vision and relationships with our partners in emergency services make him uniquely qualified to lead our excellent professional fire fighters,” said City Manager, Mick Berry.

Chief Hollar started working for the fire department after graduating from Hickory High School and has been dedicated to his career since day one. He brings over 45 years of experience and dedication to his new position. Two of his many major accomplishments include developing the City of Hickory Disaster Plan and developing a comprehensive 15-year plan for the Hickory Fire Department, including station locations, apparatus placement, purchase, and cost projections for planned facilities, including personnel resources for growth.

“I look forward to serving as the Fire Chief for the City of Hickory and serving with all the dedicated men and women within our department and throughout the city,” said Chief Hollar. “Delivering core services to the community is a team-oriented experience. We in the Hickory Fire Department realize this as our base philosophy. We will work hard to train our department to meet the needs of the community so each and every member can respond to any incident where help is needed.” Chief Hollar added, “Two words—responsibility and accountability—will define our department as we move into another management team.”

Chief Hollar brings a background of extensive experience in Fire Sciences, Fire Service, and Operations, encompassing areas of expertise in Management of Emergency Services, Community Fire Safety and Prevention, Fire Suppression, Emergency Management, Fire Investigations, Training, hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services, Administration, Budgeting, Equipment Safety and Performance, Rules and Regulations, Aircraft Rescue Services, and Diversity.

Chief Hollar is very active in developing and initiating programs not only for the department, but for the county and state, as well. He has extensive knowledge of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Center, which are used on a daily basis for the City.

The City of Hickory’s Fire Chief Thomas Alexander retired after 45 years of combined service with two fire departments. Chief Hollar was previously working as the Deputy Fire Chief for over 23 years. Chief Hollar and Chief Alexander share the same objectives on how the Hickory Fire Department should operate and how best to achieve those objectives.

Additionally, Chief Hollar understands how to communicate and motivate coworkers to get the job accomplished. He has the ability to establish and maintain effective communications and rapport with fellow staff, clients, and management, plus the various private federal and local entities that are affiliated with fire services.

In addition to his responsibilities as the Fire Chief, he serves on a variety of boards and commissions within the City, county, and state. Chief Hollar’s ability to establish positive, strong work relationships and his open and positive personality has enabled him to maintain an effective and efficient performance in a conscientious manner throughout his years working with the Fire Department. His dedication to the City of Hickory Fire Department is an asset that will continue to be a benefit in his new role as the Hickory Fire Chief.

B. Presentation of Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week to Chief Fred Hollar
Whereas the City of Hickory is committed to ensuring safety and security of all those living in and visiting our city; whereas home fires killed more than 2,600 people in the United States in 2010 and fire departments in the United states responded to more than 369,000 home fires; Whereas residence who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are prepared and therefore will be more likely to survive a fire; Whereas only one third of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan and whereas working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half; whereas Hickory's first responders are dedicated to reducing and preventing Hickory home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; whereas the 2012 fire prevention week theme, “Have two ways out."  effectively serves to remind us to develop and practice a home fire escape plan through fire prevention week and year round;   Therefore the Hickory City Council does hereby proclaim the Week of October 7 – 13, 2011 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Hickory .

Proposal introduced by the Mayor outside of the constructs of the agenda 

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of October 2, 2012 - Addendum on the CEG proposals - Proposal introduced by the Mayor outside of the constructs of the agenda
Consent Agenda:
A. Approval of Jeffrey Don Boggs to the Hickory Fire Department Local Relief and Supplemental Retirement Board of Trustees. - The Fire Department Board of Trustees Local Relief and Supplemental Retirement Board consist of five (5) members. The five members consist of (1) appointed by the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner (2) appointed by Mayor and Council, (2) elected by the fire department membership. The purpose of the board is to administer the disbursement of funds received from the State of North Carolina Department of Insurance for local firefighter relief and supplemental retirement programs. As of September 7, 2012, Deputy Fire Chief George Byers submitted a letter to Fire Chief Tom Alexander giving notice of leave from the appointed position by December 31, 2012. This is to ensure that a sufficient amount of notification is given to appoint a new board member.

B. Approval of acceptance of a bullet proof vest grant in the amount of $10,150 to the Hickory Police Department to assist in funding the purchase of bulletproof vests for police officers. - This grant will pay up to 50% of the cost of NIJ approved vests purchased by Hickory Police Department. Thirty vests have been requested at an estimated price of $675 for each vest. Monies are placed in the Police Department budget uniform line item annually to purchase vests for police officers. Life expectancy of each vest is approximately five years. The City’s match is already budgeted in the annual budget.

C. Approval of proclamation for Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hampton Shuford Day, October 7, 2012.

D. Approval of proclamation for Red Ribbon Week, the week of October 23 through October 31, 2012.

E. Special Event/Activities Application for Girls on the Run, Nancy Mitchell, Operations Director, YMCA, December 8, 2012 at L.P. Frans Stadium, from 7:00 am until 12:00pm.

F. Special Event/Activities Application for Crawdads 2012 Fall Fling, Matt Moes, Director of Special Events, Hickory Crawdads, November 10, 2012 at L.P. Frans Stadium, from 9:30am until 2:00pm.

G. Special Event/Activities Application for Enterprise Company Picnic, Matt Moes, Director of Special Events, Hickory Crawdads, October 27, 2012 at L.P. Frans Stadium, from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

H. Special Event/Activities Application for Peelin’ Eatin’ & Politican, Lindsay Keisler, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, this event is for a Legislative Shrimp Boil, at L.P. Frans Stadium, October 25, 2012, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

I. Transfer of Cemetery Deed from City of Hickory to Sharon Widder Kenz in Oakwood Cemetery

J. Transfer of Cemetery Deed from City of Hickory to Terri S. Hammons in Oakwood Cemetery

K. Transfer of Cemetery Deed from City of Hickory to Pam Connelly in Fairview Cemetery

L. Approval of moving the regular scheduled Council Meeting of November 6, 2012 to Monday, November 5, 2012 due to the National Election day being held on November 6, 2012.

M. Budget Ordinance Amendment # 4.
1. To appropriate $1,974 of General Fund Balance (Funds reserved from the State of North Carolina Un-Authorized Substance Tax revenue) and budget in the Police Department's Departmental Supplies line item. This amendment is necessary to purchase items for the School Resource Officers to teach DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the school system for FY12-13. Funds are made available to the Police Department from the State and remain in General Fund Balance until appropriated.

2. To transfer $8,779 of General Fund Contingency and $8,779 of Water and Sewer Contingency to the Stormwater Fund-Stormwater System line item. These transfers are necessary to pay the contractor for additional work done on the 8th St. Ct. NE culvert replacement project. The additional work is due to the
significant amount of existing underground utilities that the contractor had to work around.

3. To appropriate $109 of Local Government Revenue received for the month of August 2012 and budget in the Police Department Overtime line item. This payment is revenue that funds a portion of an Officers time spent when accompanying involuntary commitment patients.

4. To budget a $3,416 insurance claim check from Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company in the Police Department Maintenance and Repair of Buildings line item. This insurance claim check is payment for lightening damage to the Police Department Firing Range.

5. To transfer $10,150 from the Police Departments Uniforms line item to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Project. The United States Department of Justice awarded the City of Hickory a $10,150 Federal Grant to pay up to 50% of the costs of National Institute of Justice approved vests. There is a 50% required local match which is funded from the Police Departments Uniforms line item; therefore a budget amendment is necessary.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Inspiring Spaces update, Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt - (14:50)

Community Input Phase - Meetings with different City groups and other organizations such as DOT. They will have meetings in each quadrant. City staff will hold a meeting with every group, including council,  in January.

 Quotes below are from the advisory committee.

Ms. Surratt showed various pictures of locations in the city.

Corridors that are being looked at

(First Pass)

(Second Pass)

Looking for Public Private partnership. How does our character define our community.

 2. Grace Chapel Road update, Public Services Director Chuck Hansen - (37:50) - Connects Grace Chapel Road to the WalMart complex near Granite Falls. It is meant to keep traffic off of Highway 321 and to create some industrial properties through a partnership between the Caldwell County Economic Development Corporation, the City of Hickory, Granite Falls, and MDI in Caldwell County. There are 9 preliminary buildings designed for this developed land consisting of 1,000,000 square feet. Utilities will be the next issue addressed. Properties are zoned Office and Industrial.

3. Hickory’s brand initiative “Life. Well Crafted.” began a year ago and many strides have been made over the last 12 months. Communications Director and Brand Manager Mandy Pitts will review year one and give an update on some exciting new marketing tools and strategies. (51:30)

The Branding website has be rebranded as Hickory Well Crafted from the former Start something here. This site has been changing daily. One story from the site is related to businesses that have been located in Hickory for 75+ years.

Logos of various entities located in the area meant to display a consistent theme.

This advertising was in an US Airways magazine in September during the time that the Democrat National Convention was taking place.

The following is a snapshot of priorities heading into year two.

The vision looking ahead.

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