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Here is a summary of the agenda of the 2/5/2012 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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City Council Agenda - February 5, 2013 - (33MB PDF)
Invocation by Rev. Charles Kyker, Pastor Christ Church
A. (3:30) Presentation of Deputy City Clerk Sarah Prencipe and Administration of Oath of Office
B. (5:25) Presentation by Mr. Mack McLeod, Parks and Recreation Director, Zahra Baker Playground - The Playground is featured in the Playword Systems product catalog featuring public playgrounds including school, public park, community private, and inclusive playgrounds. Mack showed slides related to the playground and read information provided about the playground in the catalog. The Zahra Playground is listed as an inclusive playground. Mack passed out the catalogs to City Council members. 375,000 of these catalogs are being distributed.
(11:55) - The Mayor made a motion to allow Citizens to address items on the agenda.
(12:20) - the minutes of the Subcommittee on Citizen Input are approved.
Consent Agenda: (13:20)
A. Approval of a Transfer of a Cemetery Deed from Leslie Jo Stogner to Michael F. Gallagher in Oakwood Cemetery
B. Request Acceptance of the Fire House Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant for Two Thermal Imaging Cameras, in the amount of $14,200. - The City of Hickory Fire Department identified a grant process that had not been utilized for some time in the department. Captain Todd Frizsell developed and wrote a grant which was submitted on November 19, 2012. The Fire House Subs Public Safety Foundation notified Captain Frizsell on January 2, 2013 that the Hickory Fire Department had received the grant for the two thermal imaging cameras, which are valued at $14,200. These cameras will be used on engine companies as a tool that will allow firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke and darkness. These cameras will help firefighters find victims, locate hotspots, and recognize potential structural dangers.
C. Request Approval to Submit a Proposal for Funding Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Alarms, Safe T Elements through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Fire Fighters Fire Prevention and Safety Grant for 2012. - The City of Hickory Fire Department request approval to submit a grant to the 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant process for acquiring smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, Safe T elements, and a part-time position to continue one of the department’s life safety programs. The grant request is for $59,205, of which 10% matching funds, $5,920, is expected to be provided by the City. These matching funds will be taken from the fire department’s Departmental Supply line item account. The alarm program offers residents of Hickory a means to obtain alarms; it also provides an opportunity for the department to provide a higher level of awareness of the hazards and risks in residential occupancies.
D. Special Event/Activities Application for Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2013, Connie Kincaid, Hickory Downtown Development Association, from October 11 – 13, 2013 from blocks with the boundaries of 3rd Street NW, Government Avenue SW, Center Street and 2nd Avenue NW.
E. Special Event/Activities Application for Charity Chase Half Marathon, Mandy Pitts, Charity Chase Half Marathon Committee Co-Chair, on June 1, 2013, 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 13.1 miles in Hickory with start and finish on Main Avenue between 3rd Street and 4th Street NW.
F. Special Event/Activities Application for Hickory Youth Council Anti-Bullying Concert, David Leonetti, Community Development Manager, on April 26, 2013, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Union Square. Various teen bands will be performing.
G. Proclamation for Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23, 2013.
H. Approval of a Request from the Hickory Metro Sports Commission to Relocate the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame to Highland Recreation Center at Stanford Park. - The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame is organized and managed by the Hickory Metro Sports Commission. The Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 2001, was originally located at Catawba Valley Community College and is presently housed at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame currently has 52 members displayed and has outgrown its current location. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Board of Directors, request the City of Hickory’s permission to relocate the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame to Highland Recreation Center. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission would provide all plaques and signage, with Parks and Recreation staff only being responsible for installation of the plaques. The Parks and Recreation Commission considered and approved the requests at their January 8, 2013 meeting.
I. Call for a Public Hearing – Contiguous Voluntary Annexation of 2.88 Acres of Street Right-of-Way located at 13th Avenue Drive SE and 21st Street Lane SE, Hickory. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
J. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-01 for the Property Located at 330 21st Street SE. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
K. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-02 for the Property Located at 526 17th Street NW. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
L. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-03 for the Properties Located at 1425 3rd Street Place NE, adjacent vacant lot, and 339-345 14th Avenue NE. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
M. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-04 for the Property Located at 2206 Tate Boulevard SE. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
N. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-05 for the Properties Located at 3661 16th Street NE, 3703 16th Street NE, and 1515 Cloninger Mill Road. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
O. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-06 for the Property Located at the Northeast Corner of the Intersection of Cloninger Mill Road NE and North Center Street (NC 127). (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
P. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-07 for the Property Located at the Southeast Corner of 29th Avenue Drive NE and 16th Street NE. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
Q. Call for a Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-08 for the Property Located at 2633 Springs Road NE. (Authorize Public Hearing for February 19, 2013)
R. Approval of an Inter-Local Contract for Cooperative Purchasing through the Houston- Galveston Area Council (HGAC) located in Houston, Texas.- The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), located in Houston, Texas, has provided participating municipalities throughout North Carolina and the United States the opportunity to purchase items through an inter-local contract of cooperative purchasing. The HGAC has provided products awarded by virtue of a public competitive bid process for over 30 years. They specialize in products utilized by public safety, public works, and communications. Their process gives government entities access to volume purchasing and discounts.
S. Resolution Approving an Installment Financing Contract and a Deed of Trust on the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Plant with PNC Bank for $9.9 Million @ 2.27% Interest For a Term of 15 Years.
T. Budget Ordinance Amendment No. 12.
1. To budget $390 of Library donations from several donors in the Library Books line item.
2. To budget a $2,000 Library donation from Friends of the Library in the Programming line item ($1,000) and in the Audio Visual line item ($1,000).
3. To appropriate $2,873 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 DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) T-shirts for the students who are completing the DARE programs in the Hickory City School System. Funds are made available to the Police Department from the State and remain in General Fund Balance until appropriated.
New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. (14:25) Approval of Historic Preservation Fund Grant Application for (former) Ridgeview Public Library in the amount of $13,579. - As a Certified Local Government, the City of Hickory and nonprofits within the city are eligible to apply for grants from the State of North Carolina to undertake a variety of different projects to advance historic preservation in communities throughout the State. Inter-Faith Housing Development Corporation plans to apply for a grant to assist in their restoration of the (former) Ridgeview Public Library for use as a community meeting space and history center. The estimated project cost is $22,632. The grant request is for $13,579 with the additional $9,053 in local match funds coming from Inter-faith Housing Development Corporation funds. No additional funding from the City of Hickory is required for the grant project. However, City approval is required for the application to move forward because the project is located within the City’s jurisdiction.
2. (27:45) Approval of Vacant Building Revitalization and Demolition Grant Agreement for LNBC, LLC in the Amount of $20,000. - City Council established the Vacant Building Revitalization and Demolition Grant program on September 16, 2008. The program was modified in late 2011 and provides funding up to $20,000 to projects seeking to demolish deteriorated commercial and industrial buildings. LNBC, LLC has applied for a Vacant Building Revitalization Grant in the amount of $20,000 to assist in the demolition of the former Regency Motel located at 483 Hwy 70 SW. After demolition, the applicant will market the property for future development. The Business Development Committee reviewed the application and voted to recommend approval at their January 16, 2013 meeting.
3. (33:05) Approval and Acceptance of Bid and Award of Construction Contract to Advanced Development Concepts, LLC (ADC) for the Horseford Creek 20-Inch Waterline Replacement/Relocation Project (COH-PPUD 13-004) in the amount of $579,845. - The Public Utilities Division annually identifies infrastructure in need of replacement or rehabilitation, as appropriate, as a component of the Department’s sustainability programs. The Horseford Creek waterline is a 20-inch waterline which was installed in the early 1950’s. This waterline is one of the main water transmission mains for the City of Hickory as this waterline serves two elevated water storage tanks that serve a large portion of the City of Hickory Public Utilities Division’s service area. Staff recommends acceptance of bid and award of the construction contract to Advanced Development Concepts, LLC (ADC) in the amount of $579,845 for the Horseford Creek 20-Inch waterline replacement/relocation project. This is a budgeted project in FY 12-13 Capital
Budget for the Public Utilities Division.
4. (41:30) Quarterly Financial Report
● Resolution Approving an Installment Financing Contract and a Deed of Trust on the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Plant with PNC Bank for $9.9 Million @ 2.27% Interest For a Term of 15 Years. Second Reading is required to meet Local Government Commissions’ timeline for approval.
Citizens Requesting to be Heard
(56:05) Jimmy Davis says he is glad to see something done for the Ridgeview community and asks questions about the expansion of the current Ridgeview Library. He wants to know when that will be back to the forefront. He wants to know who is going to get the contracts to do the work on the Old Ridgeview Library. He wants the monies to be kept local.
The Hound - Not really much to say about this meeting. Warren's presentation shows that the Hickory community is still basically at a standstill. We can see that the Real Estate/Property Depression is not improving. We can see that the promotion/talking point of low property taxes is what is continuing to be touted, but it is obvious that this has not improved the community. We all know that the decimation of our manufacturing base is what has created the existing conditions. Private Enterprise is what will have to bring that back, but government (especially local) is going to have to create the conditions necessary to help facilitate the necessary conditions and processes to move forward towards a manufacturing renaissance.