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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Agenda about the City Council meeting of August 20, 2013

This Agenda is about the Hickory City Council meeting that will take 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.

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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:

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Hickory City Council Agenda - August 20, 2013

Invocation by Rev. Bob Shoffner, Retired Lutheran Pastor

Special Presentations
A. Presentation of the Carolina Cycle Challenge
B. Business Well Crafted Award: Lenoir Rhyne University
C. Announcement of a Community Gift to the City

Persons Requesting to Be Heard

Consent Agenda:
A. Call for Public Hearing - For the Consideration of Voluntary Satellite Annexation of Property Located at 2633 Springs Road NE, Hickory, Containing 1.675 Acres (Authorize Public Hearing for September 3, 2013)

B. Transfer of Cemetery Deed from Robert T. Link and wife, Heather Dawn Link and Travis W. McLeod and wife, Sonya McLeod to Robert George Hadley and wife, Elaine Verbyla Hadley in Oakwood Cemetery

C. Approval to Declare as Surplus Vehicle Emergency Equipment and Donate to the Cooksville Volunteer Fire Department. - Hickory Police Department is removing four police vehicles from the vehicle fleet that have reached the end of useful life. The emergency equipment including light bars and sirens have been removed from these vehicles and are no longer of use to the department. Staff request approval to donate four light bars, four light bar control units, four siren box control units and four siren speaker units to the Cooksville Volunteer Fire Department which is a nonprofit  organization.  Public Notice advertised on August 14, 2013 in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory Area.

D. Request from Hickory Police Department to Award Police Badge and Service Weapon to Retiring Deputy Chief Clyde Deal. - By authority of NC General Statute §20-187.2, City Council may award the service weapon and police badge to retiring Deputy Chief Clyde Deal upon his retirement from Hickory Police Department on September 1, 2013 after completing 30 years of qualifying service with Hickory Police Department. Upon approval from City Council, the police badge and service weapon will be declared surplus and removed from the City’s fixed asset inventory.

E. Approval of a Resolution and Lease Agreement Between the City of Hickory and the State of North Carolina Forest Services for Hanger W2 Located on the West Ramp of the Hickory Regional Airport. - The North Carolina Forest Service desires to lease the entire hangar/office space of
Hangar W2 for a period of ten years with the mutual option to renew said lease for one additional five year term. The rate will be $6,416.67 per month for the first year, every year thereafter during the term of said lease the rate will increase $2,000 per year to include any five year renewal term. Public Notice advertised on August 10, 2013 in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory Area.

 Informational Items
A. Report of Mayor Wright’s Travel to attend a Meeting with the North Carolina League of Municipalities on August 5, 2013 (mileage - $195.49).

New Business - Public Hearings
1. Voluntary Satellite Annexation of Property Located at 1076 Fox Chase Drive containing .42 acres. - Crystal Kuhar has submitted a petition for the voluntary satellite annexation of .42 acres of property located in the Fox Chase Subdivision off Sandy Ford Road in Catawba County. The petitioner requested annexation in order to connect to the City of Hickory’s sanitary sewer system. The property currently serves as Ms. Kuhar’s primary residence. This public hearing was advertised on August 9, 2013 in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Vacant Building Revitalization and Demolition Grant Agreement for ZLoop Knitting Mill, LLC. - The applicant ZLoop Knitting Mill, LLC, plans to spend $83,600 to demolish the former Walton Knitting Mill building located at 838 14th Street NE, Hickory. The grant program can reimburse up to $20,000 or 35 percent of eligible project costs, whichever is less for demolition projects. This project would be eligible for a grant in the amount of $20,000. After demolition the applicant will use the site as a parking lot for the adjacent development. The Business Development Committee reviewed the application and voted to recommend approval at their August 6th meeting.

2. Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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