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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Agenda about the City Council meeting of October 1, 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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City Council Agenda - October 1, 2013 

( Hound Pre-meeting comment) - Once again nothing stands out in this agenda. Nothing that might create the least bit of controversy will occur before the elections. We will only see self-aggrandizing propaganda sessions until late November and December.

Invocation by Rev. Susan Smith Walker, Assistant Pastor, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church

Special Presentations
A. Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week October 6-12, 2013
B. Branding Video Presentation by Business Development Committee – Laurie Hoover
C. Innovate Catawba
● Introduction of Debbie Shannon, Director and Program Manager for Innovate Catawba
● Update on Reinventing Spaces Workgroup, Stephen Shuford, Shurtape Technologies

Persons Requesting to Be Heard

Consent Agenda:
A. Special Events/Activities Application for Girls on the Run 5K, Lala Kozischek, Senior Wellness Director, Girls on the Run of Catawba Valley, Main Avenue, Union Square, December 7, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

B. Special Events/Activities Application for Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center Vigil, Aleia Burwell, Victim Service Coordinator, Hickory Police Department, The Sails on the Square, October 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

C. Special Events/Activities Application for Hickory’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Mandy Pitts, Communications Director/Brand Manager, The Sails on the Square, November 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

D. Proclamation for International Walk to School Day, October 9, 2013. (Exhibit VIII.D.)

E. Grant Project Ordinance Number 2.
1. To budget a $9,000 North Carolina Historic Preservation Fund grant award and to budget $6,000 in local match funds from Interfaith Housing Development Corporation for the rehabilitation of the former Ridgeview Public Library. Grant funds will be used for Phase l of the project which includes window restoration, exterior trim repairs, ADA accessibility improvements to the rear entrance and some minor interior demolition. No funding from the City of Hickory is required for the grant project; however city approval is required because the city is the Certified Local Government and must act as the grant recipient.

F. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 5.
1. To appropriate $60,000 of General Fund Balance (Funds reserved from the US Departments of Treasury and Justice) and budget in the Police Department’s Capital Improvement line items. This amendment is necessary to pay for materials needed to complete the parking lot project adjacent to the Hickory Police Department. Funds are made available to the Police Department from the US Departments of Treasury and Justice and remain in General Fund Balance until appropriated
 2. To appropriate $2,430 of General Fund Balance (Funds reserved from the US Department of Treasury) and budget in the Police Department's Capital Improvement line item. This amendment is necessary to cover an overage in this line item and maintain a balanced budget. Funds are made available to the Police Department from the US Department of Treasury and remain in General Fund Balance until appropriated.
3. To budget $76,500 of North Carolina Department of Commerce revenue for payment to Turbotec Products, Inc. for One North Carolina Fund Disbursement. A grant was approved by the North Carolina Department of Commerce One North Carolina Fund in the amount of $76,500 for local job growth and investment goals. Turbotec Products, Inc. has met the requirements to receive payment in the amount of $76,500.

New Business - Public Hearings
1. Rezoning Petition 13-11 for the Property Located at 1076 Fox Chase Drive, Newton, containing .43 acres. - Ms. Crystal Kuhar has petitioned for rezoning .43 acres of property located at 1076 Fox Chase Drive. The petition is to rezone the property from Catawba County R-20 Residential to City of Hickory Low Density Residential (R-1) This public hearing was advertised on September 20, 2013 and September 27, 2013 in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area.

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