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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 3, 2013

This Agenda is about the Hickory City Council meeting that took 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 - December 3, 2013

Invocation by Rev. John Duncan, Pastor Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Senior Chaplain – Hickory
Fire Department

Oaths of Office Ceremony

Recognition of Retiring Ward 5 Alderwoman Sally Fox

Election of Mayor Pro Tempore for Calendar Year 2014 Pursuant to NC General Statute §260A-
70 and Section 2-54 of the Hickory City Code.

Appointment of a City Attorney for Calendar Year 2014 Pursuant to the Hickory City Code, Section 4.151 of the Charter.

Special Presentations
A. Community Appearance Commission’s 2013 Beautification Awards Presentation

Persons Requesting to Be Heard

Consent Agenda:
A. Resolution Certificate of Appreciation Suzette Bradshaw, Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority.

B. Proclamation for Bill of Rights Day, December 15, 2013.

C. Approval to Accept a Grant to Assist in Funding the Purchase of Bulletproof Vests for Police Officers. - Since 1999, the BVP program has reimbursed more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $277 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests. BVP is a critical resource for state and local jurisdictions that saves lives. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 was signed as law (Public Law 105-181). The purpose of this act is to save the lives of law enforcement officers by helping States and units of local government equip their law enforcement officer with armor vests. The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to improving officer safety and has undertaken research to review and analyze violent encounters and law enforcement officer deaths and injuries. Due to the increase in the number of law enforcement officer deaths, coupled with our renewed efforts to improve officer safety, beginning with FY 2011, in order to receive BVP funds, jurisdictions must certify, during the application process, that all law enforcement agencies benefitting from the BVP Program have a written "mandatory wear" policy in effect. Hickory Police Department has a mandatory wear policy. This grant will pay 37.10% Federal cost of NIJ approved vests and the City of Hickory portion will be 62.90%. Monies are placed in the police department budget annually to purchase vests for police officers. Life expectancy of each vest is approximately five (5) years. Hickory Police Department requests permission to accept a grant to assist in funding the purchase of bulletproof vests for police officers. The federal share of this grant is $9,350 and the City’s share is $15,850. 

D. Community Relations Council (CRC) Requests Approval for Fall 2013 Grant Recommendations in the Amount of $5,828. - As part of the Community Relations Council work plan and annual budget process, CRC receives funds to disperse during the fiscal year through the CRC grant process. Nonprofit agencies working with diverse populations in Hickory are eligible for grant funding. The grant proposal must show how the program under consideration fits into the CRC goals and mission and how the program will serve to improve human relations in the Hickory area. The Community Relations Council recommends funding of four grants totaling $5,828.00 Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, dental care for those in need, $1,500; Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center, “What do I do now?” A bi-lingual guide tolocal services for families with a child with learning disabilities, $1,500; Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Life Skills Workshops for homeless in shelters, $1,500; and Council on Adolescents, Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program, $1,328.

E. Approval of a Renewal of Agreement between the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and the City of Hickory to Support the Western Piedmont Stormwater Partnership for Phase II Public Education. - The City was issued an NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources on July 1, 2005. One of the requirements of the permit in the Public Education and Outreach Minimum Measure is that the City develop and implement a pubic education and outreach program to raise public awareness on the causes and impacts of stormwater pollution. This renewal agreement is the result of the establishment of a regionally focused and municipally supported Phase II public education and outreach coalition, the Western Piedmont Stormwater Partnership, which is administered by the Western Piedmont  Council of Government (WPCOG). The activities in this agreement will meet the public education and outreach minimum measures of this section of the NEDES Phase II permit. This agreement would be for the period of October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Payment would be in quarterly installments of $2,581.75. Funding for this agreement is available from the current stormwater budget.

F. Acceptance of Offers to Purchase and Contract for Properties Located at 1742, 1743, and 1746 Whitewater Court, in the Waterford Hills Subdivision. - Staff requests consideration of Offers to Purchase and Contract for properties located at 1742, 1743, and 1746 Whitewater Court, in the Waterford Hills Subdivision. The properties were originally purchased by the City because they were on the route of the proposed Southern Cross-Town. The route for the future thoroughfare has since been amended, and the properties are no longer needed. Vale Traian Vasiu and Gelu Vasiu are interested in purchasing these lots in order to construct singe family dwellings. They are offering $15,000 per lot. Notice of Upset Bid was advertised on November 8, 2013 in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area. No upset bids were received for the properties.

G. Call for Public Hearing - For the Consideration of Rezoning Petition 13-15 for Property Located at the Northeast Corner of Cloninger Mill Road and North Center Street (NC 127 North).

H. Call for Public Hearing – For the Consideration of Amending Chapter 16 of the Hickory Code of Ordinances of the City of Hickory by Amending Section 16-43. 
Here is the Ordinance to be addressed: 
Sec. 16-43. - Use of unlicensed premises prohibited; exception.permanent link to this piece of content
No secondhand precious metal business shall make use of any property or premises not included within the premises designated in or by the license required by this article for the display of any secondhand article made, in whole or in part, of gold, silver, or platinum or for the conduct of a secondhand precious metal business. This article does not prohibit the storage or safekeeping of any such secondhand article off of the licensed premises.
(Code 1981, § 16-15)

I. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 10.
1. To budget a $400 Friends of the Hickory Library donation in the Programming line item for Senior Programming Supplies.
2. To budget a $4,999 insurance claim payment from Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company in the Parks and Recreation Department Specialized Equipment line item. This payment is for a stolen Club Car from the Field House and will apply towards the cost of a replacement.
3. To transfer $15,850 from the Police Departments Uniform line item to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant (BVP) budget. The United States Department of Justice awarded the City of Hickory a Federal Grant to pay up to $9,350 (37.10%) of the costs of National Institute of Justice approved vests. The Grant awarded by the Department of Justice requires a local match of $15,850. This Grant will allow the City to purchase 40 vests at $625 and includes shipping costs.
4. To transfer $10,256 of General Fund Contingency to the Economic Incentive line item to fund a total of $45,256 incentives payment to Turbocoating Corporation. The joint economic development agreement between the City of Hickory and Turbocoating Corporation specified improvements to machinery, equipment and fixtures, and the creation and maintaining of specified jobs. Turbocoating Corporation has met the conditions of the agreement.
5. To appropriate $5,500 of Transportation Fund-Appropriated Fund Balance and budget in the Airports Other Professional Services line item. These funds are the remainder of the $20,000 grant from Eastern Aviation and will be used towards covering costs in the Other Professional Services line item.
6. To transfer $605,750 to the appropriate expenditure codes for the purchase of 3 Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Replacement Vehicles which were approved by City Council in the FY13-14 Annual Budget.

J. Grant Project Ordinance Number 4.
1. To accept and budget a $15,850 transfer from the Police Departments Uniforms line item and to budget a $9,350 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant (BVP) for a total of $25,200. The United States Department of Justice awarded the City of Hickory a Federal Grant to pay up to $9,350 (37.10%) of the costs of National Institute of Justice approved vests and requires a local match of $15,850. This Grant will allow the City to purchase 40 vests at $625 and includes the shipping costs.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Inspiring Spaces Update - Staff will review the last Inspiring Spaces Steering Committee discussions and outline the next steps.

2. Approval of a Recommendation from Parks and Recreation Commission Establishing a Tobacco Free Parks Policy. - There is a current initiative underway between the Catawba County Public Health Department and the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant Project in a unified effort that would establish tobacco free parks in all local governments within Catawba County. Municipalities in the county currently have smoke free policies in place for buildings. All City of Hickory buildings have been smoke free since 1993. Additionally, discussions have been underway for several years to establish tobacco free grounds policies across the county as well. Staff presented two (2) tobacco free parks policies to the Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration at their October 8, 2013 meeting. The first policy option would prohibit the use of tobacco products in all park areas. The second policy option stipulates that tobacco products may be used only in the paved parking lots located in the parks. Whichever policy is adopted would become effective January 1, 2014.

3. Analysis of City Manager’s Employment Agreement - At the November 19, 2013 City Council meeting, Mayor Wright asked that at the next meeting staff provide explanation of how the City Manager’s pay is determined. The manager will review the employment agreement and salary
history since his employment in August 2004.

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