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City Council Agenda - February 4, 2014
Invocation by Rev. Mark Andrews, Pastor, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
A. Special Event/Activities Application for Downtown Hickory Shuck & Peel Party, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director of Hickory Downtown Development Association, Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Union Square.
B. Special Event/Activities Application for Hickory Hops, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director of Hickory Downtown Development Association, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Government Avenue SW and Second Street SW, (Event Time 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
C. Special Event/Activities Application for Downtown Hickory Art Crawls 2014, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director of Hickory Downtown Development Association, Thursday, May 15, 2014; Thursday, September 18, 2014; and Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Union Square, 3rd Street NW, 2nd Street NW, 1st Avenue NW, 1st Avenue SW, Government Avenue SW, and 2nd Street SW.
D. Transfer of Cemetery Deed from James A. Owenby, Single to David Dauler, Single, in Oakwood Cemetery.
E. Acceptance of Offer to Purchase and Contract for Property Located at 1747 Whitewater Court, in the Waterford Hills Subdivision. - Staff requests consideration of the Offer to Purchase and Contract for property located at 1747 Whitewater Court, in the Waterford Hills Subdivision. The property was originally purchased by the City because it was on the route of the proposed Southern Cross-Town Thoroughfare. The route for the future thoroughfare has since been amended, and the property is no longer needed. Albert Mark Schudde is interested in purchasing this lot because it is adjacent to his home. He is offering $16,500 for this lot. Staff recommends that City Council accept the Offer to Purchase and Contract and authorize staff to advertise for upset bids. Once the property is advertised other parties will have ten days to submit upset bids.
F. Acceptance of Offers to Purchase and Contracts for Properties Located at 1840 and 1845 Waterbury Court, in the Waterford Hills Subdivision. - Staff requests consideration of the Offers to Purchase and Contracts for properties located at 1840 and 1845 Waterbury 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 Thoroughfare. The route for the future thoroughfare has since been amended, and the properties are no longer needed. Ioan Aron and wife, Carmen Aron are interested in purchasing these lots in order to construct singe family dwellings. They are offering $15,000 per lot. Staff recommends that City Council accept the Offers to Purchase and Contracts and authorize staff to advertise for upset bids. Once the property is advertised other parties will have ten days to submit upset bids.
G. Approval to Apply for a Historic Preservation Fund Pass-Through Grant to Update the City’s Survey of Historic Properties. - 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. The Historic Preservation Commission is interested in applying for a grant to update its survey of historic properties within the community. This survey was last updated in 1999, and that update was focused on only a few neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of the downtown area. The proposed survey would update all of the existing survey records and also study properties throughout the city as budget constraints will allow. This will most certainly include the city’s industrial and commercial properties along with post-war subdivisions throughout the community. The estimated project cost for the grant is currently $20,000. The grant will pay 60 percent of the project costs or $12,000. The required city match will be $8,000. If the grant is approved, the project will take place in the fall of 2014. The Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend moving forward with the grant application at their January 14, 2014 meeting.
H. Approval to Modify the Historic Preservation Commission Work Plan to Include Plaque Program and Identification Signage for Historic Districts. - The Historic Preservation Commission requests amending the Historic Preservation Commission’s Work Plan in order to fund identification signage for Historic Districts and properties along with the creation of a plaque program for owners of historic properties. I. Acceptance of an Offer to Purchase and Contract for Properties Located at 11 3rd Street SE, 17 3rd Street SE, 21 3rd Street SE, and 27 3rd Street SE, the City owns 10.7143% Interest in the Lots. (Exhibit VIII.I.) Staff requests consideration of the Offer to Purchase and Contract for properties located at 11 3rd Street SE, 17 3rd Street SE, 21 3rd Street SE, and 27 3rd Street SE. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library was one of eight beneficiaries of the will of George L. Lylerly, Jr. In July 2009, the trustee presented the beneficiaries with the option to accept an $8,000 offer to purchase the property or the option to approve the distribution of the property. Council rejected the offer to purchase and approved the distribution of the property from the trust at the July 21, 2009 Council meeting. The City of Hickory was conveyed a 10.7143% interest in the lots. In January 2013, staff received an offer to purchase the property for $44,386 from Prism Commercial Real Estate on behalf of the buyer, Tony Jarrett. All eight owners of the property must consent to the offer to purchase.
J. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 14.
1. To budget a $300 Grant from the North Carolina Department of Administration, Division of Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, in the Youth Council budget. The Hickory Youth Council will use funds to purchase jump ropes, water bottles and string bags for a free sports camp for youth aged 7-13 to encourage staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
2. To budget $8,534 of General Fund Contingency in the North Carolina League of Municipalities Conference expenditure line item. Area local governments, Hickory Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the League of Municipalities contributions helped fund expenses associated with hosting the North Carolina League of Municipalities Conference. There is $8,534 of remaining expenditures not covered by the contributions, therefore a budget amendment is necessary to pay for those costs.
New Business - Public Hearings
1. Resolution and Order for Petition of Moretz Mills, LLC to Close a Portion of E Avenue SE. - On December 6, 2013, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, Attorneys at Law, presented a petition on behalf of Moretz Mills LLC, one of the property owners of property abutting a portion of E Avenue SE, requested the City to abandon a portion of this right-of-way.
New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. (a) Request to Amend the Parking Ordinance for the Farmer’s Market to Include Last Year’s Ordinance #13-06, with a Time Change and Day. - Change the Farmer’s Market No Parking hours from the current ordinance language which calls for Wednesdays from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to the new hours for 2014 which includes Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 6:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from April 16, 2014 through November 29, 2014 (excluding Saturday, October 11, 2014 which is Oktoberfest weekend) for the spaces south of Union Square on the north side of the parking lot road connecting the east and west parking lots as well as along the west parking lot to include the first three (3) angled parking spaces. Also, change the parking ordinance from the previous year from Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., May 6, 2013 through October 7, 2013 to now include the new Thursday market evening covered by no parking hours of Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from June 5, 2014 through August 28, 2014 in the west parking lot specifically to include the first three (3) angled parking spaces only. Previously, all of the west lot spaces were included for the Monday
2013 Market Hours 2014 Market Hours Dates
Monday 4-7pm Thursday 5-8pm June 5 through August 28, 2014
Wednesday 10am-3pm Wed 10am-3pm April 16 through November 29, 2014
Saturday 8am-1pm Sat 8am-1pm April 16 through November 29, 2014
1. (b) Special Event/Activities Application for Downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market,Sarah T. Wood, Market Manager, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, April 16, 2014 through November 1, 2014, and a Holiday Market, November 22, and November 29, 2014, on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Union Square. (These times reflect set-up and clean-up.)
2. (a) Approval of an Agreement for Professional Services with HDR Engineering, Inc. of the Carolinas in the amount of $288,000. - Staff requests approval of this agreement for Engineering Services with HDR Engineering, Inc. of the Carolinas to perform professional engineering services related to design on sanitary sewer infrastructure to serve the Murray Basin service area, which is located between Springs Road, Section House Road and Highland Avenue, in the amount of $288,000. Funds are budgeted in FY 2013/2014 fiscal year capital budget.
2. (b) Capital Project Ordinance Number 2. - To budget a $288,000 transfer from the Water and Sewer Capital – Sewer Lines account to the Murray Basin Capital Project. This transfer is necessary to pay for Engineering Services related to design on sanitary sewer infrastructure to serve the Murray Basin Service Area. This project is budgeted in the FY13-14 capital budget.
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