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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Agenda about the City Council meeting of April 15, 2014

 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 - April 15, 2014


 The Hound's Notes:

1) Public Hearing #1 below. Consideration of Economic Development Agreement with OHM Holdings LLC - Spoke about this issue a couple weeks ago when it came up through the Consent Agenda. Hickory Inc. is looking to help with the renovation of "Olde Hickory Mill" building (formerly Lyerly Mill). You can see this building off to the left when traveling south on Hwy 127 after passing the Railroad underpass.

According to this website it is being marketed as a $12 million mixed-use property with Delphi Development, Zapolski Real Estate LLC.   

Old Mill New Use - Hickory Daily Record - John Dayberry 
Lyerly Mill Hickory - Google 

This property is part of the Wingfoot District that was proposed by Pete Zagaroli back in 2010. This is the third redeveloped property that falls within that footprint; as does the proposed $27 million Main Avenue project. ( From the City Council meeting of January 5, 2010)

Google Map Street View 
Google Map Satellite Overhead Shot
Department of Commerce - NC Rural Development - Building Reuse Grants

Article about Transportation Insight moving to this building:
Downtown Hickory gets relocated headquarters - 15-year-old business moving a few blocks, creating 50 jobs - Hickory Daily Record - John Tinkelenberg - April 11, 2014

2) Item I of the Consent Agenda - Glad to see that Hickory Inc. is opening up the opportunity for other Craft Brewers to sell beer during their Sails on the Square Music Series this late Spring and Summer. This is all many of us were asking for last year. 

3) Budget Ordinance #5 - Parking Capital Fund being used at LP Frans Stadium. Never seen it used for anything other than Union Square. $70,000

4) Budget Ordinance #8 - Why? $15,000 of General Fund need to be transferred to the Airports Other Professional Services line item to cover legal fees related to the former FBO (Fixed Based Operators) bankruptcy.



Special Presentations
A. Proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Consent Agenda:
A. Approval of a Resolution for Dana B. Roberts, Certificate of Appreciation for 43 Years of Service.

B. Proclamation for “A Day of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness”.

C. Approval to Amend the Speed Ordinance for Waterford Hills Subdivision to be 25 mph Throughout the Entire Subdivision. - Staff request approval to amend the traffic ordinance for Waterford Hills Subdivision to be 25 mph throughout the entire subdivision. Residents have completed all necessary steps in the Traffic Calming Guidelines, and staff have found the residents to be in compliance with the guidelines. Currently all roadways within the Waterford Hills Subdivision;
Morning Glow Lane, Meadow Lark Lane, Waterbury Court, and White Water Court, have the default speed limit of 35 mph.

D. Special Events/Activities Application for Hickory Alive, Anna Price, President of Hickory Jaycees, June 6, July 4, August 1, and September 5, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., City Hall Parking Lot. (Times include set-up and clean-up)

E. Special Events/Activities Application for Hickory Junior Women’s Club, Megan Meade, Hickory Crawdads, May 3, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd. NW.

F. Special Events/Activities Application for Pregnancy Care Center 2014 Walk for Life, Janet Shores, RN, Assistance Director, Pregnancy Care Center of Catawba Valley, September 27, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd. NW.

G. 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. Daniel and Georgeta Marita are interested in purchasing these lots in order to construct single 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.

H. Approval of the Appointment of Sandy Jones to City of Hickory Tax Collector for a Two-Year Term. - Staff requests approval to appoint Sandy Jones, current Grants Coordinator in the Finance Division of Administrative Services as City of Hickory Tax Collector for a two year term. The appointment will be an additional job duty added to Ms. Jones’ current Grants Coordinator position. Due to additional costs and the ability to provide quality customer service to cit izens associated with tax billing and collection, it is recommended to include the Burke County/City of Hickory billings as a responsibility of the City’s Finance Division. In order to comply with Chapter 105 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the City should appoint a designated Tax Collector for the municipality to cover the additional tax duties at the City level. The City appointment will have no impact on the current Catawba County Tax Collector designation for all other City of Hickory taxes.

I. Approval of Contract from Local Beer Brewery to Serve Crafted Beers on Friday Nights in May, June, and September in Conjunction with the City’s Music Under the Sails Series. - City Council approved the Sails Music Series events for Fridays in May, June and September, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the March 18, 2014 agenda. In the application it states that local brewers, that have special ABC permission to distribute crafted beers from Hickory, will be asked if they would like to pay a $25 fee to serve the locally crafted beverages during these events between 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on these Fridays in 2014. They will need to provide a copy of the special ABC permit from North Carolina, a copy of insurance to the City, and a signed contract. Staff requests approval of the contract to allow local Hickory Brewer to serve locally crafted beer during the Music Under the Sails on Friday in May,  June, and September 2014.

J. Approval to Issue a Pyrotechnic Display Permit to Lake Hickory Country Club. - Chris Moncourtois, President of Class A. Fireworks Inc., has submitted a request to obtain permission to conduct public fireworks displays on May 17, 2014.  The North Carolina Fire Code requires a mandatory operational permit for the use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material. The Fire Prevention Bureau shall review all required documentation. The Fire Prevention Bureau will also inspect the pyrotechnics display area prior to the event to ensure compliance with all guidelines and codes. Staff recommends approval of the request.

K. Sanitary Sewer Backup Payment Policy Revision. - Staff requests Revisions to Council Policy 01-01 to establish criteria as to when the City of Hickory will reimburse property owners for damages incurred due to sanitary sewer blockages which result in reverse flow into residential or commercial dwellings or structures. Section D under procedures was added to the new policy, giving the City of
Hickory the opportunity and flexibility to retain service professionals for a more timely response and to speed-up the mitigation process.

L. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 22.
1. To budget a total of $1,281 of donations in the Youth Council expenditure line item. $1,181 of the donations is for the Backpack Program. The remaining $100 is for use in other Youth Council activities.

2. To transfer $16,333 from General Fund Contingency to the Economic and Community Development Incentive line item. This transfer is necessary to fund the third incentive payment to Fiserv per the incentive agreement.

3. To budget an $11,692 insurance claim payment in the Traffic Division M&R Traffic Signals line item. This insurance claim payment is for damage sustained to a signal box during a driving accident that occurred at the intersection of 1st Ave. NW and 2nd St. NW.

4. To transfer $14,791 of General Fund Contingency to the Landscape Services Division Capital Outlay-Other line item. This transfer is necessary to pay for the new Sally M. Fox sign, installation, masonry product and installation, and permit fee at the Ivey Arboretum.

5. To transfer $70,000 from the Capital Reserve-Parking Fund to the LP Frans Capital-Improvement to Facilities line item. This transfer is necessary to pay for the crack sealing, seal coating and remarking at the Winkler Park and LP Frans Stadium parking lots.

6. To budget a total of $50,168 of Insurance Claim Payments from Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company in the Water and Sewer Insurance Claims and Refunds line item. These payments are the insurance reimbursement checks for a sewer backup occurring at 5th St. NE in December 2013.

7. To budget $119,345 of Water and Sewer Fund-Appropriated Fund Balance in the Water and Sewer Debt Service Interest line item. This amendment is necessary to cover a first year balloon interest payment which is part of the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant debt financing schedule.

8. To appropriate $15,000 of General Fund Contingency and transfer to the Airports Other Professional Services line item. These funds are needed to cover legal fees related to the former FBO (Fixed Based Operators) bankruptcy.

New Business - Public Hearings
1. Consideration of Economic Development Agreement with OHM Holdings LLC. - This public hearing was advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area on April 4, 2014.

2. Consideration of the Community Development Block Grant 2014 Annual Action Plan.  - In April of each year staff prepares an Annual Action Plan for its Community Development Block Grant allocation from the federal government. The City of Hickory will receive approximately $310,314 in 2014 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and approximately $235,000 in program income for a total of $545,314. Funds will be used to develop stronger communities by providing decent housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for people of low and moderate incomes. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee reviewed the draft action plan at their meeting on March 6, 2014 and recommended approval of the proposed budget. Staff recommends that City Council approve the Community
Development Block Grant 2014 Annual Action Plan. This public hearing was advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area on March 14, April 4, and April 15, 2014.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Quarterly Financial Report

2. Proposed Changes to the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.  Staff recommends changes to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program which include changes to the type of eligible repairs, the addition of a deferred loan program for households making less than 50 percent of the area median income, and the addition of more explicit underwriting standards for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee reviewed the policy at their April 3, 2014 meeting and voted unanimously to recommend approval.

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