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Friday, December 5, 2014

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014

I began video recording the City Council in 2012, because of my desire that the City do it on their own as any modern 21st century community began doing long ago. I had people tell me that they couldn't make it to the meetings, but they would like to see what is going on. I was also told by some council members that my summaries did not truly reflect the record, so having a video/audio recording cannot be misinterpreted.

So below is the City Council meeting. With each agenda item, you can click on the links and it will take you to that specific point in the meeting. You can always drag the marker on the video display to the point in the broadcast that you are interested in seeing.

Agenda about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014 

Thoughts about the City Council meeting of December 2, 2014 - I didn't do an article of thoughts this week. I will incorporate thoughts into my notes in this article.

 The Hound's Notes:  
The meeting only lasted a little over 20 minutes. The first business was the Council's election of Alderman David Zagaroli as Mayor Pro Tempore and John Crone being re-elected as the City's Attorney. Attorney Crone stated that he has held that position for 22 years.

The main business of the night was presented by the head of the Economic Development Corporation Scott Millar. The building for this program will be across from the Hollar Mill. The initial program at LRU will be a Certified Physicians Assistant program. Mr. Millar stated that they hope, because of Hickory's Geographical location, that this will be a premiere medical program and fulfill a need in Western North Carolina. The next phases of development will be a proposed School of Ophthalmology and a Pharmacy school.

This is a Home Run for Hickory and Lenoir-Rhyne, if it is allowed to develop. Medical Programs are something that I spoke about as something Hickory needed for Economic Development five years ago in the Time to Put the Puzzle Together series. If you haven't red that series you should.   That series is always located at the top right hand of the template page of this site.


Invocation by Rev. Jay Robison, Pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church

Election of Mayor Pro Tempore for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to NC General Statute §160A-70 and Section 2-54 of the Hickory City Code.

Appointment of a City Attorney for Calendar Year 2015 Pursuant to the Hickory City Code, Section 4.151 of the Charter.

Swearing in of Mayor Pro Tempore and City Attorney

Consent Agenda: 

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Approval of a Resolution in Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. - Lenoir-Rhyne University (“LRU”), in conjunction with the Catawba County Property Development Corporation (“CCPCD”) is working to develop and establish a health sciences initiative at the university. The specific initiative is a physician assistant’s program. As part of the collaboration with LRU, the CCPDC will purchase land and a building and then lease the building to LRU to up fit. LRU will house the physician’s assistants program in the building. The program will serve health sciences students, interns, and graduates from other institutions who’ve enrolled in the program. The City of Hickory and Catawba County have committed to contributing $100,000 each to the CCPDC in support of the collaborative LRU health sciences initiative. The City will pay the $100,000 in $20,000 contribution over five (5) years. Staff recommends Council adopt the Resolution of Support of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Development and Establishment of the Health Sciences Initiative. 

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