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 - January 20, 2015
Hound Notes: Not much here. There is a public hearing on the Bond Advisory Commission. I may be wrong, but I don't see anyone standing up to speak for or against this. I went to the Special meeting in which it was discussed this past Monday - Special City Council meeting of January 12, 2014.
There will be a reiteration of the discussions and decisions of this past Monday and the votes will be taken and two weeks from Tuesday, February 3, 2014, after the second reading this will become law and then the Commission will be formed. I'm sure that most of these slots have pretty much been determined. These are just the formalities.
Invocation by Rev. David L. Roberts, II, Pastor, Morning Star First Baptist Church
A. Approval of the Purchase of Ten Specialized Police Package Emergency Vehicles. - Hickory Police Department requests approval of the purchase of ten specialized police package emergency vehicles in the amount of $28,917.02 per vehicle. Police Department Staff and the City of Hickory’s Fleet Manager have researched and reviewed independent comparison studies comparing available police package vehicles. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Package two-wheel drive best fits the needs of the department based on a number of considerations. Hickory Police Department has seven police package Chevrolet Tahoe’s in service and all have performed well with no maintenance or service issues. Hickory Police Department recommends purchase of ten rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe police package vehicles from Bobby Murray Chevrolet on the NC State contract at a cost of $28,917.02 per vehicle and a total cost of $289,170.20. Funds are budgeted in the fiscal year 2014/2015 CIP.
B. Approval of a Lease Agreement for City-owned Property to Family Care Center of Catawba Valley Inc. Located at 1471 1st Avenue SW. - Staff requests approval of a Lease Agreement with Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Inc. to lease property owned by the City of Hickory located at 1471 1st Avenue SW, Hickory. The property has been leased to the Family Care Center for a number of years and the current lease has expired. The terms of the proposed lease will be for five years for the nominal amount of one dollar. The lease will renew on a year to year basis for up to four additional years unless notice is given by either party to terminate. The lessee will be responsible for securing its own janitorial service and maintaining the premise in good order, routine maintenance, and repairs of the property. Staff r ecommends approval of the Lease Agreement with Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Inc.
Public Notice of Intent to Lease was advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area on January 9, 2015.
C. Approval to Issue a Pyrotechnic Display Permit to Hickory Crawdads. - Mark Seaman, General Manager of the Hickory Crawdads has submitted a request to obtain permission to have a public fireworks display on the following 2015 dates: April 10; May 29; June 12, 26; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 28 and September 4. The following would be rain out dates: April 11; May 30; June 13, 27; July 18; August 1, 15; and September 5. The North Carolina Fire Code requires a mandatory operational permit for the use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material. The Division of Fire & Life Safety 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 pyrotechnics displays.
D. Special Events Activities Application for Downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market 2015, Sarah T. Wood, Market Manager, Downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market, April 18 – November 28, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., May 21 – November 19, Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Union Square.
E. Special Events Activities Application for Hickory Hops, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director, Hickory Downtown Development Association, April 25, 2015, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Government Avenue and 2nd Street SW.
F. Special Events Activities Application for Downtown Art Crawls, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director, Hickory Downtown Development Association, Thursday, May 21, 2015; Thursday, September 17, 2015; and Friday, October 30, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Union Square, 3rd Street NW, 2nd Street NW, 1st Avenue NW, 1st Avenue SW, Government Avenue SW, and 2nd Street SW.
G. Approve Acceptance of a Grant from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center – New Electric Vehicle Service Equipment Charging Station on Union Square. - Staff requests approval to accept the grant award through the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NC CETC). On December 16, 2014 the City received notification of award for the purchase and installation of a new dual style electric vehicle charging station to be installed on Union Square. Upon the NC CETC board’s review of the budgetary sheet submitted in the application package, a revised total project cost was formulated and approved for award in the amount of $6,887. Under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) program regarding funds, the City’s 20 percent cost for case match is $1,377 with the CFAT’s 80 percent funds at $5,510. The charging station will be installed in the southwest corner of the West Union Square parking lot near the existing power panel. Initially no fee will be charged for use, however, as use increases a card reader could be installed and a flat fee could be established. Funds are budgeted in fiscal year 2014/2015 for the project. Staff recommends acceptance of the grant award from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center for the purchase of materials and installation of one electric vehicle service equipment charging station on Union Square.
H. Approval to Submit an Application for Funding through the 2015 Urgent Repair Program (URP15) to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. - Staff requests approval to submit an application for funding through the 2015 Urgent Repair Program (URP15) to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. The City of Hickory will apply for $50,000 through this program in order to assist approximately 12 eligible homes with urgently needed repairs in an amount not to exceed $7,200 per housing unit. The City of Hickory will provide $5,000 in matching funds available from Rental Rehabilitation program income. There is a $50 application fee to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. Staff recommends approval of submission of the 2015 Urgent Repair Program Application for Funding to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.
I. Citizens’ Advisory Committee Recommendations for Assistance through the City of Hickory’s Housing Programs. - The following requests were considered by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee at their regular meeting on January 6, 2015:
Each of the following applicants are being recommended for approval under the City of Hickory’s 2014 Urgent Repair Program. This program provides qualified low income citizens with assistance for emergency related repairs not to exceed $7,200.
Madeline Cook, 1824 8th Street Drive NE, Hickory
Lou Cook, 1920 11th Avenue SE, Hickory
The Citizen’s Advisory Committee recommends approval of the aforementioned requests for assistance through the City of Hickory’s Housing Assistance Programs.
J. Approval of a Cemetery Deed Transfer from Troy Thomas Barkley and wife, Robin Havens Barkley to Grover Lee Barkley.
K. Approval of a New Hickory Public Library Collection Development Policy. - Library Staff requests approval of an updated Hickory Public Library Collection Development Policy. The current Collection Development Policy is lengthy and contains out-of-date language. The goal in developing the new policy is to simplify the content, and reiterate the principles that guide the selection process. The updated policy is necessary to ensure that the library’s collection is up-to-date, relevant, and appropriate to the community it serves. It provides a guide for librarians in choosing materials to add to the collection and affirms that all interests and viewpoints are represented. It also includes a process by which someone may challenge the inclusion of an item in the collection. The proposed policy has been reviewed by the Library Advisory Board and Deputy City Attorney Arnita Dula. The library recommends approval of an updated Hickory Public Library Collection Development Policy.
New Business - Public Hearings
1. Consideration of Bond Implementation Commission Ordinance. - This public hearing was advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area on January 9, 2015.
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