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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Agenda about the City Council meeting of September 1, 2015

 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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Invocation by Rev. Karla Woggon, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Special Presentations
A. Summer Library Reading Program
B. Special Recognition

Persons Requesting to Be Heard

Consent Agenda:
A. Approval of a Resolution to Declare 6,225 Surplus Discarded Library Materials. - Staff requests approval of a Resolution to declare 6,225 surplus discarded library materials. These materials will be given to the Friends of the Library to sale at the Friends October 2015 Book Sale and/or at the “Corner Book Store” at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The donated and discarded books is the primary fundraising activity of the Friends of the Library and discarded library materials comprise a significant portion of their inventory. The sale of these items ultimately benefits the library, and is an
appropriate means of disposing of unneeded materials. Public Notice advertised on August 22, 2015 in a newspaper having general circulation in
the Hickory area.

B. Call for Public Hearing for Consideration of Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). (Authorize Public Hearing for September 15, 2015)

C. Approve the Transfer of a Cemetery Deed from Agnes Lee Ballenger, single; Donna Davis Ballenger, Davis B. Weaver, and Melissa B. Jordan, Co-Trustees of the Thomas C. Ballenger Revocable Trust Dated October 13, 2011; Donna Davis Ballenger, Davis B. Weaver, and Melissa B. Jordan, Co-Trustees of the Thomas C. Ballenger Family Trust; Lucinda G. Ballenger, and husband, Robert H. Brinkley, III; Melissa B. Jordan and husband Erik W. Jordan; and Davis B. Weaver, single to Donna Davis Ballenger, widow, (Oakwood Cemetery, Section 21, Plot K, Lot A1, Grave Space Numbers 1-5 and 8)(Prepared by Attorney Kimberly H. Whitley).

D. Special Events Activities Application for Brews and Bases, Megan Meade, Director of Community Relations and Events Hickory Crawdads, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 2500 Clement Boulevard. 

E. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 21.
1. To budget $900,000 of Transportation Fund-Fund Balance appropriated in the Airport FBO Other Professional Services line item for fiscal year 2014-2015. Funds will be used in the AGI Associates LLC and CRA Enterprises Inc. Airport settlement due to pending litigation at the end of the fiscal year.

F. Grant Project Ordinance Number 1.
1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the City of Hickory Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant in the amount of $200,000. Council accepted the grant on May 19, 2015. This GPO formally requests the initial budget to establish the project on the City of Hickory accounting system. The project period is 08/01/15 - 07/30/17. There is no required match for the federal grant. Grant funds will be used to create a comprehensive small area plan forthe redevelopment and eventual cleanup of the project area. The grant will enable the City to plan for the re-use and eventual cleanup of a number of sites within the target area, including the former Joan Fabrics site.

New Business - Public Hearings
1. Consideration of Changes to Hickory City Code Ordinance Chapter 4 – Animal and Fowl. - The City of Hickory approves organizations to use public property, Union Square and other venues, to host events for the public. Over the years citizens and staff have expressed concerns about animals being allowed at these events because of public safety concerns for the citizens and animals attending the event. The Legal Department, Police, Parks and Recreation, and Branding/Public Information Office have worked together to develop proposed changes to the Hickory City Code Chapter 4 (Animal and Fowl) restricting animals within the “footprint” of the approved special event on public property. These proposed changes are in the interest of protecting the public from potential aggressive
animals that could cause harm to a humans or another animals. Staff recommends City Council consider changes to the Hickory City Code Chapter 4 (Animal and Fowl) that would restrict animals on public property during approved special events. This public hearing was advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the Hickory area on August 21, 2015.

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