The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor John Moore presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Alma Hobbs, Bert Smith, Brenda Elks, David Shackleford and Jamin Dixon; Town Attorney Christopher Edwards, Town Manager David Hodgkins and Town Clerk Amy B. Johnson.
Mayor Moore called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Paul Ellis offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag led by Commissioner Brenda Elks.
Mayor Moore recognized John Spruill, a Farmville resident.
Mr. Spruill expressed his concern over trying to get new garbage cans from GFL.
Mayor Moore recognized Annie Tyson Ellis, who resides at 4390 Wallace Street.
Ms. Ellis expressed her concern about the need for pruning of trees in the yards of elderly citizens.
Town Manager’s Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comment(s) to the Board:
- Introduced Angie Bates as the new Library Director
- 150-Year Celebration Committee continues to meet on a monthly basis and there is an auction scheduled as a part of this celebration on October 9, 2021.
- The development of the new Town website is in process and the site infrastructure skeleton is almost complete, with content development to begin next, and finally launch of website to happen in approximately 2 months.
- Town has received safety awards for this past year, with several departments receiving gold awards.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of August, 2021.
Changes/Additions/Deletions to Agenda
Mayor Moore asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda.
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had no changes to the evening’s agenda.
On motion by Commissioner Hobbs, the Board approved the evening’s agenda as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
1. Public Hearing – Structure for Demolition – 4425 West Moore Street
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested permission from the Board to demolish the structure located at 4425 West Moore Street, Pitt County Parcel #03520. He stated at least four certified letters have been sent to the responsible person from this property. Ellis further stated the property will be demolished after ninety days from this date if no action is taken by the owners to either remove the structure or bring it up to minimum housing standards.
Mayor Moore opened the public hearing at 6:38 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Moore closed the public hearing at 6:39 p.m.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to adopt Ordinance (2021) 983, An Ordinance Directing The Building Official To Demolish The Property Herein Described As Being Dangerous And Unsafe And Directing That A Notice Be Placed Thereon, And That The Same May Not Be Occupied Until Demolished – 4425 West Moore Street (Parcel 032520). The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
2. Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following session(s):
- August 2, 2021 – Regular Session
3. Adoption of Ordinance Amending FY 2021-2022 Budget Ordinance- Fire Department
To adopt an ordinance to amend the FY 2021/2022 Budget Ordinance in order to place funds received from insurance to repair the damage to the 2001 E-One Pumper into the Fire Department – Repairs/Maintenance Vehicles account to offset expenditures.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the Board adopted/approved the following:
- Approved the minutes from the August 2, 2021 regular session
- Adopted Ordinance (2021) 984, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2021/2022 Budget Ordinance- Fire Department
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Discussion
4. Resolution to Temporarily Close Main Street Between Wilson Street and Church Street for the 150 Year Celebration Auction
Town Manager Hodgkins stated that the Farmville 150 Year Celebration Committee is planning to hold an auction on October 9, 2021, in front of Woodside Antiques. He further stated that a portion of Main Street would need to be closed for this event in order to provide room for seating and display of auction items properly. Hodgkins requested adoption of a resolution to close the street per request by NCDOT.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the Board adopted Resolution (2021) 1532, A Resolution to Temporary Close Main Street Between Wilson Street and Church Street in Farmville, NC on October 9, 2021. The motion carried unanimously.
5. Update on Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Planning Director Justin Oakes provided an update on the current progress on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Oakes stated this was a year-long process that engages the public to hear their perspectives and feedback. He said work began in June with an initial meeting with Planning Staff, Department Heads and the Town Manager. Next, Oakes said the Planning staff provided the consulting team a tour of town, highlighting both successes and areas of concern. In July/August, Oakes stated the Planning Staff and Consultants held 5 stakeholder meetings, bringing in a variety of individuals from the community to provide their insights on what they perceive and see for the future of Farmville. After the stakeholder meetings, Oakes stated the first Steering Committee meeting was held, which served to set the groundwork for the development of the plan. In conclusion, Oakes said the planning process will shift to more public participation over the next two months and once that is complete, a second Steering Committee meeting will be held in November.
Mayor Moore asked for citizen comments at this time.
There were no comments.
On motion by Commissioner Shackleford, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.