The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor John Moore presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Bert Smith, Brenda Elks, David Shackleford and Jamin Dixon; Town Attorney Christopher Edwards, Town Manager David Hodgkins and Town Clerk Amy B. Johnson. Commissioner Alma Hobbs attended the meeting by phone.
Mayor Moore called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Mayor Moore offered condolences to Officer Katie Tetterton for the recent loss of her father.
Commissioner David Shackleford offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag led by Retired Chief Donnie Greene and all other Police Officers present.
Mayor Moore recognized Steven Hardy-Braz, who resides at 3340 North Greene Street in Farmville.
Mr. Hardy-Braz thanked the Town and everyone for their hard work restoring the natural gas during this weekend’s natural gas transmission line rupture.
Town Manager’s Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comment(s) to the Board:
- A Budget Calendar was provided in their packet this evening for information
- There was a major gas line break this weekend that caused approximately 1,500 customers to be without natural gas service in Farmville. It was restored by mid-day Sunday (1,300 customers by Saturday evening). The Town came together and assisted when and wherever needed. This is another example of Farmville coming together. Piedmont representatives commented on how nice everyone was in Farmville.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of January, 2021.
Changes/Additions/Deletions to Agenda
Mayor Moore asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda.
There were no changes.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to accept the agenda as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
1. Presentation of Service Weapon to Retired Police Chief Donnie Greene
Interim Chief Jeffrey Spencer presented retired Police Chief Donnie Greene with his badge and a plaque honoring his service to the Town.
Greene thanked everyone and said it had been a pleasure to serve the citizens and the town.
Commissioner Elks presented Greene with his service sidearm.
2. Presentation of Service Weapon to Retired Police Sergeant Derek Ennis
Interim Chief Jeffrey Spencer presented retired Police Sergeant Derek Ennis with his badge and a plaque honoring his service to the Town.
Retired Police Chief Greene presented Ennis with his service sidearm.
3. Ordinance to Amend Chapter 157 of the Code of Ordinances to Add Solar Collectors, Accessory
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested approval of a proposed ordinance amendment to Chapter 157 of the Code of Ordinances. He stated this amendment would bring the Code of Ordinances into compliance with current NC General Statutes regarding the use of Solar Collectors as an accessory use.
Mayor Moore opened the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.
Steven Hardy-Braz questioned why the Town would not allow placement of solar panels on property anywhere that is best rather than restricting placement.
Ellis stated the Planning Board was concerned with appearance in regards to placement.
There being no other comments, Mayor Moore closed the public hearing at 7:01 p.m.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to adopt Ordinance (2021) 971, An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances, Title IX, Chapter 157, Zoning, to Add Solar Collector, Accessory. The motion carried unanimously.
4. Rezone Property at the Intersection of West Church Street and West Wilson Street (Parcel #57404) From Residential (R-15) to Residential- Agricultural (RA-20)
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested approval of a proposed rezoning request to Rezone Parcel #57404 located at the corner of West Church Street and West Wilson Street from Residential (R-150) to Residential-Agricultural (RA20).
Mayor Moore opened the public hearing at 7:02 p.m.
There being no other comments, Mayor Moore closed the public hearing at 7:04 p.m.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to approve the rezoning request by adopting Ordinance (2021) 972, Ordinance Amending Chapter 157 Zoning. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
5. Approval of Minutes- January 4, 2021 (Regular Session)
To approve the minutes from the following session(s):
- January 4, 2021 regular session
6. Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Devisconti Trust Fund
To adopt an ordinance amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget to transfer monies from the Devisconti Trust in to the General Fund – Library Department budget to use for the purchase of exterior trash receptacles and shelving in the new Library facility per request of Library Director David Miller.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the January 4, 2021 regular session minutes
- Adopted Ordinance (2021) 973, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Devisconti Trust Fund
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Discussion
7. Resolution to Temporarily Close Main Street Between Horne Avenue and Church Street for the Dogwood Festival
Interim Chief Jeffrey Spencer requested approval from the Board to approve a resolution, per NCDOT request, to temporarily close a portion of North Main Street for the Dogwood Festival in April 2021.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to adopt Resolution (2021) 1499, A Resolution to Temporary Close Main Street Between Horne Avenue and Church Street in Farmville, NC on April 23-25, 2021. The motion carried unanimously.
8. Consideration of Final Agenda for Annual Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat
Town Manager Hodgkins requested approval of the final agenda for the Annual Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to approve the final agenda for the Board’s Annual Retreat. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Moore asked for citizen comments at this time.
Steven Hardy-Braz questioned why the Retreat Agenda did not have an ADA plan for the Town’s non-compliance in regard to sidewalks.
Public Works Director Wes Thomas stated that Planning Director Justin Oakes and himself have already contracted with a firm on developing an ADA plan for the Town.
On motion by Commissioner Smith, the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.