The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 4, 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 and Town Clerk Amy B. Johnson. Town Manager Hodgkins and Commissioner Alma Hobbs attended the meeting by phone.
Mayor Moore called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Public Works Director Wes Thomas offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag led by Commissioner Smith.
Mayor Moore recognized Demon Barnes, who owns a business at 3832 South Main Street in Farmville.
Mr. Barnes stated he has moved his car wash business to Main Street and would like to be able to sell his cars there as well. He asked for the Board’s consideration in regards to the current zoning issue preventing him from having his car lot.
Town Manager’s Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comment(s) to the Board:
- The old HB Sugg School is now on the National Register of Historic Places
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of December, 2020.
Changes/Additions/Deletions to Agenda
Mayor Moore asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda.
Town Manager Hodgkins asked the Board to add:
- Agenda Item #12- Consideration of Extension of Emergency FLMA Leave for COVID Related Illness
Commissioner Elks made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented with the above addition. The motion carried unanimously.
Proclamation- Mayor Moore
1. Human Trafficking and Awareness Month
Mayor Moore read and presented a proclamation for Human Trafficking and Awareness Month to Pam Strickland, from Eastern Stop Human Trafficking Now.
2. Structure for Demolition- 4337 Thorne Street (Parcel #24888)
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested approval to demolish the property located at 4337 West Thorne Street (Parcel #24888). Ellis stated that he had sent at least four certified letters to the responsible person for this property.
Mayor Moore opened the public hearing at 6:49 p.m.
Brenda Foreman expressed her desire to bring her mother’s property up to code and requested time to do so.
There being no other comments, Mayor Moore closed the public hearing at 7:01 p.m.
Commissioner Dixon made a motion to approve the request to demolish the building if not brought up to minimum housing standards within 90 days. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
3. Approval of Minutes- November 30, 2020 (Regular Session)
To approve the minutes from the following session(s):
- November 30, 2020 regular session
4. Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Police Donation
To adopt an ordinance amending the FY 2020/2021 to adjust revenue and expenditure accounts for the receipt of a $5,000 donation from the Tabitha DeVisconti Trust given to the Police Department.
5. Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Electric Surplus Sale
To adopt an ordinance amending the FY 2020/2021 to adjust revenue and expenditure accounts for the receipt of funds in the amount of $20,720.80 from the sale of copper to the NC Salvage Company.
6. Appointment of Fire Chief for 2021
To approve the appointment of Tommy Brady as Fire Chief for another one-year term.
7. Appointment of Planning Board Member – Tammy Matis
To adopt a resolution appointing Tammy Matis to serve as a member on the Planning and Zoning Board.
On motion by Commissioner Smith, the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the November 30, 2020 regular session minutes
- Adopted Ordinance (2021) 969, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Police
- Adopted Ordinance (2021) 970, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance – Electric
- Approved Appointment of Tommy Brady as Fire Chief
- Adopted Resolution (2021) 1498, Appointing Advisory Board Member- Farmville Planning Board- Tammy Matis
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Discussion
8. Proposed Presentation of Service Weapons to Retired Police Chief Donnie Greene and Retired Sergeant Derek Ennis at the February Meeting
Interim Chief Jeffrey Spencer requested approval from the Board to present retired Chief Donnie Greene and retired Sergeant Derek Ennis their service weapons at the February Board meeting.
On motion by Commissioner Smith, the Board approved the Presentation of Sidearms at the February meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Consideration of Extending the Temporary Moratorium on New Annual or One-Time Food Truck Permits
Planning Director Justin Oakes requested an extension for an additional 3 months on the temporary moratorium on new annual or one-time food truck permits. Oakes stated the grace period of existing permits expired on December 31st.
After a general discussion, Commissioner Dixon made a motion to extend the 90-day moratorium on new annual and one-time food truck permits. The motion carried 4 to 1, with Commissioners Dixon, Hobbs, Smith and Shackleford voting in the affirmative and Commissioner Elks voting in the negative.
10. Appointment of Voting Delegate for NCLM Biennial Legislative and Policy Goals
Town Manager Hodgkins requested for the Board to designate a voting delegate to vote on NCLM legislative priorities for FY 2021-2022.
Commissioner Dixon made a motion to designate Commissioner Alma Hobbs as the voting delegate for the NCLM Biennium Policy Goals. The motion carried unanimously.
11. Consideration of Draft Agenda for Annual Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat
Town Manager Hodgkins provided the Board with a draft agenda for the Annual Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat.
Mayor Moore asked for a 3-minute presentation from all the Town advisory boards to give a 6-month report on accomplishments along with future plans.
12. Consideration of Extension of Emergency FLMA Leave for COVID Related Illness
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the Emergency FLMA leave for COVID related illness expired on December 31st of this year, which gave employees up to 80 hours of sick leave. He requested approval from the Town to extend this leave availability to employees who need it through March 31, 2021.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to extend the Emergency FLMA leave for COVID related illness under the Cares Act until March 31, 2021. The motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to make the extension retroactive to January 1, 2021. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Moore asked for citizen comments at this time.
There were no citizen comments.
Commissioner Elks thanked Wes Thomas and his department for cleaning up the town for the holidays. She added that everything looked good for the Home For The Holidays event and thanked all the Town employees for keeping everything running smoothly.
Mayor Moore noted that Farmville will be 150 years old in 2022 and that we would need ideas for a special event and suggestions on people who would be willing to serve on a planning committee. He also asked all Town employees to please wear their masks when entering Town Hall.
On motion by Commissioner Shackleford, the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.