Town of Farmville
Board of Commissioners
June 4, 2018
The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor Robert Evans presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Brenda Elks, Alma Hobbs, Jamin Dixon, David Shackleford and John Moore; Town Attorney Christopher Edwards; Town Manager David Hodgkins and Town Clerk Amy B. Johnson.
Mayor Evans called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Kevin Deibert, from the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Farmville, offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Evans recognized Sophie Szymeczek.
Ms. Szymeczek stated she would like to see the following in regards to animal services:
- a strategic plan
- transparency and sharing of information
- updated statutes on the Town website
- include animal services on the website and post a link to a “found pets website”
- creation of an animal services advisory board
In addition, she thanked the Board for including this service in the new budget plan.
Mayor Evans recognized Steven Hardy-Braz.
Mr. Hardy-Braz reminded the town of the need for completed sidewalks in our town.
Mayor Evans recognized Brad Johnston, principal of the Farmville High School.
Mr. Johnston thanked the Board for their contribution and support of academic excellence. He stated the scholarship total for graduating seniors was just under $7.5 million to date.
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had no comments at this time.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of April, 2018.
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had no changes to the evening’s agenda.
1. Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Remove “Internet Cafes” as a Special
Exception Use in the Highway Business District (HBD)
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the public hearing was to receive citizen input on an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate Internet Cafes as a Special Exception Use in the Highway Business zoning district.
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 6:51 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:54 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the Board adopted Ordinance (2018) 908, An Ordinance to Amend Code of Ordinances, Title XV, Chapter 157, of the Town of Farmville to Amend Special Exception Uses in the Highway Business Zoning District. The motion carried unanimously.
2. FY 2018/2019 Annual Budget Ordinance
Town Manager Hodgkins presented the FY 2018/2019 Budget Ordinance with the recommended changes that came out of the May budget workshop and requested approval.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board approved the changes made to the budget proposal per the Board’s request from the budget workshop. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the Board adopted Ordinance (2018) 909, Budget Ordinance for FY 2018/2019. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
3. Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following sessions:
- May 7, 2018 Regular session
- May 7, 2018 Closed session
- May 14, 2018 Budget Workshop session
4. Adoption of Ordinance Amending FY 2017/2018 Budget Ordinance
To adopt an ordinance amending the budget to cover all over-expenditures and to clean up revenue and expense accounts to bring them more in line for year end.
On motion by Commissioner Elks,HHSSSS the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the minutes from the May 7th regular & closed session and the May 14th budget workshop session
- Adopted Ordinance (2018) 910, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2017/2018 Budget Ordinance- Year End Adjustments
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
5. Blacksmith Shop on Grounds of May Museum
Lindsay Annis, Director of the May Museum, presented a proposal to establish a working blacksmithing shop on the grounds of the May Museum. Mrs. Annis stated there would be no cost to the Town for this addition. She also thanked the DeVisconti Center for allowing them the use of their space for their recent Garden Party due to weather.
The Board requested a schematic drawing of what the blacksmithing shop will look like and asked for it to be given to them by the end of June.
6. Ordinance Closing a Portion of Main Street for Music on Main Event
Jay Johnson, owner of the Farmville Flower Basket, addressed the Board to request permission to hold another Music on Main event on June 19, 2018 and to temporarily close a portion of North Main Street.
Commissioner Hobbs made a motion to approve the Music on Main Event on June 19th and adopted Ordinance (2018) 911, An Ordinance to Temporary Close North Main Street Between Belcher Street and Wilson Street in Farmville, NC on June 19, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.
7. SCADA System
Carroll Griffin presented a new proposal to replace and upgrade our water system SCADA software and computer system. He noted that funding for this was already included in the adopted FY 2018/2019 budget.
Commissioner Shackleford made a motion to approve the SCADA system upgrade project for the FY 2018/2019 Budget. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Evans asked for citizen comments at this time.
Steve Hardy-Braz thanked the Board for video recording the meetings and asked that meetings remain on Monday night.
Mayor Evans thanked Mayor Pro Tempore Shackleford for presiding over the last meeting in his absence.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.