The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 1, 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.
Public Works Director Wes Thomas offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag led by Commissioner Bert Smith.
Mayor Moore stated there were no citizen presentations this evening.
Town Manager’s Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comment(s) to the Board:
- Town Board had a good and productive annual retreat and we are already proceeding with items discussed
- Two new Sculptures have arrived with one being replaced at the Community Center and one being placed at the new Library. The Library sculpture has been sponsored this year by the David Stowe family and the Arts Council
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of February, 2021.
Changes/Additions/Deletions to Agenda
Mayor Moore asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda.
Town Manager Hodgkins requested for the following changes to the evening’s agenda:
- Removal of Agenda Item #5 – Consideration of Amendments to the Farmville Library Meeting Room Use Policy
- Removal of Agenda Item #6 – Consideration of Amendments to the Farmville Community Center Use Policy
Commissioner Smith made a motion to accept the above changes to the agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Moore asked for a motion to accept the evening’s agenda.
Commissioner Hobbs made a motion to accept the agenda as presented with the approved changes. The motion carried unanimously.
1. Ordinance to Amend Chapter 157 of the Code of Ordinances to Add Day Care
Centers as a Special Exception in the Residential (R-15) District
Planning Director Justin Oakes requested approval of a proposed ordinance amendment to Chapter 157 of the Code of Ordinances. He stated this amendment would add Day Care Centers as a Special Exception in the R-15 Residential District.
Mayor Moore opened the public hearing at 6:39 p.m.
Lynda Kachman spoke in favor of being able to have the daycare center and what it would mean for Farmville.
There being no other comments, Mayor Moore closed the public hearing at 6:40 p.m.
Commissioner Dixon requested permission to abstain from voting due to having a conflict of interest.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to allow Dixon to abstain from voting. The motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to adopt Ordinance (2021) 974, An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances, Title IX, Chapter 157, Zoning, Residential R-15, Special Exceptions, to Add Day Care Center. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Discussion
2. Approval of Minutes- February 1, 2021 (Regular Session)
To approve the minutes from the following session(s):
- February 1, 2021 regular session
Commissioner Smith made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 1, 2021 regular session. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Presentation of Audit Report For FY 2019/2020
Jay Parris, from Barrow, Parris and Davenport, presented the audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to accept and approve the audit report as presented. Commissioner Hobbs seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
4. Report by Farmville Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center- Lori Drake
Lori Drake, Director for the Farmville Chamber of Commerce, gave the Board a brief presentation of what the Chamber has been doing to advertise Farmville and get more visitors into our town. She stated that they have been running ads and commercials, with Farmville also being featured in an ad in Our State magazine. Drake added that Farmville was featured on the Henry Hinton radio show as well. She stated the Chamber is in the process of revamping their website and mission statement, along with recruiting new members and having a “Farmville” license plate fundraiser to highlight the Town’s 150 year anniversary.
5. Consideration of Amendments to the Farmville Library Meeting Room Use Policy
Removed from agenda
6. Consideration of Amendments to the Farmville Community Center Use Policy
Removed from agenda
7. Consideration of an Agreement for Exhibition of Art Work with Pitt County Arts
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the Town has participated in the outdoor sculpture program since 2018 and a new sculpture has been installed on an annual basis each year. He added due to liability concerns and for the protection of the art work, Pitt County Arts Council is requesting that each participating entity execute an agreement which formalizes this ongoing arrangement. Hodgkins stated the terms of the agreement are substantially the same as has been in practice, just now reduced to writing.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to approve the Agreement for Placement and Exhibition of Public Art on Public Properties in Farmville. The motion carried unanimously.
8. Consideration of Authorizing the Construction of a Splash Pad Structure on Park
Drive in the Vicinity of J.Y. Monk Park and the Boys and Girls Club
Recreation Director Diane White made a presentation to the Board requesting approval of a new community splash pad to be placed at the location of the former Farmville Public Pool, which is adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club. White provided a visual of what the splash pad will look like which was provided by Great Southern Recreation. She stated if approved and the construction plans stay on schedule, the splash pad will be open by July 2021.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to accept the plans and approve the addition of the splash pad. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Consideration of an Appointment to the Pitt County Human Relations
Mayor Moore stated the Pitt County Board of Commissioners has formed a new Human Relations Commission which will consist of 21 members, with 10 members designated as municipal representatives. Moore asked the Board to nominate him to serve as the representative for Farmville due to him feeling this was something dear to him.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to nominate Mayor John Moore to serve as Farmville’s representative. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Moore asked for citizen comments at this time.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.