Town of Farmville
Board of Commissioners
May 1, 2017
The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor Robert L. Evans presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Brenda Elks, David Shackleford, Hunter Walters, Jamin Dixon 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.
Reverend Oscar Coggin, of the Providence Baptist Church in Farmville, offered the invocation which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Evans recognized John Spruill, who resides at 3609 South George Street.
Mr. Spruill stated he had spoken with Paul Ellis and he wanted to inform the Board about the house at 905 Wallace Street that needs to be torn down.
Mayor Evans recognized Harold Flanagan, who resides at 4085 Grimmersburg Street.
Mr. Flanagan asked the Board for permission to expand the number of cremains allowed per cemetery plot and to have permission to put up a columbarium for the First Christian Church due to members wanting to bury loved ones there.
Mayor Evans recognized Chief Donnie Greene for being named Farmville Citizen of the Year. He also recognized Amy Johnson and the Town staff for their great efforts on the Dogwood Festival.
Town Manager Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comments:
- Dogwood Festival was successful due to a team effort by all, Amy, Town staff and volunteers
- Applied for a Municipal Support Grant from Pitt County and received a $5,000 commitment with possibly more money next year
- Application for a $75,000 storm water remediation grant was filed today with Golden Leaf for a problem on Wallace Street
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had no changes to the evening’s agenda.
- Structure for Demolition- 3584 South Walnut Street
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested approval to demolish the structure at 3584
South Walnut Street, Parcel #12400.
Mayor Evans declared the public hearing open at 6:46 p.m. There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:47 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the Board approved the request for demolition at 3584 South Walnut Street, and adopted Ordinance (2017) 887, 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. The motion carried unanimously.
- Addition to Town of Farmville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 158 – Vacant
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested the Board to approve the amendment to the Code of Ordinances as presented, which adds Section 158: Vacant Commercial Property Registration Ordinance.
Mayor Evans declared the public hearing open at 6:49 p.m. There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board approved the amendment to the Code of Ordinances and added Section 158: Vacant Commercial Property Registration Ordinance. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
- Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following meeting:
- April 3, 2017 regular session
- Re-Appointment of Library Advisory Board Member – Clara Flanagan
To adopt a resolution to re-appoint Clara Flanagan for another term on the Library Advisory Board.
- Re-Appointment of Library Advisory Board Member – John Moore
To adopt a resolution to re-appoint John Moore for another term on the Library Advisory Board.
- Re-Appointment of Library Advisory Board Member – Anne Walters
To adopt a resolution to re-appoint Anne Walters for another term on the Library Advisory Board.
- Appointment of Library Advisory Board Member – Cheryl Patterson
To adopt a resolution to appoint Cheryl Patterson to serve a term on the Library Advisory Board.
On motion by Commissioner Shackelford,HHSSSS the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the minutes from the April 3rd regular session
- Adopted Resolution (2017) 1358, Re-Appointing a Member to the Library Advisory Board – Clara Flanagan
- Adopted Resolution (2017) 1359, Re-Appointing a Member to the Library Advisory Board – John Moore
- Adopted Resolution (2017) 1360, Re-Appointing a Member to the Library Advisory Board – Anne Walters
- Adopted Resolution (2017) 1361, Appointing a Member to the Library Advisory Board – Cheryl Patterson
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
- Community Organization Funding Requests for FY 2017/2018 Budget
The following organizations presented their funding requests for the Town’s FY 2017/2018 Budget:
- Farmville Arts Council – $5,000 request – Lesley Albritton
- Farmville Community Garden – $5,000 request – Cathy Holmes
- Farmville Senior Council – $5,000 request – Eulalia Williams
- Farmville Rescue and EMS – $12,000 request – Kyle Willis
- J&L Enterprises, Inc. – $2,500 request – Doris Edwards
- B. Sugg and Sam Bundy Schools – $4,000 request – Allison Setser
- Pitt Community College – $10,000 request – Dennis Massey
- Pitt County Council on Aging – $8,500 request – Rich Zeck
- Schedule Public Hearing and Work Session on Proposed FY 2017/2018 Budget
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the Board received a copy of the proposed FY 2017/2018 budget this evening and he requested the Board to schedule a budget work session and set a date for the public hearing.
After a general discussion, Commissioner Moore made a motion to set Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the Town Hall Courtroom, to be the budget work session on the proposed FY 2017/2018 budget. The motion carried unanimously.
Commissioners Elks made a motion to set the public hearing date on the budget to be June 5, 2017. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor asked if there were any citizen comments at this time.
Commissioner Elks praised Library Director David Miller for his great newsletters.
Commissioner Walters commented that people are interested in the “free library” that is located on the Town Commons. He also stated that Farmville is listed as the 48th safest city in NC out of 476.
Ms. Williams thanked the Recreation Department for their increased senior activities.
Commissioner Moore stated that if the Police Department would like to have a popsicle day at the schools with the kids, then to seize the opportunity.
Mayor Evans reminded the Board that time was running out on awarding a construction contract on the Watkins Mobile Home Park sewer project and that the Town was in jeopardy of losing the grant funding.
Commissioner Dixon asked the Town Attorney to investigate and give an opinion on the Town’s obligations under the grant agreement.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the meeting was adjourned at 8:36 p.m. The motion