Town of Farmville
Board of Commissioners
October 1, 2018
The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 1, 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 Steve Dunn from the Farmville United Methodist Church in Farmville offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Evans recognized Miriam Lewis, a Farmville citizen.
Mrs. Lewis asked the Board to adopt the Resolution Supporting Farming and Agri-Business in North Carolina that will be on the agenda tonight.
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had the following comments:
- The Town has converted from well water back to Greenville water primarily so there may be some discoloration in customer’s water while we are trying to clear the lines by flushing.
- Mosquito spraying began last Thursday and into Friday. The Town will continue to spray in the evenings over the next several weeks.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of September, 2018.
Mayor Evans asked if there were any needed changes to the agenda.
Commissioner Elks requested for Agenda item #6 to be postponed until November to give more time for certain questions to be answered.
Mayor Evans stated the following changes to the evening’s agenda had been presented:
- Postpone Agenda item #6 until November meeting
- Add Agenda item# 2A- Public Hearing CDBG Infrastructure- Basin 5 Sewer Expansion
Commissioner Elks made a motion to approve the above changes to the evening’s agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
1. Structure for Demolition- 4289 West Cotton Street
Code Enforcement Director Paul Ellis requested permission to demolish the property located at 4289 West Cotton Street (Parcel 05429).
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 6:42 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:43 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the Board adopted Ordinance (2018) 1424, 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 Same may not be Occupied until Demolished. The motion carried unanimously.
2. CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG- NR) Funding (Second Hearing)
Rich Moore of McDavid Associates stated this was the second public hearing for the CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization grant and is to receive public input. He said the grant proposal will include housing improvements for owner occupied low and moderate income home owners and ADA restroom construction for the Farmville Community Arts Council annex.
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 6:49 p.m.
Rich Moore answered some general questions about requirements of the program.
Commissioner Moore requested that meetings with potential applicants be held at the Community Center.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:55 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the Board authorized the submission of the grant application, authorized the Mayor to sign the application, and approved a local contribution of $8,000. The motion carried unanimously.
2A.Public Hearing- CDBG Infrastructure – Basin 5 Sewer Expansion
Rich Moore of McDavid Associates stated this was a public hearing on the CDBG- Infrastructure- Basin 5 Sewer Expansion project application. He said the application is an effort to apply for $2 million to replace additional old sanitary sewer lines in a continuing effort to address the Basin 5 area in South Farmville.
Mayor Evans declared the public hearing open at 6:54 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 7:10 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the Board approved the filing of the application and adopted Resolution (2018) 1425, Approving Application for Financial Assistance, Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure Program. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
3. Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following sessions:
- September 4, 2018 Regular session
4. Resolution Supporting North Carolina Farmers and Agri-Business
To adopt a resolution in support of North Carolina Farmers and Agri-Business.
On motion by Commissioner Hobbs,HHSSSS the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the minutes from the September 4th regular session
- Adopted Resolution (2018) 1426, Resolution Supporting Farming and Agri-Business in North Carolina
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
5. Discussion of Traffic Control Needs on Ryon Drive
Town Manager Hodgkins stated due to new activity on the new soccer/football field and increased activity on the existing baseball fields, there is increasing vehicle and pedestrian traffic in this area which is creating situations where accidents could occur. He stated that he wanted to begin the discussion to develop some solutions to make the Ryon Drive safer for our park visitors.
Commissioner Hobbs suggested the possibility of a bridge over Ryon Drive for people to cross.
Police Chief Donnie Greene suggested getting some temporary speed bumps for Ryon Drive that they could obtain free of charge. He also said they could paint a crosswalk to alert motorists and possibly install gates temporarily to prevent through traffic during peak park usage times.
Commissioner Elks stated that she thought it was best to start with the speed bumps and see how it goes from there.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to ask Chief Greene to order speed bumps for Ryon Drive and to access how it is going at the November, 2018 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
6. Consideration of Amendments to the Town Employee Personnel Policy
Agenda item postponed.
Mayor Evans asked for citizen comments at this time.
Commissioner Elks thanked all Town employees for their good work during the Hurricane Florence.
Commissioner Elks stated the First Responders dinner has been rescheduled to October 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.
Cheryl Patterson stated that the Emerald City Big Band would be performing at the Divisconti Events Center in Farmville this Saturday.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.