Town of Farmville
Board of Commissioners
October 2, 2017
The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 2, 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, Jamin Dixon, John Moore, David Shackleford and Hunter Walters; 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 Stephen Dunn of Farmville United Methodist Church in Farmville offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Evans recognized Diane Lewis, a Farmville citizen.
Mrs. Lewis expressed her concern over some houses in Town that she thought needed to be demolished due to their poor condition.
Mayor Evans recognized Sophie Szymeczek, a Farmville citizen.
Ms. Szymeczek expressed her concern about the junk cars in Town and what the Town could do about them.
Mayor Evans recognized Jay Johnson, a Downtown business owner.
Mr. Johnson stated the next Music on Main event will be held on October 31st and the band will be Backyard Groove. He said it would be in conjunction with Hometown Halloween.
Mayor Evans shared a thank you card from Abigail Price, thanking the Town Board for the AVID binders and notebooks which were donated for the school.
Town Manager Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comments:
- Town is in the process of converting from well water to GUC water as of yesterday and the process will be complete in the next couple of days. Customers may detect an odor or have air in their lines.
- Fire Chief Tommy Brady, John Baker and he attended a Fire Expo in Raleigh with topics relating to planning for and constructing a new fire station.
- Currently well into the process of the process to update the Strategic Economic Development Plan. Steering Committee has met once, and small group meetings and a community meeting with more than 35 citizens were held last week. An online survey is now available to be completed by the public.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of August, 2017.
Town Manager Hodgkins stated he had no changes to the evening’s agenda.
Mayor Evans asked the Board to add the following to the evening’s agenda:
- Agenda item #9 – Report from Steven Hardy-Braz
Commissioner Walters made a motion to add the above item to the evening’s agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
- Structure for Demolition- 3955 South Main Street
Code Enforcement Officer Paul Ellis requested approval to demolish the structure located at 3955 South Main Street, Parcel 23149.
Mayor Evans declared the public hearing open at 6:51 p.m.
John Spruill commented that the owner has passed away.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:52 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Shackleford, the Board adopted Ordinance (2017) 894, 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.
- Zoning Text Amendment to Add Micro-Distilleries, Micro-Breweries, and Micro-Wineries as Permitted Uses in Business Districts
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the public hearing was to receive citizen input on adding Micro-Distilleries, Micro-Breweries, and Micro-Wineries as permitted uses in the Neighborhood Business, Central Business, General Business and Highway Business Districts. He reported the Planning Board recommended that the text amendment be approved as requested.
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 6:54 p.m.
Sophie Szymeczek stated it would be nice to have other restaurants like Plank Road in Farmville.
Steven Hardy-Braz stated his support for the amendment.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:56 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board adopted Ordinance (2017) 895, An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances, Title XV, Chapter 157, Zoning of the Town of Farmville to Create and Permit a New Use Entitled ‘Micro-Distillery/Micro-Brewery/Micro-Winery.’ The motion carried unanimously.
- Zoning Text Amendment to Prohibit the Parking of Large Commercial Vehicles and Equipment in Front and Corner Side Yards on Improved Residential Lots
Town Manager Hodgkins stated the public hearing was to receive citizen input on prohibiting the parking of large commercial vehicles and equipment in the front and corner side yards of improved residential lots. He reported the Planning Board recommended that the text amendment be approved.
Mayor Evans opened the public hearing at 6:59 p.m.
Sophie Szymeczek mentioned the location of a current offender.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 7:00 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Walters, the Board adopted Ordinance (2017) 896, An Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances, Title VX, Chapter 157, Zoning of the Town of Farmville to Prohibit the Parking of Commercial Vehicles in the Front or Corner Side Yards of Single Family Homes in Residential Zoning Districts. The motion carried 3 to 2, with Commissioners Dixon, Shackleford and Walters voting in the affirmative and Commissioners Elks and Moore voting in the negative.
Items for Consent
- Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following meetings:
- February 6, 2017 closed session
- Adoption of Ordinance Amending FY 2017/2018 Budget- Fire Department
To adopt an ordinance to transfer monies from the Rural Fire Truck Fund Balance account into the Fire Department – Capital Outlay Equipment expenditure account to cover the purchase of fire equipment for the new fire truck.
- Resolution Honoring the North State Little League Baseball Team
To adopt a resolution honoring the North State Little League Baseball Team on their accomplishments for finishing second in the nation and fourth in the world in the 2017 Little League World Series in August 2017.
On motion by Commissioner Elks,HHSSSS the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the minutes from the February 6th closed session
- Adopted Ordinance (2017) 897, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2017-2018 Budget Ordinance
- Adopted Resolution (2017) 1370, Resolution Recognizing the North State Little League Team
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
- Report on Farmville Summer Day Camp Program
Recreation Director, Matt Johnston, provided the Board with an after-action report on the summer day camp program from this past summer. He commented on the success of the program.
- Report on Actions From 2017 Annual Planning Retreat
Town Manager Hodgkins provided the Board with a six-month report that recapped all items discussed at the February 20, 2017 retreat and the subsequent action that was taken in response to Board directives.
- Report on Upcoming Bike Ride – Steven Hardy-Braz
Steven Hardy-Braz reminded the Board of the NC Mountains to the Sea bicycle ride to take place on Friday, October 6, 2017. He stated that all signs were ready and that he utilized local merchants. He reported that the ride course has been marked. He added that new artwork is ready on the streets for the ride and three television stations would be reporting.
Mayor Evans stated there were no citizen presentations.
Kris Lanier, mother of Kaylee, presented an appreciation plaque to the Community of Farmville for their support of Team Kaylee. She reported that they raised $500 for Hydrocephalus Awareness.
Doris Briley, a Farmville citizen, expressed her concern over some properties on the south side of Town that she stated needed attention and have needed it since 2005.
Commissioner Walters read a prepared statement tendering his resignation from his seat as Commissioner, effective December 2017.
On motion by Commissioner Walters, the Board adjourned at 7:33 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.