The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor John O. Moore presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Brenda Elks, Jamin Dixon and David Shackleford; Town Attorney Christopher Edwards; Town Manager David Hodgkins and Town Clerk Amy B. Johnson. Commissioner Alma Hobbs and Bert Smith attended the meeting by phone.
Mayor Moore called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Commissioner David Shackleford offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag led by Commissioner Dixon.
Mayor Moore recognized AC Salaam, a Farmville citizen.
Ms. Salaam announced the recent death of Laura Ann King Willoughby, a long time citizen of Farmville.
Town Manager’s Comments
Town Manager Hodgkins made the following comments to the Board:
- Town has recently converted to Greenville Utilities water so you may see a little discoloration during this time.
- Several events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 including: Hometown Halloween, Taste of Farmville, Farmville’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Farmville Christmas Parade
- Farmville should receive an initial CARES act payment from Pitt County soon and it should be around $68,000.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of September, 2020.
Changes/Additions/Deletions to Agenda
Mayor Moore asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda. There were no changes.
Commissioner Smith made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Consent
1. Approval of Minutes- August 31, 2020 regular session
To approve the minutes from the following session(s):
- August 31, 2020 regular session
2. Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance- Library LSTA Grant
To adopt an ordinance amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance to account for the receipt of $17,588 in LSTA grant funds for the Library. This amendment will offset expenditures made due to grant monies received.
3. Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance- Library Trust Fund
To adopt an ordinance amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance to transfer monies received from the DeVisconti Trust Fund into the General Fund – Library Department budget to use for the purchase of a Self-Checkout Station in the new Library building.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the August 31, 2020 regular session minutes
- Adopted Ordinance (2020) 964, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance- Library LSTA grant
- Adopted Ordinance (2020) 965, An Ordinance Amending the FY 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance- DeVisconti Trust Fund
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
4. Appointment of Recreation Advisory Board Member- Joe Pickett
Town Manager Hodgkins requested the appointment of Joe Pickett to the Recreation Advisory Board.
Commissioner Shackleford made a motion to adopt Resolution (2020) 1494, Appointing a Member to the Recreation Advisory Board- Joe Pickett. The motion carried unanimously.
5. Consideration of Design Services Contract for the New Fire Department Headquarters Facility
Town Manager Hodgkins stated on August 31, 2020, the Board of Commissioners voted to retain the services of Davis Kane Architects of Raleigh, NC to provide design services related to construction of the new Farmville Fire Department Headquarters. Hodgkins presented a proposal from Davis Kane outlining a project description, scope of services, an anticipated schedule and a proposed fee arrangement. He asked for approval of this proposal.
Hodgkins introduced Jimmy Edwards, from Davis Kane, who will be the architect for the project.
Mr. Edwards expressed his excitement to be able to do this project since Farmville is special to him due to his childhood experiences in the area.
Commissioner Elks made a motion to accept the proposal. The motion carried unanimously.
6. Consideration of Imposing a Temporary Moratorium on New Annual or One-Time Food Truck Permits
Planning Director Justin Oakes stated that due to recent concerns over the Town’s current Food Truck Regulations, it is recommended that a moratorium be placed on the issuance of any new annual or one-time Food Truck Permits. Oakes explained this would allow Town staff an opportunity to review our current regulations and develop alternatives that may best address the concerns that have been raised.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon, the Board issued a moratorium on new annual or one-time Food Truck Permits for 3 months. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Moore asked for citizen comments at this time.
There were no citizen comments.
On motion by Commissioner Shackleford, the meeting was adjourned at 7:04 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.