The Farmville Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom with Mayor Robert Evans presiding. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Alma Hobbs, Brenda Elks, David Shackleford, 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.
Commissioner John Moore offered the invocation, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Evans recognized Ms. Salaam, a Farmville citizen.
Ms. Salaam expressed her opinion that recent demolitions in Town have been concentrated in low income areas and she stated that she would like to increase awareness of this as unjust.
Town Manager Hodgkins had the following comments:
- Semi-annual water conversion from well water to GUC water has been completed. This could have caused some temporary discoloration in the water.
- Boys and Girls Club gymnasium floor was damaged due to a leak. The floor should be refinished this week. Repairs will be fully funded by insurance reimbursement.
- The community center is now staffed in the afternoons by part-time employees. Shifts are worked Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am until 12 noon, 12 noon until 4:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am until 12 noon. New furniture has also been placed in the lobby of the community center.
- NC Bicycle ride took place last week and was a success again this year.
- May Museum Annual Oyster Roast is set for Sunday, October 13th at 4:00 pm
- Market on Main will take place on Tuesday, October 15th
- 1st Annual Pumpkin Chunkin Festival will take place on Saturday, October 26th
Major Jeffrey Spencer introduced Kelly Cox as a new police officer for the Town.
Finance Director Amy Johnson provided the financial report for the month of September, 2019.
Mayor Evans asked if there were any additional changes to the agenda.
Town Manager stated there are no changes to the evening’s agenda.
1. Ordinance Amending Chapter 150 of the Code of Ordinances Regarding the Size of Street Address Numbers to be Displayed on Structures
Planning Director Justin Oakes requested an amendment to Chapter 150 of the Code of Ordinances to bring it into compliance with current North Carolina Building Code standards regarding the size of addressing numerals to be displayed on both Residential and Commercial properties.
Mayor Evans declared the public hearing open at 6:41 p.m.
There being no further comments, Mayor Evans closed the public hearing at 6:42 p.m.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board adopted Ordinance (2019) 942, Ordinance Amending Chapter 150, Building Regulations; Construction, of the Town of Farmville. The motion carried unanimously.
2. Ordinance Amending Chapter 119 of the Code of Ordinances Regarding Unlicensed and/or Uninspected Vehicles
Planning Director Justin Oakes requested an amendment to the Chapter 119 of the Code of Ordinances to remove the term “Junk Vehicle” and replace it with “Unlicensed and/or Uninspected Vehicles.” Oakes stated this amendment would change the department responsible for enforcement of this chapter from the Police Department to Planning and Code Enforcement.
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 Dixon, the Board adopted Ordinance (2019) 943, Ordinance Amending Chapter 119, Abandoned Vehicle Enterprise Ordinance, of the Town of Farmville. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Evans asked for a motion to approve the evening’s agenda.
Commissioner Hobbs made a motion to approve the agenda as presented this evening. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Evans recognized the Jack, Arch and Sam Flanagan for their presence at the meeting. Evans also recognized Matthew Edwards for his presence.
Items for Consent
3. Approval of Minutes
To approve the minutes from the following session:
- September 3, 2019 Regular Session
4. Consideration of Permitting the Town’s Contracted Tax Attorney to Continue Action on 3894 Brooks Drive, Parcel# 10959 for Tax Delinquency
To approve the request to leave the property located at 3894 Brooks Drive with the tax attorney for processing.
5. Resolution Authorizing the Sale of Surplus Real Property at 3519 Zeno Street
To adopt a resolution authorizing the sale of surplus property at 3519 Zeno Street to Bobby Joyner, the only bidder.
On motion by Commissioner Dixon,HHSSSS the Board approved/adopted the following:
- Approved the September 3, 2019 minutes
- Approved the request to leave the property located at 3894 Brooks Drive with the tax attorney for processing
- Adopted Resolution (2019) 1469, Resolution Authorizing Disposal of Certain Real Property on Zeno Street (3519)
The motion carried unanimously.
Items for Decision
6. Presentation on Farmville Participation in the Greenville ENC Alliance Economic Development Organization- Michael Overton, Alliance Board Chairman
Michael Overton, Alliance Board Chairman, made a presentation to the Town Board explaining the structure and purpose of the new organization, listing the activities to date and describing how Farmville may achieve a more formal role in the organization. He asked for their support.
On motion by Commissioner Moore, the Board agreed to approve the funding ($4,677) for membership in the ENC Alliance Economic Development Organization. The motion carried unanimously.
7. Update on Farmville Public Library Project- David Miller, Library Director
Library Director David Miller provided an update of the Library project. He stated the library is currently setup and open in the building on the corner of North Main/Wilson Street. Miller said they should be moving to the depot by the end of December, 2019. In addition, Miller stated the stained glass window was successfully removed from the old Library, along with the mantel and plaques to retain this history in the new library.
8. Request for Additional Assistance by Rooted in Community/Community Garden
Sandy Pruette presented a proposal for additional assistance for beds, crush & run for walkways and paths, fence posts and materials to support grapevines, berry bushes and fruit trees. She stated right now they need the land cleared by the Town for the planned orchard. Pruette informed the Board that Martin Marietta is giving them a certain amount of crush & run free but the amount is undetermined at this time. She reduced the amount of the request from the Town Board to $6,000.
Commissioner Moore made a motion for Ms. Pruette to come back in November with numbers that are more firm on crush & run cost and what amount is going to be donated. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Request by Power Resource Group/Carolina Poultry Power to Reactivate a Town Well on West Marlboro Road Adjacent to Ham’s Produce for the Purpose of Providing Additional Cooling Capacity
Rich Deming, with Carolina Poultry Power, presented a proposal to the Board about renovating and re-commissioning an old Town owned well located near the silos on the Ham Produce site for the purpose of utilizing the well as an emergency cooling source for their process. If approved, Deming stated the well would only be used during unusual situations where the existing cooling pond water level gets low, or the pond gets too hot. He further stated that they want to make sure the power plant doesn’t have any operational issues in drought or extremely hot conditions. Deming said all costs of bringing the well up to operational standards will be at the expense of Carolina Poultry Power and they have no plans to interconnect with the Town’s system. He requested for the Town Board to approve Carolina Poultry Power to spend $3,000 for the well to be inspected and determine if it is even operational.
Commissioner Dixon made a motion to approve the refurbishment plan and allow Carolina Poultry Power to have the well inspected to determine if it is operational and what it would cost to make it so. The motion carried unanimously.
10. Resolution Requesting An Extension of Farmville’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction to Include Parcel# 03260
Planning Director Justin Oakes stated that the Town has received a request from Bynum Satterwhite, property owner for parcel 03260, to be included within Farmville’s ETJ. Oakes stated the reason for the request is so the property could become eligible for the ElectriCities Smart Sites Certification Program. Oakes added the site is currently served by Farmville water, sewer and electric, and the Town has sufficient capacity in that area to accommodate the intended proposed uses to be marketed in the Smart Sites program.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the Board adopted Resolution (2019) 1470, Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Farmville Requesting the Pitt County Board of Commissioners to Agree to an Extension of the Town of Farmville’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. The motion carried unanimously.
11. Consideration of Amendments to the Town of Farmville Target Business Incentive Grant Program
Town Manager Hodgkins requested that the Board adopt an amendment to the Town’s Target Business Incentive Grant program to place a greater emphasis on encouraging certain types of businesses more so than just filling up vacant buildings. Hodgkins stated the amendment allows more flexibility with the length of time a building has to be vacant to be eligible for grant assistance and add pharmacies as a new target business since we have lost our downtown pharmacy.
Commissioner Hobbs made a motion to adopt the Amended Target Business Incentive Grant Program. The motion carried unanimously.
12. Consideration of Amendments to the Town of Farmville Building Improvement Incentive Grant for Vacant Downtown Buildings
Town Manager Hodgkins requested that the Board adopt an amendment to the Town’s Building Improvement Incentive Grant Program to place a greater emphasis on renovating and filing vacant spaces quickly regardless of how long they have been vacant. Hodgkins stated that the amendment allows more flexibility to permit assistance for any vacant buildings and not just those that have been vacant for twelve or more months prior to occupancy.
Commissioner Shackleford made a motion to adopt the Amended Building Improvement Incentive Grant Program for Vacant Downtown Buildings. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Evans recognized Cheryl Patterson, a Farmville citizen.
Mrs. Patterson expressed her excitement about the library and its recent progress. She thanked the Town Board for their support.
Commissioner Elks asked for an update on the alley and Wilson Street issue. She expressed her concern over the length of time it has taken and it still is not complete.
Town Manager Hodgkins explained that blame could not be placed on any one individual/business due to their being several instances constituting the delays. He said that currently, a new plan is being developed to prevent future flooding in the alley and once it is finalized, the alley will be completed and the street will be paved on Wilson.
Commissioner Moore thanked the Board for their great work. He thanked Steven Hardy- Braz for helping bring the cyclists to Farmville. He thanked Greg Cannon for bringing the Hardware Store to Town and Brenda Elks for Hometown Halloween. Moore stated the Town has had nine new businesses locate in Farmville since January 2019 and houses are going up, so growth in Farmville is happening now. In conclusion, Moore commented that this Town Board is the most united Board he has ever served on.
On motion by Commissioner Elks, the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.