Oct 24, 2011
City Council Work Session Meeting Minutes
Monday, October 24, 2011
Call to Order
Mayor Bryan Hough called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The following were present:
Mayor Bryan Hough
Danny Jackson, City Manager
Mayor Pro-Tem Carolyn Breyare
Jamie Guffey, Assistant City Manager
Councilman Jerry Bishop
David Belk, Police Chief
Councilman Jim Hope
Dale Oplinger, Fire Chief
Councilman Perry Toomey
James Friday, Director of Utilities
Councilman Bennie Brookshire
Mike Santmire, Director of Streets and Solid Waste
Councilman David Moore
Ed Smith, Director of Parks & Recreation
Attorney Kemp Michael
Greg Beal, Director of Planning and Development
Councilman Moore led the Council, staff and attendees in prayer.
Set the Agenda?
Mayor Hough advised that Item #3, Discussion of Resolution for Public Housing needs to be removed from the agenda. He then asked for additional changes. With none stated Councilman Bishop made a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Mayor Pro Tem Breyare seconded the motion. All Council Members present, voted in favor. The motion passed.
- Discussion of Signage and Branding for Parks and Recreation
Mr. Smith explained that the Recreation Commission has been discussing a new park entry sign and other identifying signs in the City. They have made a recommendation to come before Council to request that the Recreation Department work in conjunction with the City's Brand and Design Firm to formulate signage that would coordinate and compliment the new City signage. The thought process behind moving forward with this process now is to allow for a speedier process and cost saving for the City. Councilman Hope questioned the $16,300 the design firm is going to charge the City to recreate what they are currently under contract for with the City. It was the consensus of Council to discuss this issue further at the next Council meeting.
- Award Bid for the Engineering Portion of the CDBG Grant Project
Mr. Jackson reported that it is time to move forward with awarding the bid for the engineering portion of the Community Development Block Grant project for the River Street Park Area. Mr. Jackson advised that Staff recommends US Infrastructure for the Engineering portion of the CDBG project.
- Discussion of Backflow Letter
Mr. Friday presented the proposed letter to the City Council that the Utility Department intends to send out to water customers regarding water protection and backflow device installation. He advised that the information in the letter is State requirements. The City Council reviewed that letter and had concerns with sending it out to the citizens. It was the consensus of the Council to put the information on the front page of the November newsletter instead of sending the letter to each water customer.
- Discussion of the Council Retreat Location
It was the consensus of Council to go to the Crown Plaza in Hickory for their annual retreat.
- Discussion of the Date and Location of the Council Holiday Dinner
It was the consensus of Council to make reservations at the Woodshed for December 5th for the annual Council Christmas Dinner.
At this time, Councilman Bishop made a motion to enter into closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (5)). Councilman Toomey seconded the motion. All Council members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)
Councilman Bishop made a motion to come out of closed session. Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
With no additional items for discussion, Mayor Hough entertained a motion to adjourn. Councilman Moore made the motion to adjourn the October 24, 2011 Council work session meeting. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.