A Public Hearing will be held during the City Council Meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at 305 E Union Street Suite A100, Morganton NC. Notice is hereby given that the City of Morganton will hold a second public meeting to receive public input and comments for the FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and the FY 2020 Action Plan for the City of Morganton. This Consolidated Plan, as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD), identifies needs, outlines goals, develops action plans and prepares budgets for the City of Morganton, for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024. The City will also be holding a Public Hearing to amend its FY-2019 Annual Action Plan to add Community Development Block Grant Covid19 funds into the budget at this meeting.
In emergency situations such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, an expedited procedure may be enacted. The expedited procedure must include notice and reasonable opportunity to comment of no less than 5 days. The 5-day period can run concurrently for comments on the annual action plan amendment and amended citizen participation plan. Also public hearings in emergency situations will not be required to amend plans substantially.
These hearings are being conducted in a time of a State of Emergency declared by the Governor throughout North Carolina, due to the COVID 19 pandemic. By Executive Order 121 as amended by subsequent Executive Orders, public gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Due to that State of Emergency, there shall be limited direct public access to the room in which the City Council meets, and special provisions shall be made for the receipt of public participation in the public hearing. The hearing shall be conducted during a regular meeting of the City Council, which shall be broadcast on CoMPAS Channel 2, and live-streamed on the City’s YouTube Channel.
THEREFORE, for purposes of these public hearings to be conducted on June 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., if anyone wishes to appear and testify in person at such hearing, notification of such intent to appear must be provided to the City Clerk in the Morganton City Hall, 305 East Union Street, Suite A100, Morganton, North Carolina, (828) 438-5230, prior to 3:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing, so that arrangements may be provided for one individual at a time to appear at the hearing. In addition, anyone who wishes may submit to the City Clerk a written comment or statement to be considered in the public hearings, prior to 3:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing.
There will be a 30-day comment period beginning May 15, 2020 to obtain citizen input before the plan and amendment is adopted.
Any person with a disability needing special accommodations or non-English speaking persons needing translation services should contact the City of Morganton at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information or to request a copy of the draft plan please contact Lisa Helton at (828) 485-4281, or 1(800) 735-2962 TDD. If you need further information contact: Lisa Helton at (828) 514-9194