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Councilman Simmons presenting a Retirement Resolution to Ronnie O. Gibbs (transcript below)
RESOLUTION HONORING RONNIE O. GIBBS
WHEREAS, Ronnie O. Gibbs was employed by the City of Morganton as Public Safety Officer in the Public Safety Department on March 25, 1991; transferred to Public Safety Officer – Special Operations on July 13, 1998; promoted to Public Safety Officer II on September 21, 1998; promoted to Senior Public Safety Officer on June 19, 2000; changed to Special Operations Officer on March 3, 2003; changed to Field Operations / Senior Public Safety Officer on August 14, 2003; and
WHEREAS, Ronnie O. Gibbs has faithfully served the City of Morganton in the Public Safety Department, and has given of his time and efforts for the benefit of the citizens of Morganton for thirty years, five months; and
WHEREAS, Ronnie O. Gibbs retired from the City of Morganton as Senior Public Safety Officer of Public Safety Department on January 1, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the Morganton City Council wishes to officially recognize the contributions of Ronnie O. Gibbs and express their appreciation for a job well done.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Morganton that the Mayor presents this Resolution to Ronnie O. Gibbs.
Adopted this the 8th day of January 2018.
Councilman Fleming presenting a Retirement Resolution to Charles Mauney (transcript below)
RESOLUTION HONORING CHARLES R. MAUNEY
WHEREAS, Charles R. Mauney was employed by the City of Morganton as Pipe Mechanic in the Water Resources Department on April 20, 1998; reclassified as Sr. Distribution and Collection Systems Operator in the Distribution and Collection division of Water Resources Department on July 1, 2004; and
WHEREAS, Charles R. Mauney has faithfully served the City of Morganton in the Water Resources Department, and has given of his time and efforts for the benefit of the citizens of Morganton for twenty years, five months; and
WHEREAS, Charles R. Mauney retired from the City of Morganton as Sr. Distribution and Collection Systems Operator of Water Resources Department on January 1, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the Morganton City Council wishes to officially recognize the contributions of Charles R. Mauney and express their appreciation for a job well done.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Morganton that the Mayor presents this Resolution to Charles R. Mauney.
Adopted this the 8th day of January 2018.
Councilwoman Cato presenting the Mentoring Month Proclamation to Kathy Peters of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
WHEREAS, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is a proven, effective strategy that helps children and young adults by matching them with a caring, responsible adult role models who can provide guidance and direction, and build their confidence; and
WHEREAS, mentoring strengthens Western North Carolina’s economic and social well-being by helping young people fulfill their potential, encouraging healthy family relationships, and promoting more vibrant communities; and
WHEREAS, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making an impact on the lives of young people in Burke County since the year 1999 serving a total of 751 children, serving 51 in the 2017 year; and in Western North Carolina since 1982, serving 2,346 children in the 2017 calendar year; and
WHEREAS, residents of Western North Carolina are making a profound difference in the lives of our young people by serving as mentors; and
WHEREAS, many of Western North Carolina’s children are in need of a caring adult mentor in their lives, and closing this mentoring gap will take more investment, partnerships, and volunteers ready to make a difference in a child’s life; and
WHEREAS, National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of mentoring, recognize the dedicated individuals who serve as mentors, and encourage more citizens to help build a brighter future for Western North Carolina’s youth through mentoring; and
WHEREAS, in honor of the mentors, volunteers and staff, the month of January is recognized nationally as Mentoring Month.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Ronnie Thompson, Mayor, declare January, 2018 as Mentoring Month in the City of Morganton. I also call upon all citizens, businesses, public and private agencies, as well as religious and educational institutions, to join the mentoring movement and be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burke County and WNC.
Adopted this the 8th day of January, 2018.
January 8, 2018
Ronnie Thompson, Mayor
Wendy Cato )
Forrest A. Fleming ) Council
Christopher Hawkins )
Sidney Simmons )
Sally W. Sandy, City Manager
Louis E. Vinay, Jr., City Attorney
Becky Brinkley, Interpreter
I. Call to Order in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
II. Public Comment – 6:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Anyone wishing to speak during this time must sign in with the Clerk before the meeting begins, and upon being called will have 3 minutes to address the Council.
III. Business of the Council begins at 6:15 p.m.
IV. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
V. Invocation to be Given by Pastor Shawn Thomas, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
VI. Introduction of Council
VII. Retiree Resolutions
• Ronnie O. Gibbs, Public Safety Department, Senior Public Safety Officer
• Robert J. Longo, Waste Treatment Department, Senior Treatment Plant Operator
• Charles R. Mauney, Water Resources Department, Sr. Distribution and Collection Systems Operator
VIII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies
a. National Mentoring Month Proclamation
Accepted by: Dorian Palmer, Big Brothers Big Sisters
b. Blue Christmas Update – PSO Joey Belanger, MDPS
c. CoMPAS Update – Greg Branch, CoMPAS Director
d. Upcoming events:
The Sting Police, January 9, 7:30 p.m.
Farnham / Bohn, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
Lenoir Sax / City Rhythm Jazz, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
•City Hall will be closed Monday, January 15, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
IX. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update
X. Consent Agenda – All items below are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council member, staff member or citizen so requests. In the event a request is made, the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered under Item XI.
A. Consideration of Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on December 4, 2017.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.
B. Consideration of a Confirmation and Final Approval of Sale of Two Surplus Lots of Real Property on Roper Street
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Confirm and approve the sale of the two surplus lots to Irvin Circle K Enterprises, LLC for $5,000, and to authorize the Mayor and City Manager to execute a deed and any other required documents.
C. Consideration of Confirmation of Withdrawal from Interlocal Agreement with Burke County and Valdese for Creation and Operation of Consolidated 911 System
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve and ratify the action taken by the City Manager’s letter of December 13, 2017, to notify the County of Burke that the City will withdraw from the Interlocal Agreement for the Consolidation of 911 Service, effective June 30, 2018, and confirming the City of Morganton will withdraw from the Agreement on that date.
D. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Public Safety
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $3,670 for receiving insurance funds and for the repair of a Public Safety vehicle.
E. Consideration of a Budget Amendment and Project Ordinance / Community House
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment and a project budget ordinance in the amount of $13,750 to appropriate the transfer of funds to repay the Capital Reserve fund.
F. Consideration of Award of Contract for Lobbying Services
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve contract for 2018 professional lobbying services with Smith Moore Leatherwood, in the amount of $45,000.
G. Consideration of a Resolution Establishing the Eligibility Requirements for Disability Retiree Health Insurance for Employees with a Hire Date of February 1, 2018 or Later
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a resolution updating the policy regarding disability retirement health insurance benefit.
H. Consideration of Award of Contract for Purchase of Equipment at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Enter into a contract with Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. in the amount of $142,769.19 for playground equipment and installation.
I. Consideration of Amendment of the City/County DIG Agreement with Alpine Mill, LLC
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve amendment of DIG Agreement with Alpine Mill, LLC, to extend planned project completion date to December 31, 2018, to reflect that project will include commercial space, to indicate company’s first phase new investment is estimated at $7,500,000, and to authorize Mayor and City Manager to sign necessary documents.
J. Consideration of Award of Purchase of and Financing for a Digger Derrick Truck
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: Award purchase of an Altec Model DH45 Digger Derrick Truck in the amount of $280,400 procured through the NJPA purchasing co-op.
Award a financing contract to First Citizens at an interest rate of 2.67% for a period of five years.
XI. Items Removed from Consent Agenda
XII. New Business
A. Public Hearings
1. Public Hearing for Consideration of Economic Development Incentive Grant Agreement for Sunrise Global Marketing, LLC
2. Public Hearing to Consider Rezoning a 0.80 Acre Tract of Property, Located on the Southwest Side of West Fleming Drive (605 W. Fleming Drive) from Office Institutional Conditional Use (OICU) to High Intensity District (HID) Submitted by Richard Hastings
3. Public Hearing for Consideration of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments Concerning Microbreweries
B. Other Business
1. Consideration of a Call for a Public Hearing on a PARTF Grant for Expansion at the Catawba River Soccer Complex
2. Consideration of Appointments to Boards and Commissions
a. Human Relations Commission
XIII. Other Items from City Manager and City Council Not on Agenda