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Ronnie Thompson, Mayor Sally W. Sandy, City Manager Louis E. Vinay, Jr., City Attorney
Wendy Cato ) Christopher Hawkins ) Council
Chris Jernigan ) Joy Hern-Guzman, Interpreter Butch McSwain )

4:45 p.m. – Council Active Shooter Training – Not open to the public.


I. Call to Order in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

II. Public Comment – 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. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

IV. Invocation Given by the Rev. Tom Bland, First Baptist Church

V. Introduction of Council

VI. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Travel and Tourism Update
Presented by: Ed Phillips, Director of Burke County Travel and Tourism

b. Announcements:
Census 2020
Presented by: Human Resources Director Rus Scherer

c. Upcoming events:
An American in Paris, Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Edwin McCain, Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

• Downtown
ACC Chili Cook-off, Friday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Morganton Community House
FAB Crawl, Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Throughout Downtown Morganton

VII. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

VIII. 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 IX.

A. Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on February 3, 2020 and a City Council Workshop held on February 21, 2020.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration to Set the Date for Advertisement of Unpaid Real Estate Tax Accounts for April 1, 2020

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Set the date for advertisement of unpaid real estate tax accounts for April 1, 2020.

C. Consideration of Award of Contract for Rader Circle Water Line Replacement

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Authorize a contract with M&M Construction of Banner Elk, NC, in the amount of $ 55,182.00 to perform the Rader Circle Water Line Replacement project.

D. Consideration of Budget Amendment / Recreation

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of
$22,646.66 from the Morganton Park & Recreation Foundation for a donation towards a Skate Park Pavilion.

E. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Streets

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $4,250 from an insurance reimbursement for wayfinding sign damage.

F. Consideration of Approval of the 2020 Downtown Calendar of Events

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve the 2020 Downtown Calendar of Events as submitted.

G. Consideration of Participation in the 2020-2021 Urban Archery Season

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve an Urban Archery Season for 2020-2021 in accordance with the regulations established by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and to authorize the City to submit a Letter of Intent to participate in the season.

IX. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

X. New Business

A. Public Hearing

1. Public Hearing and Consideration of a Rezoning Request to Change the Zoning for 1.70 +/- Acres of Property Located at 400 East Meeting Street from Central Business Conditional Use (CB-CU) to Central Business District (CBD)

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of Award of Contract for Gannett Fleming to Perform Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) Services

2. Consideration of Entering into a CDBG Small Business Loan / Dogs Unleashed, LLC

3. Consideration of Entering into a CDBG Small Business Loan / Morganton Lodging Associates, LP

4. Consideration of Award of Contract for Geotechnical Services for Soil Boring / Burke Business Park Site

XI. Other Items from City Manager and City Council Not on Agenda

XII. Closed Session to Discuss Location or Expansion of Economic Development Projects as per General Statutes sec. 143-318.11(a)(4)

XIII. Reports

XIV. Adjournment

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