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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 )
Butch McSwain ) Tiffany Patterson, Interpreters Danette Steelman-Bridges


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. Daniel Gutierrez, Inglesia de Dios Nueva Vida / New Life Church of God

V. Introduction of Council

VI. Service Pins

• Chesley Price, Recreation, Maintenance Worker, 20 years
• Randy Loop, CoMPAS, Chief Technician, 25 years

VII. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Announcements
Tomorrow, November 3, is Election Day – Vote COVID-19 Public Service Announcement

b. Upcoming events Downtown

• Watch out for Elves! Santa’s elves will be making pop-up appearances in Downtown beginning the week of November 16
• Virtual Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting, November 21, 6:00 p.m. will be available to view on CoMPAS Channel 2 and the Downtown Morganton Facebook page
•Holiday Carriage Rides every Friday and Saturday beginning Saturday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. Tickets and rides begin at 111 North Green Street (mini-market location)
•Holiday Farmers’ Market, November 28, 10am-2pm, 111 North Green Street
•Small Business Saturday and FAB Crawl, November 28, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Downtown Morganton
•Downtown Storybook Walk begins November 28, watch social media for details
•Downtown Reverse Christmas Parade, December 1, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Bouchelle Street. This event will also be aired on CoMPAS Channel 2 afterwards.

VIII. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

IX. 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 X.

A. Approval of Minutes – For a Special Meeting and a Regular Meeting both held on October 5, 2020 and for a Special “Town Hall” meeting held on October 13.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Public Safety

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of
$19,791.33, is to recognize an insurance reimbursement for damage at a fire station.

C. Consideration of a Budget Amendment / Recreation

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of
$10,695.25 is to recognize insurance reimbursement for damage at Shuey Field building.

D. Consideration of Award of Bid to Purchase Replacement Equipment at Martha’s Park Playground

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Award a contract to Miracle Recreation Equipment Company in the amount of $125,000 for replacement playground equipment at Martha’s Park.

X. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XI. New Business

A. Public Hearings

1. Public Hearing to Consider an Application for a Text Amendment of the Zoning Ordinance, Specifically Sections 3.2 Overlay Districts, 4.2 Density and Dimensional Standards

2. Public Hearing and Consideration of Petition to Re-Zone Approximately 2 Acres on Either Side of Lyman Court, from Residential Low/Conditional Use to Medium Intensity District (MID) with the Restricted Residential Overlay (RR-O)

3. Public Hearing and Consideration of an Application submitted by Nancy VanNoppen for Consideration of an Amendment to the Text of the Zoning Ordinance, Table of Permitted Uses, to Allow Body Art Establishments (Tattoos & Body Piercing) as a Permitted Use in the Central Business District with Conditions

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of Award of Contract to Carolina Power and Signalization, Inc. for Pole Replacement in the Electric Distribution System

2. Consideration of Award of Contract to Carl Grigg Electric & Supply, Inc. for Replacement and Upgrade of Underground Service at Victory Point
3. Consideration of Award of Contract to Southeastern Consulting Engineers, Inc. for Design Services for Deliver Point #7
4. Consideration of Award of Contract with Miki Iwasaki for Artwork to be Installed as Part of Improvements on the Historic Courthouse Square

5. Consideration of Amendments to Code of Ordinances Regarding Smoking and Tobacco Use and Personnel Policy
6. Consideration of Award of CDBG Small Business Loan to The Olive of Morganton, LLC

7. Consideration of Appointment to Boards and Commissions

a. Human Relations Commission
b. Historic Preservation

8. 30-Day Notice for Boards and Commissions

a. Community House

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

XIII. Reports

XIV. Adjournment

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