Morganton City Council meetings are broadcast live on CoMPAS Ch. 2 and streamed live online via the city's YouTube channel. The Council meets at Morganton City Hall located at 305 E. Union St. Suite A100, Morganton, NC .


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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 ) Interpreters
Butch McSwain ) Danette Steelman-Bridges
Ernest Williams, IV


I. Call to Order in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 4:15 p.m.

II. Closed Session to Discuss an Economic Development Project as per General Statutes sec. 143-318.11(a)(4)

III. Recess

IV. Reconvene Meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

V. 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.

VI. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

VII. Invocation Given by the Rev. Mike Chandler, Summit Church

VIII. Introduction of Council

IX. Service Pin

• Jeff Beach, Public Works, Concrete Finisher / Streets, 20 years

X. Public Advocacy Issues and Strategies

a. Financial Report: Jessie Parris, Finance Director

b. Upcoming events:
Pop Up Farmers Market at 111 North Green Street, Saturday, February 13th, 9am-1pm.

Downtown Morganton Rocks: Fill Our Valentine’s Box.
We are asking for people to send their favorite business/business owner a Valentine in order to show their support for our Downtown Morganton Businesses. Valentines can be dropped off in person in the Valentine’s Box at 112 B West Union Street OR you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a Valentine will be made for you.

XI. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 Update

XII. 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 XIII.

A. Consideration of Approval of Minutes – For a Regular Meeting held on January 4, 2021.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve minutes as submitted.

B. Consideration to Set the Date for Advertisement of Unpaid Real Estate Tax Accounts for March 17, 2021

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve the date for advertisement of unpaid real estate tax accounts for March 17, 2021.

C. Consideration of Approval of a Budget Amendment / Water

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $47,864 to recognize receipt of payment from a contractor for water meter upgrade.

D. Consideration of Approval of a Budget Amendment / General, CoMPAS, IGS

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $355,741.26 to recognize COVID-19 CARES Act funding reimbursement.

E. Consideration of Firearms Trade

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve a firearms trade with Smokefoot Trade and Pawn for $8,000.00 store credit.

XIII. Items Removed from Consent Agenda

XIV. New Business

A. Public Hearings

1. Public Hearing and Consideration to Permanently Close and Abandon an Unopened Portion of Beach Street

2. Public Hearing and Consideration of a Rezoning Request to Change the Zoning Designation for 26.83 Acres of Property Located at 410 Hogan Street from High Intensity District (HID) to Exclusive Industrial District (EID)

B. Other Business

1. Consideration of a Resolution to Call for Public Hearing to Consider Economic Development Agreement and Administrative Costs for Building Re-Use Grant for Project Glides

2. Consideration of Creating a CDBG-CV COVID-19 Revolving Fund

3. Consideration of Award of Contract(s) for Electric Substation and to Approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Morganton and North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics-Morganton (NCSSM-Morganton) for a Utility Easement

4. Consideration of an Ordinance Establishing a Cultural Arts Commission and Appointment of Members

5. Consideration of a Resolution Requesting the Support of the Local Legislative Delegation to Support Certain Amendments to the Charter of Morganton

6. Consideration of Appointments to Boards and Commissions

a. Morganton Housing Authority

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

XVI. Reports

XVII. Adjournment

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