July 28, 2014

City of Henderson City Council Meeting Monday April 14th, 2014

The Henderson City Council will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, 14 April 2014 at 6:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave., Henderson, NC 27536

Download the full agenda packet here:  20140414_coh_agenda_packet

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

IV. OPENING REMARKS
In order to provide for the highest standards of ethical behavior and Transparency in Governance
as well as provide for good and open government, the City Council has approved Core Values
regarding Ethical Behavior1 and Transparency in Governance2. The Mayor now inquires as to
whether any Council Member knows of any conflict of interest, or appearance of conflict, with
respect to matters before the City Council. If any Council Members knows of a conflict of
interest, or appearance of conflict, please state so at this time.
1 Core Value 4: Ethical Behavior: We value the public trust and will perform our duties and
responsibilities with the highest levels of integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and professionalism.
2 Core Value 10: Transparency in Governance: We value transparency in the governance
and operations of the City.

V. ADJUSTMENTS TO AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

VI. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
a) 24 March 2014 Short Regular Meeting [See Notebook Tab 1]

VII. PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS
a) Introduction of Sgt. Solomon B. Simmons by Police Chief Barrow
b) CALEA Accreditation Recognition by Police Chief Barrow

VIII. PUBLIC HEARING
a) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 14-19, Amending the Zoning Code to
Comply with General Statutes’ Amendments Sections 802.1, 802.2, 802.3.2, 804.3,
804.4, 804.8, 804.9 and 805. (CAF 14-36) [See Notebook Tab 2]
? Public Hearing
? Ordinance 14-19
b) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 14-23, Amending the Zoning Ordinance
Section 709, Waiving Permit Fees Relative to Residential Handicap Ramp
Construction by Non-Profits. (CAF 14-43) [See Notebook Tab 3]
? Public Hearing
? Ordinance 14-23
c) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 14-24, Amending the Zoning Map to Rezone
Property from R20 (Low Density Residential) to R11 (Moderate Density Residential)
Zoning District Located off Vicksboro Road, 10.50+/- Acres (PIN #0536 02010) –
ETJ. (CAF 14-44) [See Notebook Tab 4]
? Public Hearing
? Ordinance 14-24

IX. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON AGENDA ITEMS
Citizens may only speak on non-Agenda items only at this time. Citizens wishing to
address the Council must sign-in on a form provided by the City Clerk prior to the
beginning of the meeting. The sign-in form is located on the podium. When recognized
by the Mayor, come forward to the podium, state your name, address and if you are a city
resident. Please review the Citizen Comment Guidelines that are provided below.3
3 Citizen Comment Guidelines
The Mayor and City Council welcome and encourage citizens to attend City Council meetings and to offer comments on matters of concern to
them. Citizens are requested to review the following public comment guidelines prior to addressing the City Council.
1) Citizens are requested to limit their comments to five minutes; however, the Mayor, at his discretion, may limit comments to three minutes
should there appear to be a large number of people wishing to address the Council;
2) Comments should be presented in a civil manner and be non-personal in nature, fact-based and issue oriented. Except for the public hearing
comment period, citizens must speak for themselves during the public comment periods;
3) Citizens may not yield their time to another person;
4) Topics requiring further investigation will be referred to the appropriate city official, Council Committee or agency and may, if in order, be
scheduled for a future meeting agenda;

X. NEW BUSINESS
a) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-29, 1) Authorizing the Submission of an
Application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance Office for the FY15 Bulletproof Vest
Program Grant for the Police Department; and 2) Authorizing Submission of a
Reimbursement Request to the NCLM Risk Management Service in the Amount of
$2,500. (CAF 14-49) [See Notebook Tab 5]
? Resolution 14-29
b) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-27, Authorizing the City of Henderson to
Adopt a Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Plan in Regards to the CDBG
Infrastructure Grant Program. (CAF 14-10-C) [See Notebook Tab 6]
? Resolution 14-27
c) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-33, Approving Acknowledgment and
Consent to the Change Out and Additions of Various Wireless Communication
Equipment Related to an Existing Lease Agreement with SprintCom.Inc. (CAF 14-
56) [See Notebook Tab 7]
? Resolution 14-33
d) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-09, Council Committee Appointments.
(CAF 14-15) [See Notebook Tab 8]
? Resolution 14-09
e) Off Premise Advertisement Sign Ordinance. (CM 14-11) [See Notebook Tab 9]
5) Individual personnel issues are confidential by law and will not be discussed. Complaints relative to specific individuals are to be directed to
the City Manager;
6) Comments involving matters related to an on-going police investigative matter and/or the court system will not be permitted; and
7) Citizens should not expect specific Council action, deliberation and/or comment on subject matter brought up during the public comment
section unless and until it has been scheduled as a business item on a future meeting agenda.

XI. CONSENT AGENDA
All matters listed under the Consent Agenda have either been previously discussed by
City Council during a previous meeting and/or are considered in the ordinary course of
business by the City Council and will be enacted-on by one motion and a roll call vote in
the form listed. If discussion is desired by either the Council or the Audience, the item in
question will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately after the
revised consent agenda has been approved.
a) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-23, Approving FY 14-15 Budget Review
Calendar and Scheduling of Special Council Budget Work Sessions. (CAF 14-37)
[See Notebook Tab 10]
? Resolution 14-23
b) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 14-28, FY14 Budget Amendment #32,
Closing Out the FEMA Operations & Safety Grant and the BJA Grant 2013. (CAF
14-51) [See Notebook Tab 11]
? Ordinance 14-28
c) Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 14-27, FY14 Budget Amendment #31,
Amending the CIP Water Fund to Appropriate Additional Revenues for the Beckford
Drive/Highway 158 Water Extension Project. (CAF 14-50) [See Notebook Tab 12]
? Ordinance 14-27
d) Consideration of Approval of Resolution 14-32, Authorizing the City Manager and
Finance Director to Open, Close or Modify the Terms of Certificates of Deposit with
Citizens Community Bank (CCB). (CAF 14-55) [See Notebook Tab 13]
? Resolution 14-32

XII. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
Citizens may only speak on non-Agenda items only at this time. Citizens wishing to
address the Council must sign-in on a form provided by the City Clerk prior to the
beginning of the meeting. The sign-in form is located on the podium. When recognized
by the Mayor, come forward to the podium, state your name, address and if you are a city
resident. Please review the Citizen Comment Guidelines that are provided below.4
4 Citizen Comment Guidelines
The Mayor and City Council welcome and encourage citizens to attend City Council meetings and to offer comments on matters
of concern to them. Citizens are requested to review the following public comment guidelines prior to addressing the City
Council.
1) Citizens are requested to limit their comments to five minutes; however, the Mayor, at his discretion, may limit comments to
three minutes should there appear to be a large number of people wishing to address the Council;
2) Comments should be presented in a civil manner and be non-personal in nature, fact-based and issue oriented. Except for the
public hearing comment period, citizens must speak for themselves during the public comment periods;
3) Citizens may not yield their time to another person;

XIII. REPORTS
a) Mayor/Mayor Pro-Tem
b) City Manager
i. Declaring Surplus Property & Putting on GovDeal. (CM 14-12)[See
Notebook Tab 14]
c) City Attorney
d) City Clerk
i. Meeting and Events Calendar [See Notebook Tab 15]
ii. Henderson Police Department

XIV. CLOSED SESSION
a) Pursuant to G.S.§143-318.11 (a)(3) regarding Attorney/Client Privilege.

XV. ADJOURNMENT

Comments

  1. Out in Left Field said on:

    Will the Council members cave or hold the line against more government subsidized housing in Henderson.

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  2. Michael Bobbitt [Verified Account] said on:

    OLF – the two voices favoring the zoning change both involved in the project. One voice opposing the zoning change he is a resident in the neighborhood. Zoning change approved allowing new government subsidized housing for the elderly.

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  3. Michael, what was the discussion regarding recreation?

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  4. royal rooter said on:

    The absolute last thing we need here is more subsidized housing. Over the years, two different recruiters for business, have told me that they never consider Vance County because of the many problems this type of housing brings with it. We never learn

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  5. mingo said on:

    I generally agree rr, but senior housing makes some sense. The Vance Commons housing on Young St.seems to be well received, looks nice, havn’t heard of any problems, issues, crime, etc, and I believe they are always full. Any problems they might have had due to location wouldn’t seem to apply to this one on Vicksboro Road. One and two bdrms? Is it even in the city?

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  6. prudence said on:

    “If we build more senior housing–people will MOVE here who are no longer part of the work force” The City Council is never going to do anything to benefit taxpayers.
    Alas, and boy do I agree with Royal Rooter’s post.

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  7. mingo said on:

    well, I think many, if not most, older citizens in this community do not have the savings and security
    that you and RR have, Negative Nellie, and they may need some income assistance to have a safe place to reside during retirement, or even the last years of employment. It seems the Council is considering their needs. And the City Council does things to benefit taxpayers, you just need to be open to admitting it. And don’t always be so negative, hasn’t the city helped you any lately? Also, see my question re: recreation, that will help the city taxpayer.

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  8. prudence said on:

    Mingo assumes too much, at least for me, and I have heard that some people, in the recent past were told they had too much income for entrance to senior housing. These were longtime Henderson residents .

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  9. royal rooter said on:

    Mingo, my savings have nothing to do with my comment above. It is a proven fact that subsidized housing adds to the tax burden since many of these residents qualify for social services benefits, some of which are paid via the county tax rate. From my observation and information, quite a few people other than senior citizens find their way into subsidized housing even though this is supposedly forbidden.

    Vance County and Henderson already have one of the highest percentage of subsidized housing in North Carolina. We have become a dumping ground. Why? Because we ask for it.

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  10. It may be a small comfort but I doubt poor (or not) retired people will make a bee line to Henderson!

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  11. Michael Bobbitt [Verified Account] said on:

    Mingo I offer this observation in answer to your comment “And the City Council does things to benefit taxpayers, you just need to be open to admitting it.”
    During the city council’s annual retreat at least four council members can be heard expressing concern of our burgeoning government subsidized housing market. They each individually said it was a matter that needed addressing. Yet at Monday night’s meeting all seven council members approved a zoning change forever altering the existing nature of a community. The zoning change allows developers to build high density housing where only residential homes now stand. Sadly, the only developer desiring this zoning change lives two counties away and builds high density government subsidized housing. What was the benefit to the taxpayers with the approval of this zoning change?

    Mingo, included in the Notes from the Peanut Gallery is my summation of what I heard Mr. Inscoe ask the council to consider in the coming budget meetings regarding parks and recreation.

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  12. mingo said on:

    “the zoning change allows developers’…..that should be developer, the zoning change applies to that property only, and I believe just 10 acres or so… and

    “to build high density housing where only residential now stand” is also a little dramatic. No residential properties “stand’ there now, it is vacant, better stated, would be where nearby single family residential exists.

    I’m a little overcome by the lack of consideration for elderly who might need housing. Me guesses you guys are set in that area. I again reference Vance Commons, 100% occupied, as I checked with the Chief, no issues with crime from these older citizens, nor anyone preying on them. Haven’t checked how much tax value that has added, but it has to be substantial, and to refer to Prudence’s comment about helping the taxpayers, it would seem that additional tax base is the ONLY way to grow and reduce the tax burden presently on her and RR. Maybe these ‘older than 55′ folks actually spend money in this area, this added sales tax to the general fund. Don’t see this as the argument for low income subsidized housing problem that does exist here, somewhat different I propose.

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  13. royal rooter said on:

    Many of us who have lived here for 50 years or more have witnessed the decline of the area with the advent of subsidized housing being part of the problem. Years ago, I spoke to the mayor and several council members and was told, “Don’t worry. We know what we are doing. These people buy groceries and gas.” Don’t fool yourself, while we continue to increase subsidized housing, we inherit people from Granville, Warren and Franklin counties. I have met several who live in subsidized apartments who moved to the area (with babies but no husbands) and head right for Ruin Creek and Social Services. With around 1,000 houses for sale in Vance County, the last thing we need to be doing is to build more.

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  14. prudence said on:

    Henderson Jeopardy answer of the day: Social Service.Building Question: What parking lot in Henderson is always full?

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