Henderson city council meeting highlights

Here are some highlights from Monday’s meeting of the Henderson City Council:

  • Finance Department Director Sandra Wilkerson was recognized by Henderson Mayor Pete O’Geary for earning a Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting for the 2009 audit. It is the highest honor given for an audit.
  • The council resolved to sell a vacant lot off of Andrews Avenue for $3,500. It is approximately one acre and without access to a road. The intended use of the buyer is as a play yard for children.
  • A Weed & Seed grant for $142,000 was approved along with a budget amendment to reduce 2009 Weed & Seed funding. Council member Brenda Peace abstained from the vote. A reason for the reduction was not made clear.
  • Demolitions of structures at 416 Parham Street and 427 Garnett Street, both in Henderson, North Carolina were approved by the council. The cost of the Parham Street demolition was estimated at $5,000 because of some grading and filling that will be needed. The cost of the demolition on Garnett Street could not be immediately estimated because some engineering is required to take down the building while leaving adjoining structures intact. The sidewalk in front of the structure has been closed due to falling brick.
  • The council passed a solid waste management plan.
  • Resident Lucille Williams requested that the council close a section of Chestnut Street between Horner and W. Spring Streets for a church Novemberfest. She was told to contact the city clerk, fill out the appropriate form, and that the application would be evaluated in terms of public safety and public works.
  • The council was notified that a bid of $95,000 was received on the city’s Southerland Mill property. The bid was made by Henderson attorney Randy Cloninger.
  • The council went into a closed session based on attorney-client privilege.