April 9 Board of Aldermen meeting agenda and explanations

CITY OF NEW BERN

BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

APRIL 9, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

CITY HALL COURTROOM

300 POLLOCK STREET

 

Agenda Explanations

Meeting   opened   by   Mayor   Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderwoman Harris. Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call.

Request and Petition of Citizens.

This section of the Agenda is titled Requests and Petitions of Citizens. This is an opportunity for public comment, and we thank you for coming to the Board of Aldermen meeting tonight to share your views. We value all citizen input.

Speaker comments are limited to a maximum of 4 minutes during the public comment period. At the conclusion of 4 minutes, each speaker shall leave the podium. Comments will be directed to the full board, not to an individual board member or staff member. Although the board is interested in hearing your comments, speakers should not expect any comments, action or deliberation from the board on any issue raised during the public comment period.

In the board’s discretion, it may refer issues to the appropriate city officials or staff for further investigation. If an organized group is present to speak on a common issue, please designate one person to present the group’s comment, which shall be limited to a maximum of 4 minutes.

Consent Agenda

Consider Adopting a Resolution to Close the 200 Block of Change Street for the Historic District Resident’s Association’s Spring Social.

(Ward 1) Kelly Sorenson, Social Committee Chair for the Historic District Resident’s Association (“HORA”), has requested the 200 block of Change Street be closed to vehicular traffic on April 27, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. for HDRA’s spring social. A memo from Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation, is attached.

Consider Adopting a Resolution to Close the 600 Block of South Front Street for Tryon Palace Event.

(Ward 1) Rebekah Hornek, Cultural Arts Coordinator for Tryon Palace, has requested the 600 block of South Front Street be closed to vehicular traffic on April 26, 2019 from 12 noon until 11 p.m. and on April 27, 2019 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is to facilitate the Palace’s social event “An Evening with Diana Gabaldon”. A memo from Foster Hughes is attached.

Consider Approving a Proclamation for Boys & Girls Club Week.

Taylor Shannon, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club, has requested a proclamation observing April 8-12, 2019 as Boys & Girls Club Week.

Consider Approving a Proclamation for Earth Day.

Foster Hughes has requested a proclamation observing Earth Day on April 22, 2019. New Bern Parks and Recreation is collaborating with New Bern Now and other organizations to offer an Earth Day Celebration on April 20, 2019 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the “Talbot Lot” on the corner of Craven and South Front Streets. A memo from Foster Hughes is attached.

Approve Minutes.

Minutes from the March 26, 2019 regular meeting are attached for review and approval.

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Presentation of Reliable Public Power Award.

Charles Bauschard, Director of Public Utilities, will make a brief presentation on the Electric Department’s Diamond designation as a Reliable Public Power Provider (“RP3”) and will present the award.

Presentation on Downtown Parking.

Bill Faulkenbury, on behalf of the Downtown Parking Committee formed by Swiss Bear, and Danny Batten, on behalf of the Downtown Business Council, will provide an update on downtown parking.

Presentation on a Possible Year-Round Calendar at J.T. Barber Elementary School.

(Ward 5) Erica Phillips, Principal of J.T. Barber School, will share information about a possible year-round school calendar for J.T. Barber.

Conduct a Public Hearing and Consider Adopting an Ordinance to Rezone 1203 Simmons Street from R-10 Residential District to C-5 Office & Institutional District.

(Ward 2) Tarheel Building Systems, on behalf of owner Michael Rice, requested to rezone an approximate 0.22-acre tract of land from R-10 Residential District to C-5 Office & Institutional District. The property is located at 1203 Simmons Street and is further identified as Tax Parcel #8-034-059. The Planning & Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval of the request at its March 5, 2019 meeting. This public hearing was duly noticed as required. After conducting the public hearing, the Board is asked to consider adopting the ordinance to rezone the property. A memo from Morgan Potts, City Planner, is attached.

Conduct a Public Hearing and Consider Adopting an Ordinance to Rezone 703 Carolina Avenue from R-8/R-10 Residential District to C-3 Commercial District.

(Ward 2) Mosaic Development Group requested to rezone approximately 30.81 acres located at 703 Carolina Avenue from R-8/R-10 Residential District to C-3 Commercial District. The property is further described as Tax Parcel 8-044-011. The Planning & Zoning Board approved the request by a vote of 5-2 at its March 19, 2019 meeting. This public hearing was duly noticed as required. After conducting the public hearing, the Board is asked to consider adopting the ordinance to rezone the property. A memo from Mrs. Potts is attached.

Conduct a Public Hearing and Consider Adopting an Ordinance to Annex Tax Parcel IDs 8-209-24000, 8-209-24001 and a Portion of 8-209-13001 Owned by Weyerhaeuser NR Company.

By request dated March 13, 2019, Weyerhaeuser NR Company sought annexation of approximately 8.13 acres, which includes Lot 4 of Craven 30 West, West New Bern Parkway and Downey Drive, and a portion of Tax Parcel ID #8-209-13001 lying between West New Bern Parkway/Downey Drive and NC Highway 43. The Board of Aldermen accepted the petition at its March 26, 2019. Subsequently, this

public hearing was duly noticed as required. After conducting the public hearing, the Board is asked to consider adopting the ordinance to rezone the property. A memo from Mrs. Potts is attached.

Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving the Execution of a General Warranty Deed for 814 West Street Between Habitat for Humanity of Craven County and Shenatta Laverne Powell.

(Ward 1) At its March 8, 2016 meeting, the Board of Aldermen approved a Deed and a Transfer and Reversion Agreement with Habitat for Humanity for the property located at 814 West Street. A home has since been constructed on the property, and Habitat is now ready to convey the property to Shenatta Laverne Powell. To facilitate this conveyance, the City’s signature is needed on a general warranty deed to evidence that Habitat has complied with the terms and conditions of the Transfer and Reversion Agreement and that the reversion provisions of the Agreement are no longer applicable. A memo from Scott Davis, City Attorney, is attached.

Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Water and Sewer Use Agreement for Property on Highway 55 West.

The owners of 846 NC Highway 55 West are proposing to develop a single-family residence. The property is outside of the New Bern municipal limits. The proposed development will have a calculated average daily water and sewer demand of 360 gallons per day. To facilitate the proposed development, a standard water and sewer service connection can be provided to the property without the need for a main extension. Section 74-74 of the ordinance provides that a written water and sewer use agreement be entered into to outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties in establishing service for the proposed project. A memo from Jordan Hughes, City Engineer, is attached.

Consider Accepting a Petition to Annex Property at 846 Highway 55 West and Adopt a Resolution to Call for a Public Hearing on the Annexation.

Othella Clarence Best and Shelia Best have petitioned for their property at 846 NC Highway 55 West to be annexed into the city limits. The property is further identified as Tax Parcel ID 8-222-169. The Board is asked to consider accepting the petition and calling for a public hearing to be held on April 23, 2019 regarding the annexation. A memo from Morgan Potts, City Planner, is attached.

Appointment(s).

Carol Williams’ second term on the Planning and Zoning Board has expired, and she is ineligible for reappointment. Alderwoman Harris is requested to make a new appointment to fill this vacancy. The new appointee shall serve a three­ year term.

Rose Williams’ appointment on the New Bern Appearance Commission expired February 8, 2019. She is eligible for reappointment, or a new appointment can be made to allow others an opportunity to serve. Mayor Outlaw is asked to make an appointment to serve a three-year term. The ordinance provides appointees shall be residents of the City’s planning and zoning jurisdiction and shall, when possible, have had special training or experience in a design field such as architecture, landscape design, horticulture, city planning, or a closely­ related field.

Mattie Tatum’s appointment on the New Bern Appearance Commission will expire February 22, 2019. She is eligible for reappointment, or a new appointment can be made to allow others an opportunity to serve. Alderman Bengel is asked to make an appointment to serve a three-year term. The ordinance provides appointees shall be residents of the City’s planning and zoning jurisdiction and shall, when possible, have had special training or experience in a design field such as architecture, landscape design, horticulture, city planning, or a closely-related field.

Anne Schout resigned from her seat as an alternate on the Board of Adjustment effective March 1, 2019. Alderman Kinsey is asked to make an appointment to fill the remainder of Mrs. Schout’s term, which will expire on November 12, 2021.

Nancy Mansfield has resigned from the Friends of the Firemen’s Museum Board. Her term would have expired on April 22, 2019. It is requested Alderman Bengel make an appointment to be effective on or after April 22nd to fill Mrs. Mansfield’s seat.

Mike Markham’s seat on the Friends of the Firemen’s Museum Board will expire on April 22, 2019. Mr. Markham has expressed interest in being reappointed. Alderwoman Harris is requested to reappoint him or to make a new appointment to serve a three-year term.

Dave Finn’s seat on the Friends of the Firemen’s Museum Board will expire on April 22, 2019. Mr. Finn has expressed interest in being reappointed. Alderman Aster is requested to reappoint him or to make a new appointment to serve a three-year term.

Attorney’s Report.

City Manager’s Report.

New Business.

Closed Session.

Adjourn.

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