Category: Board of Aldermen

February 9th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The Board of Aldermen meets Tuesday for two separate sessions, a regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. and a work session covering utility rates starting at 3 p.m.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, here are some of the more interesting agenda items:

10. Presentation on NC Global TransPark Authority.

Allen Thomas, Director of the North Carolina Global TransPark (“GTP”), was scheduled to make a presentation before the Board last July, but cancelled due to illness. He has rescheduled that presentation for this meeting.

11. Presentation by Craven County Board of Elections.

Melani Wray, Director of the Craven County Board of Elections, will make a presentation that covers a cost analysis of the City’s election process. She will also discuss the advantages of changing from a nonpartisan election/runoff method to a nonpartisan plurality election.

12. Presentation on Downtown Parking Update.

(Ward 1) Billy Faulkenberry and Lynn Harakal, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, will update the Board on the downtown parking enforcement.

15. Presentation on Ban-the-Box.

Whitley Carpenter, Staff Attorney with The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, will be joined by Corey Purdie and Angaza Laughinghouse to make a presentation on the Ban-the-Box movement.

Ban the Box is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record.

18. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a License/Use Agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(Ward 5) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) has requested to lease office space at the old Water Resources building located at 2825 Neuse Boulevard. The proposed agreement provides for their use of the building through June 30, 2019 at no cost. FEMA will be using the office space to serve the citizens of New Bern and surrounding areas following the devastation from Hurricane Florence. 

Here is the full agenda:

CITY OF NEW BERN, 300 Pollock Street, P.O. Box 1129 New Bern, NC 28563-1129 . (252) 636-4000

Dana E. Outlaw Mayor

Mark A. Stephens City Manager

Memo to: Mayor and Board of Aldermen From: Mark A. Stephens, City Manager Date: February 8, 2019

Re: February 12, 2019 Agenda Explanations

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

2. Roll Call.

3. 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

4. Consider Adopting a Resolution to Close Specific Streets for the Neuse River Bridge Run.

(Ward 1) The Neuse River Bridge Run is slated for March 23, 2019. Accordingly, John Serumgard, Race Director, the event, has requested the 200 block of East Front Street be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the 200 block of South Front Street be closed from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. The organizers also plan to hold a “Super Kids Run” on March 22, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Union Point Park, and the Director of Parks and Recreation has authorized the closure of the park streets during this time. A memo from Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation, is attached.

5. Consider Adopting a Resolution to Close Specific Streets for the Great Glow Run.

(Ward 1) Kathy Lewis, Officer Manager for Easter Seals UCP, has requested specific streets be closed on April 13, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for the annual Great Glow Run. The streets to be closed are the 200-700 blocks of East Front Street, a portion of the 800 block of North Craven Street, 700-800 blocks of Howard Street, 100-600 blocks of Queen Street, and 600-800 blocks of George Street. This Easter Seals fundraiser also promotes awareness. A memo from Mr. Hughes is attached.

6. Consider Adopting a Revised Resolution to Close Specific Streets for the Black History Month Parade.

(Ward 1) After receiving a request from Victor Taylor with Vision Forward, the Board adopted a resolution on January 22, 2019 to close specific streets on February 16, 2019 for the annual Black history Month Parade. That resolution failed to include approval of the requested rain date of February 23, 2019. The resolution has been revised to include this date, and all other information remains the same with respect to the affected streets. A memo from Mr. Hughes is attached along with copies of the application, a map of the parade route, and the resolution approved in January.

7. Consider Adopting a Resolution to Portions of Spencer Avenue for the Ghent Neighborhood Mardi Gras Parade.

(Ward 1) Michael Genest, President of the Ghent Neighborhood Association, has requested the 1400-2000 blocks of Spencer Avenue be closed to vehicular traffic on March 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the association’s annual Mardi Gras Parade and block party. A memo from Mr. Hughes, a copy of the application and a parade map are included in the backup documentation.

8. Approve Minutes.

Minutes from the January 15, 2019 special meeting, January 22, 2019 regular

meeting, January 26, 2019 special meeting, and January 26, 2019 annual retreat are provided for review and approval.

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9. Presentation of Longevity Certificates.

Employment service is recognized at five-year increments. A roster is enclosed of all employees who are eligible to receive a service certificate for the period of July­ December 2018. Some of these employees will be present at the meeting, and certificates will be on hand for the Mayor to present. Sharon Koprowski, Assistant Director of Human Resources, will be available to assist with the presentation. The Board is asked to extend a handshake of appreciation to the employees.

10. Presentation on NC Global TransPark Authority.

Allen Thomas, Director of the North Carolina Global TransPark (“GTP”), was scheduled to make a presentation before the Board last July, but cancelled due to illness. He has rescheduled that presentation for this meeting.

11. Presentation by Craven County Board of Elections.

Melani Wray, Director of the Craven County Board of Elections, will make a presentation that covers a cost analysis of the City’s election process. She will also discuss the advantages of changing from a nonpartisan election/runoff method to a nonpartisan plurality election.

12. Presentation on Downtown Parking Update.

(Ward 1) Billy Faulkenberry and Lynn Harakal, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, will update the Board on the downtown parking enforcement.

13. Presentation on African American Heritage & Cultural Center of New Bern Project.

(Ward 1) Carol Becton, a representative with the African American Heritage & Cultural Center, will make a presentation on the center’s vision, as well as its plans to celebrate Juneteenth in 2019.

14. Presentation on Reliable Public Power.

Charles Bauschard, Director of Public Utilities, will make a presentation regarding the City’s application for the American Public Power Association’s designation as a Reliable Public Power Provider (“RP3”).

15. Presentation on Ban-the-Box.

Whitley Carpenter, Staff Attorney with The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, will be joined by Corey Purdie and Angaza Laughinghouse to make a presentation on the Ban-the-Box movement.

16. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Human Resources Policy.

As a follow-up to the previous presentation, a Resolution approving a Human Resources Policy is proposed.

17. Receive Public Comment and Consider Adopting a Resolution Naming a Currently Unnamed Street as Sheryl Drive.

(Ward 4) In the area of Glenburnie Road, an unnamed street connects Elizabeth Avenue and Amhurst Boulevard. In 2013 and 2015, a proposed development named Quail Forest was reviewed and the right-of-way for this roadway dedicated, but not officially named. The proposed name, Sheryl Drive, was reviewed and approved by E911. Staff has met with adjacent property owners regarding the name proposal. It is requested the Board receive public comments on this naming and then consider adopting a resolution to establish the name.

18. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a License/Use Agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(Ward 5) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) has requested to lease office space at the old Water Resources building located at 2825 Neuse Boulevard. The proposed agreement provides for their use of the building through June 30, 2019 at no cost. FEMA will be using the office space to serve the citizens of New Bern and surrounding areas following the devastation from Hurricane Florence.

19. Consider Adopting a Resolution to Accept a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure of Tax Lien.

(Ward 1) Craven County pursued foreclosure on 209 Lawson Street for delinquent ad valorem taxes owed to the County. At the time of the foreclosure, there were also delinquent taxes owed to the City. A commissioner’s deed was recorded on August 18, 2018 conveying the property to the County, which resulted in the City’s tax liens remaining intact. In order to avoid foreclosure by the City to collect those taxes, the County proposes a deed to convey the property to the City and County jointly, with the deed specifying the amount of both the County and City’s taxes, interest, liens, fees and costs as of August 18, 2018. The resolution authorizes the recording of the proposed deed and accepts the same in lieu of foreclosure of the City’s tax lien.

20. Consider Adopting a Resolution Authorizing the Installation of Additional Street Lights.

(Ward 5) Time McKean of 2800 Millinder Lane has requested additional street lighting at the intersection of South Glenburnie Road and Millinder Lane. The Department of Public Utilities evaluated the area and determined the current lighting does not meet the City’s light standard. The installation of one street light will cost approximately $574.96, and the monthly utility charge for service will be $8.44. A memo from Charles Bauschard, Director of Public Utilities, is attached along with other supporting documentation.

21. Appointment(s).

  1. Raymond Layton’s second term on the Planning and Zoning Board has expired, and he is ineligible for reappointment. Alderman Kinsey is requested to make a new appointment to fill this vacancy. The new appointee shall serve a three­ year term.
  2. Sonny Aluzzo’s first term on the Planning and Zoning Board has expired, and he is eligible for reappointment. Alderman Aster is asked to consider reappointing Mr. Aluzzo or make a new appointment for a three-year term.
  3. Jerry Walker’s first term on the Planning and Zoning Board has expired, and he is eligible for reappointment. Alderman Bengel is asked to consider reappointing Mr. Walker or make a new appointment for a three-year term.
  4. 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.
  5. Joseph Anderson has resigned from the Historic Preservation Commission. Alderman Bengel is asked to make an appointment to fill the remainder of Mr. Anderson’s term, which expires on June 13, 2019.
  6. 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. The appointee will 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.
  7. 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. The appointee will 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.

22. Attorney’s Report.

23. City Manager’s Report. 

24. New Business.

25. Closed Session.

26. Adjourn.

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February 9th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The Board of Aldermen meets Tuesday to consider the adjustment. 

Here is the background information:

 

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN

WORK SESSION FEBRUARY 12, 2019- 3:00 P.M.

CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET

 

 

  1. Discussion and Consideration of Wholesale Electric Cost

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD CALL 639-7501 NO LATER THAN 3 P.M. THE DATE OF THE MEETING

 

Background

 

ELECTRICITIES  I N O R T H C A R O L I N A, I N C,

To: North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Board of Commissioners and Alternates

FROM: Kathy L. Moyer, Vice President, Operations

DATE: January 28, 2019

SUBJECT: DAY NOTICE OF NCEMPA WHOLESALE RATE CHANGE

 The Board of Directors adopted, at its meeting on January 25, 2019, the following changes to NCEMPA’s wholesale power service rates based on the recommendations of the NCEMPA Rate Committee and the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners:

  1. A 1.2% increase to Full Requirements rate effective April 1, 2019 through Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Schedule FR-4;
  2. Continued suspension of Rider 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working capital.

These changes were reviewed in detail by the NCEMPA Rate Committee at its meeting on January 10, 2019, and a summary of the information was presented to the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners at its January 23, 2019 meeting. 

In accordance  with the North Carolina General Statutes, Section 159B-10, the changes  to  the rate schedules adopted by the Board of Directors will become effective unless rejected within 30 days by the vote of 2/3 in number of the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners.

Thus, if the Board of Commissioners  desires to  reject the rates adopted by the Board of Directors, it must take action prior to February 27, 2019. If the Board of Commissioners takes no action, the rate schedule and riders adopted will become effective as noted.

Please contact me at (919) 760-6225 if you wish to discuss further these wholesale rate changes as adopted by the Board of Directors.

The attachments include an explanation of these rate changes together with marked copies of the rate schedule and riders listed.

Attachments

cc:  NCEMPA City Managers NCEMPA Utility Directors NCEMPA Finance Directors

Gary Brunault, GOS Sr. Management Staff

ElectriCities Board of Directors

KM/ts                                                                                                      919.760.6000

1427 Meadow Wood Blvd.

Raleigh, North Carolina 27604               www.electricities.com

North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Wholesale Power Service Rate Changes

Approved by the ElectriCities Board of Directors on January 25, 2019

The Board of Directors adopted, at its meeting on January 25, 2019, the following changes to NCEMPA’s wholesale power service rates based on the recommendations of the NCEMPA Rate Committee and the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners.

SUMMARY OF WHOLESALE POWER SERVICE RATE CHANGES:

  1. A 1.2% increase to Full Requirements rate effective April 1, 2019 through Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Schedule FR-4;
  2. Continued suspension of Rider No. 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working

Each item is described in more detail below:

FULL REQUIREMENTS RATE REVISION

The Rate Committee met on January 10, 2019 to review updated cost projections for NCEMPA. The 2019-2023 DEP Production System Projections were generally in-line with previous projections reviewed in September 2018. Due to the net effect of the updated cost projections and to maintain target working capital levels, the Rate Committee recommends a 1.2% rate increase effective April 1, 2019. The Demand and Energy rates will be adjusted to align the FR rate structure with DEP’s updated cost projections. Beyond 2019, the rate path includes a projected 3.0% rate increase in 2020. The updated FR-4 rate is proposed to be effective April 1, 2019.

RIDERNO. l,FRPPA TRUE-UP CHARGE/CREDIT

The Rate Committee recommends continued suspension of Rider No. 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working capital. Rider No. 1 allows for the suspension and reinstatement of Rider No. 1 on a year-to-year basis upon the recommendation of Board of Commissioners and approval of Board of Directors. In September 2018, the Board of Directors approved suspension of Rider No. 1, keeping the $4.4M FRPPA true-up credit in working capital until the January 2019 Rate Committee meeting to provide for planning flexibility.

Effective: April 1, 2012.&

 NORTH CAROLINA EASTERN MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY MEMBER ELECTRIC RATE SCHEDULE

FULL REQUIREMENTS BULK POWER SUPPLY SCHEDULE FR-

  1. APPLICABILITY

Service under this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule is applicable to all Members as defined in the Full Requirements Power Sales Agreement between North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (“Power Agency”) and its Members, dated as of April 24, 2015 (the “FRPSA”), and is subject to the provisions of the FRPSA and the Debt Service Support Contract between Power Agency and its Members, dated as of April 24, 2015 (the “DSSC”). This rate schedule, as supplemented and amended, is applicable for the sale of Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply, as defined in the FRPSA, for use and resale from existing facilities of adequate type and service. This rate schedule is applicable commencing with the billing month of April, 201&2. to be billed in May, 201&.2_.

.      2. FULL REQUIREMENTS MONTHLY CHARGES

Full Requirements Monthly Charges shall consist of the following Demand Charge and Energy Charge:

Demand Charge:

$ 22.4 per  kW of  Billing Demand Energy Charge:

2.530M94 ¢ per kWh of Billing Energy

  • DETERMINATION OF BILLING DEMAND AND BILLING ENERGY
    1. Determination of Billing Demand

Billing Demand for each Member shall be the average kW measured at the Delivery Point, as such term is defined in the FRPSA, in the 60-minute interval during the current billing month, which is coincident with Duke Energy Progress’s (“DEP”) Monthly Peak Demand, as such term is defined in the Full Requirements Power Purchase Agreement between Power Agency and DEP, dated as of September 5, 2014 (the “FRPPA”), less any capacity allocation, in kW, from the Southeastern Power Administration (“SEPA”) at such point of delivery, but not less than zero.

           2,Determination of Billing Energy

Billing Energy shall be the total energy measured during the current billing month at the Delivery Point, in kWh, less any energy allocation, in kWh, from SEPA at such point of delivery.

  1. GENERAL

Pursuant to the FRPSA and the DSSC, the Monthly Bill will include the Full Requirements Monthly Charges, specified above, and amounts calculated in accordance with the applicable Rider(s) to this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule, which are incorporated herein and made a part hereof. Nothing in this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule shall be construed to prevent Power Agency from reviewing and amending this Rate Schedule or the Riders hereto and the charges contained herein from time to time.

Posted in Board of Aldermen, Utilities, Utilities

February 3rd, 2019 by newbernpostadmin
Kidsville Park, shown before demolition. City of New Bern photo

A sentimental favorite among parents and children past and present, Kidsville playground is no more. At least for now.

Last week, the city announcement was posted on its Facebook page:
“Kidsville, located at Seth West Parrott Park, was torn down today. This unique playground served the community well for 24 years. In April of 2018, the structure was closed due to extensive maintenance issues and safety concerns. All sponsor signage and name pickets were removed prior to demolition.

This photo provided by the City of New Bern shows Kidsville playground following demolition.

“We are now preparing for the construction of Kidsville 2.0. Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring. Stay tuned for information on how you can be a part of the new playground, which will have a similar look and feel to the original.”

Image shows Kidsville 2.0. The city is budgeting $300,000 for the project, half of which it hopes will come from donations.

Kidsville playground was 24 years old, four years older than its intended life expectancy, according to city documents provided in response to a New Bern Post Freedom of Information Act request.

According to a report from Playgrounds by Leathers, “The original materials used in the playground were pressure treated wood posts and framing. The original wood was treated with CCA. It is apparent from its condition that this playground is a well-used
attraction in the area. There is a strong emotional connection with the community and the playground.”

According to audits by Leathers in 2018 and a risk assessment of the playground conducted in 2015, the condition of the park had degraded to the point where some safety hazards were severe.

I can attest. I hit my head hard several years ago climbing on the structure while playing with my son. It nearly knocked me out. I was lucky. In April 2018, a man lost his finger when his ring was caught in an opening and he lost his balance. The city closed the park three days after learning of that incident.

Leathers said, “Due the structures age and condition, we have provided an estimated cost to replace the playground with a new design utilizing all of today’s latest materials (no wood). Today’s playgrounds are expected to last minimally 30 years with minimal maintenance needs. A custom designed community built replacement estimate is around $250,000-275,000 for a playground with similar square footage as your existing playground. This includes engineered wood fiber as the ground cover. If poured in place rubber is wanted in the tot lot as currently designed, this cost will be determined upon final design. This cost estimate is based on utilizing our community built model. It’s anticipated that the work can be completed in five (5) days. While a renovation is an option, consideration should be given to the total amount budgeted vs. the expected longevity of each option. Also, yearly maintenance cost and needs for upkeep must be kept in mind.”

The replacement estimate did not include demolition.

The cost to renovate the park was put at $200,000. The cost to build anew with modern materials and safety features, plus an expected 30-year lifespan, is $250,000, City Parks and Recreation Director Foster Hughes said in an early report to the Board of Aldermen.

A social media survey conducted by the city resulted in 2,700 votes, 86 percent of which preferred something similar to Kidsville as a replacement, rather than more conventional playground designs found elsewhere in the city and county.

Article by Randy Foster / New Bern Post

Posted in Board of Aldermen, Parks and Recreation

December 10th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING
DECEMBER 11, 2018 — 6:00 P. M.
CITY HALL COURTROOM, 300 POLLOCK STREET

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD CALL 639-7501 NO LATER THAN 3 P. M. THE DATE OF THE MEETING

1. Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Best. Pledge of

2. Roll

3. 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

4. Consider Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets for Christ Episcopal Church Community Christmas

 (Ward 1) John Haroldson, Event Coordinator, has requested the 300 block of Pollock Street be closed on December 20, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Christ Episcopal Church’s community Christmas caroling. A memo from Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation, is attached.

5. Consider Adopting a Revised Resolution Closing Specific Streets for the Beary Merry Christmas Sledding Shopping Event.

 (Ward 1) On November 13, 2018, the Board adopted a resolution to close streets and authorize the use of City-owned lots for the Beary Merry Christmas Sledding Shopping event on December 9, 2018. The weather forecast for December 9th calls for rain. As a result, Amanda Banks, Event Chair, has requested the event be moved to December 22, 2018. Additionally, she has asked that the 300 block of South Front Street be closed instead of the original location at the 200 block of Craven Street. A memo from Foster Hughes is attached.

6. Approve Minutes.

Minutes from the November 27, 2018 regular meeting are provided for review and approval.

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7. Presentation of School Essay Contest Winners

The New Bern Police Department and Craven County Schools held its 7th Annual Essay Contest. One of the contest winners will be in attendance to read their essay, and all winners in attendance will be acknowledged and extended a handshake of appreciation from the Governing Board.

8. Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore for 2019 and Administration of Oath.

 Section 2.4 of the City’s Charter provides that at the first meeting in December, the Board of Aldermen will choose one of its members as Mayor Pro Tempore to serve a one-year term. The mayor pro tempore shall perform the duties of the Mayor during his absence or disability as prescribed by the Charter and the General Statutes.

9. Conduct a Public Hearing, Consider Adopting a Statement of Zoning Consistency, and Consider Adopting an Ordinance to Rezone Three Tracts of Land Identified as Tax Parcels 7-105-17001, 7-105-15000 and 7-105-15001 from A-5 Agricultural District to R-8 Residential.

(Ward 3) Thomas Engineering, agent for Nolan Commercial Contractors, LLC, has requested to have three tracts of property identified as tax parcels 7-105-17001, 7- 105-15000 and 7-105-15001 rezoned from A-5 Agricultural District to R-8 Residential. The property is located to the west of Old Airport Road and to the south of Bettye Gresham Road and jointly consist of approximately 72.23 acres. The Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously 7-0 on November 13, 2018 to approve the request. State statute and local ordinance require the Governing Board to hold a public hearing to receive comments on rezoning requests, and this hearing

has been duly advertised. After conducting the hearing, the Board is requested to adopt a statement of zoning consistency and then consider approving the ordinance to rezone the property. A memo from Morgan Potts, City Planner, is attached along with a map of the subject property.

10. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a lease Agreement with NC Coastal land Trust for Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden.

(Ward 2) On August 27, 2013, the Board adopted a resolution approving a 64- month lease with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust for 1.21 acres of Henderson Park, which is located at 940 Chapman Street. The land has been utilized by the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden to operate a community garden. The garden assists disabled veterans through the use of horticulture therapy, and it assists disadvantaged or homeless veterans with transitional employment. The lease expired on November 30, 2018, and Lovay Wallace-Singleton, Executive Director of the Garden, is seeking another lease for a 60-month term at a rate of $1.00 per year. The intent to consider the lease has been duly advertised as required by state statute.

11. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving the Sale of 570 NC Hwy.

(Ward 5) An offer of $6,750.00 was received from Edwin B. Franklin, Sr. for the purchase of 570 NC Hwy. 55 W. The offer was advertised as required by law, but no additional bids were received. The parcel is a vacant lot with a tax value of

$13,500.00, and Mr. Franklin’s offer represents 50% of that value. The property was acquired jointly by the City and Craven County through tax foreclosure in May of 2017. The total taxes due to both taxing authorities was $4,860.56. In December 2017, the County transferred its interest in the property to the City. The City subsequently demolished a structure that was on the property due to its deteriorated state and asbestos contamination. As the sole property owner, the cost of $7,354.00 for demolition was paid by the City. If the sale of the property is approved, the City will receive full proceeds less the cost of advertising the offer. A memo from Brenda Blanco, City Clerk, is attached.

12. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Supplemental Agreement with NC Department of Transportation Regarding Improvements on Trent

(Ward 2) In 1995, the City and NCDOT entered into an agreement whereby certain state-owned roads would be turned over to the City. One of those roads included Trent Road. As part of the agreement, NCDOT was to complete specific improvements and resurface the road. At this time, NCDOT has completed all of the drainage improvements, but has not completed the resurfacing. The agreement provides NCDOT will pay the City a lump sum of $44,714 in lieu of resurfacing approximately 1,000 linear feet of Trent Road. Public Works has reviewed this offer and feels the lump sum payment is sufficient to cover the cost of resurfacing the area. A memo from Matt Montanye, Director of Public Works, is attached.

13. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving an Audit Contract Amendment for Fiscal Year Ending June 30,

 On May 8, 2018, the Board approved a contract with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC to perform the City’s audit for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018. The terms of the contract provided the audit report would be due on October 31, 2018. Since Hurricane Florence, City staff has been working on recovery efforts and with FEMA on claims arising from the hurricane. Staff has also been in the middle of an ERP conversion. While the City did not lose any records, the hurricane and ERP conversion have prevented staff from finalizing schedules to complete the audit. The Board is asked to consider approving an amendment to the contract to extend the audit due date to December 31, 2018. A memo from J.R. Sabatelli, Director of Finance, is attached.

14. Consider Adopting a Budget Ordinance Amendment for the FY2018-19 Operating Budget.

This budget amendment appropriates $266,460 to the Police Department for upgrades to the New Word computer-aided dispatch software. The Emergency Telephone System Fund has already appropriated $60,000 toward the cost, which brings the total estimated project to $326,460. The additional $266,460 will be paid by an increase in debt proceeds. Additionally, the budget amendment appropriates

$66,000 to E911 for the upgrade to the 911 call-recording system. This appropriation will be offset by an increase in fund balance appropriated. A memo from Mr. Sabatelli is attached.

15. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Declaration of Intent to Reimburse for FY2018-19 Capital Purchases.

The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 included the purchase of several capital items. As a result, the Board adopted a resolution approving a Declaration of Intent to Reimburse on July 10, 2018 for an amount not to exceed $1,149,075. However, the amount has increased by $266,460 for the upgrade to the Police Department’s computer-aided dispatch system. The declaration of intent has been revised to reflect a new total of $1,415,535. A memo from Mr. Sabatelli is attached.

16. Consider Adopting an Amendment to the Grant Project Ordinance for the Hurricane Florence Fund.

On October 9, 2018, the Hurricane Florence grant fund was established with an initial budget of $4.4 million. As recovery efforts, repairs, replacements and mitigation costs continue to increase, additional funding may be needed. At this time, an additional $3.6 million is required to allow the recovery efforts to continue. A memo from Mr. Sabatelli is attached.

17. Appointment(s).

Esther Hardin’s term on the New Bern-Craven County Public Library expired on December 1, 2018. Ms. Hardin has moved out of the area and is not interested in reappointment. The Board is asked to make an appointment to fill this seat. The appointee will serve a six-year term.

18. Attorney’s Report.

19. City Manager’s

20. New Business

21. Closed

Adjourn

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December 8th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Did you go by the new Harris Teeter since it opened on Wednesday? Odds are pretty good that you did.

In a small town like New Bern, folks here can be relied on to try something new. Remember when Cook Out opened?

On opening day, I saw city officials including Jeff Odham, in whose ward the new Harris Teeter is located, and City Manager Mark Stephens proudly roaming the vast floor space of the gleaming new store.

Coke Mann, a partner with Columbia Development Group, developer of the shopping center, was quoted in the Sun Journal crediting Odham and Mayor Dana Outlaw for their bringing the super-expanded HT to New Bern.

I saw lots of regular people combing through the almost 100,000-foot feet of shopping space, which is more than just a simple supermarket. (Some say the store actually has 105,000 square feet of floor space.)

We are not wedded to a particular grocery store. We shop at Publix most often, but not exclusively, and mainly due to its modern and wide selection coupled with its less crowded aisles.

With the opening of the new Harris Teeter, that may change.

The store replaces a 55,000-square-foot store on South Glenburnie Road, which closed the day before the new store opened.

It is claimed to be the largest Harris Teeter out of the chain’s 246 stores. Some media outlets have called it the largest in the world, but since its world is pretty much contained within Southern states, that’s a somewhat pretentious claim.

Still, it’s plenty big, and within it are sections that by themselves are impressively large.

There is a Starbucks inside the Harris Teeter, just as there was at the old location, but this one has a dining area that has to make this particular Starbucks one of the largest in the world, and that’s saying something.

Then there is the food court, contained within an area that could be a nice-size grocery store all by itself.

There is a bakery, fresh produce and meats, a deli, a sushi bar, a buffet, a burger bar, a specialty bar with changing themes, and a bar-bar. Yes, a bar … where you can get beer and wine by the glass.

As for the grocery aisles, they are so long they are subdivided, with a third row intersecting at the middle. Looking from one end toward the other, the aisles extend almost as far as the eye can see.

Filling all those aisles with merchandise must be a challenge by itself. I have not looked deeply into it, but the few places I did look showed a much-expanded variety of brands and varieties.

Staffing this store must be equally challenging. I counted six people working at the Starbucks counter, four at the burger bar, three at the beer and wine bar, and so on.

I am not sure if they staffed up for opening week or if they plan to maintain that staffing level.

Sarah, Mark and I went there on opening day and had dinner. We bought a couple of items from the grocery aisles before going home.

We returned on Saturday to find the same buzz one encounters when surrounded by hundreds of happy people. The store is large enough to accommodate a thousand customers without feeling overly crowded.

Sarah got several selections from the sushi train and described the quality as good as any restaurant in New Bern. I went for simple–a burger and fries. The way I figure it, if you can’t do a burger and fries right, then what can you do right?

And boy, did they do it right. It paired nicely with the glass of Mother Earth pale ale that I got at the bar.

While waiting for my order, I ran into four people I knew, and that’s the great thing about a venue like this. It’s a magnet that draws people together, and for more than one purpose.

Before, you would go to Harris Teeter for groceries. Maybe you might grab something from the salad bar or deli or the Starbucks counter, but there was really nothing that set it apart from any other modern grocery store.

This Harris Teeter is not just a retailer, it is a community amenity. You can literally spend the day there, enjoying a fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a couple of glasses of beer or wine later in the day before actually doing any grocery shopping.

Note: the beer and wine bar opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sundays, when it opens at 11 a.m. But who’s judging?

The parking lot is large and full but sufficient and well laid out. Other stores in the shopping center, which is called New Bern Marketplace, round out the remaining two-thirds of retail floor space at the 34-acre, 325,000-square-food retail venue.

One thing it has over Downtown New Bern: parking is not limited to two hours.

So what can you expect at the Teeter?

Greeting you as you arrive at one of the entrances is the floral counter managed by Mary Gierie-Merrell, who Mayor Outlaw has described as New Bern’s unofficial mayor.

At that same entrance, off to the right, is the Starbucks counter with its spacious and open dining area. It is equipped with tables and booths and two big-screen TVs. The window-wall is lined with a long counter with tall chairs for computer users and enough USB ports and electric sockets for every two chairs.

Beyond is the amazing food court, and to its left, the expansive grocery aisles.

One glitch was WiFi. Though it is provided, I was unable to connect to the internet using it. Another quibble is that if you want to sit at a table and plug in your device or computer to a power source, there are just two tables within range of just one wall socket, and they are right underneath a big-screen TV. That may be by design. It is understandable why a store would not want its tables taken up by people using computers all day.

The impacts of the new Harris Teeter on New Bern will be interesting to see.

It will undoubtedly cut into business of other existing grocery stores. But being so large, it will draw shoppers from outside New Bern and maybe from outside Craven County.

When the N.C. 43 connector is extended from U.S. 70 to U.S. 17 in the next few years, it will make access to New Bern Marketplace easier to reach from Pitt and Lenoir residents. It’s already the easiest retail center to reach in New Bern from Jones and Onslow counties.

As I said, this Harris Teeter is not just a store, it is a community amenity.

Fun facts

  • Harris Teeter’s previous largest stores, measuring at 80,000 square feet of store space, are located in Pinehurst and Charlotte.
  • The New Bern store is only the second location to have a juice bar.
  • It is the first to have a build-your-own burger bar.
  • It is the first to have a sushi train.

Posted in Achievements, Activities, Aldermen, Beer, Board of Aldermen, Business, Commentary, Community, Craven County, Downtown New Bern, Economy, Economy and Employment, Entertainment, Events, Food, Mayor, New Bern, New Bern business and commerce, Opinion

November 12th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

CITY OF NEW BERN

BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – 6:00 P.M.

CITY HALL COURTROOM

300 POLLOCK STREET

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Agenda and Explanations

  • Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Kinsey. 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 Calling for a Public Hearing to Amend Article II “Definitions”, Article X “Permissible Uses” and Article XVIII “Parking” of Appendix A of the City of New Bern Land Use Ordinance.

The Board is asked to call for a public hearing on November 27, 2018 to consider proposed amendments to Sections 15-15, 15-146 and 15-342 of the Land Use Ordinance. The proposed amendments will create standards for marinas in the City of New Bern. At their September 4, 2018 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Board voted 5-1 to recommend approval of the proposed amendments.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing to Amend Article II: Section 15-15 – Basic Definitions and Interpretations of the City of New Bern Land Use Ordinance.

The Board is asked to call for a public hearing on November 27, 2018 to consider proposed amendments to Section 15-15 “Basic Definitions and Interpretations” of the Land Use Ordinance. The proposed amendments will clean up the residential definitions found in the basic definitions and interpretations section. The last overhaul of the Land Use Ordinance created errors in formatting that lead to the retention of some older, now redundant, definitions for residential uses. Adopting the proposed changes will make sure there is no confusion in how different residential uses are defined. At their June 5, 2018 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed amendments.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets on December 1, 2018 for the Craven County Jaycees 2018 Christmas Parade.

(Ward 1) David Ricks, Event Coordinator, has requested the 300-800 blocks of George Street, 400-600 blocks of Broad Street and 200-300 blocks of Middle Street be closed from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on December 1, 2018 for the annual Christmas parade. Additionally, it is requested the south side of Broad Street be closed to parking from 12 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets for the City’s First Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.

(Ward 1) The City of New Bern plans to hold its first annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31, 2018. As a result, it is requested the 200-300 blocks of Craven Street and 200-300 blocks of Pollock Street be closed from 8 a.m. on December 31, 2018 until 8 a.m. on January 1, 2019.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets for Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration.

(Ward 1) Rebekah Hornek, Cultural Arts Coordinator, has requested the 600 block of Pollock Street and 300 block of George Street be closed on December 8th and 15th from 9:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for fireworks associated with Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration. She has also requested a temporary block of South Front Street at the location of Palace Point Commons behind the palace’s south lawn.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets for Beary Merry Christmas Events.

(Ward 1) Amanda Banks, Event Chair for the Downtown Council’s Beary Merry Christmas, has requested to close the following streets for the identified activities on the dates and times noted: a) the 200 block of Middle Street on November 23, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for “Light Up the Season”; b) the 200 block of Craven Street and the “Talbot’s Lot” on December 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the “Sledding Shopping Sunday” event.

  • Consider Approving a Proclamation for Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Thomas Smith, Director of Craven County Hospice, has requested a proclamation recognizing November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

  • Consider Approving a Proclamation for Elinor D. Hawkins Day.

After the unveiling of a bear statute on November 3, 2018 honoring Elinor D. Hawkins, Mayor Outlaw received a request from Rose Williams to establish November 3rd as Elinor D. Hawkins Day in New Bern. A proclamation to this effect is proposed.

  • Approve Minutes.

Minutes from the October 23, 2018 work session and regular meetingss are provided for review and approval.

 

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  • Presentation by Friends of Kafer Park.

(Ward 1) A member of Friends of Kafer Park will make a presentation about the group’s desire and plans to raise funds to restore Kafer Park to its original state.

  • Presentation on National Night Out.

Police Chief Toussaint Summers will share a video reflecting upon this year’s National Night Out. The communities that participated will be recognized and presented a certificate. The Board is asked to extend a handshake of appreciation for their involvement.

  • Presentation on Opportunity Zones.

A couple of members of the Governing Board have expressed an interest in Opportunity Zones. To learn more about these zones, a representative from the NC Department of Commerce, Lee Padrick, Chief Economic Development Planner for the Northeast Prosperity Zone and Main Street and Rural Planning Center, will be in attendance to share a presentation. Congress enacted the opportunity zone program in December 2017 as part of tax reform. The program offers incentives for qualified investors who reinvest in low-income communities. Mr. Padrick will describe how the initiative could drive investment in these communities.

  • Discussion of Part-Time Animal Control Officer.

Police Chief Toussaint Summers will provide a verbal update regarding the search for a part-time Animal Control Officer.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution to Initiate the Upset Bid Process for 570 NC Hwy. 55 West.

Edwin B. Franklin, Sr. has submitted an offer of $6,750.00 to purchase 570 NC Hwy. 55 W. The parcel is a vacant lot with a tax value of $13,500.00, and the offer represents 50% of the value. The property was acquired jointly by the City and Craven County through tax foreclosure in May of 2017. The total taxes due to both taxing authorities was $4,860.56. In December 2017, the County transferred its interest in the property to the City. The City subsequently demolished a structure that was on the property due to its deteriorated state and asbestos contamination. As the sole property owner, the cost of the demolition was paid by the City. If the upset bid process is approved and there are no additional bids, the City will receive the full proceeds from the sale, less the cost of advertising the offer.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Contract with the Housing Authority of New Bern for the Sale of a Portion of 703 Carolina Avenue.

(Ward 2) As discussed at previous meetings, the Housing Authority of New Bern has requested to purchase a portion of 703 Carolina Avenue for the purpose of developing mixed-use housing and relocating some of the residents of Trent Court. A copy of the proposed contract will be provided before or at the time of the meeting on November 13th.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Revised School Resource Officer Contract with Craven County Board of Education for Local Elementary Schools.

On August 28, 2018, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution approving a School Resource Officer contract with Craven County Board of Education for four additional school resource officers who were to be placed in local elementary schools. The City Attorney had requested a couple of revisions to the contract to provide clarity, which were not incorporated into the contract that was previously approved by the Board. The contract before the Board at this time includes those changes, and Mr. Davis or Chief Summers can detail them, if needed.

  • Consider Adopting a Resolution Accepting the FY2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

The Police Department has been notified of an award from the FY2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $11,334.00. Grant funds will be shared with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and utilized to procure equipment and materials for personnel workstations at the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team’s facility. No matching funds are required. The Board is asked to adopt a resolution accepting the grant funds and authorizing the execution of the Memorandum of Agreement.

  • Consider Adopting a Budget Ordinance Amendment for the FY2018-19 Grant Fund.

In conjunction with the grant described in the previous item, this budget ordinance amendment acknowledges the grant funds and establishes the necessary budget.

  • Appointment(s).
    • Kenneth Brown’s appointment on the Board of Adjustment has expired. He has served two consecutive terms and is ineligible to serve another term at this time. Alderman Best is asked to make an appointment to replace Mr. Brown.
    • Lois Jamison’s appointment on the Board of Adjustment has expired. She has served two consecutive terms and is ineligible to serve another term at this time. Alderman Kinsey is asked to make an appointment to replace Ms. Jamison.
  • Attorney’s Report.
  • City Manager’s Report.
  • New Business.
  • Closed Session.
  • Adjourn.

Posted in Board of Aldermen, New Bern

November 7th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

The City of New Bern will resume certain utility fees that were suspended during hurricane Florence.

Due to the storm’s widespread impact across our area, the Board of Aldermen unanimously agreed in September to temporarily suspend late fees, delinquencies and shutoffs for nonpayment.  The Board also agreed to waive new deposits for current customers until mid-November.  These actions effectively extended the due date of unpaid bills until such time that the City could recover from the hurricane.

All past due amounts must be brought current by close of business on Friday, Dec. 7.  If customers are unable to get caught up or current, they are encouraged to visit the Utility Business Office (UBO) at 606 Fort Totten Drive and speak to a customer service representative about a special storm payment arrangement.

The UBO is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.  However, appointments are encouraged to reduce customer wait time.

These special storm payment arrangements will not count toward the four payment arrangements allowed each fiscal year under the City’s current business practices, but customers must remain current once the arrangement is made.

If the special storm payment arrangement is broken, the past due account balance must be paid in full.  Attached is a document reflecting our business practices in regards to deposits and payment arrangements.

Late fees, delinquent fees and shutoffs for nonpayment will resume after Dec. 7.  Deposit requirements will resume after Nov. 15.  Deposits caused by late and delinquent actions will resume after Dec. 7.

The reinstatement of fees comes more than 80 days after hurricane Florence ravaged New Bern and eastern North Carolina.

“The Board of Aldermen and management staff have carefully considered this resumption of fees after the storm,” said Mark Stephens, City Manager. “We remain sympathetic to the hardships faced by our residents and are implementing special storm payment arrangements to ease the burden on our customers.  We appreciate the community’s understanding during this recovery process.”

Utility staff are prepared to answer questions and assist customers with payment arrangements. As a reminder, customers have several options for paying City of New Bern utility bills: online at www.newbernnc.gov, at the Utility Business Office, and at Walmart stores in this area.

Posted in Board of Aldermen, Community issues, Hurricane, Infrastructure, New Bern, Utilities

October 21st, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

CITY  OF  NEW BERN

300 Pollock Street, P.O. Box 1129 New Bern, NC 28563-1129

(252) 636-4000

 

October 23, 2018 Agenda Explanations

  • Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Aster. Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Roll Call.

Consent Agenda

  • Consider Approving a Proclamation for Coastal Plain’s Lights On After School.

Taylor Shannon, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain, has requested a proclamation acknowledging “Lights on Afterschool Day”.

  • Approve Minutes.

Minutes from the October 9, 2018 regular meeting are provided for review and approval.

  • Conduct a Public Hearing and Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Development Agreement with Weyerhaeuser NR Company for WEST New Bern.

(Ward 5) Weyerhaeuser NR Company is developing an approximately 575-acre mixed-use development that will be known as WEST New Bern. A development agreement between the City and developer, Weyerhaeuser NR Company, will

establish responsibilities pertaining to utility delivery, phasing, and design standards during the construction of the property. A public hearing has been called for and properly noticed to receive public comments on the proposed agreement. After hearing those comments, the Board is asked to consider approving the development agreement. A brief memo from Jeff Ruggieri, Director of Development Services, is attached along with a copy of the agreement and information on the development.

  • Discussion on Redirecting Capital Funds Budgeted for in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Electric Fund.

The adopted budget for FY2019 includes $180,000 in the Electric Fund to replace a bucket truck. Charlie Bauschard, Director of Public Utilities, has expressed a greater need for a skid steer with accessories to clear heavily vegetated areas and a mini excavator to excavate hard-to-reach sites. The combined cost of these two items is less than the bucket truck with the skid steer estimated at $107,000 and the mini excavator $45,000. Board approval is sought to redirect the budgeted funds for the purchase of these two items. The intent is to request funding in the FY2020 to replace the bucket truck. A memo from J.R. Sabatelli, Director of Finance, is attached.

  • Consider Approving the 2019 Holiday Calendar.

In accordance with the Personnel Ordinance, the City of New Bern Holiday Schedule must be approved annually by the Board of Aldermen. The proposed schedule reflects the observance of 14 holidays during 2019. Of note, this schedule mirrors the holidays to be observed by Craven County.

  • Consider Approving the 2019 Board of Alderman Meeting Roster.

Each year, the Board approves an annual meeting roster. The City Charter provides for regular meetings to be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month beginning at 6 p.m. The proposed meeting dates are identified on the attached roster and include two scheduled budget work sessions. An annual retreat is not reflected on the roster, as that date is usually selected by the Board early in the calendar year.

  • Appointment(s).
  • Kristen Culler resigned from her appointment to Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow. The Board is asked to make a new appointment to replace Mrs. Culler.
  • Kenneth Brown’s appointment on the Board of Adjustment has expired. He has served two consecutive terms and is ineligible to serve another term at this time. Alderman Best is asked to make an appointment to replace Mr. Brown.
  • Lois Jamison’s appointment on the Board of Adjustment has expired. She has served two consecutive terms and is ineligible to serve another term at this time. Alderman Kinsey is asked to make an appointment to replace Ms. Jamison.
  • Attorney’s Report.
  • City Manager’s Report.
  • New Business.
  • Closed Session.
  • Adjourn.

Posted in Board of Aldermen

October 10th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

3202 Neuse Blvd., the Howling Dog Saloon. Google Street View photo

The Board of Aldermen gave City Attorney Scott Davis direction to file a lawsuit if necessary that would permanently close down a New Bern bar that has been the location of shootings and fights.

The bar, the Howling Dog Saloon at 3202 Neuse Blvd., was the location of two shooting incidents, one in June that wounded two, and one in May 2017 that left one dead and two injured. A fight in August 2016 left a woman with a severe facial laceration.

ABC recently revoked the bar’s licenses. Davis sought permission to file a lawsuit that would not only permanently close Howling Dog Saloon, but would prevent 3202 Neuse Blvd. from being used as a bar in the future and prevent the operator of the Howling Dog Saloon from operating a bar elsewhere in the city.

Davis said the city has attempted to work with the owner to keep the peace at the location, without success.

The Howling Dog Saloon is also known as Flyers 69. The owner had also owned Flyers 70 at 4310 Highway 70 East (just outside city limits) and Flyers 55 on Highway 55 East in Pamlico County. Both of those bars are no longer in business.

The 3202 Neuse Blvd. location has been a neighborhood bar since it was built in 1965, according to county tax records. Davis said the owner of the building rents it to the bar operator, who he did not identify.

Posted in Aldermen, Beer, Board of Aldermen, Business, Crime, Mayor

October 9th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Despite earlier obstacles, a storm-stricken New Bern Housing Authority appears headed toward buying acreage off of Carolina Avenue to build apartments that would replace flood-prone tenements at Trent Court.

City Manager Mark Stephens and his staff are preparing paperwork to sell 8 acres between the Pembroke community and Trent Road, and U.S. 70 and Carolina Avenue. A decision is expected at the next Board of Aldermen meeting later this month.

Kathy Adolph

During the public comments portion of the meeting, New Bern resident Kathy Adolph, a retired teacher and school principal, urged the city to give the Housing Authority the parcel, saying that Trent Court is substandard and prone to frequent flooding.

The Housing Authority, which is independent of the city, wants to build an 80-unit apartment complex off Carolina Avenue that would house some Trent Court residents. That would empty out 80 units in Trent Court that would be razed and replaced.

The Housing Authority had offered $200,000 for the 8-acre parcel. Aldermen voted 6-1 in July to have the parcel appraised.

The Carolina Avenue property sought for purchase by the New Bern Housing Authority is shown boxed in yellow. The Pembroke Community is above and to the right of the lake shown in this aerial view.

The motion was made by Ward 6 Alderman Jeffrey Odham and seconded by Ward 3 Alderman Bobby Aster. What’s interesting was that it was a break from tradition. Motions are usually made by the alderman in whose ward a project is located.

But Ward 2 Alderwoman Jameesha Harris, whose ward includes the Pembroke community, has opposed the plan.

A lot has happened while the appraisal wound its way through city bureaucracy, namely Hurricane Florence.

Housing Authority Executive Director Martin Blaney gave a bleak report about Trent Court during Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

Blaney said Trent Court lost 108 out of 218 apartments due to the storm. He said five or six of the most severely damaged buildings should not be reopened. The storm also destroyed the New Bern Housing Authority administration building on South Front Street.

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chairman Joseph Anderson, left, and Executive Director Martin Blaney update the New Bern Board of Aldermen about Trent Court flooding. Photo by Randy Foster / New Bern Post

New Bern Towers, located near Trent Court and also owned by the Housing Authority, weathered the hurricane fairly well and will not be replaced.

In order to qualify for competitive funding to help pay for the apartment complex, the Housing Authority has to beat a January deadline to have a fully fleshed-out plan in place.

The ultimate plan is to remove most or all of the old Trent Court tenements and replace them with a combination of green space and mixed-income housing that is less susceptible to flood damage. That housing would be managed by a third party, much like Craven Terrace has been operating for a couple of years.

Most residents of the flood-damaged Trent Court apartment buildings have found temporary housing or have moved to Housing Authority facilities in nearby counties, Blaney said. A couple of Trent Court families are staying at the emergency shelter at West New Bern Recreation Center, while a handful have moved back into Trent Court, despite warnings that doing so puts their health at risk.

Meanwhile, in an effort to address housing shortages in flood-stricken communities like New Bern, FEMA has announced plans to roll out temporary housing for those most in need.

 

 

Posted in Aldermen, Board of Aldermen, FEMA, Housing, Mayor, New Bern Housing Authority

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