CITY OF NEW BERN
BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – 6:00P.M.
CITY HALL COURTROOM
300 POLLOCK STREET
1. Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Mayor Outlaw. Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Roll Call
3. Consider adopting a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing to Rezone 4526 US Highway 17 South.
John Thomas of Thomas Engineering has requested 2.40+/- acres located at 4526 US Highway 17 South be rezoned from R-20 Residential District to C-3 Commercial District. The property is further identified as Tax Parcel 8-206-079, which is located in the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. It is requested a public hearing be held on March 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. to consider this request. A memo from Morgan Potts, City Planner, is attached.
4. Approve Minutes.
Minutes from the February 12, 2019 work session and February 12, 2019 regular meeting are provided for review and approval.
5. Presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Copies of the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (“CAFR”) and Auditor’s Discussion and Analysis were previously distributed to the Board. A representative from Mauldin & Jenkins, the firm that performed the City’s audit, will be present to discuss the findings of the CAFR and audit. This report will also be made available on the City’s website on February 27, 2019.
6. Update on Resiliency Plan.
The City Manager will provide an update on the City’s efforts with respect to a resiliency plan and the hiring of a consultant.
7. Consider Adopting a Resolution to Initiate the Upset Bid Process for 1620 National Avenue.
(Ward 1) In July of 2016, after being vacated by Parks and Recreation’s administrative staff, the Board declared the City’s property at 1620 National Avenue as surplus property. A minimum reserve bid of $85,000 was established. The property has since received substantial damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. An insurance payout is anticipated in the amount of $65,833. Freddie Mercer has submitted an offer of $15,000 to purchase the property in its current condition. If this resolution is approved, the offer will be duly advertised as required by state statute. If no upset bids are received and the property is sold for $15,000, the City will receive approximately $80,833 from the proceeds of the sale and the insurance funds.
8. Consider Adopting a Resolution Approving a Contract with James L. Cayton Utilities, Inc. of New Bern, NC for Infrastructure Improvements.
(Ward 1) Aging water and sewer infrastructure is being replaced on Johnson Street between Craven and East Front Streets and King Street between Craven Street and Edgerton Drive. Once the infrastructure has been replaced, the streets will be resurfaced. The improvements will eliminate deteriorated mains and service lines, increase the reliability of the domestic water supply, reduce the potential for sewer backups, and improve drainage in the project area. Bids for this project were sought and obtained. After reviewing the bids, James L. Cayton Utilities, Inc. of New Bern, NC had the lowest bid at $635,320. It is requested the contract be awarded to this bidder.
9. Consider Adopting an Ordinance Amendment to Division 2 (Police Civil Service Board) of Article IV of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances.
The City’s charter was amended in 2016, at which time changes were made in part to the section regarding the Police Civil Service Board. It has since been discovered the ordinance addressing the Police Civil Service Board was not amended to reflect the charter changes. By adopting this ordinance, the charter and Code of Ordinances will be consistent.
- 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.
- 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.
11. Attorney’s Report.
12. City Manager’s Report.
13. New Business.
14. Closed Session.