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