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V. Approval of Agenda l Public Comment Period The Public Comment Period is a period reserved for comments by the public. Items that were or are scheduled to be the subject of public hearings conducted at the same meeting or another meeting during the same week shall not be discussed. A total of 30 minutes is allocated with each individual being allowed no more than 3 minutes. Individuals who registered with the City Clerk to speak will speak in the order registered until the allocated 30 minutes expires. If time remains after all persons who registered have spoken, individuals who did not register will have an opportunity to speak until the allocated 30 minutes expires.
5. Approval of the purchase of a new 911 Telephone System in the Police Department's Communications Center and back-up equipment for the Emergency Operations Center 6. Approval of the purchase of 35 vehicles for the Police Department 7. Approval of the purchase and installation of equipment and lights for Police Department Vehicles 8. Approval of the purchase of five vehicles for the Public Works Department Sanitation Division 9. Approval of the purchase of a Backhoe for the Recreation and Parks Department
Attachment number 1 Page 1 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 2 of 26 look at what the larger cities are doing, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem and High Point. All of these cities have municipal golf courses and only one of them that he knows of makes a profit. All of these cities feel that the golf course is an integral part of their total recreation and parks program, the quality of life of the residents, and economic development initiatives. These cities provide adequate budgetary funding between 15,000- 300,000 for operations and capital improvements, based on their long-term vision for their city.
John Joseph Laffiteau Rodeway Inn and Suites, Room 253, 301 Greenville Blvd. SE Mr. Laffiteau read what appears on his public comment form as follows: COPY John Joseph Laffiteau is a student at PCC currently enrolled in an Intermediate Accounting Course, a course in Personal Income Taxes, and a Sociology Course in social problems. A personnel matter arose at the East Branch of Sheppard Memorial Library. Camera evidence, testimony of other patrons, and past patterns of Mr. Laffiteau s conduct do not support the staff s allegations of a violation of the Patrons Code of Conduct by him. Therefore, to more precisely resolve these inherent conflicts, Mr. Laffiteau would like to voluntarily and mutually agree with the staff to take polygraph tests as an untapped source of evidence - again, all done on a voluntary truth-seeking endeavor. John Joseph Laffiteau END COPY
Cheryl Waters No Address Given Ms. Waters commended Council Member Barr for her services to the City of Greenville, stating that the citizens are proud of the efforts made by Council Member Barr. She allowed the citizens of District 1 to express their views and concerns and responded as best as she could. They are pinpointing her exclusively, but the citizens are not saying that no one else has done a great job, because of the responsibility and task that Council Member Barr took on and she did a phenomenal job. Ms. Waters stated the citizens want to make sure that Council Member Barr s efforts are not undeserved and unacknowledged. SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS Mayor Smith commended Council Member Barr for her service to the City of Greenville since August 2017 and presented a plaque to Council Member Barr. Mayor Smith acknowledged Council Member Godley s service to the City of Greenville since 2015 and provided a plaque for his term of service. Mayor Smith commended Council Member At-Large Mercer s service (2007-2017) to the City of Greenville and presented him a plaque.
Work to prevent discrimination by developing educational materials and programs to promote equal rights, understanding, inclusiveness, and acceptance. Continue to partner and consult with state, federal, and other governmental authorities on any matters, disputes, and controversies within the City s jurisdiction regarding fair housing complaints. Make recommendations to City Council on procedures, programs, or policies that promote diversity, acceptance, equal right, understanding, and inclusion.
activities and all events. The staff liaison works with the Council and members of the community to accomplish the Council goals. INITIATIVES The Human Relations Council annual events and activities include: 1. Fair Housing Initiative: The Council believes a vital step in building better neighborhoods, is to eliminate housing discrimination, allowing all residents equal opportunities. April is National Fair Housing Month. The Council and City partners sponsored to Fair Housing seminars this year: Fair Housing Laws and Practices Tuesday, April 11th Attachment number 1 Page 5 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 6 of 26 Fair Housing Accessibility: Design and Construction Tuesday, April 18th
6. Assisted with the Sister City Initiative (South Korea) The Council reviewed information regarding the membership and attendance policy for boards and commission. The Human Relations Council is a diverse board with a membership of 18 representatives. We have one vacancy for a regular member and a vacancy for a Pitt Community College representative. Currently, the Council does not have an issue with having our monthly meetings or having to cancel due to lack of a quorum. The Council does not meet in July (vacation month). Council meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. In conclusion, we live in times of great opportunities and challenges and both require civic character and conduct that respects and honors the civil and human rights of all residents. The Council is entrusted with a noble charge of improving the relationships within our city by planting seeds of change, by cultivating an atmosphere of mutual appreciation, and by respecting our diverse community. We thank you for your time and especially for your continued support and leadership in all our efforts, including the allocation of funds to carry out our mission. END COPY Attachment number 1 Page 6 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 7 of 26
COPY GREENVILLE YOUTH COUNCIL Annual Report Presented by Allison Chiancone The Greenville Youth Council was created on August 11, 2005 for high school students who are interested in providing a voice on city-wide issues. The Council is composed of twenty (20) members and currently have nine (12) members with additional members (approximately 3 or more) being appointed in December. The Council s Mission is to enrich the lives of the youth by encouraging involvement in the community and local government; and, the Vision is for empowered and engaged young people, working for a better community. The Council s purpose is to give youth an opportunity to become knowledgeable of local government, to develop leadership skills, to become involved in community service projects, and to make recommendations to City Council on issues that affect youth. At the Council s orientation meeting on Monday, September 25th, the Council discussed the attendance policy, the by-laws, dress code, recruiting of new members and the possibility of being chartered by the State Youth Council.
END COPY Historic Preservation Commission Chairperson Candace Pearce reported that the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) submitted a 14-page document, Historic Preservation Commission Overview, to the City Council. Over the years, starting in 2008, the HPC has asked the City Council to consider the adoption of several resolutions or ordinances related to 1) preservation of Cherry Hill Cemetery, 2) enacting anti-demolition by neglect, 3) preservation of easement on the Imperial site, 4) historical markers funding, and 5) FIG (Fa ade Improvement Grant) boundaries for site improvement grant boundary extensions. The City Council has not had any discussions at its meetings about these requests from the members of the HPC, who are talented and spend a lot of time doing this kind of work hoping to make Greenville a historical and more significant place.
Attachment number 1 Page 8 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 9 of 26 on the back, five on the side and three in the front. They have tripled in the past 10 years and there are reasons for that. The whole neighborhood was designed as an open air (people knew what people were doing) neighborhood. The residents of this district requested to have the neighborhood brought into a zoning overlay because they wanted to maintain the character of that neighborhood.
Director Demery reported that property tax and sales tax make up 65 of the City s total revenue whereas last year, property tax made up 43 of the total revenue. For every dollar spent, 46 was spent on public safety, which includes police and fire/rescue. Director Demery summarized the General Fund information stating that revenues are up 4 (increased sales tax and motor vehicle collection), expenses are up 5 (General Fund Capital Improvement Program projects transferred to their respective Capital Project Funds), and the City remained within the 14 Unassigned Fund Balance Policy. The ending fund balance for 2016 was 32,442,111 and it was at 31,421,084 for 2017 with a decrease of ( 1,021,027). The total fund balance is 31,421,084 and the following table illustrates the -3 decrease. Attachment number 1 Page 9 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 10 of 26 Director Demery reported that in 2017, the City s available fund balance is at 29.17 compared to other municipalities 2016 numbers. Director Demery reported that one of the major shifts in the restricted fund balance was the City s decrease in accounts receivable at June 30, 2017, which is outstanding. The City s unassigned fund balance percentage is still within 14 . Attachment number 1 Page 10 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 11 of 26
Director Demery stated the next steps are to have the Local Government Commission approve the audit and staff plans to submit this report for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 29th consecutive year.
Mayor Smith thanked and commended staff for its hard work. She always likes to hear about reports with no findings. She appreciates staff managing the City s money and doing whatever is necessary for the City to receive the highest ratings on the audit. They deserve recognition.
Director Mulligan stated that a perfect example is what has happened to the 10th Street lighting, east of Greenville Boulevard where there were pedestrian and vehicular accidents. Half of those lights were converted to LED, stopping at Oxford Road and there are still high pressure sodium lights in the area. Installing LED lights have made a big difference.
Chief Holtzman displayed the Phase 1 focused area in West Greenville, and stated that the results are impressive. Basically, Memorial Drive up to Dickinson Avenue and to the River were done. Citywide, total Part 1 crimes (violent and property crimes together) drop to 2 , but in the target area where LED lighting was installed, there was a 21 drop in total crime. Unfortunately, violent crime citywide is up 8 but property crime is down 10 in in that area. Attachment number 1 Page 14 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 15 of 26
Chief Holtzman gave information about the 100 existing public safety camera coverage in areas of Greenville, and stated that last year, there was a budget of 250,000 for street lighting and cameras. 76,225 was encumbered forward to the 2018 budget of 200,000. 56,400 was spent for lighting and 128,591 was spent for cameras, with a remainder of 102,347.
Mayor Smith asked about the plans for lighting in the area across the River on Belvoir Road where an unfortunate death occurred. Attachment number 1 Page 16 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 17 of 26
Chief Holtzman stated that in working with the GPD Lieutenants at the police substations, he asked them to come up with locations for 20 cameras in each one of their zones by priority. It is known where the cameras are needed based on the zone commanders. Along with the new cameras, new white lights are required in order for them to work well. Mayor Smith asked if the City could benefit from installing cameras where there is lighting from the FoodLion near Easy Street. She does not want the GPD to look at only crime while some of the safety issues should be addressed as well. The City could use the lighting that is already there and would not pay additional funds.
Director Mulligan explained how Memorial Drive and Stantonsburg Road were prioritized for LED lights due to traffic and pedestrian and vehicle accidents, and stated that doing all of Memorial Drive would cost close to 1 million.
Chief Holtzman stated the GPD does have a handful of wireless that are moved around. They carry a monthly cellphone bill and the high definition is not there. Attachment number 1 Page 18 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 19 of 26
Director Mulligan stated that in 2013 when he presented the City s new lighting ordinance, the City was focusing on dark sky or downward focusing lighting. A commercial establishment had to meet the City s lighting ordinance so that the wash over from the commercial establishment to the residential neighborhoods would be less. The City was doing upgrades from one high pressure sodium to a brighter high pressure sodium and that is what was done at Westpointe and Kristen Drives. Now, the City is going back to install the LED lights.
Attachment number 1 Page 21 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 22 of 26 upon them. There has been early discussions of creating a cleanliness taskforce or beautification committee to address these challenges. Mayor Smith asked why the gum has never been removed from the sidewalks.
Mayor Smith asked how many times a year would the sidewalks be pressure washed. Attachment number 1 Page 22 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, November 13, 2017 Page 23 of 26
Mayor Smith stated that The Dream Park has the same issue on the picnic tables and the concrete with gum, dirt, and grime. If the City Council votes on this now and does not have that same commitment to other areas, then what message is that sending? She is surprised that the City Council would be put on the spot to vote on the 24,000 funding for the contracted services without making sure there is a plan to address not just uptown but other areas that have a high concentration of the same thing.
City Manager Wall directed Gary Fenton to make sure that the issues of cleanliness are addressed as soon as possible at The Dream Park regarding gum and the tables. Mayor Smith suggested that a motion for both the uptown area and the tables and concrete at The Dream Park be addressed.
Mayor Pro-Tem Glover directed City Manager Wall to work with the Community Crossroads Center and City staff and make sure that they understand that the Dream Park should be kept clean. CITY MANAGER S REPORT City Manager Ann Wall recognized Purchasing Manager Denisha Harris of the Financial Services Division for completing the Leading for Results course offered by the Local Government Federal Credit Union. Denisha was selected from a group of 135 people and is one of 50 who were asked to participate in this program. The program really identifies emerging leaders in local government.
ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the City Council, motion was made by Council Member Mercer and seconded by Council Member Barr to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously, and Mayor Smith declared the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m. Respectfully Submitted Polly Jones Deputy City Clerk Attachment number 1 Page 26 of 26
Pam Strickland 4128 Dale Drive, Farmville, NC Ms. Strickland stated that she is the founder of the Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now and the facilitator for the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She introduced two of the members of the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Victoria Johnson and Lenore Freeman. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and she is appreciative of Mayor Connelly signing the proclamation declaring it in Greenville. Ms. Johnson read the following proclamation for Human Trafficking Awareness Month: COPY
WHEREAS, human trafficking violates basic human rights and deprives victims of human dignity and freedom. Victims are dehumanized and forced into modern-day slavery; and Attachment number 3 Page 2 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, January 8, 2018 Page 3 of 26
WHEREAS, in recognition of the need for that education, the NC General Assembly recently enacted legislation mandating that sex trafficking prevention and awareness information be included in the sexual health education curriculum; and WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of access to services, the NC General Assembly enacted legislation effective January 1, 2018 requiring that many businesses post the National Human Trafficking Hotline; and WHEREAS, the City of Greenville is committed to protecting people vulnerable to human trafficking and taking action to end human trafficking through prevention, prosecution, and partnerships; NOW, THEREFORE, I, P.J. Connelly, Mayor of the City of Greenville, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as
John Joseph Laffiteau Rodeway Inn and Suites, Room 253, 301 Greenville Blvd. SE Mr. Laffiteau stated that he is currently a student at Pitt Community College, taking a course in Computer Science as well as Cultural Humanities. Some time ago, a small personnel matter occurred in the East Branch of Sheppard Memorial Library. This is an attempt to reduce this misinterpretation of the staff and its consequences. Mr. Laffiteau presented two New York Times Magazine articles regarding artificial intelligence to City Clerk Carol Barwick.
Attachment number 3 Page 6 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, January 8, 2018 Page 7 of 26 within the City of Greenville. Actions: a) Facilitate Commission and/or Council presentation on renewable energy options for City activities. b) Develop resolution focusing on adoption of renewable energy initiatives. c) Explore feasibility of Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Greenville.
homebuyer down payment assistance, home mortgages, and elderly homeowner rehabilitation loans. 2. To make recommendations to City Council regarding the purchase of land to be used for affordable housing developments, creation and set up of loan pool mortgage agreements with other financial institutions and making changes in funding allocations by funding category.
East Carolina University/Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center - 15,039 to promote healthy community mentoring relationships and expose youth to educational and cultural experiences with planned trips and activities.
Chairperson Kitchin reported other accomplishments of the AHLC during the past year. The members of the AHLC reviewed federal and local documents: 1) 2016-2017 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), 2) 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan, and 3) Citizen Participation Plan. The members voted on the reallocation of funds for subrecipients and the agreement extension requests submitted by them. Also, financial literacy series were provided to homeowners, who applied for assistance, and Homeownership Education Workshops and an Annual Non-Profit Workshop were held. It is unknown at this point how much CDBG money will be available, but the AHLC is looking forward to finding out and reporting to the City Council about its allocation next year.
Described economic drivers and community anchors Profiled East Carolina University (ECU) and Pitt Community College (PCC) student enrollment Prepared comparable university case studies Analyzed employment and demographic trends Reviewed performance of existing student and market-rate apartment product Highlighted announced apartment development activity Reconciled current and future supply with projected demand
Ms. Rossi reported that a number of outreach activities were done to make sure the numbers arrived at were supported by qualitative or community feedback. Two rounds of stakeholder interviews were done starting first with the public-sector. They met with ECU, PCC, the Neighborhood Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Uptown Greenville, Chamber of Commerce, City Manager s Office, Office of Economic Development, Greenville City Council, ECU Student Government Association and ECU Transit, and then with private-sector stakeholders (Vidant Medical Center and local engineering firms, developers, and property management companies). Ms. Rossi reported that a public workshop was held on October 3, 2017 with about 15 people in attendance. Community members gave their opinions on apartment housing in Greenville. Also, Kimley-Horn had an ECU student forum on November 6, 2017. Ms. Rossi stated that in terms of the local education profiles, ECU has a total enrollment in this current school year of 29,131 students (23,265 undergraduates and 5,331 graduates). Distance learning or online education comprise 23.7 of the total enrollment. That differentiation is important because those students were not included in Kimley-Horn s forecast and, ultimately, those students are not generating a demand for housing in Greenville. While there was a period of strong growth at ECU in early to mid-2000s, Attachment number 3 Page 9 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, January 8, 2018 Page 10 of 26 growth has been far more modest since 2008. Approximately 80 of the ECU students live off-campus. ECU gave a lot of feedback that influenced Kimley-Horn s projections that growth will be similar in the next few years.
Ms. Rossi explained the market-rate supply, which is mostly under construction, and demand reconciliation part of the analysis. If Greenville wanted its student apartment market to come down closer to the healthy 5 vacancy rate, there are about 720 bedrooms that need to be absorbed. Plus the new supply that is forecasted to come in the next two years does exceed the demand that Kimley-Horn projected.
Attachment number 3 Page 13 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, January 8, 2018 Page 14 of 26 adjusting their pricing to stay competitive and that is creating a wide variety of price points for students. Although there are some nonstudents who live at the existing off-campus communities, the design of student targeted communities does limit the target market. So, retrofitting a four-bedroom, four-bathroom unit to rent for a family household is fairly challenging. As an additional supply comes on, some communities may become obsolete. The newer market-rate product has generally gravitated towards job centers as well as retail and service corridors. Nationally and across most of large municipalities in North Carolina, Kimley-Horn is seeing gravitation towards the urban core and that has not happened in Greenville yet.
Ms. Rossi responded that The Grid came into play. Given the location and proximity as well as the affordability and the popularity of that area, Kimley-Horn does not anticipate that particular neighborhood to change significantly. As Kimley-Horn was forecasting out net new demand over the next two years, The Grid was held constant and that coincided fairly well with what was heard from people.
Ms. Rossi responded that cost is going to be a consideration in terms of how dispersion of students occurs across Greenville with some of the further outlined communities being a little bit more aggressive with concessions that they are offering to attract students. That may be a flat screen television or a few months of free rent. It appeals to quite a range of students budgets. So there is value in some of those outlying communities in that they offer some affordability for students.
Attachment number 3 Page 17 of 26 Proposed Minutes: Greenville City Council Meeting Monday, January 8, 2018 Page 18 of 26 consistent level of amenities that students would expect today. The new forecasted supply does include the 656 bedrooms of the retreat, which is the Charles Boulevard site. That is to be determined if it is built, but Kimley-Horn wanted to provide a conservative estimate so it was included. Obviously, it would bring the forecasted new supply number down quite a bit and bring those numbers more inline.
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