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Council Agenda

APRIL 9, 2018


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Opening of Meeting

Pledge of Allegiance


Roll Call

Approval of minutes from March 12, 2018 (page 4)

Approval/Amendments to Agenda


Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (22 consecutive years)

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Lynn Davis Cycle NC

I. Consent Agenda:

A. Declare Surplus/Authorize Electronic Auction of Vehicle through GovDeals (page 12)

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B. Accept LSTA EZ Edge Technology Grant and Adopt a Budget Ordinance Amendment (page 13)

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II. Comments from the Public:

III. Public Hearing 6:00PM - Zoning: None

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IV. Public Hearing 6:00PM - Other:

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A. Adopt Resolution ordering the closing and abandoning of a portion of Berry Avenue and right-of-way (page 15)

V. Scheduled Public Appearances:

A. Discussion Emily Zalfini National League of Cities Line Program (page 27)

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B. Discussion John Wood, North Carolina State Preservation Office and Maggie Gregg, Eastern Office, Preservation North Carolina (page 29)

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VI. Correspondence and Special Reports:

A. Memo Downtown Wi-Fi Project Update (page 31)

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B. Memo Project Hwy 17 (page 35)

C. Memo July 4th 2018 (page 36)

VII. Reports from Boards, Commissions and Committees:

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A. Human Relations Council (page 37)

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VIII. Appointments: None

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IX. Old Business:

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A. Request Patty Peebles/Optimist Club Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex Restrooms and Concession Stand (page 39)

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B. Award Bid, Approve PO and Adopt Budget Ordinance Amendments for Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex Restrooms and Concession Stand (page 45)

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C. Award Bid to John Lucas Tree Expert Co. to clear Cherry Road Dan Taylor right-of-way and Approve subsequent PO (page 53)

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D. Award Contract to River City Construction for the Charlotte 5th Street rebuild and Approve subsequent PO s (page 54)

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E. Award Contract for 2017 Drainage Improvements and Approve corresponding Purchase Order (page 55)

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X. New Business:

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A. Request Dot Moate/Open Door Community Center Waive Fees (page 59)

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B. Request Tom Pederson/Washington Noon Rotary Smoke on the Water(page 62)

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C. Request Al Powell/ BCPAL Funding Request 5,000 (page 63)

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D. Presentation FY 2018/19 Budget Bobby Roberson/Matt Rauschenbach

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XI. Any other items from City Manager:

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A. Discussion Certificate of Appropriateness, information on the process

B. Recommendation Powell Bill Funding Street Closings

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C. Update Keys Landing Subdivision

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D. Update Water Street/Off-Street Parking

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XII. Any other business from the Mayor or other Members of Council: A. Discussion Items requested by Councilman Pitt

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Broadband Initiative Adopt a Street

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B. Discussion Items requested by Mayor Pro tem Finnerty 415 West 2nd Street (Carter House) 411 West 2nd Street

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XIII. Closed Session: Under NCGS 143-318.11 (A)(3) Attorney/Client Privilege and (A)(6) Personnel

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XIV. Adjourn Until Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers. *Budget Workshops week of the 23rd

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The Washington City Council met in a regular session on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

Present: Mac Hodges, Mayor; Virginia

Finnerty, Mayor Pro tem; Doug Mercer, Councilmember; Richard Brooks and Roland Wyman,

Councilmember. Also present: Bobby Roberson, City Manager; Franz Holscher, City Attorney and

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Cynthia S. Bennett, City Clerk. Councilmember William Pitt was absent (excused).

Mayor Hodges called the meeting to order. Councilmember Brooks led the Pledge of

Allegiance and delivered the invocation.


By motion of Mayor Pro tem Finnerty, seconded by Councilmember Brooks, Council approved

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the minutes of February 12 and February 26, 2018 as presented.


By motion of Councilmember Mercer, seconded by Councilmember Brooks, Council approved

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the agenda as amended.

Add: Discussion of Carter house will be discussed after approval of agenda Add: Recognition of Fire Insurance Rating reduction from 5 to 3

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RECOGNITION: Battalion Chief Johnathan Hardin Completion of the Fire Rescue Management Institute Program at UNC Charlotte Firefighter/EMT Ben Stalls

Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology
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Firefighter/EMT Matt Priemer Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology

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Fire Chief, Robbie Rose explained the City of Washington has received official notification

that our fire rating has improved from a rating of five to a rating of three (one being the highest

rating). This improvement will reduce our insurance rates for our citizens, especially on the

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commercial side.

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Mayor Pro tem Finnerty discussed the year delay on the Certificate of Appropriateness for the

Carter house is nearing an end. She continued by reading the City s mission statement: It is our Mission within the City of Washington: to build upon

citizen trust by fostering and practicing open,

accountable, inclusive, and responsive government; to provide quality municipal services; to preserve

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and protect Washington s unique Southern character and heritage; to plan and manage growth in harmony with its natural surroundings of the river and

the estuary; and to promote livability by
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enhancing and protecting its diverse neighborhoods. Quality of life for residents and visitors shall be

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our paramount consideration. Council needs to work with the library to help them meet their needs,

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but with a historic preservation mindset.

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We cannot be a quaint historic town if we continue to tear down these structures; we have to

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lead by example. Mayor Pro tem Finnerty discussed the cost to purchase the house as well as the

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proposed cost to demolish it. Council should regroup and work with Preservation North Carolina in

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order to save the house.


By motion of Councilmember Mercer, seconded by Mayor Pro tem Finnerty, Council approved

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the Consent Agenda as presented.

A. Approve 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

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B. Approve Audit Contract for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

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Ravonda Ore discussed the road conditions of the unpaved street in Keys Landing Subdivision.

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The residents are asking for support to get the street paved. She is looking for a solution to this

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Ashley Moore, 104 Sarah Keys Way asked Council about the process for paving the street and

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what is being done to fix the problem.

Mayor Hodges reviewed the current list of unpaved streets in the City.

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Dee Congleton spoke in support of saving the structure located at 415 W. Second Street (Carter

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house). She discussed the history of the structure and asked Council to rescind the demolition order

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and allow Preservation North Carolina to market the property, sell it and return the proceeds back to

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the city.

Jerry Creech thanked Mayor Pro tem Finnerty for her comments and stated it would behoove

our town to save this structure.

Sarah Ninan thanked Mayor Pro tem Finnerty for her statements regarding the Carter house.

She continued by saying Council needs to make some tough decisions and determine exactly what is

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the value of the historic homes/historic district in Washington.

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John Wood is a Restoration Specialist with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation

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Office Eastern Office located in Greenville. He spoke to Council regarding the proposed demolition

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of the Carter house. Mr. Wood said the Carter house is a contributing property in both the local and

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national registry of historic places. Their office strongly recommends that the structure not be

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demolished, but instead be preserved and rehabilitated (either by the City, private owner or non-

profit). He spoke about the ongoing update of Washington s historic district registry. If the City does

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not wish to rehab the structure, it could be marketed and sold by Preservation North Carolina. They

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would place restrictive covenants on that property to maintain its historic value.

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David Clark, E. Main Street, reviewed articles from May 20, 1954 from Raleigh News and

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Observer regarding the city wanting to tear down the DeMille house. The second article was from

February 6, 1978 regarding the DeMille house being torn down for a filling station. He thanked Mayor Pro tem Finnerty for her comments. Council needs

to change the history of taking down
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historic structures.

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Don Stroud, 127 E. Second Street President of Washington Area Historic Foundation stated

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Washington s historic district and waterfront are what draws people to Washington not a parking lot or a library. He urged Council to save the Carter

house and rescind the motion to demolish it. This is a
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contributing structure, is unique to the district, and needs to be saved. He discussed Demolition by Neglect , the purchase proposed demolition cost

of the Carter house, the white house (owned by the city beside the library) and parking lot construction costs.
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Billie Mallison, 805 W. Second Street stated she is proud of the beautiful library. She

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discussed the Carter house and a small sign that says Welcome to Historic Washington . The Carter house could be an anchor (bookend) for the historic

district. She suggested a larger Welcome to Historic Washington sign and possibly moving the location of the sign.
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Susan Zachary lives in the historic district and asked Council to please consider rescinding the

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motion to demolish the Carter house.

Rebecca Clark, 203 S. Academy Street is the co-owner of Little Shoppes South Market

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Antiques, said it is not fiscally responsible for Council to purchase the structure and then try to tear it

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down. People come to Washington for the history, historic homes and waterfront. She asked Council

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to help the business district and not waste taxpayer money by taking down the Carter house. The

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home is structurally sound and asked Council to save the house.

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Dennis Vierling, 754 W. Second Street stated he loves history and works at Tryon Palace.

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They moved to Washington last year (not New Bern where he works) because of Washington s historic district and charm. He urged Council to preserve

the Carter house and reconsider demolition.
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Nick Sanders, 627 W. Main Street is a new investor in Washington. He supports everyone s comments and urged Council to protect the historic district

for future generations. He noted that
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Washington does not have a parking problem. Tearing down the house to increase parking at the

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library is not the solution.

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Dee Congleton spoke to Council stating Maggie Gregg with Preservation North Carolina

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forwarded documentation to Council regarding options for saving the Carter house.

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MEMO UNPAVED STREETS LISTING Frankie Buck, Public Works Director reviewed the following memo with Council. During

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discussions concerning Keys Landing Subdivision, City Council requested staff prepare a listing of all

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unpaved streets in the City and the dates that they annexed into the city limits for maintenance.

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Attached is the listing that City Council has requested.

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The City of Washington receives funding from the gasoline tax given to us by the State of North

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Carolina. Powell Bill funds are limited therefore, our resurfacing projects are small. Our

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appropriation was reduced substantially due to the pay back to NCDOT for the U.S. Hwy 17 by-pass

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Council discussed the spreadsheet, the possibility of paving, closing or leaving the streets as is and continue routine maintenance.

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MEMO WASHINGTON WARREN AIRPORT, RUNWAY REHABILITATION Frankie Buck, Public Works Director reviewed the following memo with Council. During the

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February 26, 2018 City Council meeting there was discussion concerning runway improvements at the

airport. November 2016 the City received notification of award from N.C. Division of Aviation for

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2,520,000 for the construction phase of the Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation Project with a local match of

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280,000. The project was engineered, designed and bid. The bid opening was held on February 20,

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2018. The bids received were over budget for the project. I have discussed this with our engineer and

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the N.C. Division of Aviation. Our NCDOA representative has agreed to ask the Department of

Transportation for the additional 2,000,000 in funding to proceed with the project if the City of

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Washington can confirm the additional local match of 200,000. Our DOA representative feels

confident that we may get the additional funds if the City Council is in support of the total local match

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of approximately 480,000 for the project.

I have attached a copy of the bid tabulation sheet for your review. If you will notice mobilization

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is the primary reason the project is over budget? If mobilization costs were a reasonable average 10

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of the total project. The project cost would be in line with our project estimate. If City Council agrees

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to commit to the funding match. We will move forward to negotiate with the contractor to reduce the

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mobilization cost if possible, and ask our NCDOA representative to move forward in requesting

additional funds from the Department of Transportation.

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The request for additional funding will not allow the City to receive funding for the taxiway and

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tarmac rehabilitation this FY. However, the City will be able to request the funds for taxiway and

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tarmac rehabilitation in the upcoming FY.

Councilmember Mercer noted this would give us a 5million project for approximately

500,000 paid by the City as a match. Councilmember Brooks said if we postpone the project, the

prices may increase even more. He felt Council should move forward and approve the match.

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Councilmember Mercer commented we have 500,000 in the facilities maintenance fund that

we could use as our match. The Finance Director noted the facilities maintenance fund is for

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maintenance on general fund facilities and a portion of those funds will be used for maintenance on

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Fire Station 1.

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By motion of Councilmember Mercer, seconded by Councilmember Brooks, Council went on

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record in order to indicate to the Department of Transportation, that funds will be available to match

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the additional 2million grant (if it s available) for a complete rehab of runway 5-23.

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Council opted to meet on April 9 at 4:00pm for a planning session with staff to establish

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individual departmental goals with a given timeline.


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APPROVE JUSTIN PATE/ANNIVERSARY PARTY RIBEYES OF WASHINGTON Justin Pate, Owner of Ribeyes of Washington, presented his request for an anniversary

party to

be held from 2:00pm-8:00pm on July 8 at 228 West Stewart Parkway Washington NC, 27889. There

will be 500 tickets sold at 5.00/ticket. There will be 25+ employees working including security. The

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events will include several local artists and the main event will Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. We

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will be asking for permission to sell beer (aluminum only) and wine (plastic cups) in the blocked off

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area of the parking lot in front of the restaurant. Spirits (liquor) will remain in the restaurant and on

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the patio connected to Ribeyes only. RA Jeffery's, Coastal Beverage, and Empire have offered their

assistance. We will conduct normal business hours from 4:00pm-9:00pm that day. There will be Police

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Department presence and as well as hired security. All permits have been completed.

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By motion of Mayor Pro tem Finnerty, seconded by Councilmember Wyman, Council

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approved Justin Tate s request as presented for an anniversary/block party (Ribeyes of Washington) for July 8. Motion carried 3-1 with Councilmember

Mercer opposing.


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By motion of Councilmember Mercer, seconded by Councilmember Brooks, Council entered

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into closed session at 6:45pm under NCGS 143-318.11 (A)(3) Attorney/Client Privilege including

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City vs. Manning 17-CVS-262, (A)(5) Acquisition of Property and (A)(6) Personnel.

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By motion of Mayor Pro tem Finnerty, seconded by Councilmember Brooks, Council agreed to

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come out of closed session at 8:30pm.


By motion of Councilmember Brooks, seconded by Mayor Pro tem Finnerty, Council

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adjourned the meeting at 8:35pm until Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:00pm (4:00pm Planning Session 5:30pm Regular Meeting) in the Council Chambers.

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(Subject to approval of City Council) s/Cynthia S. Bennett, MMC

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City Clerk

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