Parks and Recreation Director Sandra Waters stated that the Central Recreation Gym was built in 1953 as part of Central School. The City of Newton
purchased the facility from Newton- Conover City School System in 1972. Ms. Waters stated the buildings are heated with a gas fired boiler unit with no means of air conditioning in the gym. Temperatures in the gym range from 80 to 90+ degrees during the summer months. Ms. Waters explained that they currently use four to six portable fans, along with the doors standing open, to circulate air in the gym. In June of 2018, City Council held a neighborhood meeting in the Central gym, and as a result of the meeting, City Council requested air conditioning to be installed from this year s budget 2018-19. Funds of 92,550 for this project were already approved in the 2020-21 CIP. The Newton Parks Recreation Department contracted with Brittain Engineering, Inc.., Hickory NC for engineering and project services. Ms. Waters stated that three bids were received, with William C. Reynolds as low bid at 101,350.
Ms. Waters stated that staff proposes the installation of an HVAC system at Central Recreation Gym to include: two ten-ton HVAC package units on the
roof for the gym; new heating units in both restrooms; new mini-split HVAC unit in office; new electrical breaker panel; new three phase electrical service to provide power to new panel for gym and new service provided to existing building (shop) behind the gym. Also, staff recommends that City Council approve the attached budget amendment appropriating 111,350 which includes 10 contingency for this project. Staff also recommends awarding the bid to William C. Reynolds in the amount of 101,350.
Public Works and Utilities Director Dusty Wentz stated that in November of 2017 city staff was made aware of brown water in the 800 block of Valley
Dr. Staff responded by flushing water mains, adding an automatic flushing valve, replacing two service lines, and replacing 120 feet of six (6) inch water main. Mr. Wentz stated that during the replacement of the water main it was noted that the old water main had heavy tuberculation, which caused the brown water. The tuberculation had reduced the inside diameter of the pipe from six (6) inches to three (3) inches.
Mr. Wentz stated that city staff estimates that an additional 1,280 feet of water main will need to be replaced. The replacement area will include
the 800 block of Valley and the 800 Block of Hamilton St. Staff also noted that some of the replacement may involve sewer because of State regulations. Requests for qualification for engineering were made and WithersRavenel was selected by staff.
The Newton Police Department currently utilizes two office desks as consoles in the communications center. These desks were purchased in 2011 with
911 funds and are not conducive to the health of our telecommunicators. The Hickory Police Department is updating their communications center and has declared the four consoles which are currently in their center as surplus. These consoles are made for communications centers and are in excellent condition. It would be a benefit to the Newton Police Department and our telecommunicators if these consoles were received by the Newton Police Department with no cost to the City of Newton. An inspection of these consoles was conducted on April 4, 2019 by Newton police as well as IT staff in order to assure these consoles meet the needs of the police department.
N. C. General Statute 160A-280 grants cities the authority to donate surplus, obsolete or unused equipment to another government unit or nonprofit
organization after posting a five-day public notice, followed by City Council approval in the form of a resolution. This has being completed by the City of Hickory. Newton Police Department staff has researched the costs and benefits of real communications center consoles and this setup is the most cost effective for the City and beneficial to the health of our telecommunicators.
Mary Jo Shufelt, 81, of Newton, North Carolina, passed away on January 31, 2019 at Carolina Caring. Mr. Shufelt's daughters, Sandra Shufelt of
Germantown, Maryland, and Susan Buchanan of Newton contacted the Newton Police Department and expressed their desire that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the City of Newton Police or the Humane Society of Catawba County to be used as desired by each agency. The Police Department has received a donation in the amount of 125.00 from Susan Shufelt in memory of her mother.
Mary J. Shufelt NEWTON, N.C. - Mary Jo Shufelt, 81, of Newton, North Carolina, passed away on January 31, 2019 at Carolina Caring. Born on Jan. 2,
1938 in Sanford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and James Pickett. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She was politically active in her local community. Mary was an avid animal lover and rescued furry friends through the years. She was a retired Prince William County School teacher who enjoyed spending summers in Wells
Beach, Maine. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. Shufelt; brothers, Carlton Pickett, James Pickett; and
sister, Priscilla Dacus. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Shufelt of Germantown, Maryland, Susan Buchanan of Newton, North Carolina; sister, Earline Sugden of Baltimore; and numerous other beloved family members. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The City of Newton Police, PO Box 550, Newton NC 28658, (please put in memo line - Police dept./Major Hayes) or The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC), PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Shufelt Family is under the care of Catawba Funeral Home.