Shuffling of meetings, leaves City Council holding discussions twice in May

Last updated: April 25. 2014 2:42PM - 818 Views
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Amid a shuffling of meetings and workshops due to a primary election and prior obligations by city staff and members of City Council, May will bring the group together at least twice, with busy agendas both times.

In an effort to avoid either meeting being extremely long — and to accommodate the appropriate timing of others — city manager Shawn Purvis said this week that agendas for both a May 1 budget workshop and a rescheduled May 20 Council meeting will include possible action items.

“None of these involve public hearings,” Purvis said when contacted earlier in the week, noting that there wouldn’t be time to meet the advertising requirements to hold such hearings on May 1. “These discussions would include straight up or down votes by the Council. We are doing it to save time and to meet some timetables.”

Among the items that will be presented to Council during the May 1 budget workshop will be a 29-lot subdivision along N.C. 24 across from GO Automotive, approved last week by the Planning Board, discussion of a proposed naming rights policy or program for recreation, which was first brought before Council in March; as well as consideration of closings for the Alive After Five Concert Series and a request to surplus some equipment.

“Moving our regular May meeting to May 20 created some timing issues with a few items on the proposed agenda,” Purvis noted. “In order to present these items to Council in the appropriate time, we will include some of them on the agenda for May 1.

The May 1 meeting was initially supposed to be a budget workshop, a continuation of discussions by Council and staff dealing with setting priorities and developing the fiscal 2014-15 financial plan. The general fund, the downtown fund and the community development fund, including proposals for new programs and capital projects, are among the budgetary items to be discussed.

Purvis pointed to the AA5 discussion that will also be a part of the May 1 meeting as a good example of the timing issue at hand and the need to incorporate those talks into the budget workshop. “This is one of those timing items as the first event is May 15, which is before the rescheduled regular Council meeting.

The surplus discussion also is a matter of time, Purvis said, “because we would like to be able to have time to sell before the end of the current fiscal year.”

Overall, Purvis said, by putting some items on the May 1 agenda and presenting others at the May 20 meeting, will help Council, staff and the public.

The subdivision request, made by George Wilson, came before the Planning Board on April 21 and was unanimously approved. According to Lyle Moore, the city’s senior planner, the subdivision sits on 10 acres and is being requested as single-family dwellings.

Council will be asked to consider approval of a preliminary plat for the subdivision.

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