Regular Meeting, June 12, 2012

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Hunt declared a quorum present and called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM

WELCOME/INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Hunt welcomed everyone to the meeting and citizen Nan Parnell gave the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those present.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

CLOSING OF BRACY STREET – Commissioner Shooter presented a brief history of Bracy Street and the fact that although it had been platted it had never been developed; in fact, the street known as West Canal is actually a 20-foot easement that took the place of Bracy. Commissioner Shooter also provided the reason that it needed to be closed. There were no comments from the assembled citizens.

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, second by Commissioner Boyd, to close the public hearing; the motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, second by Commissioner Boyd, to approve the Order closing Bracy Street between Canal and Martin Luther King Streets in Rowland; the motion carried unanimously.

PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET – Finance Officer Proctor provided a synopsis of the proposed budget: He stated that the proposed General Fund budget for the new Fiscal Year was $890,350, down $9,650 from the current year; the proposed Utility Fund budget was $407,350, down $7,100 from the current year. It is proposed to provide a cost of living pay increase of 2.7%, equal to the inflation rate. He stated that there would be no tax or utility rate increases; however, it is proposed to increase utility late fees from $8.00 to $10.00 and utility reconnect fees from $25.00 to $35.00. There were no comments from the assembled citizens.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, second by Commissioner Hunt, to close the public hearing; the motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, second by Commissioner Shooter, to approve the minutes of the May 17, 2012 called meeting, the May 23, 2012 working session, the May 29, 2012 budget workshop, and the May 31, 2012 budget workshop as presented; the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN COMMENT PERIOD

  1. Eddie Franklin came before the Board and asked why the town was not catching any dogs. Mr. Watson reminded him that he needed to contact the town so that Public Works can place the dog traps out and thereby catch the dogs.
  2. James Butler said that he had to defend himself against dogs when he rode his bicycle around town. He was also asked to contact Public Works so that we can catch the dogs.
  3. Eddie Franklin also asked why the town is going up on late fees and reconnects. Commissioner Shooter explained that while customers have no control over taxes and utility rates, they do have control over when they pay their utility bills; additionally, raising these fees is better than raising taxes or utility rates.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no Unfinished Business.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Approve 2013 Audit Contract – Mr. Proctor said that the contract will not increase from the 2012 contract.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, second by Commissioner Boyd, to approve the new contract with S. Preston Douglas for auditing services; the motion carried unanimously.

  1. Ordinance 12-109, Increase in Late and Reconnect Fees – Mr. Proctor read Ordinance 12-109.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, second by Commissioner Hunt, to adopt Ordinance 12-109; the motion carried unanimously.

  1. Resolution 12-02, Closing Bracey Street – Mr. Proctor read Resolution 12-02.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, second by Commissioner Love, to adopt Resolution 12-02, closing a portion of Bracey Street; the motion carried unanimously.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

Administration – No report

Legal – No report

Police – No report

Public Works – No report

Water and Sewer – No report

Board of Commissioners – No report

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHE MATTERS OF INTEREST

There were no announcements or other matters of interest.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, second by Commissioner Shooter, to adjourn at 7:03p.m

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