Regular Meeting, November 13, 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 Commissioner Love gave the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those present.

AMEND AGENDA

  1. Town Clerk Blake Proctor requested that Item V-A, Ordinance 12-112, be tabled.

Motion by Commissioner Love, 2nd by Commissioner Boyd, to table Ordinance 12-112 to the next meeting; the motion carried unanimously.

  1. Commissioner Hunt requested that Closed Session – Personnel, be added to the agenda.

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, 2nd by Commissioner Shooter, to add Executive Session – Personnel, to the agenda; the motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, 2nd by Commissioner Boyd, to approve the minutes of the October 24, working session, with two corrections; the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN COMMENT PERIOD

  1. Ms. Shanita Wooten, Rowland Middle School principal, appeared before the Board to present an update of activities at the school. Among other things Ms. Wooten announced that RMS has become a “School of Distinction.” She further talked about students from South Robeson High School mentoring RMS at-risk students; there were many Honor Roll students at the 1st-nine-weeks’ assembly; many students received awards for their activities around the school.

Ms. Wooten also told the Board about gang members coming and talking to the students to show them what their future may be when they drop out of school. In addition, RMS students were able to go to SRHS to tour the Choice Bus, which graphically illustrates what can happen when you choose to drop out of school

Ms. Wooten also said that the Board will be receiving the school’s weekly bulletin.

  1. Mr. Eddie Franklin appeared before the Board to complain about the quality of the water in Town, explaining that he had to replace the elements in his water heater on two recent occasions. Water/Sewer Operator Jerry Jones replied that someone had told Mr. Franklin that the Town put sulphur and acid in the water; however, he added, the only chemicals the town adds is phosphate, soda ash, and chlorine. Mayor Hunt closed the discussion by stating that the town would watch water quality.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Mayor Hunt summarized the October 15th-17th Rural Partners Forum trip to Raleigh that several Rowland students attended, and presented awards to the following students: Harrison Branch, Michael Smith, John Lewis, James Quick, Sierra Hunt, Jacklynn Hunt, Aleha Dickens, Krysten Cummings, Kimberly McCormick, and Bailey Williamson.

On behalf of the Rowland Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Hunt also handed out awards for the Youth Action Team and Youth Panel to the following students: James Page, Jacklynn Hunt, James Quick, David Singh, Alexis Smith, Travion Smith, Jonathan Singh, and Zenobia Minnegah.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. Ordinance 12-112, Fire Inspections – In accordance with Mr. Proctor’s request at the beginning of the meeting,  this item has been tabled for further work.
  2. Discussion RE: Landmark Inn/Family Inns – Mayor Hunt asked Mr. Proctor to update the Board on the Landmark Inn/Family Inns problem. Mr. Proctor informed the Board Mr. Sabodh Thakur, owner of the property, had originally planned to attend this meeting, but had to cancel due to an illness in his family. When Mr. Proctor last spoke with him , Mr. Sabodh told him 1) that Mr. Julius Wilson no longer was the project coordinator, and 2) that Mr. Sabodh’s plan was to begin rehabilitating the restaurant on Monday, November 26th.

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, 2nd by Commissioner Love, to have Mr. Proctor write one final letter to Mr. Subodh regarding the condition of the Family inns property and to request Mr. Subodh’s presence at the November 28th Working Session; the motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Introduction of the new Lumber River Council of Governments Area Rep – Inasmuch as the representative from LRCOG was not in attendance, this item was tabled.
  2. Sewer Adjustment Request – Ms. Rosa Thompson had been experiencing sewer backup problems and had paid to have the problem repaired; however, it has been determined that the problem was on the Town’s side, not hers. She requested that the Town reimburse the $70.00 she spent on the repair.

Motion by Commissioner Love, 2nd by Commissioner Boyd, to reimburse Ms. Thompson for her expense; the motion carried unanimously.

 DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

Administration – Mr. Proctor stated that the website had 135 visitors in October. He also informed the Board that with Thanksgiving next week, the November 28th agenda packet would normally have to go out on Wednesday, the 21st, which is very early; he asked if it would be OK to get the agenda packet to the Board on Monday the 26th instead to be more topical. It was the Board’s consensus that this would be fine.

Legal – No report

Police – Chief Reaves informed the Board that he had attended the Robeson County Executive Board for Law Enforcement, and that Board had authorized five scholarships for county law enforcement officers and/or their family members.

Public Works – Public Works Director Jesse Watson informed the Board that his pickup truck was now fixed; also, there had been some problems at the wastewater plant but they had been remedied.

Water and Sewer – The NC Rural Water Association had a specialist in town on Friday, November 9th  to assist with preparing the 2011 Drinking Water Quality Report; the report will be out in the next week or so, but the new requirement is that it has to be mailed.

Board of Commissioners – Commissioner Love gave a report of her findings regarding the Rowland ABC store. She stated that the store has been out of compliance with several state mandates, but that the previous Chairman had gotten waivers. Mayor Hunt requested that Commissioner Love write that report out and give it to the rest of the Board for their perusal.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER MATTERS OF INTEREST

Lolita Townsend Watson opined that the Veterans Day festivities held on Monday the 12th were especially nice this year.

CLOSED SESSION – PERSONNEL

Motion by Commissioner Love, 2nd by Commissioner Hunt, to go into closed session at 7:47pm for the purposes of personnel; the motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, 2nd by Commissioner Hunt, to come out of closed session at 8:51pm; the motion carried unanimously.

There was no action taken.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Commissioner Shooter, 2nd by Commissioner Hunt, to adjourn at 8:52p.m.

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