8/24/2015 6:30pm

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8/24/2015 6:30pm

Postby Scott L » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:17 pm

CITY OF MOUNT HOLLY
MOUNT HOLLY CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION
Location: Council Chambers
August 24, 2015
6:30 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER BY THE MAYOR
INVOCATION
SET THE AGENDA
1. Presentation of Granny’s House Activities Center Gloria Mack
2. Presentation of the 2016 Bike Race Matthew Gregory
3. Approval to re-submit for the 555 Fitness Grant Chief Ryan Baker
4. Update on the Railroad Crossing Signalization Kemp Michael
5. Review of Updates to the City Code Marie Anders
6. Adjourn
  

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Re: 8/24/2015 6:30pm

Postby Scott L » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:34 pm

So the meeting/workshop was not well attended by the public. Fortunately, the public can benefit from a recording of the meeting:

http://youtu.be/BB9zt0irZQ0

Agenda item #5 "Review of Updates to the City Code" included correcting grammatical errors. It also included proposed changes to how firearms could be regulated on town property. The town staff proposed to us voters "the most restrictive" ordinance for us to consider (represented by council). In the video, 42:50-57:57 is where they start talking about our second amendment rights.

It also included how alcohol policies could be changed in parks. I think this also was not decided in this meeting. In the video, 58:05 is where they start talking about alcohol in public parks.

The city government proposed how we voters should be restricted: firearms and alcohol policies in parks. If we voters are not going to these meetings to hear the proposed restrictions and to provide feedback to our elected representatives, on what basis should the council act? Are we citizens asking to be restricted by our government? Or is our government asking to restrict us voters? It's a fine distinction -- that everyone should think about.

When talking about the state legislation to give cities less power to restrict conceal carry, the gentleman sitting next to the mayor stating "this legislation is not good to me" is the town's attorney. He doesn't get to vote on the matter, but clearly he has a seat at the table of those who do.

Get involved. Follow what's going on. Get interested. (I'll figure out how to improve these videos in the future.)
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Re: 8/24/2015 6:30pm

Postby Scott L » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:57 am

Alcohol Discussion: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=343

Firearm Discussion: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=342
  

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Re: 8/24/2015 6:30pm

Postby mrmtholly » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:41 am

Monday, August 24, 2015
Council Chambers
6:30 pm

Call to Order
Mayor Hough called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The following were present:
Mayor Bryan Hough
Danny Jackson, City Manager
Mayor Pro Tem Perry Toomey
Jamie Guffey, Assistant City Manager
Councilman Jerry Bishop-absent
David Johnson, City Engineer/ Director of Utilities
Councilman Jim Hope
Ryan Baker, Fire Chief
Councilman David Moore
Mark Jusko, Recreation Supervisor
Councilman J. Jason Gowen
Miles Braswell, Director of Streets and Solid Waste
Councilwoman Carolyn Breyare
Don Roper, Police Chief
Attorney Kemp Michael

Invocation
Councilman Hope led the Council, staff and attendees in prayer.

SET THE AGENDA
Mayor Hough advised that Council needs to amend the agenda and add item 6 Consideration and Approval of a Construction Manager at Risk for the Public Works Facility. Councilman Moore mad a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Councilwoman Moore seconded the motion. All Council Members present voted in favor.
1.Presentation of Granny's House Activities Center
Ms. Gloria Mack came before the City Council to request partnership with the City for her concept of Granny's House Activities Center. She advised that the concept is similar to a boys and girls club. By partnership she would like help finding a facility to house the Center. Mayor Hough suggested that Ms. Mack present her idea to the Recreation Commission and look into grant funding through the entities like the United Way.


2.Presentation of the 2016 Bike Race
Matthew Gregory came before the City Council to seek support of an amateur bike race series in spring or early summer of 2016. Partnering with the City could cut expenses related to security. He advised that the Recreation Commission is in support of this event. It was the consensus of the Council for Mr. Gregory to continue to work with the City Staff regarding this event.


3.Approval to re-submit for the 555 Fitness Grant
Chief Baker came before the Council for support to reapply for the 555 Fitness Grant. Councilman Toomey made the motion of support. Councilman Gowen seconded the motion. All Council Members present voted in favor. Motion carried.


4.Update on the Railroad Crossing Signalization
Mr. Michael advised that at a previous Council meeting this item was discussed and Council requested additional information. Mr. Michael explained that he wrote a letter to the NCDOT Rail Division and received information regarding the signalization process. If Mount Holly chooses not to participate this year a review is done a yearly basis and Mount Holly could come back around in a few years. Council agreed to continue to follow up on this process.


5.Review of Updates to the City Code
Ms. Anders presented the revisions to Chapter 21 of the City Code. Council discussed the revisions to section 21-14 regarding firearms. Ms. Anders advised that the changes made to the firearms ordinance were based upon recent state legislation. Council also had discussion in regard to section 21-20 regarding alcohol in the city parks. Council agreed they needed more clarification in those areas at the next meeting. Meanwhile, Councilman Moore made a motion to approve the proposed updates to Section 21 of the City Code with the exception of sections 21-14 and 21-20. (Resolution 082415a) Councilman Gowen seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)


6.Consideration and Approval of a Construction Manager at Risk for the Public Works Facility
Mr. Braswell advised that the Construction Committee and Staff met and is making a recommendation to approve a Construction Manager at Risk for the Adrian Plant. Councilman Gowen made the motion to approve the recommendation. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey seconded the motion. All Council Members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)


7.Adjourn
With no additional items for discussion, Mayor Hough entertained a motion to adjourn. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey made the motion to adjourn the august 24, 2015 Council Work Session Meeting. Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council members present voted in favor. (Motion carried) The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
  


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