5/11/2015 7pm

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5/11/2015 7pm

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Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby Scott L » Tue May 05, 2015 9:03 am

CONSENT AGENDA
1. Call for a public hearing on the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget
2. Approval of a Proclamation Recognizing National Police Week 2015
3. Approval of the minutes from the April 13, 2015 Council Meeting
4. Approval of the minutes from the April 27, 2015 Work Session Meeting

PRESENTATIONS
1. Presentation of a Resolution to Boy Scout Troop 59 for 50 years of Service Mayor Bryan Hough
2. Presentation of a Resolution Honoring Benny Bowles Mayor Bryan Hough
3. Presentation from the Ida Rankin Robotics Team Robotics Team
4. Presentation made by the Downtown Revitalization Committee of the Community Jeff Lee
Development Foundation
5. Mount Holly Pageantry Update Councilman David Moore

PUBLIC HEARING
1. Public hearing regarding a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow for Jonathan Wilson
solar array systems and panels.
2. Public hearing to rezone approximately 4.93 acres, Parcel ID # 212120 from R-8 Jonathan Wilson
Single Family/Conditional Use to Heavy Industrial.
3. Public hearing to rezone approximately 45 acres of Kendrick Farms, Phase 4 with 83 Jonathan Wilson
lots remaining to conditional district zoning.
4. Public hearing to amend the Land Development Guidelines contingent upon the Jonathan Wilson
approval of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance amendments.
5. Public Hearing for Annexation of 5053 Clearwater Lake Road Brian DuPont

PUBLIC COMMENT – Three (3) Minute Limit

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS
1. Submittal of the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Jamie Guffey
2. Consideration and Approval of Grant Applications Chief Ryan Baker
3. Consideration and Approval of request from the Gaston County Board of Elections Adam Ragan
4. Consideration and Approval of a Business Incentive Grant for Jacqueline’s Boutique Greg Beal

OTHER BUSINESS

CLOSED SESSION

ADJOURN
  

guest

Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby guest » Mon May 11, 2015 10:57 am

the city has been taken advantage of us to much. they will keep doing it.
  

TotalNuts

Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby TotalNuts » Mon May 11, 2015 11:19 am

Someone needs to watch who will vote in favor of more trucks on 273. We'll remember that come election time. Obviously anyone who wants this doesn't have to drive on 273 every day. I might just show up tonight to speak my mind.
  

mad

Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby mad » Mon May 11, 2015 3:48 pm

Just follow the money to see who benefits from the decisions people make. Please keep this page up until we see the cha-ching.
  

Anon

Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby Anon » Tue May 12, 2015 3:21 pm

RE: The Public hearing regarding the rezoning of parcel ID # 212120, from R-8 single family to Heavy Industrial started:

28 plus people signed up to speak, and I must say, it seemed the entire Dutchman's Ridge Neighborhood showed up, standing room only, and there were at least 20 or more small children who went up on their parents shoulders, or in their arms, or with them, as plea after plea, was made, then several retiree's who moved here recently from all over the country mostly the North East, and they wanted a small town to retire too and Mt. Holly fit the bill.........many saying they looked at many towns, but the People in Mt. Holly were the best.

So after a good hour or so, the Council had Freightliner up and they took them to task, this land was going to be a parking lot for their trucks, and would operate 24hrs a day. Beep, Beep, Beep, is what one lady said you hear all night. They knew the company was there when they bought their home to raise their kids, but no one told them about the noise at night, forget trying to open a window, and she had to buy fans for each bedroom and her kids could still hear the noise.

To end this, as much more was said, but the City Council did not need anymore clarification, they voted to not allow the rezoning and No appeal. I can tell you 50% of the speakers complained about the Truck traffic on 273, and one guy who just moved here from Pittsburgh, Pa. "the Pot Hole capitol of the country" and he said Mt. Holly, N. Main was much worse. Many people complained about the trucks on 273. There was a lot of clapping and a standing ovation for the Council.

So in a nut shell, that is how it went.
  

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Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby Scott L » Tue May 12, 2015 4:12 pm

Are you sure it was Freightliner who requested the re-zoning? I think the parcel was purchased in December by a company called ATC -- which I think is a trucking industry support company. In any case, I wonder what the owner of the residential land will do with residential property if they purchased it to use for trucks.
  

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Re: 5/11/2015 7pm

Postby Scott L » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:52 am

City of Mount Holly
Mount Holly City Council Meeting
Monday, May 11, 2015
Council Chambers
7:00 pm

Call to Order
Mayor Bryan Hough called the meeting to order at 7:00 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 Greg Beal, Planning Director
Councilwoman Carolyn Breyare Ray Clemmer, Assistant Director of Utilities
Councilman J. Jason Gowen Ryan Baker, Interim Fire Chief
Councilman Jim Hope Don Roper, Chief of Police
Councilman David Moore Dave Johnson, Utilities Director/City Engineer
Kemp Michael, City Attorney Miles Braswell, Director of Streets and Solid Waste
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Invocation
Reverend Shannon Smith, Pastor of Finish Line Church gave the invocation.

Pledge of Allegiance
Boy Scout Troop 59 of the First United Methodist Church in Mount Holly led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Set the Agenda
With no changes to the agenda, Councilman Bishop made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Councilwoman Breyare seconded the motion. All Council Members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)

CONSENT AGENDA
1. Call for a public hearing on the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget
2. Approval of a Proclamation Recognizing National Police Week 2015
3. Approval of the minutes from the April 13, 2015 Council Meeting
4. Approval of the minutes from the April 27, 2015 Work Session Meeting
Mayor Pro Tem Toomey made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council Members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)

PRESENTATIONS
1. Presentation of a Resolution to Boy Scout Troop 59 for 50 years of Service
Mayor Hough and the City Council presented Boy Scout Troop 59 with a resolution honoring them for 50 years of service. Each troop member was presented with at Mount Holly lapel pin.
2. Presentation of a Resolution Honoring Benny Bowles
Mayor Hough and the City Council presented Benny Bowles with a resolution in appreciation of his help coordinating the Springfest Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament was a huge success.
3. Presentation from the Ida Rankin Robotics Team
The Robotics Team from Ida Rankin Elementary School came to the Council Meeting to perform their show for that they will be doing in the State Competition.


4. Presentation made by the Downtown Revitalization Committee of the Community Development Foundation
Jeff Lee with the Downtown Revitalization Committee came before the City Council to report that the historic plaque program is complete. He advised that the committee has come up with a punch list of about 30 items that need improvement. There are 2 on the list that keep coming to the forefront; a Christmas tree for downtown and a downtown informational kiosk. Mr. Lee advised that the Downtown Revitalization Committee will purchase the tree but need help from the City with storage and putting it up and taking it down each year. Councilman Gowen made a motion to support Mr. Lee’s group with the storage and upkeep of the Christmas Tree. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
Mr. Lee continued with the kiosk idea. The idea is that it will feature maps of downtown, the greenway and the downtown walking trail and community events. They are currently looking into location at the Summey Building or Wells Fargo. Mr. Lee advised that the cost of this project is estimated at $16,000. He requested a 50/50 match on funding with the City. It was the consensus of Council for the Downtown Revitalization Committee to work with staff and the TDA on funding option and follow up at the next meeting.
5. Mount Holly Pageantry Update
Miss Mount Holly Trica Johnson and Miss Mount Holly Outstanding Teen Mattie Lee came to officially meet the Council and present their platforms.

PUBLIC HEARING
1. Public hearing regarding a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow for solar array systems and panels
Mr. Wilson advised that staff received a request from Duke Energy regarding a text amendment to allow for Solar Arrays within the City Limits. Staff has worked with The City Attorney and Duke Energy on the specific language of the text amendment.
At this time, Councilman Moore made a motion to enter into the public hearing. Councilwoman Breyare seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
With no one signed up to speak, Councilwoman Breyare made a motion to close the public hearing. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Dave Molder with Duke Energy advised Council that the solar array panels they are planning to instll are ground mounted and will be used for research and development. Councilman Bishop made a motion to approve a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow for solar array systems and panels (Resolution #05112105A) Councilwoman Breyare seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
2. Public hearing to rezone approximately 4.93 acres, Parcel ID # 212120 from R-8 Single Family/Conditional Use to Heavy Industrial.
At this time, Mayor Pro Tem Toomey made a motion to enter into the public hearing. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Bonnie Caldwell
129 Kingston Drive
Ms. Caldwell came before the Council to speak in opposition of the proposed rezoning. She advised that she knew Freightliner was there when she bought her house in the area but if the City Council approves the proposed rezoning it is going to increase the amount of noise pollution in the area and in turn effect the small children in the area as research has shown that noise pollution has a negative effect on children.
Robin Dukes
129 Kingston Drive
Ms. Dukes commented that if this rezoning is approved it would be a major setback for Dutchman’s Ridge. She advised that when she bought in the area the natural divider between the subdivision and Freightliner would always be there but if the rezoning is approved the sound of playing children and happiness would be lost.

Jonathan Colby
128 Marquette Drive
Mr. Colby shared his concerns regarding the noise pollution if the rezoning is approved and the number of additional calls the City will receive complaining about the noise.
Molly Venskey
125 Tasman Drive
Ms. Venskey asked the Council to please consider rejecting the rezoning request for the children in the neighborhood.
Terri Ellerbie
212 Augustus Lane
Mr. Ellerbie agreed with what has already been said and is concerned about the noise pollution, resale values and the safety of the children.
Debora Lazano
301 Augustus Lane
Ms. Lozano commented that if the rezoning passes real estate appraisals will drop. She advised she likes where she lives and really doesn’t want to move so please vote no.
Mark Beckner
237 Augustus Lane
Mr. Beckner advised that that when he started looking for a house to purchase he spent most of his time looking in Belmont. Once he visited Dutchman’s Ridge and saw people walking with strollers and newly planted trees his easily made the decision to move to Mount Holly. He would like to echo the comments made already and please ask the City Council to vote against the rezoning.
Susie Engle
116 Kingston Drive
Ms. Engle commented that she would like to echo what everybody else has said. She advised that it would be hard pressed to find a down home feel having the noise next to our windows.
Ana Russo
137 Kingston Drive
Ms. Russo commented that she was the one of the only ones in the neighborhood that got a letter from the City regarding the rezoning. After she received the letter she brought it to the attention of the HOA. Ms. Russo bought her property in 2009 because it backed up to the threshold that is part of the NC forest and never thought it would be disrupted in 2009. Ms. Russo further commented that her pets enjoy the area and hopefully someday she will have grandchildren to enjoy the area as well without the noise.
Barb Medici
105 Marquette Drive
Ms. Medici commented that she does not want another trucking company to ruin property values.
Kevin Raisty
120 Kingston Drive
Mr. Raisty agreed with the other comments that have already been made.
Heather Raisty
120 Kingston Drive
No comment
Crystal and Shawn Hines
125 Kingston Drive
Did not come forward to speak
Jamie Pope
1527 Morningside Drive
Did not come forward to speak
Wanda Crawford
104 Marquette Drive
Ms. Crawford commented that she loves Mount Holly and did not sign up for another industry in her back door. She does not want the noise pollution or the pot holes on 274.

Shawn Carson
308 Augustus Lane
Mr. Carson commented that the traffic is already bad enough on 273 during the day and this rezoning will just add to it.
Donald Smith
208 Wimbledon Drive
Passed on commenting
Chuck McNear
1801 North Main Street
Passed on commenting
Carrie Crowder
804 Gravel Lane
Did not come forward to speak
Annie Foul
106 Hamilton Road
Did not come forward to speak
Brittany Hudson
117 Marquette Drive
Pass
Dustin Hudson
117 Marquette Drive
Mr. Hudson commented that he agrees with the emotional reasons but advised that the rezoning will deflate tax values.
Larry Miller
416 Augustus Lane
Mr. Miller commented that he moved to Dutchman’s Ridge in January but if he would have known that this would have happen he would not have moved to Mount Holly. His wife has a chronic disease and the noise pollution will not be good for her illness.
Jonathan Colby
108 Marquette Drive
Did not come forward to comment
Otis Forsythe
124 Marquette Lane
Mr. Forsythe agreed that there are lots of kids in the neighborhood and the other comments made regarding the noise.
John and Jennie Sauhee
120 Marquette Drive
Did not come forward to comment

At this time, Don Smith with Robinson and Sawyer came before the Council and advised that due to the opposition they would be willing to cut back the request to 2.01 acres and just put in a parking lot. Staff advised that the applicant would have to resubmit an application.
Councilman Gowen made a motion to close the public hearing. Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Mr. Wilson advised that staff recommends denying the proposed rezoning. Councilman Hope made a motion to deny the rezoning request of approximately 4.93 acres, Parcel ID # 212120 from R-8 Single Family/Conditional Use to Heavy Industrial. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.

3. Public hearing to rezone approximately 45 acres of Kendrick Farms, Phase 4 with 83 lots remaining to conditional district zoning.
At this time, Councilman Bishop made a motion to enter into the public hearing. Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
With no one signed up to speak, Councilman Gowen made a motion to close the public hearing. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Mr. Wilson advised that the developer is asking that the last phase of Kendrick Farms up to the newest standards. There was discussion regarding pocket parks a greenway extension. If Council does not approve this request the developer will have to move forward with the original plan in the flood plain. Councilman Gowen made a motion to table this discussion until the Staff and the Developer can reach a common ground. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
4. Public hearing to amend the Land Development Guidelines contingent upon the approval of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance amendments.
At this time, Councilman Gowen made a motion to enter into the public hearing. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
With no one signed up to speak, Councilman Moore made a motion to close the public hearing. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Councilman Bishop made a motion to approve the amendment to the Land Development Guidelines contingent upon the approval of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance amendments. (Resolution #05112105C) Councilman Gowen seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.

5. Public Hearing for Annexation of 5053 Clearwater Lake Road
Mr. DuPont advised that JAZ design group is requesting annexation in order to receive City services for their future development plan of 5 lots. This property is currently located in the City’s ETJ.
At this time, Councilman Gowen made a motion to enter into the public hearing. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
With no one signed up to speak, Councilman Moore made a motion to close the public hearing. Councilwoman Breyare seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.
Councilman Gowen made a motion to approve the annexation request of 5053 Clearwater Lake Road effective June 30, 2015. (Resolution #05112105D) Councilman Moore seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor.

NEW BUSINESS
1. Submittal of the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget
Mr. Guffey presented the Council with a balanced budget. He advised that the proposed budget will be discussed further at the Budget Meeting next Monday.
2. Consideration and Approval of Grant Applications
Chief Baker advised that he is asking Council to approve 2 grant applications. Both grants are non matching funds. He advised that the first is a Fire House Subs Grant for 2 thermal imagining cameras and 3 gas monitors. Councilman Gowen made a motion to approve. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
The second is a 555 Fitness Grant that will allow for the purchase of new fitness equipment for the Fore Department. Mayor Pro Tem Toomey made a motion to approve. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)
3. Consideration and Approval of request from the Gaston County Board of Elections
The Gaston County Board of Director, Adam Regan came before the Council to request that the regular election be moved to the Municipal Complex. He advised that the purpose of this is the Board of Elections is trying to get away from holding the elections in the schools. There was discussion regarding the voting that is currently held in the Complex and some possible cost negations with the elections office for using the Mount Holly facility. Council directed staff to work out the details of the agreement and bring it back to the June meeting.



4. Consideration and Approval of a Business Incentive Grant for Jacqueline’s Boutique
Mr. Beal advised that Jacqueline’s Boutique has applied for a Business Incentive Grant to help with the cost of a new roof. Councilman Gowen made a motion to approve. Councilman Bishop seconded the motion. All Council Members voted in favor. (Motion carried)

ADJOURN
With no additional items for discussion, Mayor Hough entertained a motion to adjourn. Councilman Moore made the motion to adjourn the May 11, 2015 Council Meeting. Councilman Gowen seconded the motion. All Council members present voted in favor. (Motion carried)
The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.
  


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