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Closing Chestnut Alley, Rezoning Beckford Dr. on City Council’s Oct. Agenda

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson

The Henderson City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. in the R.G. (Chick) Young, Jr. Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, NC.

Agenda items include:

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-40, Authorizing Closing Chestnut Alley Permanently.

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-37, Amending the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-43, Amending the Zoning Map to Rezone 500 N. Beckford Drive, Vance County Tax Parcel 0096 03024 from R-6 (High-Density Residential District) to O-I (Office Institutional District).

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-43, Providing for the Disposition of a Jointly Owned Property by the City and County Identified as 340 Davis Street, recorded in Vance County Tax Deed Book 1290, Page 0354, Further Identified as PIN #0027 07015.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-46, Approving Snow & Ice Agreement 2019-20 Project WBS: 36050.091 & 36053.091 with North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-44, Directing the Code Compliance Director to Demolish the Structure at 726 College Street for Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Code and Directing that a Notice be Placed on the Structure that it is Not to be Occupied.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-45, Directing the Code Compliance Director to Demolish the Structure at 302 Harriett Street for Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Code and Directing that a Notice be Placed on the Structure that it is Not to be Occupied.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-47, Adopting the Revised Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations Plan.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-38, FY 20 BA #8, Utilizing Reserve Funds for Information Technology (IT) Improvements.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-49, Authorizing the Acceptance of an award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Office for the FY19 Bulletproof Vest Program Grant for the Police Department.

Consideration of Approval of 1) Resolution 19-48, Accepting the 2019 BJA Grant in the amount of $17,752.00; and 2) Ordinance 19-42, FY 20 BA #6, Establishing the 2019 BJA Grant Project Budget.

Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of August 2019.

Work Session: Consideration of Ordinance 19-41, Amending Minimum Housing Code Sec. 21-9A(b) and Nonresidential Standards Code Sec. 21D-7(a) Related to Safety and Posting of Street Address

Click here to view previous and current Henderson City Council meeting agendas and minutes. 

Henderson City Council to Hold Special Called Meeting on Manager’s Position

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

Mayor Eddie Ellington has requested a special called meeting of the Henderson City Council on Monday, October 14, 2019, from 3 – 5 p.m. or shortly thereafter in council chambers.

The purpose of the meeting is to hold a closed session pursuant to G.S. 143-318-11(a)(6) regarding a personnel matter pertaining to the city manager position.

The regularly scheduled Henderson City Council meeting set for October 14, 2019, at 6 p.m will still be held and the public is welcome.

Public Works Committee to Discuss Sanitary Sewer, Orange St. Parking

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-Information courtesy Tracey C. Kimbrell, Executive Assistant, City Manager’s Office

The Henderson City Council’s Public Works Committee will meet on Monday, October 7, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss options regarding a sanitary sewer project and use of parking lot spaces on Orange Street.

The public is welcome to observe.

Emergency Plan, Golf Cart Ordinance Topics for Public Safety Meeting

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

The Henderson City Council’s Public Safety Committee will meet on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Emergency Operations Plan Update, Proposed Golf Cart Ordinance and IT Services Update.

The public is welcome to observe.

Town Talk 09/12/19: Frazier Provides City Council Sept. Meeting Highlights

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Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk to discuss highlights from the regularly-scheduled September 9, 2019, Henderson City Council Meeting.

Approving the Sixth Amendment to the Kerr Lake Regional Water System (KLRWS) Agreement

This amendment, approved by the Henderson City Council and partners Warren County and the City of Oxford, extends the KLRWS contract out for ten years from the previous expiration date of 2037.

According to Frazier, this extension was necessary due to the length of the 20-year project loans that are still a work in progress.

“We are talking about expanding and upgrading the water plant. To make that happen, we are looking at 20-year loans. The contract with the Kerr Lake Regional Water partners would have expired before some of the loan terms, so the partners agreed to extend the ending date of the contract,” he explained.

As for progress on water system upgrades, Frazier said the KLRWS partners have applied for the second phase of the overall $40 million project.

“We’re working with our contractors and engineers now and firming up the prices and cost of the project. It’s a big project with an overall cost of $40 million – $19 million spent in the first phase. The KLRWS has applied for the second phase. The City of Henderson was able to get $3 million in grants, with Warren County also receiving $3 million in grants and $2 million in zero percent interest loans,” said Frazier.

Approving Rent Increase and Continuation of CSX Transportation, Inc. Lease Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding with Vance-Granville Community College and the City of Henderson Regarding Use of the Kenneth K. Roberson Training Center (Henderson Police Training Center)

The City of Henderson has a long-standing partnership with Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) for the rent of a facility for the purpose of law enforcement exercises including handgun, firearms and in-house training.

According to Frazier, the training facility located at US-158 Business in Henderson is currently leased to VGCC for their Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) programs.

The approved increase in rent will allow the City to continue its partnership with the college while covering costs for improvements made to the facility.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements over the years and are trying to utilize the facility more, regionally and state-wide,” Frazier said.

Consideration of Approval of Amending Sanitation Ordinance to Garbage and Trash Collection Policy

An agenda item that was ultimately tabled by the City Council until further information is presented, Frazier said this proposal pertained to the possibility of charging a fee to dispose of a “large number” of yard waste bags, typically leaves.

By way of explanation, Frazier said that one yard with 30 – 40 bags of leaves, for example, could negatively impact Waste Industries tight pickup schedule.

Frazier also reminded listeners that the City prefers all yard debris to be placed in clear, plastic bags to distinguish it from the trash. “One of the reasons for this is that the landfill does not allow the co-mingling of yard waste and regular trash,” he said.

Clear bags are available for purchase at the City of Henderson Operations Center, 900 S. Beckford Drive.

Work Session: Consider Amending the Current Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

In a work session that followed the regularly-scheduled meeting, the Council discussed proposed updates to a local flood ordinance that has “been on the books since 1987,” according to Frazier.

While the rules and regulations for what qualifies for FEMA assistance and grants after a flood remain “very restrictive,” Frazier said improved mapping completed after the destruction of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 makes it easier to determine if your home or business is located in a flood zone.

Proposed changes to the ordinance mirror changes recommended by the State of NC, and will keep Henderson eligible for assistance if a qualifying situation occurs.

“I feel like there are fairly minor changes from our existing ordinance, but these were sent from NC Public Safety’s Risk Management Office and we have to comply so we can remain accessible to flood insurance that helps our citizens in case of a flooding event,” Frazier explained. “Changes proposed to the Council are consistent with new regulations and measures brought forth from the State.”

To hear Frazier’s interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Henderson City Council to Hold Regular Meeting Sept. 9

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

The Henderson City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. in the R.G. (Chick) Young, Jr. Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, NC.

Agenda items include:

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-34, Rezoning 108 & 109 Wortham Court, Vance County Tax Parcel 0208A 01006 & 0208A 01005 from OIA (Office Institutional “A” District) to B-2A (Highway Commercial “A” District).

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-40, Authorizing the Sale of a Parcel of City Owned Land Located at 725 Roberson Street, Recorded in Vance County Tax Deed Book 1164, Page 212, Further Identified as PIN #0068 01014 and to Advertise for Upset Bids Per North Carolina General Statute 160A-269.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-35, Authorizing the Closing and Vacating of 315 Davis Street for Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Standards.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-36, Authorizing the Removal or Demolition of 724 Hughes Street for Failure to Comply with the Abandoned Structure Code.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-38, Approving the Sixth Amendment to the Kerr Lake Regional Water System (KLRWS) Agreement.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-39, Approving Rent Increase and Continuation of CSX Transportation, Inc. Lease Agreement No. CSX 015161 and a Memorandum of Understanding with Vance-Granville Community College and the City of Henderson Regarding Use of the Kenneth K. Roberson Training Center (Henderson Police Training Center).

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-39, FY 19-20 Budget Amendment #5, Authorizing the Transfer of Funds from the Henderson Police Department Federal Asset Forfeiture Account to the Overtime Account of the Police Operations Budget.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-41, Approving a Transfer of Real Estate Located at 709 Arch Street, Vance County PIN #0091 01002 to Mr. Omega Perry Under North Carolina General Statutes §160A-457.2 Urban Homesteading Program.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-33, Amending Sanitation Ordinance Chapter 17, Section 17-3, Garbage and Trash Collection Policy.

Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of July 2019.

Work Session: Consideration of Ordinance 19-37, Amending the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

Click here to view previous and current Henderson City Council meeting agendas and minutes. 

City Council to Consider Contracting With Firm in Manager Hiring Process

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Mayor Eddie Ellington has requested a Special Called meeting of the Henderson City Council on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 12 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall in the Multi-Purpose Room, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

The purpose of the meeting is for consideration of contracting with a professional firm to assist with the hiring of the new City Manager.

Citizens are welcome to observe.

Ellington wrote in a message to WIZS News, “I have called a special City Council Meeting, Wednesday 21st at noon, to discuss further on moving forward with hiring a well known and respected search firm. The City Manager, City Attorney and I recommend that this is the best direction with the utmost need for confidentiality, professionalism, taking into consideration time constraints. The firm which has access to well established contacts, will do the vetting of the candidate pool, narrowing the top contenders of the most qualified, then the City Council along with myself will make the final decision.”

City Manager Frank Frazier wrote in a message to WIZS News, “After we looked at this closer, it was felt that we (the city) would be in a better position if we hired an outside firm to help with the recruitment process and more thoroughly evaluate the internal and external applications prior to moving toward the interview process. Overall it was felt that this would save some time but also be more able to keep the candidates confidentiality in place as well as the professionalism that was previously discussed with the League.”

Henderson City Council to Consider Downtown Business Curfew – Aug. 12

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

The Henderson City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, August 12, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. in the R.G. (Chick) Young, Jr. Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, NC.

Agenda items include:

Public Hearing – Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-21, amending Zoning Ordinance Articl300B: District Regulations, Section 301B.4 Retail Business (B-1, B-2, B-2A, B-3 and B-4).

Public comment period on agenda items.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-30, authorizing the award of a contract to Management Solutions for emergency services in the amount of $11,100 for a Fire Department Station and Staffing Study.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-31, declaring City Council’s intent to close Chestnut Alley and calling for a Public Hearing on the question.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-33, accepting a property donation located at 701 Southerland Street, identified as Parcel No. 0091 06021 of the Vance County Registry.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-34, approving the submittal of a grant application to the North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement Program.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-31, FY 20 BA #3, establishing a budget for the Dabney Drive Water Main Replacement.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-35, authorizing an application for US Department of Justice’s 2019 BJA Justice Assistance Grant.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-32, authorizing a FY 19-20 five-year loan financing with Benchmark Community Bank (BCC) approved in the FY 19-20 budget.

Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the month of June 2019.

Public comment period on non-agenda items.

Monthly reports.

Click here to view previous and current Henderson City Council meeting agendas and minutes. 

Town Talk (07/24/19): Jason Spriggs Discusses Henderson City Council Campaign

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Jason A. Spriggs, candidate for the Henderson City Council’s 4th Ward At-Large seat, was the guest of honor on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk.

A resident of Turner Avenue near downtown Henderson, Spriggs is running against incumbent George Daye in the October 8, 2019, City of Henderson election.

Spriggs, who said previous discussions with Daye led to his interest in Henderson’s political scene, expressed his surprise that Daye filed for reelection.

“George Daye filed on the very last day,” Spriggs said. “We didn’t expect it. From every City leader and County leader that I spoke with, he was not expected to do so. This is kind of where we’re at; this is politics, so we continue our campaign.”

Filing for the October 8 election began Friday, July 5 at 12 p.m. and ended on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 12 p.m. Offices that will be on the ballot include Mayor, 1st and 2nd Ward seats and 3rd and 4th  Ward At-Large seats.

With no one filing for the Henderson City Council’s 3rd Ward At-Large seat by the July 19 deadline, the State Board of Elections approved an extension that began Monday, July 22 and ends Friday, July 26, 2019, at 12 p.m.

Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Spriggs, who has called NC home for 20+ years now, said he is familiar with the rural way of life and understands the importance of local connections and personal relationships.

“In a small town, if they don’t know you – and I mean have eaten with you or have attended church services with you – you’re going to have some issues with not only getting known but also getting the support.”

Not being as well known around town is one reason Spriggs said his 2015 campaign for the Henderson City Council’s 3rd Ward At-Large seat was, ultimately, unsuccessful.

Spriggs said he and his family’s establishment in the community has grown in the past four years and believes his ideas, coupled with suggested solutions, make him the right person for the job.

“The things that are going on in Henderson are not things that city leaders can take lightly,” said Spriggs. “A lot of youth are dying, residents are struggling to keep water and lights on and residents are struggling with addiction. No matter who I talk to, the first thing they say is ‘if they would just pick up this trash.’ The conversation then proceeds to crime and drugs. Those are the top three things.”

Conscious of budget constraints, Spriggs suggested using existing City resources and personnel to provide street litter cleanup on a weekly or biweekly basis.

He also referred listeners to his website at www.jason4henderson.com for more information on his campaign and a more extensive list of his ideas for improving Henderson.

(This is not a paid political advertisement. WIZS is in communication with incumbent George Daye to participate in a similar interview.)

To hear Spriggs’ Town Talk interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Aycock Gym, New City Manager on Agenda for Called Council Meeting

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson

Mayor Eddie Ellington has requested a Special Called Meeting of the Henderson City Council for Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 12 p.m.

The purpose of this lunch meeting is to consider awarding a construction contract to replace the Aycock gymnasium floor to Sport Court and a Work Session to discuss the process for hiring a new city manager.

This meeting will be held in the Multi-purpose room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue, Henderson, NC.  The public is welcome to observe.