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Henderson City Council to Hold Second CDBG-Coronavirus Public Hearing

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-Information courtesy the City of Henderson

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington has requested a Special Called Meeting of the Henderson City Council for Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 12 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to hold a second Public Hearing regarding the submission of a Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division.

This meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 134 Rose Avenue, Henderson, NC, and will also be available via the Zoom information below.  The public is welcome.

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Ola Thorpe-Cooper Appointed to Henderson City Council’s Vacant Ward 4 Seat

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At Monday evening’s Henderson City Council meeting, Council members voted to appoint Ms. Ola Thorpe-Cooper to fill the unexpired term of Fearldine Simmons. Simmons passed away at the age of 73 on August 9, 2020. Her term was active through 2021.

Thorpe-Cooper was approved by a 5-2 ballot vote and will serve as the representative for the Council’s Ward 4 seat.

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington said, “Ms. Ola Thorpe-Cooper is a fine lady that will serve our City well. If you look back on her impressive, noteworthy achievements through the years, that’s what she has done her whole life, help others. We welcome her aboard and look forward to her encouraging personality and many talents.”

Thorpe-Cooper will be sworn in during the October 12, 2020, regularly scheduled Henderson City Council meeting.

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Henderson City Council to Hold Rezoning Hearing, Fill Vacant Ward 4 Seat

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The Henderson City Council will meet on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave. in Henderson, NC.

Due to COVID-19 health mandates issued by Governor Cooper, the number of citizens allowed into Council Chambers is limited. Members of the community are strongly encouraged to provide questions/comments for Council in writing as follows and to listen to the meeting online via Zoom.

Written Comments:

  1. Email written comments to emccrackin@ci.henderson.nc.us
  2. Emails received by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be read aloud at the meeting. Comments are limited to three minutes per person.

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Agenda Items Include:

Public Hearing on rezoning Parkview Drive, Vance County Tax Parcels 0201 06001, 0210 06008, 0210 06009 and 0210 0610 from B-4 (Neighborhood Commercial) District to 0-1 (Office Institutional District).

Authorizing the submission of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division.

Authorizing an engineering agreement with Little Environments, PLLC in the Amount of $25,160 for the engineering evaluation of Fox Pond and Rowland Pond.

Authorizing the sale of two parcels of City-owned land located at 427-425 South Garnett Street, recorded in Vance County Tax Deed Book 1346, page 1154, further identified as PIN #0002 05008 and 0002-05008-A respectively and to advertise for upset bids per North Carolina General Statute 160A 269.

Ratifying a letter of engagement between the City of Henderson and Nelson Price & Associates, P.A., for audit activity to comply with yellow book requirements for the annual audit for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Approving financing terms between the City of Henderson and First Citizens Bank and refinancing terms with Benchmark Community Bank.

Authorizing an appointment to fill the vacant unexpired Ward 4 Ward Seat of former City Council Member Fearldine A. Simmons.

Council previously approved the protocol and procedure for filling the unexpired term of Mrs. Fearldine A. Simmons. Notice was made for those interested to submit a Letter of Interest to the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020. 

Council then met on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, to review the next step in filling the vacant unexpired Ward 4 Ward Seat.

During that meeting, the consensus was to ask each candidate to make a brief presentation to Council during the September 14, 2020, Council Meeting. Following the presentations, Council will appoint an individual to fill the vacant Ward 4 Ward Seat.

The individual selected will be sworn in during the October 12, 2020, regularly scheduled meeting.

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

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Henderson City Council to Hold Special Meeting on Personnel Matter – Sept. 9

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Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington has requested a Special Called Meeting of the Henderson City Council for Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 6 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to hold a Closed Session Pursuant to G.S. .§143-318.11 (a)(6) regarding a Personnel Matter.

This meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 134 Rose Avenue, Henderson, NC. The public is welcome to observe the taking of the roll and adjournment. Citizens and/or staff are not allowed into the Executive (Closed) Session.

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Henderson City Council’s Land Planning Committee to Meet Sept. 3

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The Henderson City Council’s Land Planning Committee will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider an offer to purchase City-owned property. The public is welcome to observe.

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Henderson City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Night Club Zoning Ordinance

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

The Henderson City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave. in Henderson, NC.

Due to COVID-19 health mandates issued by Governor Cooper, the number of citizens allowed into Council Chambers is limited. However, members of the community are strongly encouraged to provide questions/comments for Council in writing as follows and to listen via Zoom.

Written Comments:

  1. Email written comments to: emccrackin@ci.henderson.nc.us
  2. Emails received by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be read aloud at the meeting. Comments are limited to three minutes per person.

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Agenda Items Include:

PUBLIC HEARING

Amending the Zoning Ordinance to Define Restaurants with Entertainment as a Special Use Permit.

Exchanging Vance County Tax Parcel 0106 03001 Owned by the City with a Portion of Vance County Tax Parcel 0105 01001 Owned by Kearney & Company, LLC.

NEW BUSINESS

Affirming the City of Henderson Council’s Support Regarding Implementation of a Compliant (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Stormwater Program.

Award Engineering Contract to CDM Smith in the amount of $15,000 to Submit an Application to Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF) for an Additional $6,000,000 for the Completion of the Kerr Lake Regional Water System (KLRWS) 20 MGD Expansion.

CONSENT AGENDA

Establishing a Budget for the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Funding Grant.

Authorizing an Application for U.S. Department of Justice’s 2020 BJA Justice Assistance Grant.

Award a Construction Contract to S.T. Wooten in the Amount of $246,420 for the Henderson 2020 Pavement Overlay Project.

Ratifying the Acceptance of North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement On Road Program Grant Award from the NCDEQ.

Tax Releases and Refunds for the Month of June 2020.

WORK SESSION 

City Communications Tower in Support of Improved Signal Clarity for Emergency Responders.

CLOSED SESSION 

a) Pursuant to G.S.9143-318.11 (a)(3) regarding an Attorney/Client Matter.

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

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Town Talk 07/14/20: Henderson City Council Denies Request for Dabney Dr. Rezoning

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Melissa Elliott, Henderson City Council member and founder of Gang Free, Inc., appeared on WIZS Town Talk Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Elliott discussed the outcome of last night’s Henderson City Council meeting where council members voted to deny the second request in two months to rezone residential properties located at 1337 and 1343 Dabney Drive at the corner of Lynne Avenue.

According to the meeting’s agenda, Hill Dubose, a commercial/industrial developer from Greensboro, NC, requested to rezone the properties located at the corner of Lynne Avenue from an OIA (Office Institutional “A”) District to a B-2A (Highway Commercial “A”) District.

Elliott said four citizens spoke at the virtual public hearing, including two in favor of rezoning who had “a financial interest” in the matter and two 30-plus year residents of the Lynne Avenue neighborhood who spoke against.

At the May 13, 2020, Henderson City Council meeting, members denied a request to rezone the parcels from OIA to B-4 (Neighborhood Commercial) District citing issues with potential hazardous traffic in the area associated with a proposed fast-food restaurant.

While Elliott said specific plans for the area were not discussed at Monday’s meeting, the Council expressed concern regarding the traffic increase that any development would bring to the Lynne Avenue single-family residential neighborhood.

The Council also discussed concerns with vehicles safely entering and exiting the location onto Dabney Drive and/or Lynne Avenue.

“I want to express that we on the Council are for redevelopment, economic development and bringing job opportunities to our area,” said Elliott. “We would like to see the Department of Transportation (DOT), who is responsible for Dabney Drive, provide a report or some type of research on egress and ingress to see how people will be able to get in and out without affecting Lynne Avenue and its residents.”

To hear the interview with Elliott in its entirety, including additional talking points from Monday’s City Council meeting, go to WIZS.com and click on Town Talk.

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City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Rezoning of Dabney Dr. This Evening

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

The Henderson City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave. in Henderson, NC.

Due to COVID-19 health mandates issued by Governor Cooper, the number of people allowed in Council Chambers will be limited for this meeting. Therefore, no citizens will be allowed in Council Chambers to observe or to make comments; however, members of the community are strongly encouraged to listen via Zoom.

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Agenda Items Include:

Public Hearing: Rezoning 1337 and 1343 Dabney Drive at the corner of Lynne Avenue, Vance County Parcel 0013 03052 and 0013 03001 respectively from OIA (Office Institutional “A”) District to B-2A (Highway Commercial “A” District).

Establishing a parklet within the Orange Street Parking Lot for public seating.

Approving an engineering contract with Little Environments PLLC for Nutbush Road 12-inch waterline extension.

Allowing the City Manager to approve project contracts up to $50,000 that are funded in the current fiscal year budget and have been reviewed by the City Attorney and Finance Director.

Naming the Henderson Police Department’s Training/Roll-Call Room in memory and honor of Captain Michael Rodney Davis.

Accepting National Fitness Campaign (NFC) grant funding in the amount of $30,000.

Accepting $200,000 in CARES Act Funding and authorizing a reimbursement contract with Vance County.

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

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Town Talk 06/09/20: No Tax, Service Fee Increases in Approved Henderson Budget

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Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington and Henderson City Council members provided WIZS News with a briefing on the FY 2020-2021 Budget Adoption at the Monday, June 8, 2020, Henderson City Council meeting.

The budget was passed unanimously with six of the eight City Council members in attendance either in person or electronically via Zoom. According to reports, Councilwoman Sara Coffey and Councilwoman Fearldine Simmons were not in attendance. Click here to view the 153-page budget in its entirety.

“Our June City Council Meeting went well,” said Mayor Ellington. “Half of the Council were present in the Council Chambers including myself, the city manager and the city clerk. The others were participating via Zoom. It was a fairly fast-moving meeting with a few housekeeping details, along with adopting our 2020-2021 budget. The budget includes funding for six new firefighter positions. There will also be no service fees nor tax increases to the citizens on a unanimous vote. We are also pleased with our new manager, Mr. Terrell Blackmon’s first budget since taking the role earlier this year.”

Councilman William Burnette said: “The budget was adopted by a unanimous vote, by all in attendance. We are still having to use Zoom. I will be very happy when we can go back to normal meetings and allow public participation in the Council Chambers. Hopefully, this will happen sooner rather than later. I miss the interaction with the citizens.”

Councilman Garry Daeke and Councilwoman Melissa Elliott reported the budget was adopted with no changes and praised the declared proclamation for Dr. Andrea Harris that “was read beautifully by our Mayor,” according to Elliott.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Dr. Andrea L. Harris was born in Sumter, South Carolina; and

WHEREAS, Andrea L. Harris grew up in Henderson, North Carolina where she resided for the majority of her life; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Andrea L. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree at Bennett College and received an honorary doctorate from Bennett College; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Andrea L. Harris is best known for the impact she made on the African American community and working with minority business owners; and

WHEREAS, in 1986, Dr. Harris co-founded the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting business diversity for minorities, women, and disabled individuals: and

WHEREAS, during her lifetime, Dr. Andrea L. Harris received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Triangle Business Journal, and Governor Roy Cooper stated “Andrea Harris was a trailblazer who never stopped fighting for social and racial equity in our state.”; and

WHEREAS, the City of Henderson lost one of its most influential civil-rights figures with the passing of Dr. Andrea L. Harris on May 20, 2020.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Henderson City Council, on behalf of all our citizens, hereby goes on record as recognizing the contributions made by Dr. Andrea L. Harris and offers her family this sincere expression of condolence.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be presented to her family.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the City of Henderson in the State of North Carolina this the 8th day of June 2020.

-Eddie Ellington, Mayor

To hear the Town Talk segment in its entirety, go to WIZS.com and click on Town Talk. Discussion on the Henderson City Council and budget begins at the 24:12 mark.

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Approval of New FY Budget on Henderson City Council’s June 8 Agenda

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

The Henderson City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave. in Henderson, NC.

Due to COVID-19 health mandates issued by Governor Cooper, the number of people allowed in Council Chambers will be limited for this meeting. Therefore, no citizens will be allowed in Council Chambers to observe or to make comments. However, members of the community are strongly encouraged to provide questions/comments for Council in writing as follows and to listen via Zoom:

Written Comments:

  1. Email written comments to emccrackin@ci.henderson.nc.us
  2. Emails received by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be read aloud at the meeting. Comments are limited to 3-minutes per person.

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Time: Monday, June 8, 2020, 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Agenda Items Include:

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 20-21, Adoption of the FY 20-21 Budget and FY 20-21 Annual Fee Schedule. The proposed FY 2020-2021 budget is available for viewing in its entirety on the City of Henderson’s website, under the Finance Department tab (click here).

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 20-22, Authorizing the Demolition of 224 Zene Street for Failure to Comply with Abandoned Structure Code.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 20-23, Amending Sanitation Ordinance Chapter 17, Section 17-3 Garbage and Trash Collection Policy.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 20-40, Deferring Implementation of the Adopted Financial Model Developed by Stantec for the Kerr Lake Regional Water System.

Consideration of Approval of 1) Resolution 20-39, Accepting the 2020 BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant and 2) Ordinance 20-24, FY 20 BA #30, Establishing a Budget for the BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant.

Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of April 2020. 

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