April 10, 2018
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor William Herrington called the regular meeting of the Lawrenceville Town Council to order at 7:30 p.m. on April 10, 2018.
Roll was called; Present: Mayor William Herrington; Council Members: Joyce Bland, H. B. Brockwell, Jr., Dora Hardy, Scott Martin, Martha Myers and Robert F. Pecht, III. Also present: Town Manager, C. J. Dean, Police Chief, Everette Gibson, Town Clerk, Wanda Johnson, Kimberly Martin, Jane Adams and Phil Gilson.
Absent: Council Member Alice Talbert and Town Attorney W. C. Outten, Jr.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Mr. Pecht to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on March 13, 2018, as received, suspend the reading and file. This was seconded by Mr. Brockwell and carried by all ayes.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
The agenda was approved as presented.
RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS
There were no citizens desiring to speak.
LAWRENCEVILLE EDA APPOINTMENTS
Mr. Martin reported that the LEDA met on April 3, 2018. There was no report on the trail park. Everything is going fine at the VCU building. Mr. Martin and Mr. Dean have been in correspondence with the prospects for the Peebles Building. Nicole Young, recently appointed, was present for her first LEDA meeting. A couple has expressed interest in a building for a sandwich shop. There has been no response from the building owners. Mr. Dean is following up on that. The next LEDA meeting will be held on June 5, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.
There was no report.
REPORT OF TOWN ATTORNEY
There was no report.
REPORT OF TOWN MANAGER
OLD SOUTHERN STATES BUILDING
Mr. Dean reported that asbestos found in the Southern States was abated, a building permit was obtained and construction has begun on the renovation project. The work is anticipated to take about 90 days to complete. KASS could be in the building in July.
Mr. Dean reported that the Town has received a letter from DHCD regarding the Administrative Closeout of the CDBG grant. Final closure is conditioned upon the submission of the FY2017/2018 financial audit report and the satisfactory disposition of an eligible and adaptive reuse of the Peebles building. This will allow the Town time to continue to follow all leads to market the building to meet CDBG requirements. There has been no change in the response from Project Restoration in the last 60 days.
The N. Main Street Streetscape Improvement Project design has been submitted to VDOT for review. The survey will begin soon for the sidewalk project from E. E. Vaughan to the bridge. It will provide sidewalks on both sides of S. Hicks St. Steps down to the trail are not included in this project. Trash around and under the bridge needs to be cleaned up.
SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK APRIL 16-20, 2018
Mr. Dean announced that the Town Spring Clean Up will be the week of April 16-20, 2018. The Town cannot pick up hazardous waste materials or tires. The County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on April 21, 2018, from 9:00 until 2:00.
Mr. Dean reported that recently there was an inspection of the water and wastewater treatment plants under the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health law. The Town received a letter from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry advising that the inspection did not reveal any conditions considered to be violations of the standards.
RESOLUTION HEALTH INSURANCE MEDICARE RETIREES
Mr. Dean asked Council to adopt the resolution in the packet for the Town to provide Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents health insurance coverage. This would be at no cost to the Town. It would give Medicare retirees the option to obtain coverage from The Local Choice through the Town. On motion by Mr. Brockwell, seconded by Mrs. Myers and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to adopt the resolution to offer health insurance coverage to Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents as presented. Mayor Herrington was authorized to sign the resolution.
TASTE OF BRUNSWICK FESTIVAL AD
Mr. Dean reported that the Town has been asked to purchase a full page ad in the Taste of Brunswick Festival ad book at a cost of $300. This is the same size ad and same cost that the Town has purchased in previous years. On motion by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mr. Brockwell and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to purchase the full page ad in the Taste of Brunswick Festival Book at a cost of $300.
MAIN STREET AMERICA
Mr. Dean reported that the Town of Blackstone will be participating in a Main Street America Community Survey. Blackstone is a full member of Virginia Main Street. Lawrenceville is an affiliate. He shared a copy of the survey with Council and asked if Town Council would be interested in adapting the survey to the Town of Lawrenceville. He asked Council to review the survey and bring suggestions to the next Council meeting. The survey could come under the Town Development Committee.
BUDGET PRESENTATION FY 2018-2019
A draft budget is presented in April for a public hearing in May and adoption in June. The budget can be changed until it is formally adopted by Council. Mr. Dean presented the proposed budget and assumptions for FY 2018-2019. A copy is in the packet. Revenue: There is a proposed 5% water and sewer rate adjustment. There is no garbage rate increase. There is a proposed tax rate increase from $0.30 per $100 to $0.34 per $100. Dominion Virginia Power revenues adjusted downward due to less usage. Follows the County on eliminating decals and adds $25 per vehicle to personal property tax bills. Will receive the last payment from the IDA for money they borrowed from the Town in 1997. Expense: Three percent raise for employees, six percent for water/wastewater operators. Increase in health insurance premiums of almost 10%. Town continues to pay all of the eligible employee’s health insurance premium. Includes a clothing allowance program for the fire department capped at a maximum of $8,000. Increase in computer maintenance costs. The police department did not receive a grant for the purchase of new radios. This will have to be added to the budget. A lengthy discussion regarding revenues and expenses followed. There were suggestions of changes to be made to the proposed budget before approving it to be advertised. Council agreed to meet again before the proposed budget is advertised.
The Town of Lawrenceville overall real estate property values were decreased due to the recent reassessment. Approximately one third of the total real estate property value in Town is tax exempt. Town Council will request that the Commissioner of Revenue place the vacant Saint Paul’s College property on the tax rolls as it is not being used for educational purposes at this time. On motion by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mr. Brockwell and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to authorize the Mayor to write a letter to the Brunswick County Commissioner of Revenue requesting that the vacant Saint Paul’s College property be placed on the tax rolls. A copy of the letter is to be included in the May agenda packet.
Mr. Pecht asked Mr. Dean to make the adjustments to the draft budget as discussed and get a copy to Council members for review and comments as soon as possible.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
The March fire report is in the add packet. The fire department responded to 28 calls in March. Of the 28, 4 were in the town limits and 24 were outside the town limits. Also, 18 were in the LVFD First Due area, with 10 being mutual aid to other agencies. Approximately 78 man hours were expended. Chief Gibson reported that the LVFD conducted a demo/mock accident extrication for the prom promise for Brunswick High School and Brunswick Academy today. All departments in the county participated. This demonstrates what happens if you drink and drive. The newspaper was on scene for reports and pictures have been posted to Facebook. Mayor Herrington thanked the fire department for conducting the exercise.
Mr. Brockwell reported that the Town still has open positions.
Mr. Martin advised the police report is in the packet. The next Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:00 until 2:00.
PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT
Mr. Brockwell reported that this has been discussed in the budget. There is no additional report.
STREETS, LIGHTS & CEMETERY
Mrs. Bland reported that she went by the cemetery and it looks nice. She thanked Corey Lett. Mr. Brockwell said a citizen has suggested to him that the Town look at what other cemeteries in the surrounding area charge and compare with the current Town charges.
Mr. Brockwell advised there will be a presentation under Parks and Recreation. Mr. Dean requested a meeting with the committee.
There will be a committee meeting following the council meeting tonight.
The reports are in the packet. The departments are doing a good job.
HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT
Mrs. Bland reported that the properties on High Street and Sixth Avenue have been demolished. Mr. Dean reported that an owner of property on High Street has plans to voluntarily demolish a house at their own expense.
UNIVERSITY FLAG PROJECT
Mr. Brockwell presented a proposal for a University Flag Project that would allow for university and college flags to be flown at Peebles Park. A copy of the proposal is in the packet. It provides details for the program and an application form. The Town would sponsor a University of North Carolina flag for the first time period to honor the Peebles family that donated the property for the park. On motion by Mr. Brockwell, seconded by Mr. Martin and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to adopt the Town of Lawrenceville University Flag Project as presented.
Mrs. Myers reported that the 3rd Annual Walking Community Program will start Monday, April 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The walkers meet Monday – Thursday at the stoplight. They walk a one mile loop and everyone goes at their own pace.
There was no report.
LAWRENCEVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
There was no report.
Brunswick County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The 15th Annual Brickyard 5 Miler will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
CONSIDERATION OF ACCOUNTS
A motion was made to pay the bills as presented, in the amount of $46,927.91 and charge to the proper accounts. This was made by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mrs. Myers and carried by all ayes.
CONTINUED TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
On motion by Ms. Hardy, seconded by Mr. Martin and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to continue the April 10, 2018, Town Council meeting until April 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of meeting to finalize a proposed FY2018-2019 budget to be advertised for a May public hearing.
William Herrington, Mayor
Wanda Johnson, Clerk
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