Downtown agreement approved

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 07:50 PM

OXFORD — Commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding with the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation.

The agreement will continue the city’s working relationship with the DOEDC. The board approved a memorandum of understanding with DOEDC to outline the services of Julia Stovall Overton as part-time downtown economic development director.

At its November meeting, the board approved funding for the position. In the memo, the city agrees to pay Overton $1,500 per month. The agreement covers the period from Nov. 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Mayor Pro Tem Danny Currin reported that the DOEDC had approved the agreement.

Currin also announced that Tanya Weary, director of the Small Business Center at Vance-Granville Community College, would hold a seminar on Jan. 16 to help small businesses meet tax requirements.

The commissioners approved a contract with Granville County to dispose of leachate from the county’s landfill. Leachate can consist of many different compounds including phenols, pesticides, solvents and heavy metals.

Because the county does not have the capability of treating and disposing leachate, it asked the city to provide the service. Monthly charges to the county will be based on the combination of quantity and strength of leachate disposed.

The commissioners adopted a resolution calling for voluntary water conservation due to the low water level at Kerr Lake. The corps of engineers has declared a drought because of the lack of significant rainfall throughout the Roanoke River Basin.

On the recommendation of interim City Manager Leonard Barefoot and City Attorney Thomas Burnette, the commissioners voted to extend the termination date of the Outside Fire Protection Corporation through Feb. 28, 2013, to allow the corporation time to reorganize. The contract was scheduled to terminate in December 2012.

The board and city staff went through a discussion of internal auditing requirements. Commissioner Frank Strickland asked about quarterly auditing of various funds, specifically the drug and alcohol fund. Mayor Jackie Sergent instructed Barefoot to check on requirements for an internal audit and report back to the board.

In a special ceremony, Finance Director Steve McNally presented a plaque to Phyllis Blackwell, who was recognized as the state’s Outstanding Business License Official for 2012 by the N.C. Association of Business License Officials.

McNally added, “That’s the good news. The bad news is she has decided she is going to retire at the end of this month.”

Barefoot provided an update on the searches for a city manager and a fire chief. He said the list of applicants for city manager has almost been whittled down to the number to be invited for interviews. In reference to the other search, he said, “I hope to have a fire chief in place by January first or soon after.”

The board will meet in closed session at the Thornton Library on Monday at 1 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. regarding the city manager search.

On the recommendation of the staff and the Public Works Committee, the board approved paying an additional $12,840 to Dewberry & Davis, Inc. for services related to bidding, rebidding, redesign and construction on the splash pad and water main projects being funded as part of the Raleigh Street Revitalization Project.

The board heard the following reports:

• Quarterly meeting of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, by Commissioner Robert Williford.

• Monthly finance report, by McNally.
The commissioners approved two public hearings to be held in conjunction with the Jan. 8 meeting of the board:

• To hear public comments on a proposal to amend the Oxford Zoning Ordinance requiring family care homes to have a ½-mile separation from an existing family care home.

• To hear public comments on a proposal to amend the Oxford Zoning Ordinance to require developers to provide curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides of the street.

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