NEWBERN BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
OCTOBER 18, 2016
The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session in the Board Meeting Room at the Newbern Municipal Building. Mayor Olen K. Parker presiding. Aldermen present were Vice Mayor John Flatt, Justin Wright, Daniel Watson and Bradley Rogers. Alderman Robert Hart absent. Also present were City Recorder Jason Roberts and Police Chief Red Barnes.
CALL TO ORDER AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mayor Parker called the meeting to order and lead the board in prayer. Mayor Parker asked if the Board of Mayor and Aldermen had reviewed the minutes from last month’s meeting. Alderman Wright made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded by Alderman Watson. All voted aye and the minutes were approved.
VISITORS AND VISITOR BUSINESS
Ms. Ellen Holland addressed the board and spoke about bestowing her condemned property to the city. Alderman Rogers made a motion to accept the property and was seconded by Alderman Kirby. Mayor Parker thanked Ms. Holland for her generosity. The discussion turned to the condemned property owned by Delbert Webb. Alderman Watson made a motion to extend condemnation for 60 days and was seconded by Alderman Wright.
Recorder Roberts presented the board with current financial numbers for the City of Newbern. Recorder Roberts stated that the current collection rates were hitting their projections.
POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Police Chief Red Barnes spoke on Officer Cranston Fisk’s graduation from the police academy. Barnes also requested approval for department realignment. Alderman Kirby made a motion to approve and was seconded by Alderman Watson.
Mayor Parker gave an update on the Saferoom.
Recorder Roberts addressed the board and requested approval for the Underground Utilities Department to purchase a used vehicle for the meter readers. Recorder Roberts stated that a truck had been located and if the price could be negotiated upon the test drive that the City purchase the vehicle. Alderman Wright approved the purchase as long as it meets fair market value and was seconded by Alderman Rogers.
Chief Cottrell approached the board stating that four applications for fireman have been turned in. Alderman Flatt made a motion to approve purchasing turnouts once drug tests are passed for these four applicants. Alderman Rogers seconded the motion.
Gary Grimes stated that all is well.
Jason Roberts spoke on the current litigation with Barker Brothers. A motion was made by Alderman Watson to approve the attorney’s bill and was seconded by Alderman Flatt. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Mayor Parker addressed the board and stated that the City was approved for a grant to install sidewalks along 77 Hwy and to Northview School. Mayor Parker stated that there is a 5% match with the grant which is extremely low for this type of project. Alderman Wright made a motion to approve the grant and was seconded by Alderman Rogers. All voted aye and the motion was approved.
NEWBERN HOUSING AUTHORITY
Mayor Parker requested approval for Judy Jordan to be reappointed to the Newbern Housing Authority. Alderman Flatt made a motion to approve the reappointment and was seconded by Alderman Watson. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Bradley Rogers spoke about remembering the people affected by the closing of Royal Guard and remember to vote.
John Flatt addressed the board and stated that the City should examine the pay scale for the Mayor and Aldermen. Alderman Flatt stated that the pay has not been raised in decades and he felt that it should be examined. After much discussion a committee was formed to bring a proposal before the board at next month’s old business.
Mayor Parker read a prepared statement commemorating the current administration. Mayor Parker stated that he felt that this meeting was more appropriate as the next meeting should be all about the new board.
Mayor Parker led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance and adjourned the meeting by acclamation.