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What did they do? Newton City Council

November 16, 2011

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Newton City Council officially celebrated the 2011 2A N.C. State Volleyball Champion Newton-Conover High School.

City Council approved a resolution that adds the names of the Lady Red Devil team members and coaches to the city’s official record.

Be sure to see and upcoming edition The O-N-E for a team picture of the ladies receiving their recognition from Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax.

In other action, Newton City Council:

• Appointed Melinda Travis to the Newton Planning Commission’s Extra Territorial Jurisdication.

• Took legal action in code enforcement cases for seven city properties, including 817 North Davis Avenue; 755 East 11th Street; 216 South Ervin Avenue; 1906 Maius Drive; 1912 Maius Drive; 1919 Maius Drive; 1926 Maius Drive.

• Received public comments from Cindy Sigmon, whos voiced concerns about appointment of a city council member to fill Mayor-elect Anne Stedman’s unexpired term.

“When you appoint someone to fill the vacant seat, fill it with a person who will serve all Newton residents,” said Sigmon, a resident of Dove Street. “And I ask you to consider someone that has not served before.”

• Gave Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax authority to execute a program amendment for a downtown Newton project that received a Main Street Solution Grant.

As part of the $80,000 state grant the property owner for the former Phyllis Crafts building on the Court Square planned to open a bakery.

Property owner Dennis Baucom has requested an amendment to his project to instead create a wine shop. He committed to create four jobs.

Newton is not committed to provide matching funds for the project.

• Received a clean, unqualified opinion on the city’s annual audit.

• Received a second and third quarter report from Downtown Newton Development Association Chairman Jeremy Petty.

• Approved an ordinaince recognizing additional funds on the city’s Electric Fund.

• Approved a resolution to proceed with $6 million in borrowing for the purchase of equipment and completion of infrastructure repair projects approved in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan.

• Recommended to the city’s planning commission amendments to Newton City Code governing temporary signs.

• Approved a capital project ordinance amendment for a project to replace a pump station and force main on Burris Road.

For more details on these stories, visit www.observernewosnline.com throughout the day and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise.

Comments

Lets see how this breaks down, shall we?

November 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 815

celebrated Volleyball Champion NCHS (OK Great, Good for the girls!)
Pending team picture of the ladies receiving recognition from Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax.(I am poised, cat like, in anticipation!)
• Appointed Melinda Travis to the Newton Planning Commission’s Extra Territorial Jurisdication. (Why can't the ELECTED city council handle this? I understand Ms. Travis is a Pharmacist, what is her qualification to sit on this board? In short WHY HAVE BOARDS if we have a City Council?)
• Took legal action in code enforcement cases for seven city properties, including 817 North Davis Avenue; 755 East 11th Street; 216 South Ervin Avenue; 1906 Maius Drive; 1912 Maius Drive; 1919 Maius Drive; 1926 Maius Drive. (OK, finally cleaning up somebody's mess!)
• Received public comments from Cindy Sigmon, whos voiced concerns about appointment of a city council member to fill Mayor-elect Anne Stedman’s unexpired term.(NO APPOINTMENTS, have a SPECIAL ELECTION, this should have already been scheduled when Ms. Stedman announced her candidacy!)

• Gave Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax authority to execute a program amendment for a downtown Newton project that received a Main Street Solution Grant.(Id like to have some amplification of this, a little explanation for those of us who couldn't make the meeting please!)
SO the Bakery is gonna be a wine shop, and $80 grand of taxpayer bucks are on the hook for four jobs. What I want to know is Mr. Baucom's and his family the four jobs he is going to create? If so this sounds an awful lot like fraud about to be committed!

• Received a clean, unqualified opinion on the city’s annual audit.(Yeah, that probably is a good thing!)

• Received a second and third quarter report from Downtown Newton Development Association Chairman Jeremy Petty. (That ought to have been a facinating 15 SECONDS!) (I mean, there JUST AINT MUCH DEVELOPMENT GOING ON, now is there?)

• Approved an ordinaince recognizing additional funds on the city’s Electric Fund. (Again, a litle amplification on this one, sounds like big bucks getting shifted around!)

• Approved a resolution to proceed with $6 million in borrowing for the purchase of equipment and completion of infrastructure repair projects approved in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. (OH BOY THERE IT IS AGAIN, another 6 million on top of the already borrowed 20 Million! THIS IS ABSURD! IT HAS TO STOP NOW!)

• Recommended to the city’s planning commission amendments to Newton City Code governing temporary signs. (Bet more time was spent on this and the girlsd voleyball team than on the SIX FREAKIN MILLION DOLLARS being borrowed!)

You sound so hateful the way

November 17, 2011 by buttercup (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 818

You sound so hateful the way you stated certain things.

Sorry buttercup but...

November 18, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 822

...sometimes it takes a "Horse's Arse" to guarantee liberty and make government work!

Stewardship of the public trust is not like running a cakewalk!

If these folks didn't, in the past, have to take heat, well I am sorry but times have changed, and the heat is coming.
SO PUT ON SOME ASBESTOS DIAPERS or take up a different hobby and give the taxpayers a break!

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