What did they do? Newton City Council

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.

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