November 13, 2018
November 13, 2018
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Scott Martin called the regular meeting of the Lawrenceville Town Council to order at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 2018.
Roll was called; Present: Mayor Scott Martin; Council Members: H. B. Brockwell, Jr., Phil Gilson, Dora Hardy, Martha Myers, Robert F. Pecht, III and Alice Talbert. Also present: Town Attorney, W. C. Outten, Jr., Town Manager, C. J. Dean, Police Chief, Everette Gibson, Town Clerk, Wanda Johnson, Members and Coaches of the 2018 Brunswick Angels All-Star Softball Team, Harold Parrish, Joel Dodson, citizens and the press.
Absent: Council Member, Joyce Bland.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chief Gibson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
On motion by Mr. Brockwell, seconded by Mr. Gilson and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on October 9, 2018, as received, suspend the reading and file.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
On motion by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mrs. Talbert and carried by all ayes, Town Council voted to approve the agenda as presented.
RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS
RESOLUTION – 2018 BRUNSWICK ANGELS ALL-STAR SOFTBALL TEAM
The 2018 Brunswick Angels All-Star Softball Team were the Virginia Dixie Softball Angels Traditional Play District and State Champions. They participated in the Dixie Youth Softball Angels Mega World Series Tournament in Alexandria, Louisiana. On motion by Mr. Gilson, seconded by Mr. Brockwell and carried by all ayes, Town Council adopted a resolution honoring the 2018 Brunswick Angels All-Star Softball Team as presented. Mayor Martin read the resolution and presented it to the members and coaches of the All-Star team.
Anne Williams of 701 Windsor Avenue addressed Council with concerns. A deer was struck and killed on Windsor Avenue on Saturday, November 3rd and laid on the sidewalk until it was picked up on Monday afternoon. She said she called the town and county to report it. The dead deer attracted dogs, flies and buzzards. She felt something should have been done sooner. Ms. Williams complained about stray dogs. She felt threatened when she was approached by a pit bull. The dogs could cause her elderly mother to fall. There is no leash law in Lawrenceville and she feels this is a health and safety issue. Mrs. Williams asked about the current noise ordinance. She said she can hear cars from three blocks away. Mrs. Williams also raised concerns regarding taxes and town stickers. She said she paid for decals for three vehicles in January 2018. She sold two of them during the year. She is now being charged the new license fee for the three vehicles. She feels this is double payment. Finally, she stated that she observed state police writing tickets in town. She questioned why the state police gave tickets in town. Mayor Martin thanked Ms. Williams for bringing her concerns to Council and advised that the Town would follow up on these concerns.
LAWRENCEVILLE EDA – LETTER – PEEBLES BUILDING
A letter from the EDA states that the EDA signed a purchase agreement for the sale of the Peebles building. If the sale is finalized, the EDA is requesting that unused funds from an insurance claim associated with the Peebles building be transferred to the EDA. The EDA would use the funds for water damage repairs in the Bloom building. Mayor Martin referred the request to the finance committee for a recommendation at a future meeting.
Mayor Martin thanked all the sponsors that participated in Trunk or Treat. Mayor Martin reported that parties are still working on development for the former Bank of America building. He met with the IDA and Mr. Currin on future development. He attended the YMCA meeting where there was discussion about a feasibility study and fundraising campaign for a YMCA. He spoke at the Veterans Day ceremony last Friday. Mayor Martin and Mr. Dean will attend a meeting tomorrow concerning broadband development in the future.
REPORT OF TOWN ATTORNEY
At the last meeting, Council asked Mr. Outten to review the noise ordinance and report to Council on the enforcement issue. Mr. Outten advised that the Supreme Court ruled that reasonable and unreasonable standards of noise are not constitutional. Mr. Outten reported that he has reached out to other localities, including Virginia Beach, and to VML for guidance. He hopes to have a model ordinance to present at the December meeting. It may require equipment to measure decibel levels and could be costly to enforce.
REPORT OF TOWN MANAGER
OLD SOUTHERN STATES BUILDING – ADDITIONAL WORK
Mr. Dean reported that we are still working with additional contractors to get prices on painting. Mr. Dean will meet with the IDA, Mr. Currin and the KASS group on Thursday. He hopes to get a better idea on the arrival of the equipment and a timeline. Mr. Gilson asked questions about Exhibit C in the original construction contract with the IDA. The IDA might help with funding.
North Main Street – The right of way certification has been sent to VDOT and we are waiting for approval to advertise.
Gazebo Sidewalk – The preliminary design has been sent to VDOT for review and comments.
30th ANNUAL VIRGINIA WATER AND WASTEWATER RATE REPORT 2018
The portion of the report including Lawrenceville was in the packet for review by Town Council.
BANK OF AMERICA BUILDING
The issue is between the owner and tenant. Nothing has been signed. No asbestos was found.
FINANCE - REQUEST FOR FUNDS FOR PARADE
A motion was made by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mrs. Talbert and carried by all ayes to approve the request for $500 to pay bands that participate in the Christmas parade. Mr. Pecht set a committee meeting to discuss the EDA request, review the current financial situation and to look at the vehicle license fee for 2018 for vehicles that were sold.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
The 2019 slate of officers for the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department is in the packet. On motion by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mr. Gilson and carried by all ayes, Council voted to approve the slate of officers as presented. Chief-Kevin Pair, Deputy Chief-Mike Thomas, Assistant Chief-Chad Whitlow, Captain-Matthew Berry, 1st Lieutenant-Zack Gibson, President-Everette L. Gibson, Vice President-Brian Glover, Secretary-Tyler Kea, Treasurer-Everette Gibson.
The October fire report is in the packet. The fire department responded to 34 calls in October. Of the 34, 3 were in the town limits and 31were outside the town limits. Also, 23 were in the LVFD First Due area, with 11 being mutual aid to other agencies. Approximately 84.18 man hours were expended. The Fire Department Banquet will be held on December 1st at Elm Acres.
Mr. Brockwell reviewed the personnel report included in the packet.
Mr. Brockwell reviewed the Christmas Bonus proposal for 2018. On motion by Mr. Brockwell, seconded by Mrs. Myers and carried by all ayes, Town Council approved the 2018 Christmas Bonus as presented in the packet.
Mr. Brockwell reported that a locality near us is considering an apprenticeship program to attract new employees. He has asked Mr. Dean to look into this.
Ms. Hardy advised the police report is in the packet. The Lawrenceville Police Department collected 22 pounds of prescription medicine during the DEA Drug Take Back on October 27, 2018. The LPD Haunted House and Haunted Trail was a huge success. 1475 people attended the event. Chief Gibson thanked everyone who helped. There are two openings in the police department. One interview is scheduled tomorrow.
PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT
Mr. Brockwell commented regarding the possible sale of the Peebles building. The EDA owns the building and would receive the proceeds left over after satisfying the DHCD grant. They are requesting the insurance proceeds that were left over from the Peebles building roof repair. The finance committee will review and make a recommendation on that request.
STREETS, LIGHTS & CEMETERY
Mayor Martin asked about removal of the storm debris. Mr. Dean advised that town crews have been through the entire town at least once collecting debris. Leaves are being picked up also. Mrs. Talbert asked if something could be sent out reminding residents what can be set out for garbage pickup on Monday and then for bulk pickup on Friday. Some people put things out on Saturday that will not be picked up until the next Friday bulk pickup.
TOWN DEVELOPMENT – NOISE ORDINANCE REVIEW
Mr. Outten reported on the noise ordinance earlier in the meeting.
Mr. Brockwell reported that he asked Mr. Dean to look into the possibility of taxing vacant buildings. Mr. Outten reported that he has researched this and has not found a law that would allow a municipality, county, town or city, to levy an additional tax on a building just because it is vacant. If the state government does not authorize it, we cannot do it.
Mr. Brockwell commented on the water and wastewater rate report. Lawrenceville’s rates are comparable or lower than some other places. There will be a committee meeting following the council meeting tonight.
The reports are in the packet.
HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT
The property list will be reviewed.
There was no report.
There was no report.
Mrs. Myers reported that the application for a $1500 grant for a LOVE sign has been completed and will be submitted to Virginia Tourism. A preliminary drawing of the LOV portion of the sign was shared. There will be a contest among the local schools to determine the design of the E for the sign.
The market is closed for the winter.
There was no report.
LAWRENCEVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
A Joint Public Hearing for Rezoning on South Hicks Street will be held at the next council meeting.
The Employee Christmas Luncheon will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 12 noon.
The Christmas Parade will be Friday, December 7, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
The Santa Breakfast will be Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mayors and Managers Christmas Dinner will be Thursday, December 13, 2018, Clarksville, VA.
Del. Roslyn Tyler, 2018 Fall Reception, November 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m. RSVP by 11/26/2018.
The Tree Lighting in the Gazebo Park will be Friday, November 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
CONSIDERATION OF ACCOUNTS
A motion was made to pay the bills as presented, in the amount of $89,905.35, and post to the proper accounts. The motion was made by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mrs. Talbert and carried by all ayes.
There being no further business to come before Council, a motion was made by Mr. Gilson, seconded by Ms. Hardy and carried by all ayes to adjourn the meeting.
Scott E. Martin, Mayor
Wanda E. Johnson, Clerk
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