Mayor, Sheila Williams called the meeting to order and Pastor David West offered invocation. Tracy Sullivan, Town Clerk called the roll.
Commissioner William Sharpe, Commissioner Cheryl Oâ€™Neal, Commissioner Lewis, Commissioner Jones and Commissioner Pride. Town Attorney, David Orcutt was also present.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Motion was made by Commissioner Oâ€™Neal to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on October 11, 2007. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Lewis.
APPROVAL TO PAY THE BILLS
Motion was made by Commissioner Pride to approve to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Oâ€™Neal.
Tracy Sullivan, Town Clerk read the Bank Balances.
CITIZENS PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS
Jean Collie â€“ Mrs. Collie was concerned as to why a Town Employee was cutting grass in the park on Sunday during Church and why the Town Employees worked so much overtime.
Clifton Wallace, Utility Director informed Mrs. Collie that he would ask the employee not to cut the grass in the park on Sunday and the overtime was due to a heavy work load.
Clifton Wallace, Utility Director read the Electric report. (Attached)
Robert Smith read the Streets and Sanitation report. (Attached)
Commissioner Pride reports that the Town had another dry month which helps with the Townâ€™s infiltration problem. Commissioner Pride said he appreciated working with the employees and Clifton Wallace. He also stated that he hoped the new Board would continue to improve the Town. He informed the new Board he would furnish them with a list of things that he did not accomplish at the next meeting.
Commissioner Jones reads the parks and recreation report. (attached)
Commissioner Jones announced that he would not be sworn in as Commissioner for another term. He stated that he regrets not being able to serve the Community but he was going to be deployed to Iraq and would be moving to Wilson. He congratulated the new Commissioners and wished them well in serving the citizens of Sharpsburg.
Tab Balkcum read the Fire Department report. (attached)
Mr. Balkcum also informed the citizens that the Fire Department had employed a part time firefighter for daytime hours. He also stated that hopefully by January 1st the Fire Department could afford to hire 2 full time employees.
Chief Bissette read the Police Department report. (attached)
PRESENTATION TO OUTGOING COMMISSIONERS
Mayor Williams presented the outgoing Commissioners with bronze eagles for their service to the Sharpsburg Community. She thanked them for helping the Town obtain financial stability. The Town could stand proud due to their endurance and hard work. Mayor Williams stated that the Commissioners were Heroes in Progress.
Tracy Sullivan, Town Clerk swore in Mayor Sheila Williams.
Mayor Sheila Williams swore in the Commissioners Troy Jenkins, Mervin Gibson, Becky Humphrey and Randy Weaver.
Mayor Sheila Williams assigned departments to the Commissioners as follows:
Commissioner Randy Weaver â€“ Police Department
Commissioner Mervin Gibson â€“ Water and Sewer Department
Commissioner Becky Humphrey â€“ Electric Department
Commissioner Troy Jenkins â€“ Parks and recreation/Fire Department
Commissioner Gibson made the motion to fill the vacant Commissioner seat with
Debra Hamm. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Humphrey. The motion carried.
Mayor Sheila Williams swore in Commissioner Debra Hamm. Mayor Williams
assigned the Streets and Sanitation Department to Commissioner Hamm.
Commissioner Jenkins made the motion to appoint Tracy Sullivan as Town Clerk for the Town of Sharpsburg. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weaver. The motion carried.
Commissioner Jenkins made the motion to appoint Commissioner Humphrey as Mayor Pro Tem. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Gibson. The motion carried.
Commissioner Gibson made the motion to table appointments of the Budget Officer, Finance Officer, Zoning Administrator and Town Attorney until the Regular Meeting held on December 4, 2007. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jenkins. The motion carried.
Commissioner Jenkins made the motion to appoint Commissioner Gibson as the advisor to the Planning Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weaver. The motion carried.
Robert Masters of Carolina Opportunities Inc. informed the Board that the Planning Board needed new appointments to the Board and the pending Zoning Ordinance would need to be adopted after Board review. He also briefed the Board on a capacity grant offered by the N.C. Rural Center and necessary Board actions to proceed with applying for the grant. (Report attached)
Commissioner Humphrey made the motion to table the (Old Wilson Road) Well Project until further notice. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weaver. The motion carried.
Commissioner Gibson made the motion to call a Special Meeting on November 13, 2007 at 6:00pm to discuss the Rural Center Capacity Grant and possible appointments to the Planning Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Humphrey. The motion carried. (Meeting was rescheduled for November 14, 2007 at 6:00pm due to a schedule conflict with Mr. Masters.)
Mayor Sheila Williams announced that the Town Board will hold a Special Meeting on November 13, 2007 at 6:00pm. She also announced that the Town would hold its Agenda Meeting at 6:30PM and Regular Meeting at 7:30PM on November 6, 2007.
Motion was made by Commissioner Gibson to adjourn and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Humphrey.