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December 2022 Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners was held on December 13, 2022 at the Stovall Town Hall at 6:00 pm


Mayor Michael S. Williford present and presiding


Board Members Present: Commissioner Doug Lunsford, Commissioner Carl Roberts, Commissioner Ricky Sneed, Commissioner Jeff Stovall


Administrator Present: Janet C. Parrott


Police Chief Present: Craig Williams


Clerk Present: Sandra B. Williford


Call to Order: Mayor Williford called the meeting to order and began with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Invocation: Commissioner Sneed spoke an opening prayer.


Mayor’s Update: Mayor Williford reminded the Board of the Budget Meeting scheduled for December 20th. The next Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for January will likely be canceled due to the lack of a quorum but will be held in March.


Water Report: Commissioner Lunsford reported that Oxford had billed Stovall for 1,245,000 gallons. Stovall billed out to customers 628,390 gallons. Flushing accounted for 225,000 gallons not billed for. He reported a water break where the amount lost could not be determined. He stated the water loss for the month was 50%. 0.36 was the TTHM results.


Police Report: Chief Williams gave an activity report for the Police Dept. for the month. Activity was as follows:

· 413 miles of patrol

· 4 reports

· 2 citations

Chief Williams stated he will be considering a replacement for retired officer Steve Hayes.


Requests to be on Agenda: Mayor Williford informed the Board that the clerk had been instructed to refer anyone requesting to be on the Agenda to him. He stated that some concerns or questions could be handled outside of the public meeting.


Minutes: Commissioner Roberts made a motion to accept and approve the November minutes as submitted. Commissioner Lunsford seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


Zoning Ordinance Amendment: The Board reviewed an ordinance removing criminal penalties from the Zoning Ordinance and adopting a civil fine. The Planning Board recommended the ordinance. Commissioner Lunsford made a motion to accept and approve the ordinance. Commissioner Roberts seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. The ordinance reads as follows:


"AN ORDINANCE REMOVING CRIMINAL PENALTIES FROM THE ZONING ORDINANCE AND ADOPTING A CIVIL FINE

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Stovall from time to time revises the Town’s Zoning Ordinance, and

WHEREAS, in order to bring the Town’s Ordinance into compliance with the authority as defined by the NC General Statutes, as amended effective December 2022, the Board has determined this ordinance to be necessary:

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWN OF STOVALL THE FOLLOWING:

Section 1. ARTICLE VIII, Section 8-6 shall be repealed in its entirety.

Section 2. ARTICLE VIII Section 8-6.1 Shall be adopted as follows:

8.6.1 Enforcement of the provisions of the Town of Stovall Zoning Ordinance. If the Administrator finds that any provision of this Ordinance is being violated, a written notice of violation shall be sent to the person responsible for such violation, indicating the nature of the violation and ordering the action necessary to correct it. Additional written notices may be sent at the Administrator's discretion.

The final written notice, which may also be initial written notice, shall state what action the Administrator intends to take if the violation is not corrected and shall advise that the Administrator’s decision or order may be appealed to the Board of Adjustment. Appeals to the Administrator’s determination shall follow the procedure described in this Ordinance.

Notwithstanding the forgoing, in cases where a delay in corrective measures would seriously threaten the effective enforcement of this Ordinance, or pose a danger to the public health, safety, and welfare, the Administrator may seek enforcement in accordance with law without prior written notice.

8.6.2 Penalties

Any act constituting a violation of the provisions of this Ordinance or a failure to comply with any of its requirements, including violations of any conditions and safeguards established in connection with the grants of variances or special use permits, shall be subject to penalties. The following penalties are hereby established:

1. Warning Citation – Correct violation within 30 calendar days

2. Violation Citation - $50 fine

If the offender fails to pay this penalty within 10 days after Final citation for a violation and, the penalty may be recovered by the City in a civil action in the nature of debt. A civil penalty may not be appealed to the Board of Adjustment if the offender was sent a final notice of violation and did not make a timely appeal to the Board of Adjustment within the prescribed timeframe.

Each day that a violation continues after notification by the Administrator that such violation exists shall be treated as a separate offense for the purposes of the penalties and remedies specified in this Chapter. Citations can be related to a single violation or subsequent violations at the same location.

Section 4. All provisions of any city ordinance or resolution in conflict with this ordinance are repealed.

Section 5. This ordinance has been reviewed by the Stovall Planning Board and has been adopted after public meeting as required by law. It shall become effective upon adoption.


PASSED AND APPROVED on this the 13 day of December, 2022 by a vote of 4 ayes, 0 nays, and 0 abstentions of the Board of Commissioners.


THE TOWN OF STOVALL



____________________________

Michael S. Williford, Mayor


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Sandra B. Williford, Clerk"


Customer Deposit Increase: Commissioner Lunsford expressed that customer deposits should be increased in order to recover money owed when someone moves without paying a water bill. He made the motion to increase deposits from $150.00 to $175.00 for new customers. Commissioner Stovall seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


County Recreation Grant: Mayor Williford stated that it’s the time of the year for recreation grants. The grants are distributed 2 different ways. Population plays a factor. There are stipulations and rules. Maximum amount is $25,000. Mayor Williford and Commissioner Sneed are considering asking for 5 to 7 thousand for benches and tables.


Adjournment: There being no further business, Commissioner Lunsford made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Sneed seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.



_________________________

Mayor Michael S. Williford


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Clerk Sandra B. Williford



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