The Mayor and City Council held the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday December 12, 2023 at 6:00 pm at Winterville City Hall.
Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Also present were. Melissa Metzger, Amanda Mooney, Tina Mills, Bruce Johnson, Municipal City Clerk Wendy Bond and City Attorney David Ellison.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Approval of Minutes:
Councilperson Metzger moved to approve the minutes of November 14, 2023. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
Unfinished Business: None.
The First Item of Unfinished Business. Winterville Police Department. Chief Painter recognized and commended First Class Officer, Ryan Thomas and Corporal Kathryn Schoepf for their efforts as officers to ensure the safety and quality of the City of Winterville as they patrol the city and go above and beyond the call of duty.
Mayor Ferrelle recognized Police Chief David Painter and presented him with a Key to the City.
The Second Item of New Business: Adventure Bags Presentation. Misty Manus, Executive Director of Adventure Bags, Inc. came before Council and presented the Police and Fire Departments with boxes of Adventure Bags to have on hand in times of need. Each bag provides age/gender appropriate backpacks filled with overnight essentials and comfort items to children who have been displaced.
The Third Item of New Business. Pittard Park Playground. Josh Koons presented several examples of playground equipment also to be presented to the public for review and input. No action was taken.
The Fourth Item of New Business. Court Security. Councilperson Mills moved to approve up to $2200.00 General Funds, for the purchase of the Zorpro 6 Zone walk-through metal detector for City Hall. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
The Fifth Item of New Business. Cultural Center and Elevator Project. Councilperson Metzger moved to approve up to $75,000 of the General Fund to complete the renovations of the Cultural Center. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
The Sixth Item of New Business. Pickleball. No action was taken.
Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through November 30, 2023. The statements are available for review by the public upon request.
Fire Department – Chief Michael Gabriel submitted a call report.
Public Works – Bruce Johnson gave a report on behalf of Tom Doonan.
Communications Committee – Councilperson Metzer gave a brief report.
Winterville Cultural Center – Jack Eisenman was unable to attend.
Dr. Museum Report – Jonathan Scott was unable to attend.
Marigold Market – Sarah Hovater gave a report on the Marigold Market and the Food Hub.
Library Report – Deirdre Murray gave a verbal report.
Clerk’s Report – No report.
City Attorney’s Report – No report.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief report.
Firefly Local Action Committee – No report.
Public Comment – None.
Mayor Ferrelle closed the meeting at 6:55 pm.