City council to receive financial report and consider ‘sister city’ relationship with Monrovia, Liberia – Salisbury Post

By Natalie Anderson
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SALISBURY – Salisbury City Council today will hear a presentation on a 2020-21 budget audit as well as a resolution to establish a “sister city” relationship with Monrovia, Liberia.

Today’s meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m. and will be webcast live on or via the city’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Charlotte-based CFO Wade Furches and Leanne Bagasala of Elliot Davis PLLC will present the findings of the city’s annual audit on the 2020-21 budget. Later in the same meeting, Mayor Karen Alexander will present a joint resolution aimed at establishing a “sister city” relationship with the city of Monrovia located in the African Republic of Liberia. Such a relationship emphasizes the sharing of information related to economic development, cultural exchanges, educational advancement, law enforcement, sanitation, trade, human capacity building. and technology, depending on the resolution.

Livingstone College, a historically black college, has a long history with Liberia through its founding denomination AME Zion Church and through its collaboration with the Liberian Organization of Piedmont, located in Winston-Salem. Livingstone College sponsors two Liberian students every four years. In October, Livingstone awarded a full scholarship to Liberian teenager Emmanuel Tuloe, who became a national hero after returning tens of thousands of dollars to the rightful owner.

In November, Alexander met with Monrovia Mayor Jefferson Koijee and Liberian Ambassador to the United States George SW Patten Sr., along with other local education and business leaders, to discuss the relationship. of “sister city”.

Salisbury currently shares a “sister city” relationship with Salisbury, England.

In the other items of the agenda:

• Council members will consider a request to order the demolition of a structure located at 418 South Craige Street in the West End. The property has been on Code Services’ Chronic Remediation List since 2018, and $ 12,000 from a public donation will help the owner cover the demolition costs, which will total $ 22,800.

• Council members will review Land Use District Map Amendment Z-03-2021 to change the zoning of a 0.97 acre parcel located at 1035 Mooresville Road from the mixed-use neighborhood to the corridor. for mixed use. The request comes from Mark Kraus, owner of Integrity Auto Repair, who wants to grow his business. Salisbury Town Planning Council approved this request at its December 14 meeting.

• City Attorney Graham Corriher to discuss revising the city’s ordinances code to comply with Senate Bill 300 on Criminal Justice Reform, which was passed by the General Assembly in the legislative session. of 2021. The bill decriminalizes some local ordinances and revisions come on the recommendation of the Salisbury Police Department. The revisions will be considered “a first reading”, with a request that the board take action at its January 18 meeting.

• Council members will consider adopting an ordinance amending Articles 13-40 and 13-41 of the Municipal Code to increase the parking fine for overtime from $ 5 to $ 15 and the fine for repeat offenders. $ 50 to $ 75.

• Council members will review several ordinance changes to the 2021-2022 Budget, including a $ 25,000 grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program to fund overtime for law enforcement. the circulation ; a $ 23,960 grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to replace obsolete equipment in the reservation area, a transport chair, movable stop signs to help reduce traffic accidents in high collision areas in case of power failure, replacement Taser cartridges and digital optics; a $ 25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support social justice and racial equity initiatives; and $ 69,814 to the appropriate Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants for 2019, 2020 and 2021 for the purchase of a referral management system, two interactive whiteboards, a license plate reader , replacement of service pistols, lamps and gun cases, handcuffs and replacement of batons.

• Council members will consider appointing liaison officers to the various city councils and commissions. Additionally, the city will consider an appointment to appoint Greg Alcorn, CEO and owner of Global Contact Services in Salisbury, to the Rowan Economic Development Commission. The city has two nominations, and one expired on December 31. The appointees can serve two terms.

• Council members will consider authorizing Interim City Manager Brian Hiatt to perform a $ 354,364 contract with Level Solutions Group, LLC, for the purchase of replacement technology equipment. The equipment has reached the end of its life and the funds for this purchase have been approved in the 2021-22 budget.

• The council will examine the ordinances modifying certain parts of the city code, in particular article 13-338 concerning prohibited parking, article 13-341 concerning parking reserved for disabled people, article 13-366 concerning zones of loading and article 13-362 concerning off-street parking. Changes should match existing and updated Main Street Road Diet markings and for consistency.

• Council members will consider an ordinance amending section 13-336 regarding general speed limits in the city code to lower the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph in the 600 and 700 blocks of North Ellis Street.

• Council members will consider an ordinance amending Chapter 10, Article III of the City Code to authorize the filing of a Lis Pendens Notice or a Notice of Pending Lawsuit Regarding Property Claims, in the cases minimum accommodation.

• Council members will consider right-of-way encroachment for Spectrum in the 100 block of South Ellis Street.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

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