The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met Monday (May 3) in regular session. The Hickory Public Schools requested a Letter of Intent from the County supporting funding a portion of cost to replace grass on Hickory High football field with artificial turf. It was proposed that the Board of Commissioners appropriate up to half the projected cost of the field at $387,500. In addition, the board proposed that staff develop a standardized Memorandum of Understanding to help set a framework for similar requests from other schools. The board approved the request.
Commissioners appointed 36 area high school students to the Catawba County Youth Council for the 2021 calendar year. The consent agenda, which contained two items, was approved by the board. Library Director Siobhan Loendorf presented the Library Strategic Facilities Plan for 2021-2025. The board approved the plan unanimously.
Planning staff requested that commissioners adopt relevant documents in connection to the 2019-2020 CDBG Scattered Site Housing Project. Grant funds will be used to rehabilitate up to 15 homes scattered throughout the county. The board approved this item. Deputy County Manager Mary Furtado also presented a legislative update to commissioners.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (May 4). Proclamations for National Public Works Week, the 100th Anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Hickory, and National Police Week were presented by Mayor Hank Guess. Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved.
Public hearings were held for the consideration to close of an unopened portion of Lutetium Circle as petitioned by Trivium Corporate Center, the consideration to close a portion of right of way of Amity Street in Fairgrove Business Park, and for the consideration of the Community Development Block Grant 2021 Annual Action Plan. All three items were approved.
The Quarterly Financial Report and refinancing of existing water and sewer debt were presented by Deputy City Manager Rodney Miller. The Deputy City Manager also requested a resolution for a public hearing for refinancing a debt to a lower interest rate. This was unanimously approved.