Council to bid farewell to Wiggins


Rocky Mount Councilman Lamont Wiggins


Staff Writer

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to honor a departing member and hold public hearings on financing, among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council will hold a reception to honor Councilman Lamont Wiggins, who is stepping down from the council to accept appointment as an N.C. Superior Court judge. The reception will come toward the end of the meeting in the third floor atrium.

The council will hold a public hearing concerning an application to the Local Government Commission for approval of an installment purchase contract for fiscal year 2018 construction projects with PNC Bank at a fixed interest rate of 3.20 percent for 120 months for a total cost of $2.9 million. Projects include backup public safety answering point construction and renovations at Fire Station 7 for $557,000; rebuilding Substation No. 6 at $490,000; and the Sewer Outfall Rehabilitation Project for $1.8 million.

The council will consider a fiscal year 2018 installment financing contract with PNC Equipment Finance for equipment for $2.7 million with a fixed interest rate of 2.67 percent for the 36-month term and 2.87 percent for the 59-month term.

At a 36-month term for $1,734,000 will be:

■ $183,000 — two dump trucks;

■ $214,000 — crane carrier cab and chassis;

■ $389,000 — aerial device with elevator;

■ $332,000 — digger derrick;

■ $128,000 — generator;

■ $127,000 — front loader;

■ $89,000 — right of way mower;

■ $78,000 — backhoe loader;

■ $194,000 — two dump trucks.

At a 59-month term for $1,011,000 will be $1,011,000 for two fire pumpers.

City staff recommends adoption of the resolution authorizing the execution of installment financing contract for $2.7 million.

The council will place discussion of a possible panhandling ordinance on the May agenda of the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The council will consider approval of a memorandum of understanding with the National Recreation and Parks Association for a 2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time Program Grant for $25,000 with no local match required.

The council will consider the rescheduling or canceling the regular council meeting set for 4 p.m. May 28 because it falls on Memorial Day.

ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones will present the 2017 N.C. Public Power Awards of Excellence and Certificate of Excellence in Reliability to the Rocky Mount Energy Resources Department.

The council will make a presentation to proclaim May 13-19 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day to Interim Police Chief Willie Williams.

The council will also proclaim Friday as Communities in Schools Day in recognition of its 30 years of service in the Rocky Mount region.

The council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building in downtown Rocky Mount. The council will enter closed session to discuss property acquisition.