City probe on council's agenda


Staff Writer

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set Monday evening to discuss an independent review of city management among other topics.

Mayor David Combs called for the review in late January and the city hired the law firm Nexsen Pruet to complete a comprehensive review of City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Areas up for review were employee morale, relationships with federal funding agencies, hiring practices and more.

Combs said at the last City Council meeting that he would present information from the report, which later will be available in its entirety once the city attorney goes over it.

The meeting's public comment period is scheduled to be held before the review is set to be discussed, according to the meeting agenda.

The council also  will consider a property exchange with Log Cabin Homes for land located on the east side of Middle Street and 410 N. Pearl Street for city-owned property at 2305 N. Wesleyan Blvd. in connection with the Monk to Mill Trail project.

Also, staff is asking the council to approve the planned fiscal year budget review work session schedule as follows:

■ Monday: presentation of 2020-24 proposed CIP during Committee of the Whole.

■ Thursday: proposed fiscal year 2020 budget distributed to City Council.

■ May 23 at 4 p.m.: presentation of 2020 Budget and Council Work Session in committee room.

■ May 28: Council Work Session Following the 4 p.m. regular council meeting.

■ May 29 at 4 p.m.: council work session in committee room.

■ June 3 at 4 p.m.: council work session in committee room.

■ June 5 at 4 p.m.: council work Session committee room, If necessary.

■ June 10 at 7 p.m.: public hearing on the budget during regular City Council meeting in Council Chamber.

■ June 24 at 4 p.m.: budget adoption during regular City Council meeting in Council Chamber.

The city is required by the state to have an approved budget by the end of June.

The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building.

The council generally holds a workshop prior to first regular monthly meeting. That workshop, known as the Committee of the Whole, usually meets at 5 p.m. but has been rescheduled to begin at 4 p.m. this month.