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08-20-2019 City Council Strategic Planning MeetingA D A CITY OF MONROE CITY COUNCIL STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING 300 WEST CROWELL STREET MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA 28112 AUGUST 20, 2019 — 4:00 P.M. AGENDA www.monroenc.org Water Resources Capital Projects and Initiatives 2. Community Development Division Housing Repair Programs City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 1 CITY OF MONROE CITY COUNCIL STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING AUGUST 20, 2019 MINUTES The City Council of the City of Monroe, North Carolina, met in a Strategic Planning Meeting in the Council Chambers located at 300 West Crowell Street in Monroe, North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. on August 20, 2019 with Mayor Bobby Kilgore presiding. Present: Mayor Bobby Kilgore, Council Member Surluta Anthony, Council Member Marion Holloway, Council Member Lynn Keziah, Council Member Franco McGee, City Manager E. L. Faison, City Attorney S. Mujeeb Shah -Khan and City Clerk Bridgette Robinson. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Gary Anderson. Visitors: Lisa Strickland, Bruce Bounds, Brian Borne, David Lucore, Pete Hovanec, Ashley Britt, Tonya Edwards, Russ Colbath, Teresa Campo, Lisa Stiwinter, and Loretta Melancon, and others. Mayor Kilgore called the City Council Strategic Planning Meeting of August 20, 2019 to order at 4:00 p.m. A quorum was present. (400e Item No. 1. Water Resources Capital Proiects and Initiatives. Water Resources Director Russ Colbath stated that the largest of the overall projects in the bond package was the Water Treatment Plant improvements. He stated that there was a brand new one -million -gallon finish water storage tank with a lot of large diameter water piping and valves involved to get that to the plant. Mr. Colbath also noted that there was a new 750,000 gallon solids thickener and historically the City had used solar drying beds to dry the sludge, but as the City grew; however, there was an increase in the sludge and during rainy weather, the beds were not as reliable so the City went to a mechanical dewatering technology; however, still Staff still used half the drying beds because they worked well at certain times, but now there was a centrifuge that dewatered sludge before it went into the farm land and beneficially reapplied it as a recycling to the farms. Mr. Colbath explained that the chlorine gas scrubber was the foundation of the City's new one - million -gallon tank with lots of steel and rebar to hold up 80 million pounds of water. He stated that the 440 yards of concrete had to be poured at night and took 44 concrete trucks during the 12 - hour period. Mr. Colbath explained that once the floor was poured, the walls had to come up out of the ground and were done with tensioned wire bands and a shock creek that made a very secure long lasting concrete wall which was easier than forming and pouring that big of a structure. Mr. Colbath stated that in order to meet certain water quality regulations, there was a significant amount of baffling forcing the water to take different paths through the concrete circle and allowed Staff to get contact time for bacteriological quality of the water and also meet the disinfection by product rule. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 2 Mr. Colbath stated that the new solids thickener was a traditional formed wall, very technical and a lot of work went into the inside of this open air tank. He reviewed the safety improvement for („ chlorine gas at the Water Treatment Plant. He stated that the silver tank had the ability to neutralize 2,000 pounds of chlorine gas and should there be a leak, there were controls that would protect Staff, homes and community around the Water Treatment Plant. Mr. Colbath stated that the Franklin Street project was almost 8,000 feet of water main renewal. He noted that Staff had worked hard to do advance public notice to businesses, residents, traffic control and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to get the job done as quickly as possible. Mr. Colbath stated that crews were currently at the intersection of Morgan Mill Road and had run into a lot of unknowns due to the line being installed in 1929 and not having a great map of the original pipeline. He advised that Staff had been adaptive with a good contractor and hoped to be finished by the end of September. Mr. Colbath expressed his appreciation and support from Council and Finance in getting the $12.1 million and wanted to thank his Staff because a lot of work went into these projects and the City was able to do them without hiring additional staff in a quality fashion while keeping the City's systems running and customers happy. Mr. Colbath reviewed the Airport Water Main Loop and advised that this was the largest pipeline project completed by any City crew. He advised that this was just under 10,000 feet of 12 -inch (40", ductal iron pipe. Mr. Colbath stated that the project provided a strategic improvement to the City's water system where there was a redundant pipeline feed to the Corporate Center, but also provided that same redundant pipeline loop for the City's County Catawba supply. He stated that if there was a water main break on Airport Road, water could now be moved across the Airport to Rocky River Road. He explained that Staff had never tackled a project this big and he was very proud of them. Mr. Colbath stated that the total cost was around $400,000; however, it could have exceeded $1 million if sent out to bid; however, it saved the City at least $500,000 by Staff doing it. Mr. Colbath advised that Staff engineered a new debris boom to protect the dam from logs and various things and then repair the flash boards due to damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018. He stated that Staff sent the bid to 14 contractors and received one bid in the amount of $780,000 which was double what Staff thought it should be. Mr. Colbath stated that Staff thought about doing the concrete anchors and modified the design. He stated that he challenged his crews to do the debris boom part of the project, not the dam repair, brought it to Council and revised the budget to $395,000 and saved the City at least $400,000. He noted that Staff renegotiated with the contractor and they were able to get the contractor to repair the boards on the dam. Mr. Colbath stated that crews dug a 32' x 18' x 5' hole for the concrete, prepared the foundation, rented the forms and the rebar steel. He noted that Staff had to pump the concrete from the MCC Golf Course parking lot and coordinated the concrete pour to be during a time when the public was not on the golf course. Mr. Colbath stated that Staff completed 600 feet of pipe to pump the concrete out to these giant anchors in one day which was an accomplishment. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 3 Mr. Colbath stated that a goal was set years ago to replace one percent of the piping of the water system and sewer system per year. While very few jurisdictions were meeting that goal whether in North Carolina or across the United States, he stated that it was very difficult and one percent seemed low; however, it was a lot of footage of pipe and hard work and roads were closed and did have impacts on businesses and customers. Mr. Colbath explained that Staff made a strong public relations effort on each project such as door-to-door to businesses, press releases, and public meetings on the bigger projects. For example, he noted that Staff sent out 300 letters for a public meeting and only one person showed up, but Staff still had to make the effort and would continue to do so. Mr. Colbath advised that when Council received concerns, Staff was more than happy to meet with citizens. Mr. Colbath stated that the goal for the annual sewer main replacement was a little over 14,000 feet per year which was one percent of the City's system of 1.4 million feet in the ground. He taw advised that the City was getting close to having that be a sustained reality and producing that year after year. Mr. Colbath stated that Water Resources would be going through the Enterprise Pay Plan refinements again this year and felt that last year was a good first step. He advised that the City still needed to better define the competitive market and update position descriptions to reflect some of the difficulty and skills that were being asked of Staff. Mr. Colbath stated that Monroe was the only city in North Carolina that self performed pipe bursting. He stated that he was proud of this because it had given Staff another tool to address the aging pipeline and when looking at their peer review, it indicated that some of their self -performing projects were at a much higher level than other people were asking of their staff. He noted that the long-term goal was to reduce turnover, maintain project sustainability to meet goals, have a good system for the citizens and provide pay equity. Mr. Colbath stated that the City received a North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Grant for $300,000 with a 10% match and was on the way to having the mobile Work Order System online. He explained that it was fully integrated with GIS and would be real time system coordination for field Staff and was scheduled to go live in October. Mr. Colbath stated that the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Capital Plan to construct a new WWTP was presented to Council in March 2017. He advised that the new plant was scheduled to be built in the mid 2030's and would be adjacent to the existing plant. Mr. Colbath advised that Staff was aware of nutrient limit regulations that the City's plant could not meet and of course, economic growth and wanted to be able to continue to grow Monroe as Council approved. Mr. Colbath stated that the Master Plan had an engineering preliminary plan for 15 million gallons per day plant. He advised that currently, the City's plant was at 10.4 million gallons and one of the alternatives in that plan was a partnership with Union County so it would be a ten -million - gallon City share, five -million -gallon Union County share. Mr. Colbath stated that the County had expressed an interest in doing that and felt it was a good idea to work with them because of the existing partnership at the WWTP. He noted that Staff projected the cost at $130 million. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 4 Mr. Colbath stated that there was a capital reserve fund for the WWTP and Staff had completed the uniform annual rate increases to make sure that fund was growing. He advised that Staff `s (6w goal was to have 40% cash when it was time to build the large plant ($52 million) and financing the balance with revenue bonds. Mr. Colbath stated that Staff was using 1.5% as an average annual growth and around the mid to late 2030's, the City would hit 100% and, of course, had to expand a little bit before that and could not wait until the last minute. He advised that the new plant would be a 15 MGD plant (10 MGD City and 5 MGD County) and that was how Staff analyzed each year to see if the City was on track, how was the flow and if for some reason the City started growing faster, the project could be moved sooner in time if necessary. Mr. Colbath stated that on May 7, 2019, Council adopted the Water Supply Plan which was a NCDEQ requirement. He advised that the plan reflected that the City's current supply should be adequate to meet an average day demand until about 2050 using the 1.5 growth comparable to what was being used in the WWTP. Mr. Colbath stated that recently Mayor Bobby Kilgore and City Manager Larry Faison met with Union County officials about the Alligator/Chesterfield Water System; however, he wanted to advise Council that Staff reviewed that in 2008 and it was just not cost effective at that time. He stated that Staff prepared a cost analysis, rate projection and it was a long way to bring water that far with the pipeline and the pump stations and storage were extremely expensive. Mr. Colbath advised that Staff would continue a dialogue with Union County to see if there was feasibility and the costs involved. Mayor Kilgore questioned if the County was still moving ahead with that project. Mr. Colbath stated that the County would be hiring an engineering firm to look at the feasibility and he indicated to them that the City would be glad to participate in that if they brought the proposal and saw what the cost would be at the study, but the preliminary cost numbers were staggering. Mayor Kilgore stated that it was not a good deal in 2008 and questioned how it could be a good deal today. Mr. Colbath agreed and Staff would find out and bring any information back to Council. Council Member Keziah commended Mr. Colbath and his Staff for doing a great job. Item No. 2. Community Development Division Housing Repair Programs. Community Development Coordinator Teresa Campo reviewed the housing repair programs, public private partnerships and stakeholder engagement. Ms. Campo stated that Staff conducted an audit of the Code Enforcement files and existing cases LI and found there were no owner -occupied properties that were being impacted; however, they created some fair housing literature to send with all of the correspondence so that Staff could meet City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 5 with any owner and also provide guidance to tenants and investors who might be in the housing repair process. Ms. Campo stated that the public/private partnerships that Staff was able to engage in worked through stakeholders and other suppliers and looked at ways to partner with volunteer agencies, non -profits, such as Habitat and other 5016's to provide volunteer labor while providing some material leveraging through vendors in the community that were willing to give back or reduce the cost. Ms. Campo stated that in the first year after the audit of the Code Enforcement files, Staff reached out to the community and after working with Legal Staff, created an application. She noted that they received applications and were able to assist six owner -occupied properties working with a mission serve group that brought in 280 volunteers and was able to piggyback on a non-profit partnership and worked with material leveraging for that. Ms. Campo stated that two of those properties carried into the next fiscal year because the types of repairs exceeded the abilities and needed skilled craftsmen. She noted that Staff partnered with Habitat for Humanity and had skilled partners to assist in getting those repairs done. Mr. Campo advised that the Housing Programs consisted of the following: Housing Repair, Down Payment Assistance, City Tax Lien Foreclosure, Homeowner Counseling Services/Referral, Fair Housing Training/Compliance, and other homeownership opportunity services. She stated that Staff worked to ensure safe and decent housing, livable neighborhoods and promoted homeownership. Ms. Campo stated that Mayor Kilgore facilitated a meeting with Wells Fargo to create a down payment assistance pilot program in the City. She explained that the City created a workforce program with that down payment assistance that helped one of the City's employees and had three additional people able to benefit from that money. Ms. Campo stated that this was a pilot program and Monroe was only selected that one year and it had not been brought back into this area; however, Staff continued to monitor that and looked for other opportunities. Ms. Campo explained that the City's tax lien foreclosure was used for economic vitality purposes. She stated that Staff found after reviewing the files with Code Enforcement and working with the City's Tax Collector, that in the City's process as in most municipalities, Staff worked with the County government to manage and collect taxes including code enforcement liens, citations, etc. Ms. Campo stated that property liens were being exhausted after ten years and traditionally not renewed so citizens were paying their County taxes and not paying the City portion. She stated that Staff would be looking at using that same sort of process and community development facilitated an in rim partnership with Union County and would work with them when we had these processes. Ms. Campo stated that Staff ensured that the City was in compliance with Fair Housing required under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the City's partnership with Union County for the infrastructure of sidewalks and ensuring compliance. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 6 Ms. Campo stated that one of the things brought to Council was the unspecified site strategies for the environmental which would help because it was a cost savings so that the City had a process that required environmental before acquisition and a tax foreclosure was an acquisition and the City was paying up to $7,500 to $10,000 for an environmental and by doing the unspecified site strategy, Staff negotiated to get the overall perimeters of the environmental for about $5,000 and then each individual environmental for about $4,400 which provided a cost savings for that portion of it. Ms. Campo stated that with regard to homeowner counseling services/referral, Staff continued to refer people to the Union County Community Development Corporation (UCCDC) and Habitat for Humanity for their programs. She advised that Staff also looked at other alternatives such as Wells Fargo and services through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency with foreclosure assistance and concentrated on City residents in this process. Ms. Campo reviewed the pilot program that was developed for the City's workforce housing which allowed people who worked for the City and met a low to moderate income qualified to get assistance to be able to live in the area that they served. She explained that Staff met with Human Resources and continued to expand that program. She advised that one employee benefitted from that program. Ms. Campo reviewed the Stakeholder Engagement which included: committees; neighborhood groups; training; and, community planning. She noted that Staff encouraged citizen participation in government and promoted public trust and accountability. Ms. Campo explained that through the stakeholder engagement, partnerships were formed which originated through their Stakeholder's Committee and Staff reached out to ensure good representation such as a diverse group from faith based organizations, other volunteer agencies, other 501 c3s, government agencies and made sure that neighborhood groups were also represented. She advised that members were invited from the following: Board of Realtors, Home Builders Association, Union County Chamber of Commerce and Veterans Administration. She advised that the committee continued to expand the public/private and business partnerships. Ms. Campo explained that other subcommittees were formed and provided training and continued to do community planning and partnered with agencies to fill in those gaps. Ms. Campo stated that the public private partnerships provided material leveraging primarily in the housing repair along with their relationship with Lowes, Charlotte Pipe, Ingersoll Rand, etc. for projects as part of the partnership with the mission serve grant. She noted that Lowes allowed the City to purchase materials at a very low cost and Staff was able to leverage out on the eight houses at a cost to the City of $41,000, materials were $170,000 and the volunteer labor was free. Ms. Campo stated that the City had a land donation to create a community space and although that was not directly a housing repair related, it did work to that holistic view of working and revitalizing neighborhoods, creating safe housing and housing preservation. She stated that there were two properties that came through the housing repair by referral of the Zoning and Enforcement Departments and the Stakeholder Committee. Ms. Campo stated that the properties were income qualified, owner occupied and they were able to use volunteer groups facilitated through Habitat for Humanity for the roof repair. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 7 Ms. Campo explained that Staff provided no legal advice and referred people to Legal Aid and Council on Aging and also worked with the senior population to assist with insurance claims on their homes. Council Member Anthony asked if the house preservation was like a land trust. Ms. Campo stated that Staff managed the land trust for the City of Monroe and where they would be looking at and worked with the Tax Collector reviewing properties that had exhausted the collections and were eligible for foreclosure and worked through those. She stated that the City had a land bank; however, it was not a trust. Ms. Campo explained that they would be treated like the two economic development parcels that would go through proposals and brought back before they were sold. She explained that currently, there were no residential properties that were in that process; however, Staff received a list from the tax collections at the end of last fiscal year that Staff was reviewing to see which of those properties were buildable. Council Member Anthony asked since there were not any residential properties, were there any commercial properties. Ms. Campo stated that there were parcels located in the Historic District and 106/108 Myers Street were brought to Council last fiscal year. She advised that both parcels dealt with the economic development because it was a requirement from the State the way that they were captured to come back and could not be brought back as residential. (60-e Council Member Holloway stated that the United Way "Day of Caring" was coming up and questioned if Staff had reached out to the United Way for volunteers to assist with some of these projects. Ms. Campo stated that the Council of Aging, a member of the Stakeholder Committee, reached out to the City and Staff assisted with communications making sure the word got out to the nonprofits. She explained that the "Day of Caring" concentrated only on exterior properties and mostly was cleaning, small repairs, painting, and building handicapped ramps. Ms. Campo stated that Staff reached out to them to get the Hayne Street property on the list, but due to the historic landing, Staff had to look for an alternative and it was just too hard for their group; however, the City worked with them and referred people to them. Council Member Holloway questioned in what way could she reach out to tenants especially in public housing regarding solid waste pickup days because that was a constant issue and the City was taking a beating on social media every week because trash and debris were put out on the wrong date. He suggested that the property manager could notify the tenants of the pick-up day and not to put items out until the night before and perhaps keep City crews from having to scurry around, the City would look better and social media would not be beating the City to death over it. Ms. Campo stated that Anna McRae, Monroe Housing Authority, was a Stakeholder Committee member and would contact her about those issues. She suggested creating a permanent sign and City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 8 even though it was not directly related to housing repairs, it created that environment of community place that made people feel safe and inclusive. Council Member Anthony stated that she was interested in the Stakeholder Committee and questioned who was on it and how many individuals were on that committee. Ms. Campo stated that there were approximately 25 members including: African American church; Spanish church; Caucasian church; Home Builder's Association; Realtors Association; Habitat for Humanity; Union County Community Development Corporation (UCCDC); Winchester neighborhood representative; Colony Hills neighborhood representative; North Carolina Works; Waste Pro; Human Resources consultant; business owners; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Community Shelter of Union County; and, Operation Rescue. She noted that Staff had received referrals from Council that had also joined the Committee. Council Member Anthony asked the mission of the Stakeholders Committee. Ms. Campo stated that the Community Development Stakeholders Committee was formed in the fiscal year when Council asked Staff to design and bring forward housing programs and it had grown from that and worked very well to keep engagement with the community. Council Member Anthony asked if there was a mission or goal the Committee was working towards. Ms. Campo stated that Council set the guidelines and the goal was revitalization and creating a (4wwe community place that was inclusive of all people and focused on healthy housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and economic vitality. She stated that if they could focus on those three things individual and unique to each community was the focus of the group and why it was so diverse to include all of those members. Council Member Anthony asked when was their next meeting. Ms. Campo stated that a breakfast meeting would be held on September 12. Council Member McGee requested Ms. Campo email Council an invitation to the meeting. Ms. Campo stated that Council was welcome to attend. She stated that Staff did present the group to Council the first year just to have some way of having buy in to these programs and partners and trying to deliver some of the things that Council asked Staff to do. Council Member Anthony stated that could be a good thing and asked if the individual stakeholders volunteered or were they selected. Ms. Campo explained that the individual stakeholders were invited and it expanded to where some people just came in and took an interest in the community, willing to work, and she always looked to expand it. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 9 Council Member Anthony questioned if the members had a term. Ms. Campo stated that this was not a formal committee. City Attorney Shah -Khan stated that since Council had been invited to attend, Ms. Campo needed to notify City Clerk Bridgette Robinson and himself if more than three Council Members agreed to attend because then there were potentially open meetings issues that Staff wanted to make sure were handled. Council Member Anthony asked Ms. Campo if she thought Council's attendance would hamper people being free and open to what they wanted to say. Ms. Campo explained that it was a very informal working Committee and sometimes things were thrown out there and Staff knew what Council was looking for and tried to facilitate the Committee to stay on focus of what the City was doing. Council Member Jordan questioned how much money Union County currently received as a part of its' entitlement status from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Campo stated that Union County received almost $1 million; however, the City only received a portion of that. Council Member Jordan questioned how much did the City receive. Ms. Campo explained that the City received $57,000 last year and had already received $387,000. She stated that Union County had not met the timing issues, so the City had not received their construction award. She advised that all of the municipalities were doing a monthly report. She explained that they were in the right-of-way acquisition stages of that process and once completed and fulfilled, Staff would then look to get the City's award for the construction funds and that would be completed; however, the project was behind schedule and right now there were no time limits. Council Member Jordan asked when the draw down of Union County's entitlement funds end and [ how far along were they. �✓ Ms. Campo stated that they were one year over the deadline and when entitlement cities did not draw down their funds within the parameter time, they were put on a comment period. She explained that the City was not under a finding, but a comment period which meant Union County had to do monthly reports and each municipality, including Monroe, had to do a monthly report and until the County drew down their funds, the City•would not get any new awards. Ms. Campo stated that currently they were still working from the original award. She advised that last year Staff had requested the construction funds, but was told that due to the timeliness issues would need to wait until they got that next deposit, so the City was given $57,000 of additional money that was on the table. Ms. Campo stated that Staff applied for it to be able to that was originally for a different municipality and put an application, received the $57,000 to bring it in for the design City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 10 phase and was now in the acquisition phase which the City received funds for, but had not received their construction funds. Council Member Jordan questioned if that was for the sidewalks. Ms. Campo stated that it was still for the sidewalks and was the original grant. Council Member Jordan asked when Union County would be able to draw down or be available to ask for additional funds. Ms. Campo stated that the City's construction would not be completed until 2020 and a new application period would be opened in the first quarter of next annual year, but whether or not the City would get an award on that was hard to say because funds had not been drawn as a group. Council Member Jordan stated that the next time the City was eligible to receive some monies as a part of a partnership with Union County for their entitlement status, Staff should look at housing needs because he knew that was one of the things that was going to be addressed with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies. Ms. Campo stated that CDBG funds could be used for housing repair and the City was able to tap into CDBG monies through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) and was one of the City's partnerships with the UCCDC and Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) so the awards for the CDBG did come to this area through Habitat for those rehabs and was an eligible expense. Council Member Jordan stated that if the City would designate housing as the City's primary concern with its' entitlement partnership with Union County, that was money that did not have as many strings attached as going through NCHFA. Ms. Campo stated that as in the past, Staff would bring those applications to Council and advised that she attended the last public meeting and talked about housing as an issue, ending slum and blight and the different things that were eligible under CDBG. She stated that at that time they were unable to expand past the infrastructure and a lot of the conversations came from the elected bodies. Council Member Jordan stated that Council knew that there was a need in the City for those monies and if continued to say sidewalks or streets were wanted, then that was what they were going to give the City; however, if the City ever wanted to get monies for housing, then Staff would have to stress that the City wanted money for housing. Planning and Development Director Lisa Stiwinter stated that she wanted to make sure it was clarified that Union County dictated what projects the City could request money for and currently they had been on infrastructure and that Staff had requested different projects. Council Member Jordan stated that Monroe was probably one of the major partners that allowed the County to be an entitlement entity and if the City was a major partner, then the City should City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 11 have more of a say in what that money was used for and if the City did not have a major say, then Council needed to question the partnership that allowed them to be an entitlement entity. Mayor Kilgore asked if Union County could cut the City out altogether. Council Member Jordan stated that if they cut the City out altogether, Union County probably would not meet the requirements to be an entitlement entity. Ms. Campo stated that the Census was going to be very important and the City had to keep numbers up to maintain County seat status because other jurisdictions were picking up in population so Monroe would be able to apply as a rural area to get CDBG directly if not under the entitlement funds. Ms. Campo stated that Union County did go through the grant application process and was specifically awarded a grant for infrastructure. She advised that Union County would have to change their application in the next period of time. Ms. Campo stated that it had to be all of the jurisdictions coming together to indicate something specific because that was how it was divvied up; however, she noted that because the monies were not spent on infrastructure and they did not have it was how the City received $57,000 for the infrastructure. She advised that if during the next application period, the City was able to get a foot in the door to have the slum and blight and housing as an issue and had money that was not spent in other jurisdictions, the City would have a window of opportunity to be able to receive that. Ms. Campo stated that Union County questioned if Council was on board with that and she indicated that she would take the opportunity (600, forward when there was an application period time. She stated that when the division was created, those types of issues were discussed as well as the burden on the general fund accounts and how the City needed additional money to come in. Ms. Campo explained that as long as the City was under this partnership, it was not eligible to apply for many other funds, but when the City was in this as a partner, it was under their application for Union County. Mayor Kilgore questioned if Staff could ask Union County when they did the application, if money for housing could be requested instead. Ms. Campo stated that the feedback was Council's position because it was the Council along with Union County Commissioners that had those conversations and she could not speak for Council. She stated that she advised the Union County Commissioners that given the opportunity, she would present it to Council. Ms. Campo advised that the City just renewed a three-year partnership last fiscal year but it did not get new money. Ms. Campo stated that the $57,000 the City received was the gap and the City was the largest recipient. Council Member Anthony questioned if it was based on population. Ms. Campo stated that it was based on Planning and Development having a "shovel ready" project that they were able to put money in because another jurisdiction did not have it. City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 12 There being no further business, Council Member Anthony moved to adjourn the City Council Strategic Planning Meeting of August 20, 2019 at 4:37 p.m. Council Member McGee seconded ce the motion, which passed unanimously with the following votes: I A AYES: Council Members Anthony, Holloway, Jordan, Keziah, McGee, and Mayor Kilgore NAYS: None Attest: �73ri e�-Fey he. ` QnG-L1A �esi/1 Bridgdtte H. Robinson, City Clerk Minutes transcribed by Deputy City Clerk Sherry K. Hicks B tolby G. Kifg• • City Council Strategic Planning Meeting August 20, 2019 Page 13