February 2015 Special Meeting Minutes

SPECIAL MEETING
February 13th, 2015

The Bessemer City Council met in special session on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 8:00AM at Dole Fresh Vegetables at 220 South Ridge Parkway, Bessemer City, NC 28016. Proper notice was given.

Members Present
Mayor Becky Smith, Council Members: Dan Boling, Kay McCathen, Joe Will, Alfred Carpenter, and Donnie Griffin. Council Member Howard Jones was absent. Also present were department heads Jamie Ramsey, Tom Ellis, Diane Jenkins, JoD Franklin, Melinda Beard, Jeffrey Kirchner, and Joshua Ross. Other special presenters included Donnie Hicks with the Gaston County EDC and Doug Chapman with McGill Associates.

Call to Order
Mayor Smith call the meeting to order and explained that this meeting was the 2015 City Council Planning Retreat. This meeting’s purpose is to hear from each department in order to review accomplishments, achievements, and goals going forward in the 2015-2016 budget.

Presentations
Each department and special guest presented information to Council. Discussion was held in between each presentation.

General Discussion
Mayor Smith presented requests from each department. Council discussed which requests to prioritize. This information will be used when planning the 2015-2016 budget.

Discussion was held in regards to the success the City has seen over the past year. Mayor Smith and City Council also thanked staff for their hard work and dedication.

Adjourn
Being no further business to come before the board, by consensus the meeting was adjourned at 2:50PM.

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