Trinity resumes retreat discussions Tuesday
Shortly after being called to order Saturday morning, Trinity City Council voted unanimously to cover only a few items on its retreat agenda and recess the remainder to another date.
Councilwoman Debbie Frazier made the motion.
“Council needs more time to look over this information,” Frazier said.
The Council will reconvene at 5 p.m. Tuesday. However, because City Attorney Bob Wilhoit will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment, any items that require his presence or advice will be taken up after the pre-agenda meeting set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.
Topics covered Saturday included the city’s identity and the possibility of changing the city slogan and seal, an idea put forth by Councilman Chester Ayers.
“I think it’s time we start thinking outside the ‘grow the big city’ box and adopt the stance of promoting Trinity for what it is, a rare, wonderful, unique, peaceful bedroom town, community, anything but a ‘city,’ ” Ayers said. “In other words, promote Trinity for what we are, not what we could be.”
Council discussed the various merits, potential pitfalls and ramifications for almost an hour. The only decision made was a reiteration that the welcome sign on N.C. 62 needs to be righted. Currently, the sign is crooked, but only personnel from the N.C. Department of Transportation are allowed to fix it.
City Manager Debbie Hinson and Public Works Director Rich Baker told Council they had already contacted DOT about the sign, but would do so again.
Other topics covered were Christmas in Trinity and the land use plan. Council agreed to form a committee to discuss partnering with Friends of Trinity, a civic organization, to coordinate and organize the Christmas in Trinity event. They also agreed that the land use plan needs to be reworked to be more development-friendly. Planning Director Julie Maybee will review the plan in conjunction with the Planning Board and bring the changes back to Council. No dates or timeline for the changes or the review were set.
Topics not covered were a review of the city’s organizational chart and procedures for mayoral appointments to committees and council liaisons; sewer and stormwater review, including history, financing, rates and procedures; a closed session to discuss personnel matters; finance and reports, including those from animal control and the sheriff’s office; garbage and recycling reports; and streetlight policies.