Town of Woodland Special Called Meeting with Andrew DeIonno to Discuss Award
of CDBG and Resubmitting Clean Water Application
Date: March 5, 2020
Randy Beale – Mayor
David Cooper – Commissioner
Brian Christison - Commissioner
Barbara Outland – Commissioner
Donielle McDermott – Town Clerk
Eddie Hoggard – Police Chief
Marshall Lassiter – ORC
Andrew DeIonno – Guest from Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government
Commissioner Ricky Morris was absent due to knee surgery.
Call to Order: The mayor called the meeting to order at 6 pm and turned the meeting over to Andrew DeIonno. Mr. DeIonno congratulated the town for being awarded the CDBG in the amount of $983,500. He stated he had been in contact with the state earlier this day and the state said they are running a bit behind with the grantees contracts, but we will be getting ours in the mail soon. Mr. DeIonno said the board can hire the COG as our grant administrator if we are interested. This, however, is not done until the town receives the contract from the state. Once we receive this contract, the town will have to call a special meeting to accept the grant from the state and then we can decide whether or not to hire the COG. An RFQ (request for qualifications) will need to be done before hiring an engineer and an RFP (request for proposal) will have to be done before hiring a contractor.
Mr. DeIonno explained that he met with Joe Dooley and Blaine Humphrey earlier this day to discuss the Town of Woodland’s Clean Water Application. They were all in agreement that they would like for the town to resubmit this application. The deadline is April 30, 2020, so time is limited. He suggested we improve our CIP and adopt a new one. We also need to keep in mind the time frames for advertising for called meetings.
Mr. Lassiter told Mr. DeIonno that a big need for the town is fixing the lagoon. After some discussion, it was determined that we may be able to use the resiliency part of the Disaster Recovery Grant money to fund a lagoon project. Mr. DeIonno will look into this further.
The fire department building was briefly discussed. Mr. DeIonno stated the LGC and USDA have similar requirements therefore because the town has a generous fund balance, we will have to put a large amount of money down in order to get any sort of funding.
At 6:44 pm, Commissioner Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Christison seconded and the motion carried.