Greenville City Council met on April 5 at 6 p.m. to hear presentations about the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, construction engineering and inspection services, the Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV), City of Greenville budget, special revenue grant fund and capital project funds.
Part two of the BUILD grant presentation, continued from the city council workshop held on April 5 at 4 p.m., was added into the council’s agenda and motioned for approval by the council.
Civil Engineer Lyn Raynor said to complete the BUILD grant project, costs such as utilities, preliminary and final design, construction, inspection and material testing need to be considered. Over $4 million was cut from the overall cost of the BUILD project, he said.
“Looking at those total project costs, we needed to actually go and consider looking at some value engineering,” Raynor said. “We identified three guiding principles that guided our decisions.”
Raynor said the principle of value engineering consisted of a focus on Fifth Street, to meet grand requirements and future designs. The results for the principle of value engineering include, but are not limited to, a reduction to landscaping, avoidance of utility relocation, elimination of pedestrian lighting as well as a conversion to on-road facilities.
Assistant City Manager Michael Cowin said funding for the BUILD grant consists of capital projects that amount to over $43 million. He said the projects include community pool replacement, fire station construction and expansion, WildWood Park development, Eppes Center improvements and BUILD grant projects.
“We have approximately $43 million for the projects funded starting in 2021-(20)22’s budget, a minimum of $16 million funded with non-city sources, $20.3 million financed within that model using very conservative financing terms and again, it’s already included in next year's budget,” Cowin said.
Presented by City Attorney Emanuel McGirt, item No. 7 entailed a Contract award to SEPI, Inc., a “woman-owned business” that is “recognized by the State of North Carolina as a Historically Underutilized Business,” according to its website, for the construction engineering and inspection services associated with the MetroNet Fiber Installation Project.
McGirt said item No. 7 should be revised to allow revisions to the contract.
“The city attorney recommends that the motion authorizing approval of item seven be modified to provide and to say that in addition, the city attorney and the city manager are authorized to make any technical and nonmonetary revisions to the contract that protect the city's interest,” McGirt said.
Item No. 13 consisted of a presentation from Airport Director of the Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV) Bill Hopper, with an update on PGV operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hopper said COVID-19’s impact on the airport includes vacation hot spots and business traveling shut down, flights have contained a single-digit number of people and flights have arrived empty.
“We (PGV staff) finally just had to get used to the fact that, you know, this (COVID-19) is something that’s going to be for the long haul,” Hopper said. “Things were getting just a little bit nerve wracking, to say the least, at that point.”
Hopper said airports did not have the option to shut down and were forced to continue with operations. He said 20 PGV staffers were deemed essential and had to work in-person.
While there was no terminal activity at PGV from October 2020 to January 2021, terminal, airfield and area maintenance issues, as well as taxiway, apron, hanger and taxilane construction issues were addressed within the airport, Hopper said. He said the air service at PGV has since improved.
“American Airlines is back and they’re doing well, we’re very happy,” Hopper said. “We do have the daily flights up to three turns a day through Charlotte (North Carolina) and the load factors are approaching pre-pandemic and in some cases exceeding the pre-pandemic level.”
Financial Services Director Byron Hayes presented Item No. 14, budget ordinance amendment No. 8 to the 2020-2021 City of Greenville budget, special revenue grant fund and the capital projects funds.
Hayes said the budget ordinance amendment No. 8 includes increased changes to the convention and visitors authority fund, fire/rescue capital projects fund, facilities improvement fund and grants special revenue fund.
“As a result of these amendments, the City of Greenville portion of the operating fund remains at $154.7 million,” Hayes said. “Staff recommends approval of budget ordinance amendment eight.”
Item No. 15 was presented by Assistant City Manager Michael Cowin with a financial update on the 2021 fiscal year third quarter general fund.
Cowin said the excess fund balance projection of $2 million is driven by excess revenues, sales tax and $1.3 million of stimulus fundings in Pitt County.
“Actual excess will be dependent on the financial audit,” Cowin said. “The actual revenue and expense, the change in receivables and the 14% budget calculation.”
Cowin said the 2021-2022 general fund budget is at a good place as a meeting will take place in May about the managers budget for 2021-2022.