CREEDMOOR — Commissioners in a unanimous vote, 4-0, on Monday approved the hiring of Mike Turner as city manager. Turner served as interim city manager for eight months beginning July 30, 2020, as the council sought and hired Gerald Smith.
The city, however, bought out Smith’s contract and paid her over $95,000 so she could begin looking for a new city manager. Smith had told the board that he was looking for another position in the Midwest.
Turner, a Granville County native, is no stranger to the community. He graduated from South Granville High School in 1973 and joined the National Guard in 1972 during his senior year, he said.
Turner rose to command sergeant major and was responsible for the training, morale and welfare of about 3,000 troops at multiple levels of command, he said.
Turner received several federal and state military awards and decorations from 1972 to 2006. Turner said his civilian career spanned 33 years – from 1976 to 2010 – with County Durham government as director of general services. He mentored 75 employees and managed an annual operating budget of $12 million.
Turner said he received many honors and distinctions, including the Order of the Longleaf Pine from former Governor Jim Hunt.
In 2021, the city recognized Turner with a proclamation for performing “Above and Beyond” by exceeding expectations for eight months while serving as interim city manager.
Turner accepted the city’s offer and was sworn in at the September 19 business session.
Commissioner Ed Mims was absent from the meeting and did not vote on hiring a city manager. Details of Turner’s contract were not discussed in open court.
Commissioners received an update from Little Diversified Architecture on a new police department and the reorganization of City Hall.
The company presented the proposed plans for the two buildings, the parking lot and a common area between the two buildings.
The architects are asking council to approve the layout of the car park, the location of the on-site police building and the location of the retaining walls. Council must approve a two-story police building, the scope of the City Hall renovation and the general layout by Oct. 4 to meet a projected completion date of fall 2024.
Commissioner Georgana Kickinski said she was unhappy with the renovation drawings and said council should meet to discuss the renderings.
Mark Hamlett, Director of Engineering for the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority, provided an update on the hydraulic study carried out on the Creedmoor water system.
Hamlett said the study found a few areas that were slightly deficient for proper hydrant pressure. Hamlett said SGWASA is considering adjusting the volume of water in Creedmoor’s reservoir to provide appropriate hydrant pressure. Hamlett also touched on chlorination and disinfection of water. Hamlett said the water was adequately sanitized, but there are areas where it could be better. He briefly discussed automatic toilet flushers and how they could help with circulation. Commissioners overturned a vote on April 5 for the supplier, Axon, for police dash and body camera equipment due to supply chain issues. The board approved the use of a different vendor and not to exceed $138,644 for the equipment.
Payroll and other matters
Sarah Spruill, Executive Assistant, provided Commissioners with an update on the Paychex payroll system. Spruill recommended terminating a portion of the service that is not being used enough. The board will consider the recommendation and vote at the next meeting.
The commissioners approved the expenditure of $3,120 to advertise the ownership of 109 Park Ave. in the News and Observer.
The Creedmoor Parks and Recreation Committee will be hosting a pancake breakfast for area veterans at 9 a.m. on November 10 at Williow Oak Rook in the Creedmoor Community Center. Kickinski was instrumental in planning the breakfast.
Commissioners will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4 for the regularly scheduled meeting.