New Statesville City Council members to be sworn in Monday

Posted at 4:48 PM on Dec 3, 2017


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Three newly elected members of the Statesville City Council are scheduled to be sworn in during Monday evening's council meeting.

John Staford, Steve Johnson and Doris Allison, along with re-elected members William Morgan and C.O. Johnson and Mayor Costi Kutteh, will take the oath during the meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Once the new council is sworn in, the first order of business will be to elect a mayor pro-tempore among themselves.

There are two items under regular business for the new council to consider, including a request from the Statesville Police Department to accept a $375,000 grant over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund three school resource officer positions.

The second request from the SPD is for permission to apply for a grant from the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission for up to $150,000 to support the SPD’s Domestic Violence Initiative.

Both grants require matches from the City.

The meeting will start out with the outgoing council members conducting business. They will consider untabling a request to fund $10,000 for the Iredell Museums. The matter was tabled at the last meeting so that more information on the proposed use of the funds could be provided.

According to Councilman Roy West, who is making the request on the Museums’ behalf, the funding will offset the loss of state funding for special programs benefitting the Iredell County Library, East Iredell Elementary School, American Renaissance Charter School and Success Institute Charter School.

This will be the last meeting for Council members Arnold Watt, Mike Schlesinger and Jarrod Phifer. The mayor will present them with plaques of appreciation for their service. Watt and Schlesinger were defeated in the election; Phifer did not seek another term.

Meeting Details

The council will meet in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 227 S. Center Street The meeting is open to the public. The pre-agenda meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the third floor conference room.

This meeting does not have a period for public comment.


The entire agenda can be viewed on the City’s homepage at or on Facebook at

City Council meetings can be watched live on Spectrum Government Channel 20.

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