Town Council selects citizens, organization of the year
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Breaking with tradition, Troutman Town Council member Judy Jablonski made a motion to name both deserving nominees, Chuck Gallyon and Karen Neilson, as Citizens of the Year, which the board unanimously approved.
Members also selected Troutman Chair Company as Organization of the Year.
Gallyon has served as Troutman Independence Parade committee chair for 15 years and the Troutman Christmas Parade chairman for four years. He has also been a member of the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education since July of 2012.
Neilson, a retired teacher, is a J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library volunteer two days a week and often fills in for others who cannot make their slot. She is also a volunteer for the backpack program and food kitchen at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and for the Iredell County Board of Elections.
Troutman Chair has been the title sponsor of the Front Porch Fest for five years. The business also provides rockers for the Party in The Park events for attendees to enjoy.
Phyllis Pearson of Petway, Mills, and Pearson said the town was “in good financial condition” as she presented a “clean” audit report to the council, the highest level she can give. The unmodified audit opinion that the town received is the best report auditors can give, according to Pearson.
The town has total assets of $8,227,191 with $2,987,464 in liabilities and $5,467,932 in total net position. The town’s revenues of $4,121,631 exceeded its liabilities ($3,555,015). The town was able to add $400,000 to its fund balance (savings) this year.
The town property tax collection rate was nearly perfect at 99.97 percent.
Pearson noted only two weaknesses: limited resources to prepare its own financial statements (which would require additional personnel) and the need to pass budget amendments if a department goes over budget to properly reflect expenditures.
The council recognized South Iredell High School Land Judging Team members Evan Gibson, Daniel Bowser, Matthew Bowser, and Jonathan Wilson for advancing to the Future Farmers of America national competition Oklahoma on April 28 - May 3.
The council also honored the SIHS Chess Club for its performance in the Southern Scholastic Chess Tournament. Carson Cook took first place (5-0), DJ Cook (6th place), and Rolando Dorbecker (10th place). Mason Sims also contributed two victories, which helped the team win First Place Team honors in the competition.
SIHS student Sarah Beth Johnson was recognized for raising funds for and organizing multiple meal packaging events that resulted in 100,000 meals for those in need, both locally and internationally.
Brianna Todd was also recognized as a valuable asset to the SIHS music department who works to promote the music program in the community with her support and community event performances.
Jacob Schlesinger was praised for his fundraising to purchase iPad tablets for children to use while patients in Iredell Memorial Hospital. He also loads the devices with programs and apps that will appeal to children and teens.
In Other Action
The council also:
► Recognized Piedmont Dental Associates for its town and community support.
► Passed a text amendment clarifying the distinction between hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and inns.
► Recommended that Iredell County Commissioners reappoint Barry General and Randy Farmer to three-year ETJ terms on the Planning and Zoning Board and Helen Byers to a three-year ETJ term to the Board of Adjustment.
► Approved a Federal Emergency Management Administration-mandated Disaster Debris Management and Removal Contract in the event of a natural disaster that requires an extensive clean-up effort.
Amended the Code of Ordinance Telecommunication section to include a section regulating small wireless infrastructure.