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Mr. Tony Sears

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Kinston Department of Public Safety

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Kinston Department of Public Safety

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Lenoir County officials predict massive flooding; evacuations ordered - News - New Bern Sun Journal - New Bern, NC [cached]

"We are encouraging individuals to start preparing now," said Kinston City Manager Tony Sears.

Budget | BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston [cached]

Kinston City Manager Tony Sears felt the council acted in a logical and responsible way to return the service to the city, and believed it was a good move.

"Only time will tell, but from a staffing standpoint, we're on the right path," he said.
The rise in funds for street maintenance came in the 2012-13 fiscal year, City Manager Tony Sears' first.
"He put me in a precarious situation during my first budget," Sears said.
Sears said.
"The thought was in 2002 when you got to 2012 that the revenue from the local option sales tax would be more than what the original revenue source would have been, and I think we were well underway to do that," City Manager Tony Sears told the members of the Kinston City Council recently. "I think, given the state of the economy in the '90s and the early 2000s, that that was believable."
The state of North Carolina's and the national economy during the past four to five years has made it difficult for many communities to make up the difference, though, including Kinston.
"We haven't received the gains that we thought we were going to get from the local options sales tax," Sears said.
Earlier this year, as Kinston officials discussed the budget for the 2013 fiscal year, City Manager Tony Sears told City Council members the water and wastewater rates could increase by more than 10 percent to make up the difference by no longer being able to charge outside customers a higher rate.

Public Safety | BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston [cached]

Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said the conference will open up further discussions in the future with the city leaders and residents.

"Obviously, we can't begin and end just like this," Sears said.
Thanks to Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, City Manager Tony Sears and City Councilman Joe Tyson, the program is being revived.

Transportation | BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston [cached]

Kinston City Manager Tony Sears has been among those ready to have the ordinance brought to the board.

"We've wrapped up the community meetings with the UDO," Sears said. "It's been almost a year since we started it and the staff is really excited to review it in front of the council."
Sears was also interested in the grant opportunity brought before the council about body cameras for members of the Kinston Department of Public Safety.
"The cameras are the most economic and efficient way to provide officer safety," Sears said.
Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said there haven't been any discussions about the document because the administrators hadn't had the opportunity to take a look at it.
"The city council and city of Kinston has not seen the document," Sears said. "It has only recently been available."
Sears did acknowledge how Lenoir County has shown a willingness to incorporate Kinston into the commission.
" Lenoir County was gracious enough to allow the city of Kinstonto have a seat at the table, and we really appreciate the relationship we have with the county," Sears said.
"It's always good when different agencies can get together and talk about what issues they're facing, compared with what issues you're facing and see if there's a common ground where you can help one another," Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said.

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"No one has made a decision to remove those trees," Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said Tuesday. When Kinston City Council discussed converting Queen Street to a two-way road with diagonal parking they had a meeting at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library to discuss some options for the city's main street. One of the options was replacing the trees on Queen Street. Residents were given a few options, including keeping the trees, and shown some other trees that could take the current holly trees' place. Residents who attended the meeting voted to change the trees. "The 60-plus people who attended the public meeting wanted different trees," Sears said.

"We don't want anything that is going to damage the sidewalk, and we also don't want anything that is going to damage the utility lines that are on Queen Street," Sears said. The new trees that residents selected at a public meeting earlier this year could have a different root system. Some members of the community are worried that the loss of the trees would change Christmas decorating downtown. The current trees are festooned with lights each year. "I'm not sure if the reason to select a tree for downtown should necessarily be based off Christmas; other communities have ways of lighting their downtown and celebrating Christmas without the use of holly trees," Sears said. The trees on Queen Street are roughly 60 years old. "I understand the reason people like the holly trees is because they are nostalgic," Sears said. The state Department of Agriculture has offered to help the city with any decisions they make about the trees in the future. "We're not quite ready to dive into that selection process yet," Sears said.

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