The City's Administration Department is responsible for the overall administration and operation of City departments and City services and carries out the actions and polices of the Morganton City Council.
The Administration Department is comprised of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Clerk and the Public Information Officer.
In 1998, the City Council named its first female City Manager, Sally Sandy. Sandy serves at the pleasure of the City Council and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations and directing the City's department heads.
The City Council-City Manager form of local government combines the political leadership of elected officials with the professional experience of an appointed local government administrator.
Under the Council-City Manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator – the City Manager - to implement the Council's policies.
City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
CoMMA, the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, offers local residents and regional visitors a chance to see and hear Broadway shows and national concerts in their own backyard.
CoMMA's MainStage Season offers an excellent variety of shows at prices that are hard to beat. In the lobby, visitors can enjoy local art exhibits and view an original Ben Long Fresco "Sacred Dance and the Muses."
Compas Cable TV, Internet & Voice
Compas Cable TV, Internet & Voice Services is the City of Morganton's public cable system. Compas offers cable television, broadband Internet and digital home telephone services to Morganton residents at an extremely competitive price.
The Compas office is located in Morganton City Hall.
Responding to service issues and difficulties in the commercial cable service available, Morganton's City Council and Mayor Mel Cohen, fought for a city-owned system. Their goal was to provide quality service at a fair price.
Visit Compas' commercial web site at www.compascable.net to learn more about cable & high-speed Internet packages and rates.
Development & Design Services
The focus of the Department of Development & Design Services is to manage and encourage growth to maintain quality of life for Morganton's residents. All new residential, commercial and industrial development is reviewed within the Department to assure consistency in Morganton's managed growth plan and assure proper infrastructure services are available. The department is keenly focused on new economic development strategies to sustain the City into the future.
The Department is primarily responsible for: planning, building inspections, zoning enforcement, CDBG Administration, Urban Design, infrastructure inspections, and code enforcement. The Department is also responsible for developing new ordinances, transportation planning, annexations, urban redevelopment services, housing renovation, special projects such as the Catawba River Greenway and the Catawba Meadows Baseball Complex.
Department staff work with the many Morganton Boards and Commissions such as the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Community Appearance Commission and Redevelopment Commission. The Department works very closely with other Departments to coordinate new and existing development.
The Department has recently worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to eventually bring passenger rail service back to the western part of the state. Morganton is a planned stop on a line that will link Asheville to Raleigh via Salisbury. The city has just completed an historic renovation of its depot which will be reused for passenger rail service. The renovated depot has also stimulated redevelopment in the surrounding area.
The Plan lays out a vision for economic success that will influence future growth of our community.
Economic development strategies include:
- Grow Morganton's manufacturing and industrial base by supporting existing industries and attracting new industries to the area.
- Encourage diversification of Morganton's economic base by encouraging growth of existing small businesses and emerging businesses.
- Strengthen Morganton's reputation as a preferred location for business and their workforce. Focus on assets that will attract businesses in the technical, medical and research sectors.
- Grow Morganton and Burke County's tourism industry through investments in destination activities and programs, marketing, and supporting hospitality and tourism businesses.
- Strengthen Downtown Morganton as a destination for dining and entertainment. Diversify the downtown's retail base to include unique retail stores and galleries.
The City of Morganton Electric Department is constantly striving to provide reliable electric service. This includes maintaining the existing lines, building new lines, upgrading and advancing employee training, and providing a quick and efficient response to service calls.
Your hometown electric company is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Electric crews respond immediately to after hour calls.
The Finance Department is responsible for the fiscal activities of the City. The department is divided into functional divisions including accounting/payroll, purchasing, budget, customer service/utility billing and payment processing, and tax billing and tax payment processing. Preparation of financial reports, investment of City funds, and management of debt issuances are other key departmental tasks.
The department strives to maintain the fiscal integrity of the City in accordance with City ordinances, State and Federal laws, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Human Resources Dept.
Greetings from our staff.
We want you to know that you are very important to us, whether you are a resident, an applicant seeking employment or an employee with a question. Our goal is to assist you competently, fairly and equitably while treating you with the dignity and respect we feel you deserve. - Cheryl Dellinger, Director of Human Resources
The Human Resources Department provides a wide range of services that include recruitment and selection, managing competitive pay and benefit programs, handling employee relations, developing training and organizational programs, coordinating a wellness program and helping to establish a friendly atmosphere in a safe and healthy environment.
The Human Resources staff takes great pride in being part of the City of Morganton team. As the City continues to be recognized as an "employer of choice," we strive to maintain our effective governmental leadership role in our state.
The City's Legal Department consists of the City Attorney and the City's paralegal. City Attorney Louis Vinay provides in-house legal counsel to the City Council and City Manager and Department staff.
The City attorney can answer questions and give direction to the City Council and department staff on issues concerning federal and state law, City ordinances, legal procedures for the City and matters relating to official duties.
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and serves at the Council's pleasure. The City Attorney must be a member of the State Bar of North Carolina in good standing.
The Morganton Main Street Office develops, oversees and coordinates community and economic development activities as they relate to the downtown district. Contact the Main Street Office for lease and sales rates, availability and development opportunities. Visit the Main Street website Available Properties page to see what space is available in Downtown Morganton.
Mailing: PO Box 1472, Morganton, NC 28680-1472
Parks and Recreation Dept.
Parks & Recreation Centers
Morganton's Parks and Recreation Dept. staff maintains more than 400 acres of land developed for recreational use. Residents and visitors have access to three recreation centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a soccer complex, eleven parks, a skeet range, an extensive greenway system and Catawba Meadows Park, which alone covers more than 200 acres along the Catawba River!
Parks and Recreation staff are also responsible for organizing and managing the City's youth and adult sports leagues, yearly leisure activities as well as special events such as Morganton's Red, White and Bluegrass Festival.
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Public Information Office
The Public Information Office is responsible for promoting and providing information about City Government and City Services to the citizens of Morganton. The PIO will also help citizens find answers to their questions about City government and services.
Joshua Harris, the City's Public Information Officer, communicates with residents and promotes City services and programs by:
- writing City press releases
- maintaining the City website
- publishing City Pride, the City newsletter
- producing informational videos and Public Services Announcements
- educating residents about programs such as the stormwater and air quality and water conservation
- creating documents and publications for City departments.
If you have a question and need help finding the answer, call 432-2516
We, the members of the Morganton Department of Public Safety, are committed to protect the lives, property, and Constitutional Rights of all residents and visitors of OUR community by providing professional law enforcement and fire protection services
Integrity: High ethical standards, honesty and fairness Professionalism: Individual excellence, education and training
Honor: Official dignity, repute, and esteem
Accountability: To take responsibility for all actions and decisions
Respect: Treating others as you would like to be treated
Equality: Fair, impartial, and equitable treatment of all people
The Morganton Department of Public Safety strives to be a leader in the delivery of public safety services, which combines law enforcement and fire protection. Our employees strive to be leaders in OUR community in name and deed, conducting themselves in a manner to which others will aspire.
Morganton's Public Works Department provides street maintenance, garbage pickup, recycling, cemeteries and grounds maintenance, city warehousing, equipment services and beautification projects throughout the city as well as caring for the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn and landscaping.
Watch the News Herald and CoMPAS Cable for announcements or call the Department of Public Works at 438-5248 for scheduled services.
The City of Morganton provides back yard residential garbage collection and curbside yard waste services and convenience center recycling for $10.00 per residence per month. The City will provide additional services for bulk waste, appliances and other items on a user fee basis. The base fee is $25.00 per collection.
Only 6% of North Carolina Municipalities provide back yard collection. Approximately 68% of Municipalities charge user fees for residential garbage collection, average monthly fee $ 9.99/month.
As residents of Burke County, Citizens of Morganton residents pay disposal fees on their Burke County taxes.
Burke County does not charge the City of Morganton to dispose residential solid waste. However, Burke County does charge for the City of Morganton to dispose of bulk items in the County landfill.
The County also bans the disposal of white goods (appliances) and cardboard. Burke County accepts white goods for recycling. These fees and bans are to encourage recycling and discourage disposal. This is one of the reasons the City of Morganton charges a $25.00 fee for collection of these items.
No building materials, dirt, concrete, bricks or blocks, or refuse from building, remodeling, and repair operations or landscape work will be handled by City forces. All waste material of this nature shall be removed by the contractor, or in the event of his failure, by the owner of the property; provided, that the owner may make application to the sanitation superintendent and the superintendent may, if practical, remove the rubbish at the expense of the owner.
Construction and demolition debris is not residential waste and an additional disposal fee must be paid at the Burke County Landfill.
Leaf collection starts in October and continues as needed through January. The City Public Works Dept. currently collects leaves every two weeks during leaf season - October through January. After January, loose leaves will be collected for a $25.00 fee.
Residents should pile leaves as close to the road as possible without blocking the road or sidewalks.
The City will not provide leaf bags. Loose-leaf collection is much more efficient. Also, using loose-leaf collection saves money and eliminates unnecessary plastic bag waste.
The City of Morganton Studio is responsible for the City's video productions.
Chad Medford, Morganton's Studio Specialist, broadcasts live meetings such as the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, and records events for broadcast such as the Morganton Christmas Parade and other city events.
The Studio Specialist also works with the City's Public Information Officer to produce Public Service Announcements and video projects used to promote the City and City Services.
DVDs of meetings and various City events are available by request for a fee.
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department is comprised of five divisions that maintain the water distribution and wastewater collection systems for the City of Morganton. Water Resources offers water to 38,000 residents in Morganton, parts of Burke County, Oak Hill and US 64/NC 18.
Grants and Loans
The City of Morganton offers grant/loan programs for the purposes of economic development and to stimulate economic activity.
- Commercial Street Participation
- CDBG Small Business Loan Program
- Development Incentive Grant
- Residential Street Participation
Loans are also available through Burke Development, Inc. (BDI). BDI is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion and development strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County.