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    Minutes of 05-01-2006 Board of Commissioners' Meeting (adopted)

WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES
May 1, 2006

The Wake County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, May 1, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, 7th Floor, Wake County Courthouse, Raleigh, North Carolina. Members present were Commissioners Joe Bryan, Herbert H. Council, Kenneth M. Gardner, Phil Jeffreys, Betty Lou Ward, Harold H. Webb and Chairman Tony C. Gurley.

Also attending were the County Manager, Mr. David C. Cooke; the County Attorney, Mr. Michael R. Ferrell; and the Clerk to the Board, Ms. Gwendolyn I. Reynolds.

Chairman Gurley called the meeting to order.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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INVOCATION

Commissioner Gardner offered the invocation.

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APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Gurley called for the approval of the agenda. Commissioner Jeffreys requested that the item, “Recommendations of the Housing Committee of the Wake County Human Services Board on the Award of Multi-family Housing Development Loans,” be removed from today’s agenda and placed on the May 15, 2006 meeting agenda.

Following comments, Commissioner Gardner moved approval of the agenda as amended. Commissioner Council seconded the motion and upon vote, the motion passed unanimously.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Bryan, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of April 17, 2006.
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RETIREE RECOGNITION

The County has initiated a program to recognize retiring employees who have worked with Wake County Government for twenty-five or more years.
County Manager David Cooke came forward to make a presentation to Mr. David Wentz of the Human Services Department.
Following the presentation of a plaque, the Commissioners expressed appreciation to Mr. Wentz for his many years of service and extended best wishes for a long and happy retirement.
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RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has requested that the Board of Commissioners proclaim the week of May 14-20, 2006 as National Tourism Week in Wake County. Mr. David Heinl, President of the Bureau, presented information on the activities planned for May 16, 2006, National Tourism Day, and what travel and tourism mean to our economy here in Wake County.

Chairman Gurley read aloud the proclamation and by general consensus, the Board adopted the proclamation designating the week of May 14-20, 2006, as Wake County Tourism Week.
PROCLAMATION

WAKE COUTNY TOURISM WEEK

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Tony C. Gurley, Chairman
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REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE WAKE COUNTY EMS SYSTEM

Mr. Nicky Winstead, Chief of Apex EMS and President of the Wake County EMS Chiefs’ Association, was recognized for introductory remarks regarding the report on the State of the Wake County EMS System. He noted that the system is made up of partners: 75 certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers, 23 first response agencies, seven EMS agencies, 250 certified paramedics and 29 station locations.

Dr. Brent Myers, EMS Medical Director, presented information on the clinical state of the system. He spoke to the cardiac survival rates, with the system responding to 130 patients per day with one percent of those calls cardiac arrests. He also reported on the “5 to 10” program, a community wide defibrillator plan which includes high-rise response, and working with the public and private partners to adopt the plan. He noted the advanced measures used in Wake County, looking at a higher level than the National Standard of Care. The future direction of the clinical system was outlined as follows: improve cardiac arrest outcomes, patient comfort and patient safety.

Dr. Myers reported that a defibrillator has been located in the Courthouse with trained personnel.

Mr. Skip Kirkwood, EMS Director, presented information on the operational side of the system. He stated that the growth rate is 12 percent per year and commented on the demand versus system need. He noted that the 11.59 seconds response is a self-imposed standard and outlined the challenges that lie ahead for EMS: competition for paramedics, increasing demand for service, improving the County’s capacity to deal with mass gatherings and major public events, and increasing expectations.

There was some discussion about residents prominently posting their addresses to make it easier for EMS to find and the EMS annual subscription program.

The report on the Wake County EMS System was received as presented.
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PROCLAMATION OF WAKE COUNTY EMS WEEK 2006

Chairman Gurley asked the EMS personnel attending today’s meeting to come forward for recognition. He then read aloud the proclamation designating the week of May 14-20, 2006 as Wake County Emergency Medical Services Week.

By general consensus, the Board adopted the proclamation as read.
PROCLAMATION
TO DESIGNATE THE WEEK OF MAY 14–20, 2006 AS
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK
WAKE COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK 2006
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APPROVAL OF APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FROM THE
RURAL OPERATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Wake County Coordinated Transportation System provides transportation to dependent citizens so that they can have access to health care and other County services. The system is funded by federal and state grants and is supplemented by user fees. The grant-funding source, NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), requires that the County Commissioners approve the application for allocation of these funds.
One of the programs within the system is the Rural Operating Assistance Program. The ROAP funds are intended to provide additional transportation services exceeding those trips provided for by local and other public assistance funds. The NCDOT allocated $170,984 for the purpose of providing transportation to the elderly and disabled; $35,904 for work first participants; and $153,732 for the rural public, which requires a ten percent match. This match is covered through user fees.

Upon motion of Commissioner Jeffreys, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board unanimously approved the application for $360,620 in grant funding from the Rural Operating Assistance Program.
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RESOLUTION FROM THE WAKE COUNTY OPEN SPACE AND PARKS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF A STATEWIDE
BOND REFERENDUM FOR CONSERVATION

The Wake County Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee, at its meeting of Marcy 27, 2006, adopted a resolution, “Land for Tomorrow Resolution” in support of the efforts of the Land For Tomorrow Coalition urging the Wake County Commissioners to support legislation authorizing a November 2006 general obligation bond referendum to increase conservation spending in North Carolina by $200 million per year for five years. Two bills were introduced in May 2005 and referred to committee.

Upon motion of Commissioner Bryan, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board unanimously endorsed the resolution from the Wake County Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee in support of a Statewide Bond Referendum for Conservation.
LAND FOR TOMORROW RESOLUTION

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AWARD OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR REPLACEMENT OF
COOLING TOWERS AND MECHANICAL SYSTEM REFURBISHMENT
AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER

The County initiated a comprehensive Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) in 2005 to assess and document the condition of each of its facilities. All of the reviewed building components were given a condition rating based upon serviceability, general condition (structural, utilities, finishes, etc.), and useful remaining life of systems, suitability for the intended use, environmental conditions, life safety components, repair/maintenance, and renewal/replacement considerations.

The Public Safety Center (PSC), completed in 1991, was the first facility assessed under the new FCA program. No major renovations, system replacements or other upgrades have been done since 1991. Most of the building systems are operated 24-hours per day, seven days per week for the entire year.

It is proposed that two 425-ton cooling towers replace existing 305-ton cooling towers located on the tenth level. This will allow more efficiency in providing cooling to the PSC facility and initiate the planned interconnection of the chilled water systems between the PSC, Courthouse, Wake County Office Building and eventually the new Criminal Courthouse.

On April 20, 2006, bids were received from contractors for the project in accordance with NC Statutes. Staff recommends that a contract be awarded to the lowest responsive bidder. Funding for this project is included in the County Building Improvement element of the Capital Improvement Program for FY 2006.

Upon motion of Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the award of a construction contract for replacement of cooling towers and mechanical system refurbishment in the Public Safety Center to Acorn Industrial, Inc. of Raleigh, NC, in the amount of $573,000 which includes acceptance of Alternates #1 and #2.
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TAX REPORT
Upon motion of Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Bryan, the Board accepted and unanimously approved the tax reports as follows:
1.
Report of Collections – Wake County Only – March 2006
2.
Wake County In-Rem Foreclosure Progress Report – March 2006
3.
Value Adjustments and Special Situations:
(Wake County Only), (Wake County and City of Raleigh)
4.
Consideration of Requests for Adjustments, Rebates and/or Refunds of Penalties:
(Wake County Only), (Wake County and Town of Cary), (Wake
County and Town of Knightdale), (Wake County and Town of Morrisville),
(Wake County and City of Raleigh), (Wake County and Town of Wake Forest)
5.
Consideration of Refund for Taxes, Interest, and Penalties:
(Wake County Only), (Wake County and Town of Apex), (Wake County and
Town of Cary), (Wake County and City of Raleigh), (Wake County and Town
of Wendell), (Wake County and Town of Zebulon)
6.
Rebate Details: (Wake County and Town of Apex), (Wake County and
Town of Cary), (Wake County and Town of Fuquay-Varina), (Wake County
and Town of Garner), (Wake County and Town of Holly Springs), (Wake
County and Town of Knightdale), (Wake County and Town of Morrisville),
(Wake County and Town of Rolesville), (Wake County and Town of Wake
Forest), (Wake County and Town of Wendell), (Wake County and Town of Zebulon)
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ADOPTION OF LONG RANGE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SOLUTIONS

County Manager David Cooke was recognized to present an overview of the process to provide solid waste disposal for the citizens of Wake County and its municipalities. The Board was provided information previously presented on the process of the Technical Advisory Committee and including the process for proposals for the operation of the landfill. The Manager’s Committee has recommended that the most cost effective solution for the entire county is to utilize the permit previously obtained by the County and construct the South Wake Landfill at the County-owned site in Holly Springs with construction and operation of the landfill by Santek Environmental, Inc. (submitted the lowest cost proposal for construction and operation of the landfill).

The key obligations of both parties are:

Santek Obligations

-Design, construct and operate the New South Wake Landfill
-Guarantee price based on tons delivered
-Comply with permit conditions and applicable regulations
-Provide environmental monitoring and recording

County Obligations -Design, construct and operate scales, scale house, entrance facilities
-Design, construct, permit and operate landfill gas system
-Oversee all activity to ensure compliance
-Establish and work with citizen committee Following the County Manager’s presentation, Mr. Jim Reynolds, Director of Solid Waste Management, presented additional information on the process and responded to questions.

Ten municipal partners have approved entry into the partnership and approved interlocal agreements. The Town of Cary has voted not to join the Partnership.

Chairman Gurley recognized the following municipal partners who have approved interlocal agreements and the in-county option: Chairman Gurley then called on Mayor Dick Sears, Town of Holly Springs. Following brief comments, Mayor Sears introduced Mr. Patrick Anderson of General Growth Properties.

Mr. Anderson indicated that General Growth Properties, owner of Southpoint Mall in Durham, would be interested in the landfill site for a shopping center. He also spoke to the benefits (jobs and tax revenues) to the County of this type of use and development.

Mayor Sears then presented Former Mayor Tom Fetzer who has been hired by the Town of Holly Springs to represent the Town on this issue. Mr. Fetzer cited the Town’s commitment to the County regarding the proposed landfill site, as outlined in a letter to the County, and requested a delay in a decision to give the Town time to challenge and to look at alternatives.

The Mayor then made closing remarks, reiterating the Town’s commitments regarding alternatives to the landfill site, and asked the Board of Commissioners to delay its decision to provide an opportunity for further study and to also look for other opportunities and solutions. He noted that the Town is willing to negotiate any and all issues.
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At this time, the Chairman called for a ten-minute recess
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PUBLIC COMMENTS

The Board of Commissioners desires to hear from the public about the services and operations of Wake County Government. It is for that purpose a time—3:00 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter—has been set aside for public comment.

Chairman Gurley outlined the procedure for public comments and recognized the following: Following discussion, Commissioner Ward moved that the Wake County Board of Commissioners move forward with the original plan to develop the landfill in Holly Springs and to approve a 25-year interlocal agreement creating a partnership with municipalities for the use of the South Wake Municipal Waste Landfill. Commissioner Jeffreys seconded the motion.

Following further discussion, Commissioner Gardner moved to table the issue, as requested by the Town of Holly Springs, until June 5, 2006, so the Board of Commissioners can begin a dialogue with some of the companies that have come forward, to consider data we’ve heard, understand the true value of what we have, and the potential for the site before we make a decision that is going to last 99 years to life. Chairman Gurley seconded the motion.

At this time, Commissioner Womble, Town of Holly Springs, presented an historical overview of the construction of infrastructure in the Town and the resulting growth.

Chairman Gurley called for the vote on the motion as stated by Commissioner Gardner.

By roll call vote, the motion passed.

The vote was as follows: Following the vote, the Board agreed to meet (a daylong meeting, if necessary) before the June 5, 2006 meeting, and work together to look at the data and what is the correct thing to do with this property.
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PUBLIC HEARING
TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR
GRAVE DISINTERMENT, REMOVAL, AND REINTERMENT

Chairman Gurley announced a public hearing to consider the distinterment, removal and reinterment of graves, duly advertised as provided by statute for Monday, May 1, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 700 of the Wake County Courthouse, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr. Larry Morgan, Planning Department, presented information on the petition submitted by Ronald H. Garber, representing North Carolina Capital Group Purnell Road, LLC. The request is to remove the remains of approximately 22 graves. The cemetery is located on a 1.3-acre parcel on the eastern side of Doonan Street, northeast of its intersection with Mangum Dairy Road in Zebulon. The property is zoned R-80W and lies within the Falls Lake Water Supply Watershed.

The removal of the graves will allow for the development of this property as part of the proposed Covington Ridge Subdivision. The petitioner intends to re-inter the remains within Gethsemane Memorial Gardens located on West Cannon Avenue in the Town of Zebulon.

According to the petitioner, there is no evidence that the cemetery has been used or maintained for more than 78 years, and there are no tombstones on the site. Field markers indicate the location of the cemetery but do not provide any identifying information. There have been several conveyances of the land upon which the cemetery is located, none of which mention the presence of the cemetery.

Ms. Irene Kittinger, a volunteer for the Wake County Cemetery Survey, has been contacted and she indicated that there is no record or knowledge of the cemetery’s existence. Mr. Kevin Allen of the Historic Preservation Commission has also been contacted and he indicates that the cemetery does not have any historical significance.

The petitioner has satisfied the requirements of the North Carolina General Statutes. An ad has been placed in The News and Observer for four consecutive weeks in an attempt to identify and notify interested parties and no responses have been received. The Planning Department received inquiries from adjacent landowners, however no one has expressed knowledge of the cemetery.

The factual situation having been presented, Chairman Gurley announced that anyone desiring to comment would be heard at this time.

No one appeared in support of or in opposition to the grave removals.

Thereafter at the conclusion of the hearing, Chairman Gurley declared the hearing closed and invited action by the Board.

Upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the request to disinter, remove and reinter the remains of approximately 22 graves on a 1.3-acre parcel on the eastern side of Doonan Street, northeast of its intersection with Mangum Dairy Road.
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PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OA 05/04
TO AMEND THE WAKE COUNTY UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE’S
FLOOD HAZARD REGULATIONS AND TO ADOPT THE NEW
FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS FOR WAKE COUNTY’S JURISDICTION
IN THE NEUSE AND CAPE FEAR RIVER BASINS

Chairman Gurley announced a public hearing to consider an amendment to the Wake County Unified Development Ordinance Flood Hazard Regulations and the adoption of flood insurance rate maps for jurisdictions in the Neuse and Cape Fear River Basins, duly advertised as provided by statute for Monday, May 1, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 700 of the Wake County Courthouse, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr. Lee Squires, Water Quality Division of Wake County Environmental Services, was recognized to present introductory remarks on the proposed amendment. He stated that revisions to the County’s Flood Hazard regulations are needed to comply with changes in the FEMA and State Floodplain Regulations and to adopt new Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Adoption of the proposed changes allows the County to continue to be eligible to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The factual situation having been presented, Chairman Gurley announced that anyone desiring to comment would be heard at this time.

No one appeared before the Board in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendment.

Chairman Gurley then called for the recommendation of the Wake County Planning Board and Wake County Planning staff.

Ms. Beth Trahos, Vice-Chair of the Wake County Planning Board, reported that the Planning Board, by unanimous vote, recommend that the Board of Commissioners adopt the proposed ordinance amendment, as presented.

Mr. Squires reported that Planning staff recommends approval of the proposed ordinance amendment, as presented.

Thereafter, Chairman Gurley declared the hearing closed and invited action by the Board.

Upon motion of Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board unanimously approved the adoption of revisions to the Flood Hazard Regulations, including the adoption of the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Neuse and Cape Fear River Basins.
OA-05/04
A RESOLUTION INTRODUCING AN ORDINANCE
AMENDING THE WAKE COUNTY FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS
IN THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE AND
TO ADOPT THE NEW FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS
FOR WAKE COUNTY’S JURISDICTION IN THE NEUSE
AND CAPE FEAR RIVER BASINS

WHEREAS, the Wake County Watershed Management Plan recognized floodplain management as one of the essential tools for good management of the County’s watersheds;

Whereas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management (NCDEM) have mandated several changes to the Wake County’s floodplain regulations;

WHEREAS, FEMA and NCDEM have developed new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that must be adopted by reference contained within the proposed ordinance by May 2, 2006;

WHEREAS, Wake County held several public information meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed FIRMs and to file appeals or challenges with FEMA and NCDEM;

WHEREAS, FEMA and NCDEM have reviewed and resolved all such appeals and challenges;

WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance would enhance the County’s ability to define areas of potential flooding and prevent new development from being built where it could be flooded;

WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance would continue the County’s eligibility to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), thus allowing owners of property within floodplains to purchase flood insurance at affordable rates:

WHEREAS, the Planning Board held a public meeting on May 1, 2006 to discuss the proposed ordinance amendment, and voted 9 to 0 to recommend that the Board of Commissioners approve the ordinance amendment;

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners held a duly advertised public hearing on May 1, 2006 to consider the proposed amendment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:

THAT THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE, ARTICLE 14 – FLOOD HAZARD AREAS, BE CHANGED AS FOLLOWS:


The Following Changes occur throughout the entire Article 14:

1. All references to "100 year" changed to "base flood"

2. All references to "Floodways" changed to "Floodways and Non-Encroachment Areas"

3. All references to "the 100 year floodplain" changed to "Special Flood Hazard Areas”

The changes to the Definitions are as follows in Article 14-12 and are New Definitions:

The following are minor changes to existing Definitions and are as follows in
Article 14-12: (2) For areas designated as Zone A on the Flood Insurance Rate Map where no base



The following are changes to Article 14-14, PERMIT AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Article 14-14-5 A final as-built Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 81-31) is required after The Following occur throughout Article 14:
The Following is new:

Article 14-11 Disclaimer While the degree of flood protection required by this ordinance is considered reasonable, it does not imply total flood protection.

The changes to the Definitions are as follows in Article 1-12 and are New Definitions:

Base Flood Elevation (BFE): A determination of the water surface elevations of the base flood in Special Flood Hazard Areas as published in the Flood Insurance Study or as determined by a registered professional engineer in flood hazard soils areas.

Expansion to an existing manufactured home park: The preparation of additional sites by the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads.

The changes to Article 14-18 Special Flood Hazard Area Standards is New:
(J) All new construction or major repairs [substantial improvements] shall have adequate drainage provided to reduce exposure to flood hazards.

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FEES FOR THE WAKE COUNTY JURY COMMISSION

Clerk to the Superior Court Janet Peuschel has requested, with the consensus of the Court Space Committee, that the Jury Commission fees be set at $300 per term per member. The 10th Judicial District of the North Carolina General Court of Justice presides over court in Wake County.

The Board was provided information outlined in North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 9, as it relates to the Jury Commission—membership, selection, oath, terms, expenses of jury system.

The Clerk of Superior Court was recognized for comments and the presentation of information on the work of the Jury Commission and compensation of Commission members across the State.

The Commissioners discussed the request and the work of the many volunteer boards in the County receiving little or no compensation.

Following this discussion, Commissioner Ward moved approval to honor the Clerk of Court’s request of $300 per term per member of the Jury Commission. Commissioner Webb seconded the motion.

Chairman Gurley announced the motion failed.

The vote was as follows:

Commissioner Jeffreys- aye
Commissioner Gardner- nay
Commissioner Ward- aye
Commissioner Bryan- nay
Commissioner Council- nay
Commissioner Webb- aye
Chairman Gurley - nay
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REPORT ON THE REQUEST FROM THE
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REALLOCATION PLAN
2004 FUNDS FOR THE 2007 CROWDING SOLUTION

On April 18, 2006, the Board of Education approved a Plan 2004 reallocation request of $7,896,677 from program contingency to 2007 Crowding Solution, a new project added to Plan 2004 for purposes of tracking expenditures related to the 2007 Crowding Solutions.

Mr. Don Haydon, Associate Superintendent for Auxiliary Services, presented information on the request. He stated that the 2007 Crowding solution is composed of relocating 100 mobiles, the creation of 9th grade centers for Millbrook, Garner, Wakefield, Cary and Wake Forest/Rolesville High Schools. All but Cary High’s 9th Grade Center will be open for the 2007-08 school year; the Cary center will open for the 2008-09 school year. The 9th grade centers for Millbrook, Garner and Cary High schools would be housed at their respective schools. The 9th grade center for Wakefield High would be housed at a building formerly occupied by Winn Dixie and the 9th Grade Center for Wake Forest/Rolesville High would be housed at the Dubois Center.

Funds reallocated from Plan 2004 program contingency would cover the design and some site work of the crowding solutions, as well as bidding of the Wakefield High 9th Grade center conversion. This work is planned to occur in the summer and early fall of 2006, before the availability of funds from any future building programs.

The Commissioners received the information as presented. The Chairman announced that if there are no outstanding questions, this request will be placed on the May 15, 2006 consent agenda.
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REPORT ON THE REQUEST FROM THE
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPROPRIATE PLAN 2004 FUNDS

On April 4, 2006, the Board of Education approved a Plan 2004 quarterly appropriation. This request includes appropriation of environmental compliance and ADA funds, project management funds, funds for systemwide projects and technology funds.

Mr. Don Haydon, Wake County Public School System, presented information on the request—project description, purpose, design/bid date. The request totals $7,188,220.

The Commissioners received the information as presented. Chairman Gurley announced that if there are no outstanding questions, this request will be placed on the May 15, 2006 consent agenda.
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REPORT ON LAND ACQUISITION FOR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,
OPEN SPACE, AND TOWN OF FUQUAY-VARINA PARK

The acquisition of a 53.06-acre site for elementary school (E-23) in the amount of $795,000 has been approved by the Board of Education at its February 7, 2006 meeting.

School staff, County and Fuquay-Varina staff have discussed a proposed partnership that would allow joint acquisition of the property to include an elementary school, town park and preservation of open space along Middle Creek. Based on conceptual sketches, the 53.06-acre site will eventually be subdivided and titled to the appropriate agency with an estimated 16.95 acres for the school, 13.5 acres to the Town for an active recreation Park and the balance of 22.6 acres to the County for open space. Land costs could be apportioned and final land areas will be determined by the master plan, actual survey and final subdivision plat. The Fuquay-Varina Town Board has not taken any action on this proposed partnership.

There was much discussion about the County’s current Open Space Policy as it relates to this partnership.

The Commissioners received the information as presented. The Chairman announced that the item would be placed on the May 15, 2006 agenda.
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APPOINTMENTS TO ADVISORY BOARDS

Upon motion of Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the following appointments:
a. Wake County Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee
(terms expiring 5-31-08)

Ms. Connie Hicks
Ms. Sandra Peyser
Ms. Heather Shiffer
Mr. Kent Thompson
(nominated by Commissioner Gardner)
b. Wake County Board of Human Services
(term expiring 11-14-07)

Sharon McGarry Foster, MD
(nominated by Commissioner Webb)

c. Wake County Commission for Women
(term expiring 10-31-07)

Ms. Lois Gainey – District 2
(nominated by Commissioner Jeffreys)

d. Durham and Wake Counties Research and Production Service District Advisory Committee

Mr. Dave Gouveia
Ms. Sally Johnson
Mr. William Parker, Jr.
(nominated by Commissioner Ward)


e. Wake County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee
(terms expiring 5-31-09)

Ms. Jolene W. Edwards
Ms. Mary James
Ms. Thelma Lennon
Ms. Mary Ellen Raymond
(nominated by Commissioner Bryan)

f. WakeMed Hospital Board of Directors

Four persons were nominated for the two vacancies:

Commissioner Council nominated Ms. Billie Redmond
Commissioner Gardner nominated Mr. Sidney Adkins
Commissioner Webb nominated Mr., Jack Alphin
Commissioner Bryan nominated Mr. David Jessen

Chairman Gurley called for the vote, by roll call:

Commissioner Jeffreys- Ms. Redmond and Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Gardner- Ms. Redmond and Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Ward- Ms. Redmond and Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Bryan- Ms. Redmond and Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Council - Ms. Redmond and Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Webb- Ms. Redmond and Mr. Alphin
Chairman Gurley - Ms. Redmond and Mr. Jessen

The County Attorney advised that appointments are by majority vote. Ms. Redmond aside (received seven votes), there was not a majority vote among the three remaining nominees.

Chairman Gurley then called for a vote on those three remaining nominees.

Commissioner Jeffreys- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Gardner- Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Ward- Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Bryan- Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Council- Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Webb- Mr. Alphin
Chairman Gurley - Mr. Jessen

Mr. Jessen aside (received three votes), Chairman Gurley called for a vote on the two remaining nominees:

Commissioner Jeffreys- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Gardner- Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Ward- Mr. Adkins
Commissioner Bryan- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Council- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Webb- Mr. Alphin
Chairman Gurley - Mr. Alphin

With the elimination of Mr. Adkins, Chairman Gurley called for the vote on the nominees—Mr. Alphin and Mr. Jessen:

Commissioner Jeffreys- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Gardner- Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Ward- Mr. Alphin
Commissioner Bryan- Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Council- Mr. Jessen
Commissioner Webb- Mr. Alphin
Chairman Gurley - Mr. Jessen

Ms. Billie Redmond and Mr. David Jessen – terms expiring 5-25-2011.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Stormwater Task Force met last week and Commissioner Gardner reported on the interest in discussing the Stormwater Ordinance to be incorporated into the Unified Development Ordinance.

Commissioner Jeffreys indicated that the Human Services Board also discussed the Stormwater Ordinance. The Commissioner reported on his visit to HUD in Greensboro regarding Section 8 and the Wake County Housing Program.

Commissioner Bryan reported that the Blue Ribbon Committee continues to meet and just recently met an entire day. The Committee is now formulating recommendations to bring to the Board of Commissioners.
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OTHER BUSINESS

Commissioner Council brought to the Board’s attention the upcoming Short Session of the General Assembly and the County taking a position regarding the Dorothea Dix property and communicating that position to the Wake Delegation. It was noted that the County has not taken a formal position—it is not the County’s decision to make, however the County has been actively engaged with the City and has had input into the City’s plan.

Chairman Gurley stated that the Board has a work session schedule for Monday, May 8, 2006. There may be time and it may be appropriate to add this item to the agenda.
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CLOSED SESSION

The County Attorney advised that there was no need for a closed session.
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There being no further business to come before the Board at this time, Chairman Gurley adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m., upon the motion of Commissioner Jeffreys, seconded by Commissioner Ward and the unanimous vote of the Board.
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Gwen Reynolds
Clerk to the Board