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    Minutes of 11/06/06 Board of Commissioners' Meeting (adopted)



The Wake County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, November 6, 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; Kenn M. Gardner; Tony Gurley; Phil Jeffreys; Betty Lou Ward; and Harold Webb.

Chairman Gurley called the meeting to order.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


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INVOCATION

Commissioner Betty Lou Ward offered the invocation.

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APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Upon motion of Commissioner Betty Lou Ward, seconded by Commissioner Herb Council, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the agenda of November 6, 2006.
MINUTES

Upon motion of Commissioner Harold Webb, seconded by Commissioner Kenn Gardner, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of regular meetings October 16 and 18, 2006 and Work Sessions from June 12, August 14, September 11 and October 9, 2006.
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AMENDMENT OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 7, 2005, AND
FEBRUARY 21, 2005

County Attorney Michael Ferrell requested an amendment of the minutes from February 7, 2005 and February 21, 2005.

Upon motion by Commissioners Betty Lou Ward, seconded by Commissioner Harold Webb, the Board unanimously voted to accept the correction to the minutes of February 7, 2005 and February 21, 2005 as noted.

MOTION CORRECTING MINUTES OF
FEBRUARY 7, 2005, AND FEBRUARY 21, 2005


The Ordinance entitled “Ordinance Granting Franchise to WCA Waste Corporation, L.P for Operation of Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill” adopted February 7, 2005, and the Ordinance entitled “Ordinance Reissuing Franchise to Materials Recovery, LLC for Operation of Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill” adopted February 21, 2005, both containing typographical errors and inconsistencies are hereby corrected and replaced by the following language. The Clerk is directed to make a marginal entry into the minutes of February 7, 2005, and February 21, 2005, referring to this motion:
ORDINANCE REISSUING FRANCHISE TO
MATERIAL RECOVERY, LLC
FOR OPERATION OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS LANDFILL


WHEREAS, Material Recovery, LLC is the current holder of a franchise to operate a construction debris (C&D) landfill in the County; and,

WHEREAS, WCA Waste Corporation has acquired the ownership interest of Material Recovery, LLC; and,

WHEREAS, Material Recovery, LLC now owned by WCA Waste Corporation, has adopted the previously filed application for issuance of a franchise to operate a C&D landfill, and has agreed to comply with the terms and conditions of the Material Recovery, LLC franchise as amended; and,

WHEREAS, the required special use permit from the Wake County Planning Board for operation of a C&D landfill on the site identified in the application has been obtained; and

WHEREAS, the C&D landfill will continue to be owned and operated by Material Recovery, LLC under its new corporate parent;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED THAT,

Section 1. The franchise to operate a construction and demolition debris landfill previously issued to Material Recovery, LLC is hereby reissued to Material Recovery, LLC. The franchise operation shall be conducted in accordance with the representations made on the application submitted by Material Recovery, LLC and all amendments to that franchise. Copies of all material submitted and adopted by Material Recovery, LLC are maintained in the permanent files of the Clerk of the Board. The reissued franchise shall expire coterminous with the expiration of the original franchise to Material Recovery, LLC.

Section 2. Material Recovery, LLC shall provide documentation reasonably required by the County to ascertain compliance with the terms of the franchise as amended.

Section 3. This ordinance is effective as of its second reading by this Board on February 21, 2005.

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STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE SERVICE

Mr. Ken Oppenheimer, Stephen Boone and Johnny Dwiggins, from the North Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented Wake County with a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve Service for being a supportive employer of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve Service. He explained that the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization is part of the Department of Defense whose mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. He thanked Wake County Commissioner for Wake County Government being a supportive employer of members of the National Guard and Reserve Service.
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RECOGNITION OF DR. BRENT MYERS FOR BEING NAMED THE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS’
2006 EMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Mr. David Cooke informed the Board that on September 29, 2006, Dr. Brent Myers was named the “EMS Medical Director of the Year” by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Dr. Myers was noted for his leadership, improved quality of care and the fast cath program as well as the new induced hypothermia procedure being done by Wake County Emergency Medical Technicians. Mr. Cooke noted that the EMS community thinks highly of Dr. Myers. Dr. Myers accepted the recognition on behalf of all emergency workers and explained the induced hypothermia procedure. He stated he was always looking for new and better ways to provide emergency medical care.
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RECOGNITION OF WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE FOR
WINNING TWO AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE FROM THE
CITY-COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING ASSOCIATION

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FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA UPDATE

Mr. Kareem Murphy and Ron Hamm were present from the Ferguson Group to report on the federal legislative agenda.

Assists Wake County in the development of an annual federal agenda and action plan, and strategies for implementing that agenda and plan;
Prepares all materials submitted to the congressional delegation and congressional committees as necessary for successfully meeting legislative criteria, deadlines and overall support requirements;
Advocates aggressively for the County’s federal agenda and action plan priorities, grant applications, and new opportunities that may arise, as well as actively opposing legislation or regulations that threaten the County’s interests;
Develops strong working relationships with the North Carolina congressional delegation, congressional committees, the White House and federal agencies;
Maintains constant communication with Wake County through phone calls, emails, briefing memoranda, and personal visits to D.C., Wake County, and at national conferences;
Forms and maintains relationships with national organizations such and the National Association of Counties, and its subgroups on issues of interest to the County; and,
Provides support services for competitive federal grant opportunities.

Currently, The Ferguson Group has been working to secure final funding in various FY2007 House appropriations bills for the following projects:

$240,000 for Mental Health Facility construction.
$750,000 for the Western Wake Wastewater Pre-Treatment Plant.
$100,000 for the North Wake Landfill Environmental Education Center.
Secured a “soft earmark” for the expansion of the Interoperable Radio Communication System to the region’s small law enforcement agencies.

Congress has delayed action on FY2007 appropriations bills until the “lame duck” session in November. At such time, final funding amounts, if awarded, will be identified.

The Ferguson Group has brought over $7 million to Wake County since the county first contracted with them. Mr. Murphy said that this had been a difficult time for securing federal funds due to the war in Iraq and the terrorism but the local delegation had responded to the county’s request. There was discussion about the continued success of earmarks and the successes by partnering in projects. The commissioners thanked Mr. Murphy and Mr. Hamm for the excellent work they have done on behalf of Wake County citizens.
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CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
PROJECT ORDINANCE FOR $128,139


Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners accepts the Workforce Development funding in the amount of $128,139 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revisions to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund.
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ACCEPTANCE OF $4,800 IN FEDERAL GRAND FUNDS
FOR THE “FEED THE BIN” RECYCLING PROGRAM

Specific Action Approved:
That the Board of Commissioners approves the receipt of the United States Environmental Protection Agency grant funds in the amount of $4,800 and approves the appropriate budget revision.
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THREE-YEAR AGREMEENT WITH BATTERIES OF NC, LLC TO
PROVIDE LEAD-ACID BATTERY RECYCLING SERVICES AT
NO COST TO THE COUNTY

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners approved the three-year agreement with Batteries of NC, LLC to provide lead-acid battery recycling services to Wake County.


NORTH CAROLINA

WAKE COUNTY
SERVICES AGREEMENT
UNDER $10,000

THIS AGREEMENT, is made and entered into this 15th day of November, 2006 by and between Wake County, North Carolina (the “County”) party of the first part; and Batteries of NC, LLC (the “Provider”), party of the second part;

WITNESSETH:

For the purpose and subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the County hereby contracts for the services of the Provider, and the Provider agrees to provide the services to the County in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

I. TERM: November 15, 2006 through June 30, 2009.

II. SERVICES

1. Provider agrees to provide lead-acid battery recycling services to Wake County Solid Waste Management Division as described in Attachment “A” which is attached to this contract.

Provider shall not sub-contract all or any part of the services provided for in this Agreement without prior written approval of the County.

III. PAYMENT

The Provider agrees to pay the County Solid Waste Management Division as described in Attachment “A”, which is attached to this contract.

IV. RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES

Provider is an independent contractor of the County. Provider represents that is has or will secure, at its own expense, all personnel required in performing the services under this Agreement. Such personnel shall not be employees of or have any contractual relationship with the County. All personnel engaged in work under this Agreement shall be fully qualified and shall be authorized or permitted under state and local law to perform such services. It is further agreed that the Provider will obey all State and Federal statutes, rules and regulations which are applicable to provisions of the services called for herein. Neither Provider nor any employee of the Provider shall be deemed an officer, employee or agent of the County.

V. CANCELLATION

This agreement may be canceled by Provider upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the County, and the County may terminate this agreement upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to Provider.

VI. INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

Provider shall obtain, at its sole expense, all insurance as required in the County’s contract control policy and shall not commence work until such insurance is in effect and certification thereof has been received by the County’s Risk Manager. Such insurance shall name the County as Additional Insured under both General Liability and Auto Liability policies.

VII. IDEMNIFICATION

Provider agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the County, for all loss, liability, claims or expense (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising from bodily injury, including death or property damage, to any person or persons caused in whole or in part by the negligence or misconduct of the Provider, except to the extent same are caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of the County.

It is the intent of this section to require Provider to indemnify the County to the extent permitted under North Carolina law.

VIII. NON-ASSIGNMENT

Provider shall not assign all or any part of this Agreement, including rights to payments, to any other party without the prior written consent of the County.

IX. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

The parties have read this Agreement and agree to be bound by all of its terms, and further agree that it constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the Agreement between the parties unless and until modified by a writing signed by the parties. Modifications may be evidenced by telefacsimile signatures.

X. GOVERNING LAW

Both parties agree that this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.

WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
PROVIDER
By _______________________________

Date _____________________________
By _________________________________

Date _______________________________

____________________________________

____________________________________
(Mailing Address)
Federal Tax ID#: _______________

This instrument has been pre-audited in the manner required by the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.

______________________
FINANCE OFFICER
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RENEWAL OF WAKE COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ROUTEMATCH
SOFTWARE CONTRACT FOR THREE YEARS AT $35,712 PER YEAR

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners approved the new contract and authorizes the County to affix the signatures of local officials as required.
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GREATER RALEIGH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR $130,000

Proposed budget included $50,000 for Destination Marketing DVD and $80,000 for Executive Search Firm for new CEO and restructuring the IT department.

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners approved the amendment to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau fiscal year 2006-2007 budget in the amount of $130,000.
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GARNER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AND RESCUE SQUAD, INC.
REQUEST FOR CONVALESCENT TRANSPORT AMBULANCE
FRANCHISE REQUEST

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners issued an ambulance franchise for non-emergency convalescent care ambulance service to Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc., Garner, North Carolina, subject to approval by the County Manager based on a finding of compliance by the Director of the Emergency Services Division of the Department of Public Safety with Chapter 2-7, Article III, Wake County Code of Ordinances and all applicable State statutes and regulations.

ORDINANCE GRANTING FRANCHISE TO GARNER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AND RESCUE SQUAD, INC.
FOR OPERATION OF A NON-EMERGENCY CONVALESCENT-CARE AMBULANCE SERVICE

WHEREAS, Garner Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Rescue Squad, Inc., located in Garner, North Carolina, has applied for a franchise for operation of a non-emergency convalescent-care ambulance transport service in Wake County; and

WHEREAS, Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc. also hold a franchise for delivery of emergency ambulance services in Wake County; and

WHEREAS, issuance of the requested franchise will take place only upon recommendation of such issuance by the Acting Director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services to the County Manager;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED THAT, Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc. be granted a franchise of five years’ duration for the delivery of convalescent ambulance transport service in Wake County, North Carolina, subject to the following provisions:
(a) As an emergency ambulance service franchisee in (and contractor for) Wake County, it will:

(1) Obtain and maintain a separate system of billing, collecting and accounting that effectively segregates Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc. convalescent-care financial activities from Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc. emergency ambulance financial activities;
(a) That if Garner EMS and Rescue Squad, Inc. does not offer the services authorized by this Ordinance within one hundred twenty (120) days of its adoption, discontinues the services authorized by this Ordinance during the life of the franchise, or fails to comply with the conditions of this ordinance, then, upon thirty (30) days’ notice by Wake County’s Director of Public Safety, the franchise authorized herein shall be declared null and void.

ADOPTED this the 6th of November, 2006.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 2006 METROPOLITAN
MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM GRANT TOTALING $232,200
Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners accepts the Department of Homeland Security Metropolitan Medical Response System program grant via the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety in the amount of $232,200 with funds to be appropriated for expenditure in the FY 2007 and 2008 operating budget, and authorize the County Manager to sign the accompanying Memorandum of Agreement.

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ACCEPTANCE OF $1,000,000 IN GRANT FUNDS FROM THE
US DEPARMTENT OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION,
AS CO-RECIPIENT FOR RENOVATION OF THE
NC RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners participates as co-applicant for the EDA grant and accepts EDA grant funds totaling $1,000,000 for the proposed renovation and expansion of the Rural Economic Development Center at the Wake County Office Park; and authorizes the Chairman to execute all documents associated with the application and acceptance of the EDA Grant after review and approval by the County Attorney.
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CONVEYANCE OF ROAD RIGHT OF WAY AND TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT
TO THE TOWN OF WAKE FOREST AT THE SITE OF NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER,
WAKE FOREST BRANCH LIBRARY AND WAKE COUNTY EMS STATION 10

Specific Action Approved:
The Board of Commissioners approved the conveyance of approximately 3,226 square feet of permanent road right of way and approximately 542 square feet of temporary construction easement to the Town of Wake Forest needed for proposed improvements to South Franklin Street.
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TAX REPORT

Upon motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board accepted and unanimously approved the tax reports as follows:


1.Report of Collections – Wake County Only – September 2006
      2.
Wake County In-Rem Foreclosure Progress Report – September 2006
      3.
Value Adjustments and Special Situations: (Wake County Only), (Wake County and
Town of Knightdale), (Wake County and City of Raleigh)
      4.
Consideration of Requests for Exemptions-Late Filed Applications: (Wake County Only),
(Wake County and Town of Cary), (Wake County and Town of Garner), (Wake
County and City of Raleigh)
      5.
Consideration of Requests for Adjustments, Rebates and/or Refunds of Penalties:
(Wake County Only), (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
Morrisville), (Wake County and City of Raleigh), (Wake County and Town of Wake Forest)
      6.
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 Town
of Garner), (Wake County and Town of Holly Springs), (Wake County and City of Raleigh)
      7.
Consideration for Release of Penalties and Interest for Wake County Prepared Food
and Beverage Taxes: (Wake County Only)
      8.
Request for Tax Relief-Late Filed Applications: (Wake County Only), (Wake County and
Town of Fuquay-Varina), (Wake County and Town of Holly Springs), (Wake County
and Town of Knightdale), (Wake County and Town of Morrisville), (Wake County and
City of Raleigh)
      9.
Rebate Details: (Wake County Only), (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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Regular Agenda Items

REPORT ON THE REQUEST FROM WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
TO REALLOCATE PLAN 2004 PLANS

Mr. Don Hayden presented this resolution to the Board stating that this is the first reading of this resolution which requires two readings. Passage of the second reading of this resolution is contingent upon the passing of the school bonds on November 7, 2006.
RESOLUTION REQUESTING REALLOCATION OF FUNDING
PLAN 2004 CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS

WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education is engaged in a Long-Range Building Program, and

WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education has approved the projects listed below as part of its PLAN 2004 Building Programs, and contracts have been or will be let for planning and design services.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Wake County Board of Education requests that the Wake County Board of Commissioners reallocate funds as follows:

      FROM
AMOUNTTOAMOUNT
      PLAN 2004 Building Program
      E24 Start-Up
$730,000East Wake High Start-Up$125,000
      E27 Start-Up
$745,000Lacy Elementary Start-Up$225,000
Poe Elementary Start-Up$175,000
Root Elementary Start-Up$200,000
Cary High Start-Up$100,000
Enloe High Start-Up$120,000
Smith Elementary Start-Up$230,000
Elementary E17 Start-Up$150,000
Laurel Park Elementary Start-Up$150,000
      PLAN 2004 Total
$1,475,000PLAN 2004 Total$1,475,000

Resolved this 3rd day of October 2006
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

By: __________________________________ Patti Head, Chair
Attest: _____________________________
Del Burns, Secretary

RESOLUTION R-2006-35
REALLOCATE PLAN 2004 FUNDS FOR NEW START-UP PROJECTS

WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education is engaged in a Long Range Building Program; and

WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education has duly requested, through a resolution adopted October 3, 2006, that the Board of Commissioners approve the reallocation of $730,000 from E-24 Start-Up and $745,000 from E-27 Start-Up to nine new start-up projects as listed below.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wake County Board of Commissioners hereby reallocates funds as follows:

      FROM
AMOUNTTO
      AMOUNT
      PLAN 2004 Building Program
      E24 Start-Up
$730,000East Wake High Start-Up
      $125,000
      E27 Start-Up
$745,000Lacy Elementary Start-Up$225,000
Poe Elementary Start-Up$175,000
Root Elementary Start-Up$200,000
Cary High Start-Up$100,000
Enloe High Start-Up$120,000
Smith Elementary Start-Up$230,000
Elementary E17 Start-Up$150,000
Laurel Park Elementary Start-Up$150,000
      PLAN 2004 Total
$1,475,000PLAN 2004 Total $1,475,000

Adopted this the 20th day of November 2006.
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INCREASED STATE FUNDING AND CREATION OF 12.75 POSITIONS TO
SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PURCHASE OF SERVICES AND
LOCAL MANAGING ENTITY SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Mr. Bob Sorrels presented the request for the Board to accept an increase in State funding and create 12.75 positions to support mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services purchase of services and Local Managing entity systems management. The Legislature approved additional funds for purchasing services for mental health consumers through contracted community service providers in the amount of $672,307. The Legislature reversed a decision to reduce funding for Wake County’s Local Management Entity Systems management of $3,315,533 and increase the funding back for $1,390,926 for Wake County to be able to carry out its administrative functions for these services. These 12.75 positions will restore community provider development, administrative, and quality assurance supports to the network of care contracted and monitored under the LME’s authority, as well as ensure adequate clinical staffing for screening, triage and referral.

Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept an additional funding allocation from the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services in the amount of $2,063,233 and approve the creation of 12.75 FTE’s for Local Managing Entity functions.
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WAKE COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 2007-2008
COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
1. Funding for 3 positions which already exist; two positions that are funded by user fees, and some training and employee development funds. 2. Funding for replacement of 12 lift equipped vans. 3. Funding for advanced technology to upgrade to an internet-based scheduling and dispatch services with RouteMatch. Total county match portions equal $142,149 and will be funded in the FY 07-08 Transportation budget by user fees. Upon motion by Commissioners Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept an additional funding allocation from the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services in the amount of $2,063,233 and approves the creation of 12.75 FTE’s for Local Managing Entity functions.
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WAKE COUNTY’S WORK FIRST PLAN FOR
FEDERAL FISCAL YEARS 2007-2009

Mr. Jack Rogers, Director of Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Ms. Barbara Harris, Work First Program Manager, presented the request for approval of the Wake County’s biennial Work First Plan for 2007-2008. Mr. Rogers stated that in 1995 they were serving 5,025 households and in the last year they served 1,534. This shows that people are obtaining employment and staying off of welfare. They work closely with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. There are more families moving out of poverty. Commissioners congratulated Mr. Rogers and the staff in this program for their good work in this area. Ms. Harris stated that they need additional support with the day care programs.

Upon motion by Commissioner Bryan, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Wake County Biennial Work First Plan for Fiscal Year 2007-2008.
Wake County’s Biennial Work First Plan FFY 2007- 2009
Executive Summary

Summary of Work First Program:
In 1995, North Carolina obtained federal permission to begin reforming its Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program by shifting its focus from cash assistance payments to that of employment. The Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 expanded on State reform efforts by replacing AFDC (and the JOBS program) with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.

The established goals for Work First are as follows:
Adults Entering Employment
Remaining Off Work First for Employment
Providing Employment Services (All- Parent & Two – Parent)
Meeting All-Parent Participation Rate
Meeting Two-Parent Participation Rate
Providing Benefit Diversion

North Carolina 's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called Work First, is based on the premise that parents have a responsibility to support themselves and their children. Through Work First, parents can receive short-term training and other services to help them become employed and self-sufficient.

Work First Families with an employment obligation are placed on a 24-month (two-year) time clock and are allowed 12 weeks to obtain employment or be involved in short-term job training. In most cases, families who have reached the 24-month limit cannot receive Work First Family Assistance for three years. On January 1, 1997 the federal five-year time clock was implemented, limiting assistance to five years.

The Work First program emphasizes three key strategies:
1. Benefit Diversion – Provides a one-time payment equivalent to up to three months worth of cash assistance based on assessment. This allows families to maintain employment and stay off welfare by providing financial assistance to address unexpected emergencies.

2. Obtain Employment - To receive Work First Family Assistance benefits, parent(s) must register with the First Stop Employment Assistance Program, sign a Mutual Responsibility Agreement (MRA) and obtain employment in exchange for intensive support services, such as, child day care, transportation, and assistance with employment related expenses.

3. Employment Retention – Provides support services to help low-income families (at or below 200 % of federal poverty level) stay off welfare after going to work. Work First employment counselors provide direct follow-up services or arrange for needed services, such as emergency assistance, assistance with transportation and other work related expenses to help working families maintain their employment.

Wake County is committed to helping low-income families move from welfare assistance to employment and out of poverty. Additional local strategies address broader TANF goals by investing in an array of supports and services, which strengthen the family and promote child well being. These include: Family Support Services, child protection, after-school programs, domestic violence programs, fatherhood initiatives, and supported housing. Wake County uses the Family Assessment model to establish family strengths and establish realistic and achievable goals.

Wake County’s Work First Population Consists of a single, African-American mother, who is 24 years or younger with one pre-school aged child. On average, Work First participants have only achieved a 10th grade education,

The average time a family remains on assistance is 6 months and the average amount of a Work First cash assistance check is $211.73 per month.

In August 2006 Work First provided supportive services to 1,534 families:
499 All Family caseload (single parent household with employment obligation)
21 Two–Parent caseload (two parent households with employment obligation)
1,014 Child Only caseload.

Wake County’s Work First Program has achieved a 69.47% reduction in it’s cash assistance caseload, from 5,025 in 1995 to 1, 534 on September 1, 2006.

Wake County Work First Performance Report FY05-06:
Performance Indicators
Goal
Actual Results
State Averages
Adults Entering Employment
156
760
Remaining Off Work First For Employment
90%
97%
94%
Providing Employment Services – “All-Parent”
80%
96.92%
93.62%
Providing Employment Services – “Two-Parent”
100%
96.15%
91.24%
Meeting All-Parent Participation Rate
50%
49.06%
39.84%
Meeting Two-Parent Participation Rate
90%
71.53%
58.22%
Employed 6 Months After Leaving Work First
60%
72.87%
68.88%

Emerging Challenges
New Strategies
In an effort to meet the All Family Participation Rate of 50% and the Two-Parent Participation Rate of 90%, the State has set aside Supplemental Grants to fund County demonstration projects to improve the States’ Participation Rates. Wake County submitted a proposal that requests approximately one million dollars to implement strategic interventions (emergency employment-related transportation, Community Service and OJT opportunities, Circles of Support) to increase the All Family Participation rate to 70% and to meet it Two-Parent Participation Rate of 90%.





















TANF
1571 Source
YTD TOTALS
May
April
March
February
January
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
TANF Admin 100% Fed1Part 1
883,711.53
0.00
0.00
94,389.61
99,138.21
100,071.50
97,448.30
105,670.98
98,518.30
95,751.55
99,496.40
93,226.68
TANF Services 100% Fed2Part 1
4,114,301.25
(53,480.21)
0.00
524,408.74
541,730.83
497,359.48
553,441.52
504,725.77
520,190.03
488,194.71
537,730.38
TANF Purchased Services3Part IV
117,772.83
0.00
0.00
10,593.00
15,977.50
19,439.50
15,593.00
21,101.75
3,119.89
19,314.67
12,633.52
EA Cash TANF 100%4 Part II
321,790.35
0.00
0.00
11,678.27
23,118.50
45,195.79
64,518.37
54,773.34
65,168.67
9,669.86
47,667.55
WorkFirst Housing Other Than Subsidies5Part II
207,124.00
0.00
0.00
21,907.00
38,429.00
4,689.00
55,604.00
10,905.00
18,124.00
12,050.00
45,416.00
WorkFirst Year End Adjustment6Adjustment
0.00
0.00
0.00
Child & Fam Enrich TNF 100% Fed7Part II
331,764.04
0.00
0.00
26,972.78
85,671.64
15,911.32
38,279.68
42,328.72
48,179.19
29,670.02
44,750.69
TANF Preg Prev8Part II
0.00
0.00
0.00
TANF Domestic Violence9Part IV
40,253.89
9,343.89
0.00
10,684.75
2,059.25
3,685.25
3,953.25
3,150.00
2,940.00
3,122.50
150.00
1,165.00
TANF Other 100% Fed10Part II
0.00
0.00
0.00
Trans TANF 100% Fed11 Part II
0.00
0.00
0.00
WF Ed/Trng 100% Fed12Part II
0.00
0.00
0.00
`
WF Fed Over AllocAdjustment
(482,779.55)
53,480.21
(53,480.21)
(482,779.55)
WorkFirst Non ReimbParts 1, II, IV
2,291,526.05
411,206.10
677,566.38
666,493.81
536,259.76
TOTALS:
6,016,717.89
9,343.89
(53,480.21)
10,684.75
96,448.86
698,383.25
808,952.22
683,193.39
833,107.55
735,292.88
753,655.83
658,545.66
782,589.82

MOE
1571 Source
YTD TOTALS
May
April
March
February
January
December
November
October
September
WorkFirst Admin1Part 1
$1,007,061.33
118,178.65
$89,938.95
$91,824.87
$80,316.21
$81,626.91
79,413.27
74,180.86
78,365.18
73,860.20
WorkFirst Services2Part 1
$3,366,629.83
444,247.42
$331,864.83
$288,997.28
$261,163.77
$260,603.26
269,371.40
235,220.65
256,568.97
238,023.06
WorkFirst Purchased Services3Part IV & II
$456,964.40
38,848.31
$36,567.30
$40,790.88
$33,069.88
$38,542.11
69,354.13
53,165.50
18,466.15
15,394.41
WorkFirst Purchased Services CPS4 Part IV
$14,369.00
5,957.00
$6,128.25
$2,283.75
WorkFirst Child Care5Part II
$727.05
$0.00
$0.00
450.00
230.00
WorkFirst Cash6Part II
$95,620.82
38,599.40
$32,351.92
$24,669.50
WorkFirst Ed/Trng 5277Part II
$266,948.06
40,390.35
$5,899.23
$61,710.28
$27,974.00
13,534.60
17,695.03
20,601.93
19,569.23
WorkFirst Transp. 5328Part II
$217,781.60
7,749.95
$2,356.22
$21,193.98
$5,032.50
4,767.00
5,021.00
10,758.51
41,955.95
WorkFirst Participation Exp. 5379Part II
$15,588.49
1,459.02
$1,354.30
$1,500.65
$2,272.79
1,198.84
785.30
1,452.65
878.82
WorkFirst Housing Other Than Subsidies10Part II
$142,509.00
44,051.28
$21,877.27
$63,178.19
$3,151.43
251.73
6,299.22
3,030.59
179.29
WorkFirst Year End Adjustment11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
TOTALS:
$5,584,199.58
$739,481.38
$528,338.27
$596,149.38
$374,549.86
$419,203.00
$437,890.97
$392,817.56
$389,473.98
$389,860.96
WorkFirst Admin (Code 54-11) FTE's
(before OH allocation)
4.5278
4.3064
4.3131
3.8080
4.2636
3.7548
3.8226
3.4319
3.6210
(after OH allocation)
14.1336
5.5533
5.6384
10.6008
10.4662
9.9155
9.8514
9.6449
9.5066
Difference
9.6058
1.2469
1.3253
6.7928
6.2026
6.1607
6.0288
6.2130
5.8856
WorkFirst Services (Code 54-09) FTE's
(before OH allocation)
69.3197
47.4313
44.6380
44.5109
43.1344
39.8131
40.0360
39.7317
40.6233
(after OH allocation)
90.0611
61.1658
58.3554
58.3411
55.0932
52.2425
52.6049
52.3297
51.8284
Difference
20.7414
13.7345
13.7174
13.8302
11.9588
12.4294
12.5689
12.5980
11.2051
1WorkFirst Eligibility & Fraud Activities
2WorkFirst Block Grant Activities
3Housing subsidies contracts: The Carying Place, Pan Lutheran Ministries, Women's Center, Triangle Family Services, Other WF Purch. Services
4Psychological services
5Day Care Funding

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

There were no public comments made on this date.
APPOINTMENTS

Following nominations and upon motion by Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board unanimously voted to accept all the nominations as recorded.

Garner Planning Board

Commissioner Betty Lou Ward nominated Woodrow Mitchell (term expires 06/30/07) and Chad Allen Simon (term expires 06/30/08) for reappointment to the Garner Planning and Appearance Commission.

Wake County Adult Care Home Advisory Committee

Commissioner Webb nominated Joe Thieme for reappointment (term expires 10/30/09) and Blenda Crayton, Amelia Gugliotta, Anne Perrotta, Linda Wincovich and Laura Winslow for a new one year term (term expires 10/30/07).

Wake County Human Services Board

Commissioner Ward nominated Dr. John Key, William Stanford, and Charles King for reappointment (terms expire 11/14/10) and Susan O’Dell as a new appointment filling the Nurse position (term expires 11/14/10). Commissioner Jeffreys nominated Arthur “Buck” Kennedy as a new appointment filling the Engineer position (term expires 11/14/10).

Commissioner Ward nominated Keith Giamportone, Adrienne Keller, Ryan Kruse, and Frank Shepard to the Citizens’ Energy Advisory Commission.

Terms as follows:
Keith Giamportone (term expires 03/31/08)
Adrienne Keller (term expires 05/31/08)
Ryan Kruse (term expires 03/31/09)
Frank Shepard (term expires 05/31/08)

Wake County Fire Commission

Commissioner Jeffreys nominated Lucius S. Jones for reappointment to the Fire Commission as recommended by the Wendell Town Council.

Wake County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority

Commissioner Ward nominated M. Gray Styers, Jr. for reappointment (term expires 06/30/12) and John Hartley and Grady Jackson for appointment (terms expire 06/30/12) to the Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS

There were no committee reports.
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OTHER BUSINESS

Commissioner Council wished each of the commissioners who were running for re-election tomorrow the best of luck. Chairman Gurley reported on the groundbreaking of Phase 2 of the Wake Technical Community College Northern Branch. Representatives from Fidelity Investments reported that Wake Technical Community college and the quality education was one of the key factors of their decision to bring their company to Wake County. Students will start classes in the Phase 1 building in the Fall of 2007. Others were encouraged to visit the new northern branch of the community college.
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CLOSED SESSION

Mr. Michael Ferrell stated the Board needed to go into closed session under the authority of General Statute 143-318.11(a)(5) to establish or instruct staff or agent concerning the negotiation of the price and terms of a contract concerning the acquisition of real property:
1) Consideration of purchase of 0.251 acres owned by Wilbur Willie Ferrell located in the Little River Reservoir Project; and
2) Consideration of terms and conditions to purchase a parcel of land located at 215 W Davie Street from James R. Trotter for the Parking Deck Project.

Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Gardner, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to go into closed session for purposes as stated by the County Attorney.

Upon motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Jeffreys, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to return to open session.

Upon motion made by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project by consent judgment, approximately 0.251 acres owned by Wilbur W. Ferrell at a purchase price of $3,000.

Upon motion made by Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the property; and further, authorized staff to proceed with the purchase of a parcel of land located at 215 W Davie Street from James R. Trotter for the Parking Deck Project.

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APPROVAL OF SCHEMATIC DESIGN FOR PARKING DECK AND
MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT ON
DAVIE STREET IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH


Mr. Phil Stout provided the schematic design for the parking deck and mixed-use development in downtown Raleigh. He introduced Michael Stevenson, Kling, architect on the project and the Traffic Engineer with Kimley-Horn. Mr. Stout said the construction should begin in the summer of 2007 and completed by the fall of 2008. The Justice Center construction should be completed by 2012. The project is a private/public partnership between Wake County and Concord/Empire Davie Street, LLC. Prime Consultant, Civil, Landscape, Structural Traffic is being provided by Kimberly–Horn and Associates, Inc. Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection is being provided by Kling. The Master Plan for the Justice Center proposes replacement parking structures for those spaces to be displaced by the new Justice Center. The replacement parking is the most critical capital element of the Master Plan from a timing perspective. Replacement parking must be available by late December 2008 to keep implementation of the Master Plan on schedule. The 987 space parking deck contemplated to be constructed through this public/private partnership would replace the 654-space deck to be displaced by the planned Justice Center. Approximately 120 spaces in the new deck will be purchased by Concord Empire and designated for use by residential and retail components of the project. The mixed-use elements consist of 62 residential units and 12,000 square feet of retail space.

The 9-level deck is designed as a cast-in-place concrete structure with an anticipated life of 70-80 years. Construction costs for the 987-space deck are estimated to be $20.24 million ($20,507 per space). Since the developer plans to acquire approximately 120 spaces to support private residential/retail uses the County would have 867 spaces. The County's share of the deck construction cost is projected to be $17.78 million (867 spaces x $20,507). These figures were based on schematic studies and exclude a recommended 9.36% contingency reserve for inflationary impact, bid market fluctuations and design phase detailing. Adding this contingency still results in the cost for the County's share ($19.45 million; $22,428 per space) of the public/private partnership being within budget.

The County's CIP anticipated the need for 1032 parking spaces (plus approx. 300-350 spaces at the proposed Justice Center) in downtown to support the 30-year Justice Facility Master Plan. Initial capital funding in the amount of $6.1 million has previously been appropriated in the CIP for parking deck(s) to support County facilities in downtown Raleigh. Remaining capital funds totaling $21.2 million for the parking deck(s) are included in the CIP for FY08 and FY09. This equates to $27.3 million being available for all project costs (land, design, construction, etc.) for 1032 spaces. Upon motion by Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan J. Banks, CMC
Clerk to the Board
Wake County Board of Commissioners