October 1, 2007
2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, 7th Floor, Wake County Courthouse, Raleigh,
North Carolina. Members present were Commissioners Lindy Brown, Joe Bryan, Paul Coble,
Kenneth M. Gardner, Betty Lou Ward, Harold H. Webb, and Chairman
Others attending were the County Manager, Mr. David C. Cooke; County
Attorney, Mr. Scott Warren; and the Clerk to the Board, Mrs. Susan Banks.
Chairman Gurley called the meeting to order.
RECOGNITION OF THE “LET’S GET TO WORK” PROGRAM
FOR RECEIVING AN AWARD FROM THE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS
PUBLIC HEARING ON SCHEDULES OF VALUES FOR
2008 COUNTYWIDE REVALUATION
Chairman Gurley opened the public hearing for anyone who wished to speak to come forward.
Mr. Paul Brandt said as a taxpayer he is having a difficult time finding the schedule of values on the website. He would like to be able to look at the schedule of values and determine the changes to his own property. The average citizen should be able to read this schedule and see what went into this decision. He wants to see how the changes are related to his property and he would love to be able to find it on the website.
Chairman Gurley closed the public hearing. Mr. Curl said this schedule is meant to cover the range of everything in Wake County. The ranges are in a book. He stated that a citizen cannot just look at this document to determine their property value. This is a prediction and a judgment. They look at neighborhoods, market, construction materials, size, conditions, quality of the property and home sales in a neighborhood. He said staff will sit down with anyone and help them with their values.
PUBLIC HEARING ON REQUEST TO RENAME
A SECTION OF KEITH ROAD NEAR WAKE FOREST AS
CHESTLEY FARM ROAD
Mr. David Hunt, Wake County Community Services, stated the request to rename a section of Keith Road (SR 1921) near Wake Forest is based on public safety. Keith Road and its corresponding public right-of-way extend approximately 1-mile from Stony Hill Road to Incline Drive within the new Hasentree development near NC 98 Highway in northern Wake County. Keith Road was partly re-aligned as result of this new subdivision and a section of its right-of-way abandoned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in accordance with the new alignment, which resulted in a 700-foot segment of Keith Road apart from the new alignment. The detached part of Keith Road is the section to be renamed. He gave a short overview of the road naming process. There has been no opposition to this request. A petition has been initiated by a landowner and a majority of property owners on that street have approved the change. A developer wanted to realign the road. The realignment results in access to Stony Hill Road. This will rename the old section of the road.
Chairman Gurley opened the public hearing. No one came forward to speak. Chairman Gurley closed the public hearing.
TO CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A $624,611 GRANT APPLICATION
TO THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FOR THE RURAL OPERATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Mr. Don Willis presented a grant application to draw funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. They have been through a public hearing twice already. The North Carolina Department of Transportation allocated $301,722 including supplemental funds for the purpose of providing transportation to the elderly and disabled; $88,000 including supplemental funds for employment transportation; and $234,889 including supplemental funds for the rural public, which requires a 10% match. The match is covered through user fees.
Chairman Gurley opened the public hearing. No one came forward. Chairman Gurley closed public hearing.
Upon motion by Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Brown, following the public hearing the Board voted unanimously to approve the submission of the Rural Operating Assistance Program grant application to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
REALLOCATION OF CIP 2006 FUNDS (FIRST READING)
Mr. Don Haydon, Wake County Public Schools System staff, presented the first reading for a reallocation of CIP 2006 funds for the Smith Elementary School Expansion. This was for a renovation project plan. This is one of the oldest schools in the County and needs renovating badly. A second story is proposed with 51 classrooms with a total of 800 seats for traditional or 1,000 seats year-round. This adds 11 classrooms and increases capacity by 145 students. Program contingency funds are proposed for funding this expansion and project savings from three schools.
No action was taken. This item will be on the next agenda for action.
CIP 2006 CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS
WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education has approved the projects listed below as part of its CIP 2006 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 a follows:
Rosa U. Gill, Chair
Del Burns, Ed.D., Secretary
REALOCATE CIP 2007 FUNDS
WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education has duly requested, through a resolution adopted September 18, 2007 that the Board of Commissioners approve the reallocation of $3,446,389 from CIP 2006 reserve account to Smith Elementary to increase the scope of the renovation projects to add additional capacity.
Commissioner Gardner asked for a summary of the savings from the school projects.
Commissioner Bryan asked if this would add 11 classrooms and if the savings are from the $40 million being saved from other projects. Mr. Haydon said Commissioner Bryan was right in that the funds from the reserves from savings were being allocated for this project. Chairman Gurley said this is a topic for the Commissioners’ Work Session on October 8th because these savings are intended for land banking as was determined by the Board of Commissioners. These plans differ from the Commissioners stated objections for these reserve funds.
ACQUISITION OF 2.66 ACRES OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
FROM THE WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
On February 23, 2007, the Board of Education declared approximately 3.0 acres of property located adjacent to the Leesville High School, Middle School and Elementary School campus as surplus property. This tract is separated from the main campus property by Country Trail and therefore is of little use to the school system due to its limited size, shape and location. In accordance with the NC General Statutes, the property was offered to the Board of Commissioners for purchase at a to-be-determined fair market value or at a price to be negotiated between the two Boards. On March 12, 2007, the Board of Commissioners indicated the County's interest in the property for possible use in combination with adjoining City of Raleigh property.
The adjoining 55 acre tract owned by the City of Raleigh is currently being master planned jointly by the City of Raleigh and Wake County for possible future development of a Community Park and Branch Library. The County's Community Improvement Program includes $4.5 million in capital funding for construction, furniture, furnishings, equipment, and books for a new Branch Library in this area. The acquisition of this 2.66 acre parcel will assist in negotiations with the City of Raleigh for the joint use of the 55 acres of City owned property and will enhance the development capability of the City's property by increasing road frontage and developable acreage. The master plan for the potential joint use of this property by the City and County was presented to the Board of Commissioners and City Council in April.
An appraisal report was prepared by a State Certified General Appraiser and MAI to provide an opinion as to the value of the property. The appraisal was based upon an approximate acreage of 2.8 acres. It was the appraiser's opinion that the value of the 2.8 acres based upon residential use with R-4 zoning was $450,000. A recently completed survey has determined that the actual acreage of the property to be acquired is 2.66 acres. Although slightly less than the acreage used for the appraisal, the total value of the property is likely to remain the same due to the shape of the parcel and the number of potential residential lots that could be developed.
The NC General Statutes require that the proceeds of any sale or real property by the Board of Education be applied to reduce the County's bonded indebtedness for schools or for school capital outlay purposes. It has been agreed that the County will pay the WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM the $450,000 appraised value for the property, utilizing County funds. The WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM will use the funds to pay for school CIP expenditures. The CIP reimbursement bond funds provided to the schools by the County will then be reduced by the $450,000 purchase price. Therefore, the total funds available to the WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM for CIP expenditures will not increase as a result of this transaction.
The Board of Education approved this conveyance at their meeting on September 18, 2007.
Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Brown, to approve the acquisition of 2.66 acres from the Wake County Board of Education for $450,000 and the attached budget revision reducing the County’s reimbursement to the Wake County Public School System for CIP expenditures.
Commissioner Gardner said this is a fair action for the taxpayers. Chairman Gurley said this will allow the Leesville Road Branch Library to be completed.
The motion passed unanimously.
AGREEMENT WITH KRG/PRISA II PARKSIDE, LLC
FOR THE RELOCATION OF THE WAKE COUNTY
RTP RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TOWER
Upon motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Gardner, the Board voted unanimously to:
1) Approve the purchase of the equipment in accordance with the NC General Statutes and authorizes the County Manager or his designee to execute the necessary purchase order;
2) Approve an amended agreement with KRG/Prisa II Parkside, LLC for the relocation of this tower and associated equipment;
3) Authorize the County Manager to execute a contract with KRG/Prisa II Parkside, LLC, subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney; and
4) Approve a budget revision for estimated revenue in the amount of $2 million and the appropriation of the funds for the purchase of this equipment.
Mr. John Kuhls, Human Resources Director, reported that Towers Perrin worked with staff to determine a carrier for the voluntary eye care insurance options for employees. The County’s core health care team had Towers Perrin evaluate and recommend a service provider. Towers Perrin recommended VSP (Vision Services Plan) because they had the greatest number of providers in the Raleigh area and offered the lowest premiums for employee only and family level protection. There is no premium cost for Wake County. The proposed effective date is January 1, 2008 with enrollment opportunities in the fall.
Upon motion by Vice-Chairman Coble, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board voted unanimously to approve offering a voluntary eye care insurance options for employees through VSP as the service provider, subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney.
Commissioner Ward thanked the incoming Mayor of Rolesville for the mini flashlights provided to commissioners.
Commissioner Brown recognized Apex Middle School Cougars for inviting her to led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 4:50pm.
Susan J. Banks, CMC
Clerk to the Board
Wake County Board of Commissioners