SEPTEMBER 17, 2007
The Wake County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, September
17, 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 Tony Gurley.
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.
CUSTOMERS AWARD WINNERS
UPDATE ON THE RALEIGH/WAKE COUNTY
10-YEAR ACTION PLAN TO END AND PREVENT HOMELESSNESS
Accomplishments reported were:
2005 City of Raleigh Affordable Housing Bond
Support Circles with 13 support circles helping 46 persons, $349,000+ appropriated for rental subsidies
Passage of Raleigh housing bond for affordable housing
Faith Community Support Circles program
Housed 46 people including 30 children
Veterans Stand Down
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Employment Initiative
SSI/SSDA Outreach, Assessment and Recovery
Two Triangle United Way Grants
· Capstrat Pro Bono Project
· Let’s Get to Work Program
· University/School Collaborations
· Engagement of Volunteers
What’s Next on the Program
Working with City’s Comprehensive Plan
Educating community on affordable housing
Recruiting developers to build affordable housing
Employment Works Center
Substantiating need for 24/7 response
Conducting additional SOAR training
Fundraising for Support Circles
Fundraising for Let’s Get to Work
Mr. Billingley’s reminded the Board that this program takes volunteers, financial support, and technical assistance from NC Interagency Council on Coordinating Homeless Programs.
Chairman Gurley spoke about Commissioner Brown’s role and how former Commissioner Phil Jeffreys helped start the program which was his passion while he was a commissioner. Commissioner Ward thanked them for what they do to improve the homeless quality of life.
UPDATE ON WAKE COUNTY BOND REFERENDA 2007
Mr. Mort Congleton, Executive Director of Wake Technical Foundation, said Dr. Scott has his planning retreat today or would have been here. They have every seat full for the fall semester and trying to figure out where to put them all next semester.
UPDATE ON THE WARD TRANSFORMER SUPERFUND SITE AND
EPA’S PROPOSED PLAN FOR REMEDIATION
The EPA Superfund Removal Action has already commenced with cleanup of the Ward Transformer facility site which will remove the known source of contamination. The options are outlined in the EPA’s Superfund Proposed Plan dated August 2007. The plan is available for public review and comment through October 4, 2007.
The downstream area under consideration for remediation includes almost 30 miles of impacted waterways (beginning at the Ward Transformer site) including Little Brier Creek, Brier Creek Reservoir, lower Brier Creek, Lake Crabtree and Crabtree Creek extending to the Neuse River.
The EPA’s Superfund Proposed Plan identifies five alternates for downstream remediation. The EPA’s preferred alternate includes the following scope:
· Excavation and disposal of contaminated sediments from streams just downstream of the transformer facility, including Little Brier Creek and lower Brier Creek.
· Stream restoration along Little Brier Creek and lower Brier Creek.
· Monitored natural recovery (no excavation of sediment) in Brier Creek Reservoir, Lake Crabtree, and Crabtree Creek.
Staff has reviewed the EPA Superfund Proposed Plan and preferred alternate. The following are key concerns and recommendations:
· Several remedial options, if chosen by the EPA, may transfer fiscal responsibility to Wake County. Consideration must be given to this responsibility as it relates to the overall cost of maintaining the flood-control structure.
· The EPA is proposing to remediate lower Brier Creek, but not Brier Creek Reservoir, which is upstream of the creek.
· Consideration should be given to spot excavation in Brier Creek Reservoir and Lake Crabtree where additional sampling might indicate it could speed recovery.
· Lake Crabtree is not recommended for remediation (excavation), yet its highest sediment sample had more PCBs than any samples taken at Brier Creek Reservoir or lower Brier Creek.
· Recommend that EPA include the future dredging of Lake Crabtree as part of the remedial plan, including costs associated with contaminated sediments.
· There is no evidence that remedial goals will be achieved by Natural Recovery methods in the proposed timeframe (9 years).
· The EPA is relying on Natural Recovery methods for remediation of Lake Crabtree (clean sediment deposited over contaminated sediment over time). However, fish contamination is the primary concern relative to human health exposure and impacts on the ecosystem may continue even at low levels of sediment contamination, as evidenced by State fish consumption advisories extending to the Neuse River.
The public comment period on the EPA’s Superfund Proposed Plan closes on October 4, 2007. Staff will prepare a response to the EPA identifying the concerns listed above. Staff will also coordinate with the City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, and Town of Morrisville on any other concerns or recommendations.
Mr. Mark Bailey of Environmental Services was also present and discussed the contamination. Mr. Bailey said they collect the fish and then do not put the bucket back. The fish are at risk because they are in the water 24/7. There really is no known risk in the water, soil, and other areas. The State has told them there is no significant risk. The lake is filling up with sediment. They do not have the information of how fast the lake will fill up. Mr. Bailey said alternative #4 is the preferred plan which costs $4,989,000. Further sampling would make for a better plan.
Commissioner Gardner spoke about the grants and costs for the five options. This was identified over 25-30 years ago and seems like EPA would have stepped up on this plan. The Board needs to press the federal government for more of a commitment from them by writing letters, go to website for information, and to send the letters to the federal government.
Commissioner Ward asked about the responsibilities of the owner of the property. Mr. Bailey said anyone who did business with Ward Transformers over the years is responsible. Duke Power and Progress Energy have stepped up to the plate to help with the assessment. Commissioner Ward asked about the possible dredging of the lake. The average depth of Lake Crabtree is 36 feet.
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
36-MONTH LEASE AGREEMENT WITH
AT&T FOR 9-1-1 CALL CENTER COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FOR
RALEIGH/WAKE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER AND BACK-UP SITE
SETTLEMENT OF TWO WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS
FOR A TOTAL COST OF $330,118
Claim Number Settlement Amount
IC File No. 509692 $195,118
IC File No. 586186 $135,000
Regular Agenda Items
ON THE REQUEST FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR RENEWAL OF AN AMBULANCE FRANCHISE
Mr. Chris Colangelo, EMS Team member, stated this is routine franchise renewal request. He was available to answer any questions the commissioners may have concerning the renewal.
Chairman Gurley opened the public hearing. No one came forward. Chairman Gurley closed the public hearing.
Upon motion by Commissioners Ward, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the Board voted unanimously to authorize renewal of UNC Hospitals’ ambulance franchise for operation of a medical care transportation service for the critical-care transport in Wake County pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 2-7, Article III, Wake County Code of Ordinances.
CAROLINA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (UNC HOSPITALS)
FOR OPERATION OF AN INTER-FACILITY CRITICAL-CARE EMERGENCY
TRANSPORT AMBULANCE SERVICE
WHEREAS, Chapter 2-7, Article III of the Wake County Code of Ordinances authorizes the renewal of such a franchise by the Wake County Board of Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, UNC Hospitals’ franchise renewal request has been reviewed and given preliminary approval by the Director of Division of Emergency Medical Services of Wake County’s Department of Public Safety; and
WHEREAS, issuance of the requested franchise renewal will take place only upon recommendation of such issuance by the Director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services to the County Manager;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED THAT the University of North Carolina Health Care Systems be granted a renewal of its franchise of five years’ duration for the continued delivery of inter-facility critical-care emergency ambulance service in Wake County, North Carolina, PROVIDED that such franchise renewal shall be issued by the County Manager only subsequent to a finding of compliance by the Director of the Emergency Medical Services Division of Wake County’s Department of Public Safety with the provisions of Chapter 2-7, Article III of the Wake County Code of Ordinance and all other applicable State statutes and regulations governing such ambulances services, a copy of which finding shall be maintained in the permanent files of the Clerk to the Board.
TOWN OF KNIGHTDALE
EXTRA-TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION EXTENSION REQUEST
Commissioner Gardner asked for clarification on the map. Mr. Morgan said the Town’s last ETJ extension request was 4,000 acres. Commissioner Gardner asked why the Town of Knightdale has not extended the water and sewer services since the last ETJ approval in 1996. Mr. Morgan said that would be made part of the evaluation process. Commissioner Gardner said he wanted an answer to this question of how they are going to address what they currently have within their jurisdiction before he votes on this item. He wanted to know they were good stewards of the last ETJ approval eleven years ago, which has not been addressed with services. This request is a ring around the town. Commissioner Ward said this is a really odd request and she has a problem with this request and would like to have the answer to why they have not moved on the services for those residents in the current ETJ. Commissioner Gardner said this item needs more investigation before being addressed by this Board.
Ms. Melanie Wilson, Planning Director, said part of this area in their ETJ request is in the landfill area. The other part is that they are now participating in a merger agreement with Raleigh so they can annex quicker then they have in the past. She said this is all a voluntary annexation. She said all this request is for the staff to take the information apart prior to this Board receiving this interaction.
Commissioner Bryan asked about the length of this request. Ms. Wilson said that once the Planning Board reviews this they may make a recommendation that is less than what the Town of Knightdale has asked for approval.
Upon motion by Commissioner Bryan, seconded by Commissioner Ward, to send the request for extension of the extraterritorial jurisdiction from the Town of Knightdale to the Wake County Planning Board for consideration and a recommendation for the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Discussion followed with Commissioner Gardner commenting that this request is almost abusive in its size and this request would make two-thirds of the Town boundaries outside of the ETJ. Other towns have not gone as far what is being requested today by the Town of Knightdale. Ms. Wilson said the residents in ETJ areas do not pay county taxes. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Bryan noted that Mr. Eagles works and in addition to working, he went out and in eight days found four potential school sites and got the information to the school systems which they in turn, turned the sites over to a realtor to negotiate with the property owners. Commissioner Bryan said this board needs a willing partner in trying to get these sites. Mr. Eagles said one family said they would be honored to have a school site on their property. The more parcels the better price you can get on the sale. One site is large enough for a middle and high school.
Chairman Gurley said he reached out to the towns asking them to partner with the Schools in locating school sites but he never expected them to bring a real estate person into the process. Commissioner Webb asked for clarification. Mr. Eagles said the schools are using real estate agents instead of going straight to the owner of an identified site.
Kent Goddard, 1806 Rosemary Circle, said he is finishing up his membership on the Human Services and Environmental Services Board. He thanked the Board and said it has been an honor to serve on the Human Services Board. He introduced Burt Fisher as the newly appointed member to the Human Services and Environmental Services Board. He said Mr. Fisher is the Executive Director of Community Partnerships which helps disabled people.
Mr. Bert Fisher said he used to fish in Lake Crabtree. He stated the program, CPI, which he works for, can trace its history back many years. They have over 100 employees and have several programs in Wake County. He spoke about the intent of the Mental Health Reform was for the local stakeholders to treat the mentally ill. The County needs to help secure the services for these individuals in the future before Dorothy Dix Hospital has closed. They need access to providers and services. He challenged the Board to help with mental health programs. He recognizes the need for help with the mental health services in the community.
Chairman Gurley speaking on behalf of the Board thanked Mr. Goddard for his service on the Human Services Board.
CIP 2006 QUARTERLY APPROPRIATION AND REALLOCATION REQUEST
FROM THE WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM (SECOND READING)
A motion was made by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Ward, to approve the second reading of the CIP 2006 Quarterly Appropriation and Reallocation Request from the Wake County Public School System.
Chairman Gurley asked about the opening of Sycamore Creek Elementary School questioning its opening date. Chairman Gurley stated there were comments that they could accelerate the construction of a school where the land was already available because they could finish early and save some money. Mr. Burris said they look at all the opportunities to move up the construction of any of the schools.
Chairman Gurley called for a vote on the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Burris said the Town of Rolesville staff was informed when they were looking for new sites.
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, design, and construction services.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Wake County Board of Education requests that the Wake County Board of Commissioners appropriate a total of $34,568,530 for the projects listed below:
RESOLUTION REQUESTING REALLOCATION OF FUNDING
CIP 2006 CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS
Approving Appropriation of CIP 2006 Funding
for School Capital Building Projects
Adopted this the 17th day of September 2007.
APPROVAL OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT GRANT/LOAN RECOMMENDATIONS
Upon motion by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Gardner, and the Board of Commissioners approved:
1) A grant of up to $86,702 and loan of up to $60,000 to CASA, Inc for 1201 Carlton Apartments; and
2) A loan of up to $350,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, Inc for Capital Pines Subdivision.
All awards are contingent upon the development receiving approval from the local municipality, including site plan approval and all necessary permits. In addition, all awards are contingent upon the basic terms as identified in the project descriptions, including funding commitments from the financial partners as identified.
Commissioner Bryan asked for some additional history on the Carlton Apartments. Ms. Maiorano said it was originally owned by an individual. He said the county is spending $73,351 to refurbish apartments versus the new construction in Capital Pines Subdivision at $95,434. Ms. Maiorano said it is more expensive to build the housing units.
The motion passed unanimously.
Upon motion by Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the Board voted unanimously to accept the nominations by acclamation.
Vice Chairman Coble said Commissioner Brown and himself would be working with the Committee putting together tickets and incentive gifts for the volunteers on the 20th and would be passing tickets out on the 21st and 22nd. The Annual 2007 Volunteer Celebration will be held at the Carolina Hurricanes Game on September 28th. Chairman Gurley said there are enough volunteers in the libraries to staff three libraries fulltime without hiring any personnel.
Susan J. Banks, CMC
Clerk to the Board
Wake County Board of Commissioners