The total recommended General Fund Budget is $914,207,000. The funding allocation emphasizes the County’s highest priority areas with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) receiving 48% of the budget for operating, capital, and debt service needs. Human Services receives 25%, Public Safety 9%, and all other County functions combine for 18%.
We are fortunate to have a strong tax base with which to fund our priorities. Wake County’s tax base is the strongest in the state, enabling us to lay foundations for the future. In FY 2008, the property tax base is estimated to increase by 4.2% over the FY 2007 actual base. New revenue from normal growth in property taxes will equal $28.7 million, while the revenue generated by the tax increase for the school system comes to $28.1 million. Growth in sales tax revenue, our second largest revenue source, continues to increase at a steady rate. Projected income in FY 2008 will grow by $15.4 million (10.9%) over the FY 2007 adopted amount, for a total of $157.3 million. All other revenues will decrease by $9.9 million, largely due to a decrease in state reimbursements that previously went to the County but will now go directly to providers. Overall, the Recommended Budget includes $62.3 million in new revenue.
Of the $62.3 million in new revenue, almost two-thirds ($40.6 million) is recommended for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) to fund the WCPSS operating budget and to pay for debt service and cash funding of school building programs. The remaining funds are designated for prior commitments, maintaining current operations, Wake Tech, and the opening of new facilities. There is a net reduction of $5.3 million in all other County expenditures.
Wake County Public Schools
The FY 2008 Recommended Budget continues the Board’s commitment to quality education. County funding continues to outpace the growth in the number of students. Over the past six years, the increase in County funding has consistently exceeded the increase in enrollment.
The Board of Education requested total funding of $305.7 million for FY 2008, an increase of roughly $30 million over FY 2007. The Recommended Budget funds an additional $18.9 million to WCPSS, for a total appropriation of $294.7 million.
The Recommended funding will increase the County’s per pupil funding from the FY 2007 level of $2,084 to $2,094 in the FY 2008. For the past five years, the growth in the County’s appropriation for operating and capital (debt service) has increased at a greater percentage than student enrollment.
Consistent with the financial plan supporting last Fall’s bond referendum that identified a 4.7-cent total tax increase to support the schools’ building program, the Recommended Budget calls for a 3.6-cent tax increase to begin to implement WCPSS’ CIP 2006. Of this increase, 2.7 cents is necessary to support the debt service and capital costs of the school construction program. An additional 0.9 cents is needed to support the operating costs associated with additional square feet for 9th grade centers and the operating costs of transitioning 19 elementary schools and 3 middle schools to a multi-track year-round calendar.
In addition to partially implementing the 2006 bond program, the budget supports our prior commitments to the school system, namely the opening of new schools and costs associated with schools operating on a year-round calendar. Funds are provided to operate and maintain six new elementary schools opening in permanent facilities (three of these schools opened in prior years at early-start campuses), the opening of two middle schools (Wendell Middle will open as an early-start middle school at the Hwy 97 modular complex and East Cary Middle will open for six graders and continue to house 9th graders for FY 2008), and the addition of two ninth grade centers for Wake Forest-Rolesville and Wakefield High Schools.
In addition, the County appropriation to WCPSS has exceeded WCPSS’ share of growth from County property tax revenue for the past six years. For FY 2008, the recommended budget for WCPSS operating and debt service equals 80 percent of the property tax rate (54.0 out of 67 cents).
Wake Technical Community College
The FY 2008 Recommended Budget also supports the Board of Commissioners’ priority area of an educated citizenry by providing an additional 18% to Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech), for a total appropriation over $17.5 million. Funding supports the third year of start-up staffing of Wake Tech’s North Campus. Funding also supports salary and benefit increases for County-funded positions and an increase for utilities and maintenance to support the addition of 152,840 square feet at Wake Tech’s North Campus (134,840 sq. ft.) and the Chapanoke Road Public Safety Center (18,000 sq. ft.).
The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) also includes an additional $1 million for minor capital needs at College facilities. These funds are for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the main campus and may also be used to further equip and outfit the North Campus.
In January 2008, the County will open the new Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest. This new regional center will bring a variety of services closer to citizens in the County’s northern areas, including: Sheriff’s Office, child welfare, mental health, public health clinics, revenue collection, animal control and building inspection, to name a few of the programs. The Human Services budget includes $1.2 million to provide 40 new positions for this center, including staff for child protective services, economic services such as Medicaid, and health clinics.
The budget also provides additional resources to keep up with demand from our growing population. The budget funds 16.9 new staff members to maintain service levels in child welfare and community health, and provides a coordinator for Wake County’s Gang Prevention Partnership. The budget also includes funding for additional school nurses.
As part of Mental Health reform, the State expects that the capacity of community-based providers will increase so that clients receiving mental health services directly from Local Managing Entities (LMEs) can instead be served in the community, rather than by LMEs or the County government. In accordance with this approach, the Human Services department has reduced the number of direct-service staff positions, and it will continue reducing these positions into FY08. To ensure that adequate service levels exist within the community, the County has solicited information and proposals from community-based providers and has successfully brought in out-of-state providers to serve Wake County clients.
In other changes, Human Services’ budget will decrease by $16 million in both revenues and expenditures related to Medicaid-funded services. These reductions do not mean that Wake County consumers will lose benefits or receive less service. Instead, these reductions reflect the fact that community health providers are taking the responsibility to serve Medicaid clients by billing the State directly for Medicaid reimbursement, and these transactions will no longer pass through the County’s books. This reduction is shown in the chart above; while the County appropriation has grown 51% since FY2003, outside funding sources only grew 5% since FY2003. In fact, Human Services’ outside funding sources are lower in FY2008 than last year.
The Board of Commissioners is committed to assuring a quality mental health continuum of care in Wake County as part of its Healthy Community goal. To respond to the State’s mental health reform efforts, the County continues planning for and developing a broad range of mental health services for our citizens. The state-run psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, Dorothea Dix Hospital, will close in FY08, with some portions of the hospital shutting down as early as fall 2007. The County has developed plans for a full continuum of mental health care, including substance abuse medical detox, substance abuse treatment, and short-term mental health crisis beds. The $5 million allocated in this FY08-14 CIP brings the total County funding available for this project to $12.8 million, not including the funds spent on land acquisition. It is anticipated that additional funding from other sources will be required to fully fund the capital expense for these potential facilities.
The Recommended Budget expands a number of law enforcement services. A total of 14 new positions will bolster specific needs within the department and allow law enforcement officers to concentrate on field duties.
· Two investigators for the Sheriff’s Office Intel/Gang Suppression Unit;
· Four additional school resource officers;
· Four positions for detention transport security;
· Two positions for the training division; and,
· One position for Courthouse security and one for recruiting.
The CIP funds a partnership between the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Raleigh for a joint law enforcement training facility. The new site will take advantage of City-owned property located in Southeast Wake County. We are working with Raleigh to develop an interlocal agreement, which we will bring to you in early FY08. Two key provisions of the agreement will be the City's commitment to enter into a 50-year lease of the property to the County, and their commitment of approximately $400,000 toward site-planning infrastructure costs. The Sheriff's Department portion of the project includes a building containing 36,844 square feet to house administrative, classroom, fitness and support spaces. In addition to the building, the site will include a running track, obstacle course, rappel tower, and parking for 170 vehicles.
The Recommended Budget supports our Emergency Medical Services system by providing an additional peak-load ambulance that will help the system meet response-time standards. The budget also funds improved safety equipment for EMS personnel, and the operating costs of the new Automatic Vehicle Locator system (AVL), which will enable ambulance units to respond to calls more quickly. We will also fund five new EMS dispatchers at the Raleigh-Wake Communications Center. These new positions will address the increase in service demand and help lower dispatch times, improving EMS service throughout the County.
We will also support the EMS system through our Community Improvement Plan, which provides $2 million for future EMS facilities. The Wake County EMS System – including the County’s Public Safety Department, six contracted agencies, and the EMS Peer Review Committee – is developing a long-range plan for facility needs. As part of this effort, the plan will identify opportunities to co-locate ambulance units with fire stations and other existing facilities.
Other County Departments
In response to Wake County’s rapid growth, and increasing service demands, the budget provides additional resources for the following County departments:
· Community Services—Three additional General Inspectors to keep up with workload demands; Branch Manager for the New Leesville Library; increased security for Public Libraries.
· Environmental Services—One position for the County’s animal shelter and one position for water quality protection.
· Finance—Increased funding for the department’s internal audit function.
· General Services Administration—Increase of $1.3 million primarily to cover the full-year cost of new facilities opened in FY07 and increasing utility costs.
· Information Services—Four positions for desktop support, telecommunications, and land records applications.
· Planning—Additional Planner position for zoning and subdivision reviews.
In June 2006, the County Commissioners laid the foundation for Wake County to dispose of solid waste in an effective, economical manner by approving the new South Wake Landfill. The FY08 budget for the South Wake Landfill Enterprise Fund totals $5.8 million for the cost of operating the new landfill and revenue sharing with the Inter-local Agreement Partners.
The FY08 budget for the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund totals $25.5 million for the cost of operating the North Wake Landfill, Citizen Convenience Centers and recycling promotion, and other solid waste activities.
Fire Tax District
The Fire Commission, which makes recommendations relating to fire service in the Fire Tax District, unanimously recommends an FY 2008 operating budget consistent with its Long-Range Business Plan, approved by the County Commissioners in February 2005. The budget, maintains the tax rate at 10 cents, funds cost increases for fuel, liability insurance and department health plans. The FY 2008 budget does not include expansions for staffing; however, the Fire Commission is committed to developing a long-range staffing plan to address the staffing needs across the County.
Support for Memberships and Public Agencies
The budget includes County funding to community agencies and not-for-profit organizations. The Recommended Budget provides $3.8 million for memberships, public agencies and contractual services. Memberships will require a 3.3% increase. The budget recommendation maintains our commitment to public agencies. For example, the recommended budget includes funding for the County’s commitment to the edge3 program, a five-year program in conjunction with North Carolina State University to attract technologically oriented employers to the County. The following table summarizes all public agency allocations:
EMPLOYEE PAY AND BENEFITS
The County is able to provide excellent, customer-valued services because of the hard work and dedication of roughly 3,700 employees. Our pay system awards salary increases within market-competitive pay ranges based strictly on performance. We evaluate the competitiveness of our pay ranges each year through targeted salary studies. All pay ranges will be adjusted this year between 0.37% and 7.83% in the FY 2008 budget to ensure our ranges remain competitive. Approximately 150 employees’ pay will be increased to bring their current salary to the new pay minimum. Also, the recommended performance pay increase is budgeted at an average of 4%.
The County provides a comprehensive program of benefits to employees, including a 5% contribution to a 401(k) savings plan, participation in the state retirement system, County-paid life insurance and long-term disability, optional life insurance and short-term disability programs, and dental insurance. All of these benefits will remain unchanged in FY 2008.
One benefit, the County's health insurance plan, will change significantly in the upcoming year. As part of the budget message last year, I noted an employee committee would be formed to evaluate health insurance options and costs and to develop a recommendation for a sustainable, strategic plan for health care. The 22-member Health Insurance Core Team has completed a major portion of its work and made its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners in April. The FY 2008 budget funds the recommendations of this employee committee.
The Health Insurance Core Team developed its recommendations with the assistance of a consulting firm that specializes in health insurance plan design and implementation. The recommended plan was created within a framework of key values held by our organization, leadership input, competitive market data and employee feedback. Based on all of the planning and analysis, six major objectives served as the basis for the recommendation:
· Keep catastrophic coverage as a design element in all medical plan choices;
· Keep the overall value of the new plan choices comparable to our current choices, and include features designed to encourage employees and dependents to understand the real cost of their health care and make wise health care decisions;
· Continue to offer employees plan choices with meaningful distinctions between options in terms of benefits and employee costs;
· Manage long-term costs for the employees and the County;
· Support prudent benefit and health care choices through increased health education, a focus on wellness, and the provision of decision-support tools; and,
· Make dependent contributions more affordable through a revised employee-contribution strategy.
The Core Health Insurance Team recommendations address a wide range of issues related to our health insurance plans, and I will provide an overview of each of the major recommendations.
The first recommendation is to move to a calendar plan-year effective January 1, 2008, making it easier for employees to budget benefit expenses along with other annual expenses. As a result of this change, there will be two open enrollments this year: one for the current benefit plans that will continue to be offered from August through December, and a second one for the new full-plan year that will run from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008. The benefits for the current Base and Premium plans will remain the same, while the employee cost of the plan will increase approximately 6% for the five-month period.
For the 2008 plan year, employees will continue to have the choice of two plans: a point-of-service plan that is similar in structure to our existing plans and a consumer-driven health plan. The consumer-driven health plan will offer a new option designed to give employees and their dependents more control over how health care dollars are spent and will also allow them to apply savings toward future medical expenses. Enhancements to the health care plans will include: improvement of selected benefit provisions to meet industry standards, incentives designed to encourage healthy behaviors, and 100% coverage of preventive health care as prescribed by the American Medical Association guidelines for age and gender.
As a part of new plan options for 2008, the County will implement a new contribution strategy that will require all employees to contribute toward the cost of health care premiums, and the County will begin subsidizing the cost of dependent coverage. Employee-only cost under the new plans is projected to be $10 per month for the point-of-service plan and $22 per month for the consumer-driven health plan. For the point-of-service plan, dependent coverage cost under the new plans will range from $137 per month for employee and children to $460 per month for employee and family. For the consumer-driven health plan, dependent coverage will range from $207 per month to $578 per month for employee and children and employee and family, respectively. Employees who currently have dependent coverage will see a savings in monthly premiums ranging from $60 to $340.
The last recommendation that I will highlight is regarding health care coverage at time of retirement. The County’s current liability for providing health care coverage to those employees currently vested for that benefit is estimated to be approximately $100 million and is projected to significantly increase over time. In order to minimize this future liability, the County will eliminate retiree medical coverage for employees hired after January 1, 2008. Current employees and those hired before January 1, 2008, will remain eligible under the current provisions.
As you see, there will be many changes occurring over the next few months, and the Core Health Insurance Team is currently working on a communications and education strategy so that all employees will be well-informed of these changes and have the tools and information necessary to make wise decisions for themselves and their families.
Providing an affordable, sustainable and quality health care plan is a priority for the County, and I would like to thank all of the members of the Core Health Insurance Team who have worked so diligently over the past year to put forth these recommendations that balance care for employees and their families and the fiscal stewardship our citizens expect.
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN
The FY 2008-2014 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) totals $1.5 billion, with FY 2008 accounting for $370 million of those expenditures. The recommended CIP reflects the Board of Commissioners’ priorities, and the seven-year plan invests heavily in education, for both the Public Schools and Wake Technical Community College. It also allocates considerable resources to support mental health, criminal justice, law enforcement, and public safety.
The CIP lays the foundation for successful service delivery to future generations of Wake County citizens. Wake County has a proud legacy of planning for the long-term and of providing outstanding facilities for its citizens. Continuing this tradition of excellence, the FY 2008-2014 CIP is long-term oriented, anticipates future needs and supports responsible stewardship of existing facilities. It also supports many of the Board of Commissioners’ goals that were adopted in 2007, such as promoting education, criminal justice and environmental stewardship.
FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
The FY 2008 Recommended Budget lays many foundations for the future of Wake County. But in balancing this budget, we face many challenges. We must increase the tax rate 3.6 cents to support school construction and operating costs. In addition, we have assumed that the County’s liability for Medicaid will not surpass 2006 levels. Should the State not cover any expenses beyond that level, an additional appropriation of approximately $7 million may be needed during FY 2008, and a tax increase may be required in FY 2009 to support the County’s Medicaid match.
This fall, we will implement more recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Committee on Infrastructure. The Committee emphasized the need to provide facilities for current and future citizens of Wake County. In October, we will propose three bond referenda for libraries, open space, and Wake Technical Community College. Voter approval will allow us to lay solid foundations for the areas of education, water-quality protection, and open-space conservation.
We will continue to emphasize long-term planning for all of our services. Here are just a few examples of the long-term planning efforts either under way or recently concluded in Wake County:
· Emergency Medical Services: Facility needs for paramedics and ambulances, and paramedic recruitment and retention.
· Fire Protection: Staffing levels and facility needs among the fire departments in the Fire Tax District.
· Libraries: A Libraries Master Plan that prioritizes new library needs, as well as renovations to existing libraries.
· Parks: A Parks Master Plan to guide capital and operating investments in the park system.
· Wake Technical Community College: 10-year facilities plan.
By maintaining service levels and laying foundations, Wake County will continue to be recognized as a great place to live, work, learn and play. As we lead Wake County through this period of change and growth, we will strive to maintain and build partnerships with community stakeholders, and we will continue to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ resources.
Commissioner Brown asked about the budget for School Social Workers or Nurses in the schools. Mr. Cooke said he followed the Human Services recommendation in this area.
Upon motion by Commissioner Webb motioned, seconded by Commissioner Bryan, and the Board unanimously approved the following:
1. Hold a public hearing on the budget during the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting on Monday, June 4, at 2 p.m., in the Board Room 700 of the Courthouse, and also that day at 7 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building.
2. Hold a Commissioners’ budget work session on Monday, June 11, at 9 a.m.
3. Consider the budget for adoption on Monday, June 18, during the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting, which begins at 2 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT LUPA 01-07
TO AMEND THE WAKE COUNTY LAND USE PLAN FOR THE
PROPOSED FRANKLIN COUNTY AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT
Ms. Melonie Wilson presented the Board with a request to hold a public hearing on a proposed land use plan amendment LUPA 01-07 to amend the Wake County Land Use Plan for the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District. The request is only for the Wake County portion of the overlay area. This change would amend the land use plan and then a zoning change would need to be made to the Unified Development Ordinance.
Part of the critical area includes 110 acres in the watershed. The non-critical area includes 8,637 acres and 250 acres are in the urban service area. Mr. Scott Warren reported he had met with Franklin County representatives on this issue. Franklin and Wake Counties staffs met with consultants on the overlap request. Franklin County had also worked with the Town of Rolesville on this request. Property owners were notified by letters, signage and a half-page notice in the newspaper.
Proposed Airport Overlay District’s regulations:
· Minimum impact on development within the area
· Public would be notified of area located in an Airport Overlay District
· Set guidelines to ensure adverse development is not permitted
· Will not necessitate increased densities, land use changes, or utilities’ extensions.
Acting Chairman Coble opened the public hearing.
· Mr. Frank Eagles, Mayor Pro-Tem of the Town of Rolesville, said the Town officials were approached and took no action. They were concerned about future growth of this airport causing noise. The Town is expanding and growing fast. They just wanted to let the Board of Commissioners know they are concerned about the changes in the future. He said they think they are fine with this proposal because they do not plan to build skyscrapers. They have asked to expand their area into the watershed area. They are growing towards the east.
· Patrick Young, Franklin County Planning Director and Wake Forest resident, thanked the county staff for working with them. He emphasized that this is a general aviation facility and there are no plans to develop this into charter or cargo operations. They want to serve general aviation for good access into the County. They just want to assure there are no tall towers in this area. A resolution will go to their board on June 18th for a reprocity agreement.
Commissioner Ward asked about the Lyman family. They are not in line of this overlay.
Acting Chairman Coble closed the public hearing. The Planning Board recommendation provided by John Miller, Vice Chair of the Planning Board, reported that the Planning Board voted unanimously to approve this request. Ms. Melonie Wilson reported that staff also recommended approval of this amendment.
Upon motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board voted unanimously to adopt to adopt the ORDINANCE AMENDING THE WAKE COUNTY LAND USE PLAN TO REFLECT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT.
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE WAKE COUNTY LAND USE PLAN TO
REFLECT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY
AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT
WHEREAS, the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District extends into the Northeast area of the Wake County Planning Jurisdiction;
WHEREAS, the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District map amendments are consistent with the Wake County Land Use Plan, including the Northeast Area Land Use Plan;
WHEREAS, the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District map amendments would promote the general health and public welfare of the citizens of Wake County;
WHEREAS, the proposal would be consistent with the goal of the Wake County Land Use Plan of guiding “quality growth throughout the County in conjunction with affected local governments”;
WHEREAS, the proposed land use designations will serve as a guide and provide information to the public with regard to development proposals and rezoning requests, which may be considered within the area;
WHEREAS, on March 21, 2007 the Wake County Planning Board voted 8-0 to recommend that the Board of Commissioners adopt the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District map amendments;
WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Commissioners held a duly-noticed public hearing to consider amending the Wake County Land Use Plan as proposed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:
The proposed land use plan map amendments are found to be consistent with the Wake County Land Use Plan and otherwise promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, and the Wake County Land Use Plan and the Northeast Area Land Use Plan maps are hereby amended as follows:
Amends the following Wake County Land Use Plan documents to reflect the boundaries of the proposed Franklin County Airport Overlay District:
1. Land Use Classifications Map;
2. General Classifications Map; and
3. Northeast Area Land Use Plan Map
This amendment shall become effective upon approval of the Franklin County Airport Runway Expansion Play by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Commissioner Webb made a motion that the above ordinance be adopted. Commissioner Ward seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried this 21st day of May 2007.
Tony Gurley, Chairman Date
This Instrument Approved as to Form
Wake County Attorney Date
PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OA-01-07:
FRANKLIN COUNTY AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT
Ms. Melonie Wilson presented the request to amend the County Ordinance OA-01-07 to establish regulations to create an the airport overlay district within the County’s UDO to ensure the safe operation of aircraft traffic associated with the Franklin County Airport. A map of the proposed overlay was 1,050 feet for uniform height limitation to avoid hardships in the administration of the height regulations which is the minimum elevation to meet the FAA requirements. The amendment will place regulations on structures but primarily on height, lighting and anything that would interfere with navigational signals or radio communications.
The proposed amendment will:
1. Protect the Franklin County Airport environs from encroachment of incompatible land uses
2. Conform to the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration
3. Is consistent with the Land Use Plan, notably LUPA 01-07
4. Will give the general public an opportunity to know that they are located within an AO district; and
5. Provided public notification through advertising, sign postings in the vicinity, and contacting 44 out of state owners.
Ms. Wilson said this will mainly address cell phone towers that may be too tall. Commissioner Bryan asked about the noise factors. Ms. Wilson said the sound or noise would be at a minimum for this type of airport. Commissioner Gardner asked how people would know they are in an overlay area when they buy property in the area. Ms. Wilson said it would be an airport overlay. Acting Chairman Coble opened the public hearing.
· Danny Rawl said he has worked with Franklin County for over twenty years. There will be no scheduled jets because the runway is not adequate for large jets.
Mr. Warren said full disclosure is required on property sales. Commissioner Bryan asked Mr. Rawl for his expertise on this topic. He responded that the Wake County line is 6.5 miles from the airport so the noise should not be an issue. The purpose of this is to address the towers. Acting Chairman Coble closed the public hearing.
Mr. John Miller reported that the Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend approval of this airport overlay district.
Ms. Wilson also reported that staff recommends approval of this ordinance amendment.
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE WAKE COUNTY UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE
TO ADD THE AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT REGULATIONS
Article 3, Part 7, Section 3-70 of the Wake County Unified Development Ordinance is unchanged by this ordinance amendment, but is included herein because of its general relevance to overlay districts.
Article 3 Zoning DistrictsPart 7 Overlay Districts
3-70-1 Overlay districts are overlaid on general zoning district classifications to alter some or all of the underlying district regulations in order to address special situations or accomplish specific planning or zoning goals.
3-70-2 Overlay district regulations apply in combination with underlying general zoning district regulations and all other applicable standards of this ordinance.
3-70-3 When overlay district standards conflict with standards that otherwise apply in the
underlying district, the regulations of the overlay district always govern.
3-70-4 Unless otherwise expressly stated, all applicable regulations of the underlying district apply to property in an overlay district.
The Wake County Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended by adding a new Section 3-75 as shown below.
3-75 AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT
(A) The Airport Overlay District (AO) is established as an overlay district of all general zoning districts located within Wake County’s jurisdiction that are in the general vicinity of the Franklin County Airport. The purpose of the AO district is to protect the airport environs from encroachment of incompatible land uses that would present hazards to users of the airport or to persons residing or working in the airport vicinity. The supplemental regulations imposed in the AO district are designed to place a height restrictions of 1,050 feet on buildings and structures, as well as some limitations on uses and lighting within this area.
(B) It is the intent of this section:
(1) to prevent creation of conditions hazardous to aircraft operation,
(2) to prevent conflict with land development which may result in a loss of life and property, and
(3) to encourage development this is compatible with airport use characteristics within the intent and purpose of zoning.
To this end, the AO designation, when applied to a base zoning district classification, is intended to coordinate the purpose and intent of this section with other regulations duly established by the Wake County Unified Development Ordinance whose primary intent is to further the purposes set out above.
For purposes and intent of this section, the following definitions and terms are to be considered:
* Airport. Within this section, shall refer to the Franklin County Airport.
* Hazard to Navigation. An obstruction determined to have a substantial adverse effect on the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace.
* Height. For the purpose of determining the height limits in the AO district, the datum shall be mean sea level elevation unless otherwise specified.
* MSL. Mean Sea Level
* Obstruction. Any structure or other object, including a mobile object, which exceeds a height of 1,050 feet within the portion of Wake County where this Airport Overlay district applies.
* Runway. A defined area at an airport prepared for landing and takeoff of aircraft along its length.
* Structure. An object, including a mobile object, constructed or installed by man, including but not limited to buildings, towers, cranes, smokestacks, earth formation, and overhead transmission lines.
3-75-3 Height Limitations
Except as otherwise provided in this section, no structure shall be erected, altered or maintained in the AO district created by this section at an elevation in excess of 1,050 feet above mean sea level.
3-75-4 Use Restrictions
(A) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, no use may be made of land or water within the AO district in such a manner as to:
(1) Create electrical interference with navigational signals or radio communications between the airport and aircraft,
(2) Make it difficult for pilots to distinguish between airport lights and others,
(3) Result in glare in the eyes of pilots using the airport,
(4) Impair visibility in the vicinity of the airport,
(5) Create bird strike hazards, or
(6) Otherwise in any way endanger or interfere with the landing, takeoff, or maneuvering of aircraft intending to use the airport.
(B) Amateur radio operators must comply with Part 97 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
(C) All outdoor lighting must be shielded in such a manner that no direct glare from the light source can be seen from above. This restriction does not apply to warning lights such as those installed on towers, tall buildings, etc., to mark obstructions to aircraft.
3-75-5 Nonconforming Uses
(A) Regulations Not Retroactive
The regulations prescribed by this section shall not be construed to require the removal, lowering or alteration of any structure not conforming to the AO district regulations as of the effective date of this section, or to otherwise interfere with the continuance of a nonconforming use. Nothing contained herein shall require any change in the construction, alteration or intended use of any structure, the construction or alteration of which was begun prior to the effective date of this section.
(B) Markings and Lighting
Notwithstanding the preceding provision of this section, the owner of any existing nonconforming structure may be required to permit the installation, operation and maintenance thereon of such markers and lights as shall be deemed necessary by the Franklin County Airport Commission to indicate to the operators of aircraft in the vicinity of the airport the presence of such airport obstruction. Such markers and lights shall be installed, operated and maintained at the expense of Franklin County Airport Commission.
(C) Existing Uses
No permit shall be granted that would allow the establishment or creation of an obstruction, or permit a nonconforming use or structure to become a greater hazard to air navigation than it was on the effective date of this section.
(D) Nonconforming Uses Abandoned or Destroyed
Whenever the Planning Director determines that a nonconforming structure has been abandoned, or more than 80% destroyed, physically deteriorated or decayed, no permit shall be granted that would allow such structure to be repaired, replaced or to continue to exist at a height that would exceed the AO height limit of 1,050 feet above mean sea level.
3-75-6 Issuance of Permits
The Planning Director shall not issue any permit for development within the AO district until it has been determined that the proposal is in compliance with the regulations contained in this section.
Except as specifically provided herein, no change shall be made in the use of land, nor shall any structure be erected or otherwise established unless an appropriate permit, which includes a confirmation of compliance with the AO regulations, has been applied for and granted. Each application for a permit shall indicate the purpose for which the permit is desired, with sufficient information to determine whether the resulting use or structure would conform to the regulations herein prescribed. No permit for a use inconsistent with the provisions of this section shall be granted unless a variance has been approved in accordance with subsection 3-75-7 below.
Any permit or variance granted may be conditioned to require the owner of the structure, or proposed structure, to install, operate or maintain, at the owner's expense, such markings and lights as may be deemed necessary to ensure aircraft safety as determined by the FAA, the Franklin County Airport manager, and/or the Franklin County Airport Commission. If deemed proper by the Board of Adjustment, this condition may require the owner to permit the Franklin County Airport Commission, at its own expense, to install, operate and maintain the necessary markings and lights.
Any person desiring to erect a structure, or increase the height of an existing structure, or use property not in compliance with the regulations prescribed in this section may apply to the Board of Adjustment for a variance in accordance with the provisions of Section 19-26, Zoning Variances.
The application for a variance shall be accompanied by a determination from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as to the effect of the proposal on the operation of air navigation facilities or the safe and efficient use of navigable airspace. Such variances shall be allowed where the Board of Adjustment reaches positive findings of facts as outlined in Section 19-26-7 and a determination is made that the variance will not create a hazard to air navigation.
Additionally, no application for a variance to the requirements of this section may be considered by the Board of Adjustment unless a copy of this application has been furnished to the Franklin County Airport manager and/or the Franklin County Airport Commission for advice as to the aeronautical effects of the variance. If the airport manager and/or the airport commission do not respond to the application within 30 days after receipt, the Board of Adjustment may act on its own to grant or deny the variance request.
This amendment shall become effective upon the Federal Aviation Administration approval of the Franklin County Airport Runway Expansion Plan.
This amendment shall become effective upon the Federal Aviation Administration approval of the Franklin County Airport Runway Expansion Plan.
Commissioner Brown made a motion that the above ordinance be adopted. Commissioner Bryan seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried this 21st day of May 2007.
This Instrument Approved as to Form
Wake County Attorney Date
PUBLIC HEARING ON PETITION ZP-863-06: PROPOSAL TO APPLY A
NEWLY CREATED AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT TO APPROXIMATELY 8,997 ACRES IN
EASTERN WAKE COUNTY’S JURISDICTION THAT LIES WITHIN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF THE
FRANKLIN COUNTY AIRPORT
Ms. Melonie Wilson said this is the final approval needed for applying the airport overlay district to approximately 8,997 acres in eastern Wake County’s jurisdiction that lies within the general vicinity of the Franklin County Airport. She noted that the existing base zoning would not be altered by the application of this overlay. As the previous item, the purpose of this action is to ensure the safe operation of aircraft traffic associated with the Franklin County Airport.
The petitioner is Franklin County Planning Department. There are approximately 1,600 owners. The Design Firm is LPA Group. The zoning is R-80W, R-40W, and R-30. 8,997 acres and it places height limitations on the area. She provided historical information on this zoning and land use plan. This Northeast area is designated for low-density residential uses. Ms.
Wilson stated the correlating base zoning of this area is zoned that way to address the environmental constraints related to the watershed. The general area is floodplains, floor prone soils, watershed stream buffers and wetlands area. The FAA requirement for the 1,000 foot extension of the Franklin County Airport runway is from 5,500 to 6,500 with a height restriction of 1,050 feet on buildings and structures. Nothing is changing except the height regulations.
The proposed amendment will:
1. Protect the Franklin County Airport environs from encroachment of incompatible land uses that would present hazards to the safe operation of aircraft and the general public;
2. Conform to the FAA requirements
3. Is consistent with the Land Use Plan, notably LUPA 01-07;
4. Will give the general public an opportunity to know that they are located within an AO district; and
5. Provided the public notification through advertising, sign postings in the vicinity, and contacting 44 out of state owners.
Acting Chairman Coble opened the public hearing. Mr. John Miller said the Planning Board met and unanimously approved this request to create the airport overlay district in this area. Ms. Wilson also reported the staff also recommended approval of this request.
Acting Chairman Coble closed the public hearing.
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE WAKE COUNTY ZONING MAP TO
APPLY AN AIRPORT OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT TO APPROXIMATELY 8,997 ACRES IN
EASTERN WAKE COUNTY’S JURISDICTION THAT LIES WITHIN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY AIRPORT
WHEREAS, the Franklin County Airport Commission has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend their runway from 5,500 feet to 6,500 feet;
WHEREAS, the FAA regulations require that Franklin County apply an airport overlay district to the area within the vicinity of the Franklin County Airport;
WHEREAS, this airport overlay district would extend into Wake County’s jurisdiction and would affect approximately 8,997 acres in eastern Wake County’s jurisdiction that lies within the general vicinity of the Franklin County Airport.
WHEREAS, the Franklin County planning staff has requested that Wake County apply the Airport Overlay district to this portion of Wake County on behalf of their airport commission;
WHEREAS, the proposal is consistent with the Wake County Land Use Plan;
WHEREAS, the proposal supports the intentions of the base zoning districts;
WHEREAS, the proposed Airport Overlay district’s regulations would have a minimal impact on development within the area;
WHEREAS, the proposed is consistent with FAA requirements that are intended to ensure the safe operation of aircraft;
WHEREAS, promotes the public health, safety, and general welfare;
WHEREAS, on March 21, 2007, the Wake County Planning Board voted 8-0 to recommend that the Board of Commissioners approve the proposed zoning map amendment as presented; and
WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Commissioners held a duly-noticed public hearing to consider amending the Zoning Map to apply the proposed Airport Overlay district to the entire area, or part of the area.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:
The proposed rezoning is found to be consistent with the Wake County Land Use Plan and otherwise promotes the public health, safety, and general welfare, the Wake County Zoning Map is hereby amended to apply the proposed Airport Overlay district to the area shown on the attached map.
This amendment shall become effective upon the Federal Aviation Administration approval of the Franklin County Airport Runway Expansion Plan.
Commissioner Ward made a motion that the above ordinance be adopted. Commissioner Webb seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried this 21st day of May 2007.
This Instrument Approved as to Form
Wake County Attorney Date
Mark Allemarg said he believes the school board has funding problems. He asked the Board of Commissioners to release the bond funds to the schools. The Judge made a decision on the year round schools so there is no reason to withhold the funds. He suggested the General Assembly be lobbied to approve allowing counties to enact impact fees and transfer fees for future growth and sales tax. Lottery funds needs to be changed. School system should be exempt from sales tax. An effort should be made to meet countywide development and growth processes. Because most resources are countywide, they need to make development countywide. School bonds should be adequately sized to address school construction and growth needs. Wake County has the lowest tax rate but the highest growth rate in the state. There are too few schools and very little land has been banked, if any at all. Schools have no direct control over funding or growth, or other areas. All they can do is work within constraints. Special interested groups try to affect the schools.
Chris Decker stated the School Board and commissioners are the community leaders but the people do not have confidence in them. Funding the schools facilities and operations is a shared responsibility between the two boards. He said his goal is to get the best education for his children.
1. Growth – leaders need to make it a priority. Support alternative funding options, such as transfer tax and control the growth. Control growth that overwhelms the facilities. Local leaders need to take the lead.
2. School funding – far more information available about the funding. School board asked for more money than BOC is willing to give them. He believed parents would support additional taxes to accommodate growth for school facilities. Special interest groups are more organized than the parents.
Tom Lehr, Wake Forest resident, spoke about the Dubois Lease. He reviewed the history concerning this property. He noted in 1998 there was an interest free loan and then in January 2005 the School Board signed a lease without public information and without the Board of Commissioners’ approval. Students in Wake Forest and Wakefield parents were against the least. He said the School Board had more options and four other options were cheaper. He said they did not believe they plan to not move the site. If the BOC approves the lease, then they are telling the School Board it is ok to not follow the intent of the law. Students are learning that if you can’t get what you want by following the law, then find a back door. If the vote is against the lease it will be because it violates the intent of the law. If the BOC votes to approve the lease, then withhold the funding of the lease.
Allison Backhouse, Apex resident, said she was known for being against year round schools and has been labeled because of her speaking out against the schools plan. However, she thanked the commissioners for hearing and supporting those against the year round school plan. They continued anyway with it now named “voluntary.” She expressed appreciation for the BOC questioning the School Board’s actions and solutions.
Kathleen Brennan said she supports schools system but what they have done is wrong. It is critical to maintain what we have and people need to become involved. She said if the Board of Education had been open to compromise this wouldn’t have happened. She thanked the Board of Commissioners for the $40 million identified as savings on the school construction plans which can be used on building more schools. School system does have choice. If system is to thrive, all elected officials must work together to come up with a plan for addressing the situation.
TRANSFER OF $41,360 BETWEEN WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Wendell Goodman of Wake Tech presented a request to transfer $41,360 from the Individual Learning Center Project which is almost completed under budget to the Technical Education Building which is approximately $40,000 over budget.
REALLOCATE FUNDS FOR WAKE TECH CAPITAL PROJECTS
WHEREAS, Wake Technical Community College is engaged in various capital projects; and
WHEREAS, savings are available from the completed Individual Learning Centers Relocation project; and,
WHEREAS, cost projects on the project listed below exceed the amount previously appropriated, thereby requiring part of the funds to be reallocated; and,
WHEREAS, Wake Technical Community College has duly requested, that the Board of Commissioners approve the transfer of $98,792 from the completed Individual Learning Centers Relocation projection to the Technical Education Building Renovation project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wake County Board of Commissioners hereby reallocates funds as follows:
Individual Learning Centers
Technical Education Building
ADOPTED this the 21st day of May, 2007.
Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the Board voted to approve the resolution transferring $41,360 between Wake Technical Community College bond program capital projects.
REQUEST FROM WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR
APPROVAL OF A MULTI-YEAR OPERATING LEASE FOR THE DUBOIS CENTER
Acting Chairman Coble said this item was heard at the May 7, 2007 meeting. Since then he looked into the history behind this matter. He said he agrees on the need for capacity for the schools but both boards do not see eye to eye on the multi-year lease for the Dubois Property. He said it makes no sense to take land, sell it, then turn around and lease it for more than what the county paid for it. He said this was similar to what is happening with the Burlington Mills site now. However, the need for capacity for the schools still exists.
Acting Chairman Coble offered a motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Gurley, for approval of the schools request for a multi-year lease for the Dubois Center and instruct the schools to use current operating funds to fund the lease payments.
Commissioner Ward offered an amendment to the motion, seconded by Commissioner Brown, to amend Acting Chairman Coble’s motion to stop at “approval of the schools request for a multi-year lease for the Dubois Center
Acting Chairman Coble stated that the amendment to his motion was out of order because it was not a friendly amendment but a completely different motion.
Commissioner Webb noted that the agenda provided information which states: “State law prohibits the Board of Education from entering into operational leases for school buildings and/or other facilities for more than three years without prior approval from the Board of Commissioners (NCGS §115C-530). Board of Commissioners' approval is a commitment to appropriate funds in subsequent fiscal years sufficient to meet the obligations of the lease agreement. Should the Board of Commissioners approve the lease agreement, the Board of Education is required to appropriate the current year’s portion from existing funds, and in future years, from resources appropriated to them by the Board of Commissioners.” Commissioner Webb asked Scott Warren, Interim County Attorney, to interpret the meaning of this statement for the Board. Mr. Warren said that if the Board of Commissioners approves a lease for the schools, the funds should be there to pay for the lease.
Commissioner Ward then questioned the legality of Acting Chairman Coble’s motion. Acting Chairman Coble argued that the money is available and asked for the County Manager’s comments. Mr. Cooke said this language has been used in the past to make a point for them to fund leases out of current local appropriation. The current lease is coming out of their local appropriation.
Commissioner Brown asked for comments from Don Haydon on behalf of the School Board. Mr. Haydon said the current lease is being paid out of the schools budget and the funds are available for the multi-year lease.
There were attempts for additional motions which Acting Chairman Coble ruled out-of-order. Acting Chairman Coble asked the Clerk to do a voice vote on his motion.
Votes were as follows:
Commissioner Brown – no
Commissioner Gardner – yes
Commissioner Ward – no
Commissioner Bryan – no
Commissioner Webb – no
Acting Chairman Coble – yes
Commissioner Gurley – yes (by phone)
Motion failed with a four to three vote.
Commissioner Ward motioned, seconded by Commission Brown, to approve the Board of Education’s request for a multi-year operating lease for the Dubois Center. Commissioner Bryan expressed that this site should not have been sold but will support this motion because of the need for space due to the continued growth of the student population. He said when this was brought up two years ago the lease failed with a five to two vote and now they find themselves in the same situation. Commissioner Gardner said he would support this motion but this was an example of poor judgment, bad government and stupid decisions.
Commissioner Ward spoke in favor of the motion stating that if the history was reviewed there were other options presented in the past but the options were not shown to be good options. Commissioner Webb stated he would support the motion because he recognized the need for additional space in this area. The motion passed with a six to one vote with Commissioner Gurley opposing the motion.
LAND ACQUISITION FOR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN APEX (E32)
Mr. Robert Hinson presented the E32 elementary site for the first reading.
On January 23, 2007 the Wake County Board of Education accepted the terms and conditions of an agreement for the purchase of 32.33 acres for Elementary School E-32, at a price of $105,165.00 per acre, totaling $3,400,000.
The property is located off of Apex Barbeque Road. As a part of the school real estate acquisition process, staff from WCPSS and Wake County worked with staff of the Town of Apex regarding potential collaborative opportunities for the site. The site is located in a search area for a neighborhood park outlined in the Town of Apex Parks and Recreation Master Plan. WCPSS, Wake County and Town staff worked together on a concept plan for the site that will include the elementary school, two ballfields, four tennis courts, large multi-purpose field for soccer and lacrosse, comfort station and shelter, playground, shared parking and greenway connections to the Town's public greenway system.
The Town is considering the purchase approximately 15 acres of the 32.33 acre site, (subject to final survey), for the amount of the original purchase agreement of $105,165 per acre totaling approximately $1,575,000 that will include the park elements. The Town is scheduled to consider the acquisition at their June 5, 2007 meeting and upon approval, the Town will request $250,000 from the County's Community Use of Schools CIP fund towards the $1,575,000 amount for the park land acquisition.
Upon approval by the Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education will purchase the 32.33 acre tract. The WCPSS, County and Town of Apex are prepared to develop an Inter-local agreement for the Town acquisition of the approximately 15 acres of park land, subdivision of the property and the development of a Joint Use Agreement for the elementary school and park subject to the approval of the respective boards.
With the partnership involvement with the Town of Apex, the land necessary for school construction is estimated to be 17.33 acres, (subject to final survey) resulting in a net cost for the E-32 site to be approximately $1,822,510. Funds from the sale of the above referenced portion of the property to the Town, will be placed in the CIP 2006 land acquisition fund.
In the event that the Town of Apex cannot move forward on a commitment to purchase the portion of the property for Town parks and recreation purposes, the Board of Education will consider the site as a potential stand alone middle school site or continue to move forward with the development of an elementary school and surplus approximately fifteen (15) acres.
Acting Chairman Coble asked how this purchase price compares to other properties in the area. Mr. Hinson said that $153,000 per acre has been paid in Raleigh. The seller had his own appraisal done which came in at $105,000. There are utilities on the site. There are future plans for wastewater also. The boundary is outside of the Sheron Harris site. This is a first reading of this item which will be placed on the June 4, 2007 agenda for approval.
A short break was taken at this time.
Chairman Coble called the meeting back to order.
LAND ACQUISITION FOR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN THE WENDELL AREA (E34)
Mr. Robert Hinson said this land is in the eastern part of Wake County in the Marks Creek Area. It is a 16.8 acre site to be purchased from Wendell Falls Development LLC for Elementary School E-34, at a price of $40,000 per acre and the developer provide water, sewer and roads by 2009 as part of the proposed school opening planed for July 2009. Staff believes that is a reasonable price. The school site is the area of open space and park acquisition of approximately 125 acres along Marks Creek owned by Wendell Falls Development LLC that is currently being negotiated and will be brought to the Board in the future. Commissioner Gardner said this is a great example on how towns and developers should work together on property for school sites. This is a first reading of this item which will be placed on the June 4, 2007 agenda for approval.
ACQUISITION OF APPROXIMATELY 2.5 ACRES OF MARKS CREEK
OPEN SPACE FROM WATSON & WATSON OF NC, LTD., PARTNERSHIP
Mr. Mark Edmondson, with Wake County Facilities Design and Construction, provided a map of the Watson & Watson property which is owned by a family partnership. It is located between four other properties that the county owns. The Marks Creek initiative has 876 acres and this is a key link between the publicly owned properties. It is vital to help make a full connection. The contract sales price is $12,500 per acre for approximately 2.5 acres with total being $31,250 which is in the floodplain. The exact sales prices will be determined by an appraisal. Some of this property is in the floodplain. The Watson family also owns other property which is under negotiation. The project is eligible for partial Clean Water Management Trust Fund reimbursement and can be applied for in March of next year. The primary purpose of this purchase is to protect the wetlands.
Upon Motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Brown, the Board voted unanimously to authorize the County Manager to execute a purchase agreement for the Watson & Watson Open Space Tract of approximately 2.5 acres for approximately $31,250, subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney.
PRESENTATION OF THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THE NEW LEESVILLE LIBRARY
Mr. Tim Maloney, with Wake County Community Services, said the site was identified for the new Leesville Library and they have been working with Raleigh to co-locate a library and park on Country Trail Drive. The public planning process began in September 2006 and the community welcomes these plans. The Master plan shows a branch library, trails, playground, picnic shelters, an outdoor classroom and a community center. The City of Raleigh has committed $1.0 million to the proposed community park components of the project. Some infrastructure will be shared. An Architect for the library has been decided on and they anticipate opening of library in spring of 2009. There is residential development around the library.
Upon motion by Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board voted unanimously to receive the master plan for Leesville Branch Library in partnership with the City of Raleigh’s Leesville Area Community Park and authorizes staff to negotiate terms and conditions of an Interlocal Agreement between Raleigh and Wake County for development of the planned branch library as generally shown on the Master Plan. An Interlocal Agreement will be brought back to the board for approval.
ACCEPTANCE OF GRANT FUNDING TO PURCHASE SIX
ELECTRIC NEIGHBORHOOD VEHICLES
Mr. Dave Goodwin, Director of General Services Administration introduced Thomas Kuryla, Fleet Operations Manager, to make the presentation. Mr. Kuryla said the county was approached by representatives of NC State University, Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (or SPARCS) about this grant to see if the county would participate. The grant allows the county to purchase six Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV’s) at an estimated purchase set up price of $99,000 and be reimbursed 64% of that cost, equating to a total County expense not to exceed $6,000. These vehicles would compliment the Alternative Fuel Fleet initiatives. They would be used in the county parks and facilities. Two of the vehicles are replacing retiring vehicles, which include a ½ ton pick-up truck and one off-road utility vehicle for a cost savings of $27,000. Another NEV will replace a park’s vehicle for a cost avoidance of $20,000. Additional benefits include the significant reduction of current vehicles including 5 off-road utility vehicles and four pick-up trucks. The fuel savings amounts to approximately $23,250 during the vehicle’s 5-year life cycle based on today’s fuel price. There are 26 hybrid electric vehicles in the fleet now. These vehicles are called “gems” and they are partnered with Chrysler. They will also be used for educational purposes.
Mr. Goodwin said they will be off road vehicles and will not be licensed for on-road use.
Upon motion by Commissioner Bryan, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board voted to approve Wake County’s 36% cost share grant managed by NC State University, Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (or SPARCS) and funded by NCDOT to purchase six (6) Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.
There were no reports.
There was no other business for discussion.
Upon motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Bryan, the Board voted unanimously approved to go into closed session for the following purposes:
1. To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney–client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged
2. To establish, or to instruct the public body's staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body in negotiating (i) the price and other material terms of a contract or proposed contract for the acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease; and
3. To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.
Acting Chairman Coble called the regular meeting back to order.
Upon motion by Acting Chairman Coble, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with the following acquisitions to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project:
· Approve the settlement for the acquisition of approximately 9.77 acres owned by Alvester H. Perry and Romell Goodman Perry in the amount of $117,000
· Approve the settlement for the acquisition of approximately 9.831 acres owned by J.L. Perry and Nina Perry in the amount of $208,000
· Approve an agricultural lease for $1.00 per year for a period of no less than 5 years with Alvester H. Perry and J. L. Perry as a part of the consideration for the purchase of 9.77 acres from Alvester H. Perry and 9.831 acres for J.L. Perry.
Acting Chairman Coble stated the Chairman had been authorized to negotiate with a candidate for the County Attorney position.
Upon motion by Commissioner Bryan, seconded by Commissioner Gardner, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 4:48 p.m.
Susan J. Banks, CMC
Clerk to the Board