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    Minutes of 08-15-2005 Board of Commissioners' meeting (adopted)
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES
August 15, 2005

The Wake County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, August 15, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 7th Floor, Wake County Courthouse, Raleigh, North Carolina. Members present were Commissioners Herbert H. Council, Kenneth M. Gardner, Tony Gurley, Phil Jeffreys, Betty Lou Ward, Harold H. Webb and Chairman Joe Bryan.

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

Chairman Bryan called the meeting to order.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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INVOCATION

Commissioner Gurley offered the invocation.

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APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as printed.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion of Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of August 1, 2005, August 8, 2005 and August 10, 2005.
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RETIREE RECOGNITION

County Manager David Cooke came forward to recognize those employees retiring from Wake County Government with 25 or more years of service. The following employees were presented plaques of recognition and appreciation:

The Commissioners congratulated each of the employees and extended best wishes for a long and happy retirement.
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CAPITAL TREES PROGRAM BIANNUAL AWARDS

Ms. Lois Nixon, Chairman of the Capital Trees Program and Director of Wake County Keep America Beautiful, was recognized to present information on the Program. She stated that the Program was established in 1993 to promote the significance of trees in Wake County. Its overall goal is to draw attention to the most noteworthy trees in the County and to implement an educational program for people of all ages about the tree canopy and the roots. More than forty trees were nominated for this year’s awards from throughout Wake County.

The Capital Trees Program has two parts: the Educational Program to inform and involve residents to sustain and protect the urban and community forests throughout Wake County. The second part of the program is the actual awards for trees that are recognized as the largest, scarcest, oldest and prettiest trees of various species. Information on the program, along with maps showing the location of the trees can be found on the County’s website.

The four categories are: Champion, Historical, Landmark and Meritorious.

Dr. Benson Kirkman served as Foreman of the Jury for the selection of the tree awards and assisted with the presentation:

The Commissioners commended those persons submitting the nominations as well as those property owners “where the trees live.”
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE BUDGET REVISION FOR 2005
EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT

The 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a formula grant program that replaces the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program in which Wake County has participated previously. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department jointly applied for the 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in March 2005. The total grant allocation of $305,846 has been divided between the two agencies by a disparate agreement providing Wake County $137,613 and Raleigh Police Department $168,215. There is no match requirement for this grant.

The Sheriff’s Office will use these grant funds to purchase equipment that will be used by the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions of the Office. The City of Raleigh and the County have signed an Interlocal Agreement that outlines each party’s participation in and responsibilities under this grant. Wake County has been assigned as the lead agency and will receive the proceeds of the grant. The City’s allocation will pass through the County. The County’s portion of this grant is already included in the FY2006 budget. The City’s portion of the grant, to be encumbered and processed as a pass-through, needs to be included in the County budget.

Upon motion of Commissioner Gurley, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board unanimously approved an amendment to the Sheriff’s Office budget in the amount of $168,215 for a 2005 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant.
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AWARD CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR
ROOF REPLACEMENT ON THE WAKE COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING

Periodic assessments of County facilities are conducted to evaluate the condition of building roof systems and to plan roof repairs or replacements. The current seven-year Capital Improvement Program includes $3.4 million for roof repairs or replacements on County facilities. For the fiscal year 2006 budget year, assessments by a specialized roof-engineering consultant recommended a combination of repairs and replacements for the various roof levels of the Wake County Office Building.

Nine of the roof surfaces of the Wake County Office Building were determined to be in poor condition. The other seven roof surfaces have a remaining useful life of five to nine years, and will receive minor spot repairs, which will be adequate to maintain their current condition.

Bid proposals were received July 22, 2005, for roof repair and replacement on the Wake County Office Building in accordance with NC General Statutes. Staff recommends award of the construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

Upon motion of Commissioner Gardner, seconded by Commissioner Jeffreys, the Board unanimously approved the award of construction contract for roof replacement on the Wake County Office Building to CFE, Inc. of Apex in the amount of $387,858.
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NC GOVERNOR’S HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM RESOLUTION

Sheriff Donnie Harrison submitted a grant application to the Governor’s Office in March 2004. The purpose of the grant application was for funding to initiate a traffic observation patrol team. This team of five law enforcement officers patrols targeted areas of the County where analysis has shown significant vehicular traffic problems and problems associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The STOP Team participates in the statewide “Click It or Ticket” program, license check points, and DWI (driving while impaired) check points.

At the September 20, 2004 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board adopted a resolution approving the use of the $410,005 in funds and approved the creation of four Sheriff deputies and one sergeant position. The three-year grant paid for all personnel (salaries and benefits) for the first year at 100 percent. The necessary equipment for the STOP team was paid 75% by the grant with 25% funding from the Sheriff’s Office budget.

In the second year of the project there are no anticipated capital or major equipment costs. However, the grant pays for only 75% of the personnel costs in year two. Since the $57,305 match for the first year was for one-time costs, those same funds are available to meet the matching requirement of the second year of the project. In the third year, the grant will pay for 50% of the personnel costs and the Sheriff’s Office will include any additional matching funds in the fiscal year 2007 budget request if those funds cannot be found within the existing budget.

The Board of Commissioners is being requested to adopt a resolution authorizing the Sheriff to file an application contract with the State and verifies that the County’s matching funds are available.

Upon motion of Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the filing of contract for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING FILING OF GRANT APPLICATION
AND AFFIRMING CASH CONTRIBUTION FOR STOP TEAM PROJECT UNDER
THE NC GOVERNOR’S HIGHWAY SAFETY PRORAM
1.That the project referenced above is in the best interest of the Board of Commissioners and the general public; and,
2.That Sheriff Donnie Harrison is hereby authorized to file, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, an application contract in the form prescribed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for federal funding in the amount of $193,157 to be made to the Board of Commissioners to assist in defraying the cost of the project described in the contract application; and,
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That the Board of Commissioners has formally appropriated in the FY2005-2006 budget, the cash contribution of $64,386 as required by the project contract; and,
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That the project director designated in the application contract shall furnish or make arrangement for other appropriate persons to furnish such information, data, documents, and reports as required by the contract, if approved, or as may be required by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program; and,
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That certified copies of this resolution be included as part of the contract referenced above; and,
6.That this resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
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A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO EXPAND THE
CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

The current Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) includes the State of North Carolina, the Town of Apex, the Town of Cary, the Town of Fuquay-Varina, the Town of Garner, the Town of Holly Springs, the Town of Knightdale, the Town of Morrisville, the City of Raleigh, the Town of Rolesville, the Town of Wake Forest, the Town of Wendell, the Town of Zebulon, the County of Wake, the Triangle Transit Authority, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

At the June 15, 2005 meeting of the CAMPO Transportation Advisory Committee, the Committee approved a Memorandum of Understanding which upon execution will add the Town of Angier, the Town of Bunn, the Town of Clayton, the City of Creedmoor, the Town of Franklinton, the Town of Youngsville, the County of Franklin, the County of Granville, the County of Harnett, and the County of Johnston to the existing organization.

Upon motion of Commissioner Webb, seconded by the Commissioner Gardner, the Board unanimously adopted a resolution and authorized the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding to expand the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
RESOLUTION
BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WAKE COUNTY
AUTHORIZING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
TO EXECUTE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE
CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (CAMPO)
SECTION I

SECTION II

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CONVEYANCE OF BALLENTINE STREET RIGHT OF WAY
TO THE TOWN OF HOLLY SPRINGS

On November 17, 2000, the Board of Commissioners approved entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Holly Springs for conveyance of approximately seven acres of land for development of a new Branch Library in conjunction with a Cultural Center to be funded by the Town. In September 2004, the Commissioners of both the County and the Town authorized certain revisions to the language of the original Interlocal Agreement. Under this revised agreement, the County would retain ownership of the property and all improvements made thereon. Prior to completion of construction the County will execute a 99-year lease with the Town of Holly Springs for the Cultural Center portion of the facility. In addition a Joint Use Agreement will be executed by both parties to address operational and maintenance issues.

As part of the Town’s financing package to fund their portion of the building project, the Town has requested that the County deed the public street right-of-way for West Ballentine Street, and small remnants of property north of the right-of-way for West Ballentine Street, and small remnants of property north of the right of way to the Town of Holly Springs. The Town will be responsible for public maintenance of the street and right of way and adjacent remnant property north of the right of way.

Upon motion of Commissioner Jeffreys, seconded by Commissioner Gurley, the Board unanimously approved the conveyance of approximately 2.38 acres to the Town of Holly Springs as described in Exhibit A and depicted on Exhibit B.

(Exhibits A & B are made a part of these minutes and the file maintained by the Clerk to the Board.)
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INTRODUCTION OF BOND ORDER AUTHORIZING APPROXIMATELY
41,000,0000 GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BONDS AND
CALLING FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED
BOND ORDER ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
Chairman Bryan recognized Finance Director Melinda Canady to comment on the Bond Order and the call for a public hearing. Ms. Canady also commented on the calendar of events for the Commercial Paper Program, which has been previously reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, and is in accordance with the County’s Financial Model.

Chairman Bryan introduced the following order authorizing bonds which was read:
ORDER AUTHORIZING
$41,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BONDS

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the Board: On motion duly made by Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Webb and unanimously carried, the Board of Commissioners ratified and approved the filing of an application on behalf of the County for approval by the Local Government Commission of the issuance of said Bonds.

On motion duly made by Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Webb and unanimously carried, the Board fixed 2:00 P.M., September 19, 2005, in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room in the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, as the hour, day and place for the public hearing upon the foregoing order and directed the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners to publish said order, together with the appended statement giving notice of said hearing as required by The Local Government Bond Act, as amended, once in The News and Observer not later than the sixth day before said date.


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APPROVAL OF WAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
AND CLERK OF COURT FUNDING REQUESTS


The Tenth Judicial District of the North Carolina General Court of Justice presides over court in Wake County. In recent months, the Tenth Judicial District Traffic Court has experienced excessive Traffic Court caseloads. The increase in Wake County population and in the number of sworn municipal officers produces a Traffic Court caseload volume that surpasses the ability of the Court, given the resources and staff provided by the State of North Carolina, to manage the traffic court caseload efficiently, resulting in significant and unpredictable overcrowding in the Courthouse.

The Wake County District Attorney has requested that Wake County fund approximately $25,000 to pay for an Emergency District Court Judge to hold traffic court from now until the end of 2005. The District Attorney’s request has the support of the Chief District Court Judge, the Wake County Sheriff, the Clerk of the Superior Court and the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

The Clerk of Superior Court has also requested that Wake County fund $7,620 for a temporary deputy clerk to staff the additional traffic court.

District Attorney Colin Willoughby commented on the request indicating that the County’s local court officials had made a request to the Wake Legislative Delegation for two additional judges, but those positions were not included in the budget. He emphasized, “The request is a citizens service issue, that unfortunately the Legislature has not given the resources to growing areas and to deal with the population growth that we have here in Wake County. The County has to provide the funds or our citizens don’t get the quality of service that they expect and deserve”

Clerk of Court Jan Pueschel also spoke in support of the funding request, particularly the overcrowded conditions of the traffic court on the second floor of the Courthouse which she noted averages 3000 to 3500 cases per day.

Upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board unanimously approved funding for an Emergency District Court Judge to preside over an additional traffic court through December 31, 2005, in response to the request from the District Attorney and the Clerk of Court.
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JOB’S JOURNEY AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS CONTRACT APPROVAL

Passage Home, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in partnership with the Healing Place of Wake County, Inc., a nonprofit service provider for homeless men with substance additions, plans to build Job’s Journey. This project is a 12-unit apartment complex for the men graduating from the Healing Place. All of the units will be affordable to individuals earning less than 30 percent of the median family income ($19,950 for a single person).

Passage Home is requesting $400,000 in County CIP funds for Job’s Journey. The funds will be repaid to Wake County over 25 years at an interest rate of 0%. Funds will be for permanent financing and will only be provided once all other funding sources are committed. No funds will be used for operating expenses.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed a $400,000 grant in Continuum of Care funds and a $91,618 grant for two years of support services for the tenants. Passage Home has also applied to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for a loan of $394,165 to cover the remaining development costs. Wake County will hold the first lien position.

The Housing Committee of the Human Services Board has reviewed this request and recommends funding for this development.

Upon motion of Commissioner Jeffreys, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved a loan of $400,000 in County CIP funds to Passage Home for the development of Job’s Journey Apartments. The award is contingent upon Passage Home securing funds from all funding sources and receiving all necessary approvals from the City of Raleigh to develop the property.
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MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY COLLABORATION ON
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AND WATER QUALITY PROGRAMS

Under an interlocal agreement between Wake County and each of the twelve municipalities, all of the local jurisdictions participated in a countywide stormwater management study. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the programmatic,
operational and funding options available for the development of a collaborative stormwater management program involving some or all thirteen of the units of local governments.

Cam Dresser and McKee, an engineering-consulting firm, was selected to prepare the Collaborative Stormwater Management Report and to facilitate a focus group comprised of staff-level representatives of each of the jurisdictions. The Stormwater Managers Focus Group held ten meetings during the course of the project from November 2004 through June 2005. The group reviewed existing programs, developed priorities for future stormwater programs and provided suggestions and feedback for potential collaborative stormwater efforts.

Mark Bailey and Melinda Clark of Environmental Services presented a list of likely collaborative programs identified by the Stormwater Managers Focus Group, along with the short and long-term recommendations for the next phase:

1. Continuation of the Stormwater Managers Focus Group to guide short and long-term implementation efforts.
2. Development of a countywide environmental monitoring program – water quality sampling to establish baseline water quality levels, identify long-term trends in quality and to provide better performance measures for programs being implemented in the County.
3. Development of a common GIS system and stormwater assets inventory to efficiently meet the NPDES Phase II program inventory requirement. An inventory with common attributes across the County could be utilized for basin-wide planning, assessment of deficiencies and to improve operations and maintenance practices and to track illicit discharges.
4. Development of a common ordinance and program for post-construction stormwater runoff controls (including a design manual) to meet NPDES Phase II requirements. This would establish minimum standards, common inspections and enforcement procedures and maintenance requirements.
5. Development of a countywide training program for selected stormwater activities to provide uniform training to stormwater staff, contractors and developers working within the County.

County staff proposes two parallel initiatives to move forward in the next phase of the project. The first initiative by the Stormwater Managers Focus Group would be the selection and implementation of one or more demonstration projects. Each jurisdiction that wishes to participate would collaborate and implement these projects to build the foundation for future collaboration efforts in the county.

The second, long-term initiative would involve convening a Countywide Stormwater Management Task Force to consider the environmental and fiscal advantages of a Collaborative Stormwater Management program. The Task Force will be charged with the following activities and it is anticipated to take six months to complete:
The Board of Commissioners received the information as presented, and upon motion of Commissioner Council, seconded by Commissioner Webb, the Board unanimously authorized the creation of a Countywide Stormwater Management Task Force, with each municipality recommending one primary and one alternate member, to consider the environmental and fiscal benefits of a collaborative stormwater program and its feasibility; upon of review of the recommended representation, the Board of Commissioners will make final adjustments to balance out the membership of the Task Force.
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PUBLIC COMMENT

The Board of Commissioners desires to hear from the public about the operations and services of Wake County Government. It is for that reason a time certain (3:00 p.m.) has been set aside for public comment.

Chairman Bryan announced that no one had signed up to appear before the Board. He then declared the public comment portion of the meeting closed.
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COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE USDA
NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE – US COMMODITY
CREDIT CORPORATION FOR AN AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION GRANT

On March 17, 2003, the Wake County Board of Commissioners accepted the Wake County Consolidated Open Space Plan to protect the County’s critical open space resources. The plan provides that the County’s open space resources be identified and protected based on open space plans adopted by the municipalities in Wake County and the common objectives of other County plans, such a Watershed Management Plan, Growth Management Plan, Transportation Plan, Parks and Recreation Master Plans, Groundwater Study and Unified Development Ordinance. To date the County has acquired or partnered with municipalities in the protection of more than 2,250 acres of open space lands.

For the past year the County has been discussing with Larry D. and Danny G. Perry the possibility of acquiring an Agricultural Conservation and Greenway Easement on approximately 69 acres adjoining the proposed Little River Reservoir. The Perrys have agreed to this proposal and are prepared to sign a letter of intent for this conveyance upon the completion of an appraisal to establish the value of the easement. The property consists of farm and timberland and represents a typical eastern Carolina farm currently producing a variety of crops. The farm will eventually adjoin the conservation pool buffer of the reservoir and contains over 4,500 linear feet of stream. The property also adjoins the 293 acres which have been purchased for a future east regional Wake County park.

The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, acting by and through the Commodity Credit Corporation, currently administers the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. This grant program provides partial grant funding to local governments for the purchase of conservation easements to protect topsoil by limiting non-agricultural uses of land. An amount of up to $310,000 has been offered to Wake County for the purchase of an Agricultural Conservation Easement on the 69 acres owned by Larry and Danny Perry. The County will be responsible for 50 percent of the acquisition cost which is to be based upon the appraised value.

Due to the fact that completion of the appraisal, survey and due diligence activities and finalizing the terms and conditions of the easement will take approximately two to three months, the USDA has requested that the Board proceed with approving the Cooperative Agreement at this time in order to secure the available funding. Upon completion of the referenced activities, the easement purchase will be presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval.

This acquisition has been reviewed by the Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee and was recommended for approval.

Upon motion of Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Jeffreys, the Board unanimously approved entering into a Cooperative Agreement with the US Commodity Credit Corporation for a grant in the amount of up to $310,000.
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LOCAL INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY UPDATE

Deputy Manager Joe Durham and Human Services Medical Director Peter Morris presented information on the proposed local inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Mr. Durham reported that the deadline for receipt of proposals for the operation and construction of a new facility was August 12, 2005, and Holly Hill Hospital and Psychiatric Solutions was the one responder. The proposal was supported by WakeMed, Duke Health and Rex Hospitals. An evaluation committee has been formed to evaluate the proposal and this committee will start its work Wednesday, August 17. Policy issues, such as Certificate of Need and operating agreement, will need to be clarified, defined and approved by the Board of Commissioners. There are also legal issues to be reviewed.

Dr. Morris commented briefly on the planning and programming process for the facility. He indicated that he had not evaluated the proposal in detail, but from a review it appears to be a creative response. It speaks to three separate facilities (in order to meet the IMD exclusion regulation) to be operated by a nonprofit, and there is the possibility of some type of partnership. Holly Hill has indicated that the facility can be in operation before Dix closes, and the State has offered to work with the County on scheduling. He noted that a consultant had been retained for the planning, programming and construction aspect of the process.

The Evaluation Committee is scheduled to complete its work by September 21, 2005, and then make recommendation to the Human Services Board and Board of Commissioners.

Following a question/answer period, the Commissioners received the information as presented.
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DOROTHEA DIX HOSPITAL DOWNSIZING FUNDS
TO EXPAND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

Dorothea Dix Hospital is being downsized in phases and eventually will be closed. The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has provided funds for developing community-based alternatives to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. For each phase of the downsizing, the State has made available funding to serve the specific populations affected. In the first three phases, Wake County received a total of $1.41 million in recurring revenue and has established community-based services to transition adults from institutional care to community settings.

This is the fourth phase of the downsizing, and the State has set aside funds for developing community alternatives to the use of the 18 adult acute admissions beds that are being closed. Adults with both substance abuse and mental health disorders account for many Dix admissions; also, these consumers tend to have multiple admissions, with subsequent failure to engage in community-based treatment. To provide ongoing services to dually-diagnosed adults, the State has allocated Wake County $396,800 in annually recurring funds for the County’s proposed “Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment” (IDDT) program.

Because Mental Health Reform encourages the County to be an assuror of care rather than a direct provider, Human Services would provide the IDDT program, a federally sanctioned and evidence-based practice for this population, through a contractual vendor selected through a competitive Request for Proposals process. The Local Management Entity would oversee and monitor clinical outcomes and contractual performance.

Upon motion of Commissioner Gurley, seconded by Commissioner Ward, the Board unanimously accepted $396,800 in recurring funds from the State of North Carolina to serve adults with both substance abuse and mental health disorders, and the approval of the appropriate budget revision.
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REQUEST FOR THE REALLOCATION OF PLAN 2000 SAVINGS

On August 19, 2005, the Board of Education approved a reallocation request of Plan 2000 funds in the amount of $4,389,520. These funds represent cost savings from Plan 2000 projects which are complete.

Mr. Don Haydon, Wake County Public School System, presented information on the request. He stated that the Board of Education is requesting $4,389,520 to be reallocated from Plan 2000 projects for use in Plan 2000 Program Contingency and for two specific projects: East Cary Middle and Heritage Middle. Funds for East Cary Middle will replace funds that were previously identified as cost savings that have not been realized. Funds for Heritage Middle will address additional items needed to complete the original scope of work for the project.

There were no outstanding questions and Commissioners received the information as presented. Chairman Bryan announced that the item would be placed on the September 19, 2005 agenda for action by the Board of Commissioners.
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SELECTION OF VOTING REPRESENTATIVE TO THE
NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
2005 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners will hold its annual conference August 25-28, 2005, in Mecklenburg County. Each member county represented will vote on open District Director seats and is entitled to cast one vote per goal.

Upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the selection of Chairman Bryan as the representative to vote for Wake County at the 2005 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Commissioner Jeffreys reported that the leadership for the Homelessness effort is moving forward, and in his opinion particularly the prevention element of the program, with little or no funding. However, he indicated that there may be a need for minimal funding in the future.
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Commissioner Gurley brought to the Board’s attention that he had been in touch with citizens regarding the definition of a home-based business in the County and what can be allowed by the ordinance, particularly those residents who live in the more rural parts of the County; as well as the enforcement of the ordinance (if the County relies on citizens turning in violators or neighbors reporting on neighbors).

In response to the concerns raised by Commissioner Gurley, by general consensus, the Board referred the issue of home occupations and the special use permit process to the Growth, Land Use and Environment Committee for examination.
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OTHER BUSINESS

Commissioners Gurley and Ward serve as Co-Chairs of the County Volunteer Day Celebration, which has been scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2005, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Invitations have been sent and the event has been planned for all volunteers with County services and their immediate families for a fun time and to honor and celebrate volunteers.
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Commissioner Council raised the issue of the inadequate equipment in the Commissioners’ meeting room. Following his comments and by general consensus, the Board directed staff to present a plan, with costs identified, to improve the room. The County Manager responded by indicating the Board would receive information and update on the Criminal Justice Master Plan at its September 12, 2005 Work Session. That presentation will also include a plan, with costs, to improve the existing meeting room or alternate space.
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Chairman Bryan made the following announcements:
1. Board of Commissioners and Board of Education Joint Work Session, Thursday, September 1, 2005, 8:30 a.m., 2. Board of Commissioners Work Session – September 12, 2005, Conference Center, Wake County Office Building 3. Next Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, September 19, 2005 – 700 Wake County Courthouse.
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CLOSED SESSION
Commissioner Council made a motion to go into closed session to consider the terms and conditions of contract to purchase real property: approximately 18.924 acres owned by Spring Lake Properties Co., Inc. for human services, education and other public uses. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffreys and was unanimously approved.

Following the business in closed session, Chairman Bryan called the meeting back into regular session.

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PURCHASE OF REAL PROPERTY

As a result of discussion in closed session and upon motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Council, the Board unanimously approved the acquisition of approximately 18.924 acres owned by Spring Lake Properties Co., Inc. (Tax ID #133621) at a purchase price of $2,170,000 and authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of said property.
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There being no further business to come before the Board at this time, Chairman Bryan adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m. upon the motion of Commissioner Ward, seconded by Commissioner Jeffreys and the unanimous vote of the Board.
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Respectfully submitted:

Gwendolyn I. Reynolds, CMC
Clerk to the Board