Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of August 16, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the August 2, 2004, and August 10, 2004, meetings.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) revenue in the amount of $245,206
and instructed the Budget Office to revise the budget.
A lease agreement with Sprint PCS for the County-owned tower in Wake Forest at a monthly rate of $2,800 for an initial period of five years, with an option to extend the term for an additional five years. Sprint PCS requested to install antennas and a base station equipment building on the leased premises to provide cellular phone service to the Wake Forest area.
The request from Wake County Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 funds; this quarterly appropriation will cover projects from September through November.
The request from Wake County Board of Education to reallocate Plan 2000 funds from the Knightdale High Project to the Daniels Middle School Project to cover costs due to problems encountered with asbestos abatement at Daniels Middle School.
A request From Wake County Public Libraries to purchase electronic rights to the Gale Publishing Digital Archive of literature, biographic and reference content. The Board authorized the Wake County Manager to enter into a multi-year purchase contract with Gale Publishing.
Entering into a Utility Reimbursement Agreement with Research Triangle Foundation for the installation and modification of County-owned utilities in RTP for the estimated amount of $120,000 subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney and authorized the County Manager to execute the agreement on behalf of Wake County.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing and adopted Bond Orders authorizing issuance of $40,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds for Wake Technical Community College, and $26,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds for Open Space. In addition, the Board also adopted the resolutions calling for the referenda for these bonds to be held on November 2, 2004.
Approved the request from the Wake County Board of Elections to change the Full-Time Equivalency of an Information Technology Specialist from .6 to 1.0. This request has been prompted by the implementation of changes to the Wake County Compensation & Classification Plan, which has resulted in this position moving from a classification of nonexempt to exempt.
Received a report on Community Use of School Facilities new governmental use agreement. The School System, County and municipalities have worked for over six months to formulate a new approach that would allow governmental use/scheduling of school system fields/outdoor facilities at no cost to the governmental unit. In exchange the governmental unit will maintain the property (according to established landscape maintenance standards), make long-term investments and adhere to an open communication program with school system designees.
Received a request from Wake County Public Schools for approval of a multi-year capital lease related to the purchase of needed direct access storage devices. This item will be placed on the September 7 consent agenda for approval.
Received a request from Wake County Public Schools for approval of a multi-year operating lease related to a new six-year lease with Corning Road, LLC, for 74,201 square feet of space in the Crossroads Office Park located in Cary. This item will be placed on the September 7 consent agenda for approval.
Awarded a construction contract in the amount of $322,490 to J. D. Beam, Inc., of Raleigh for renovating the third floor of the County’s Garland Jones Building for housing Vital Records. Sufficient funds for the project are included in the Board-approved Capital Improvement Program.
Approved “Standard County” status for Wake County’s Work First Block Grant. As part of the planning process, each county must decide whether it wants to be recognized as a Work First Standard County or Electing County and notify the State by September 30, 2004. Currently, Wake County is a Standard County and, based on the experience of Wake County Work First staff, it is believed that the Standard County guidelines continue to offer the desired program flexibility needed to meet the needs of our Work First families while at the same time ensuring that Wake County’s program operates within established State guidelines.
Approved receiving a nonrecurring allocation totaling $431,000 through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health for Early Intervention Services and authorized the Chair to sign the related contract. Commissioners also voted to sign and send a letter to the Secretary of DHHS and the Wake County legislative delegation requesting that Wake County Human Services and its contractors be allowed to continue to manage this successful and longstanding service to families and children facing developmental challenges, rather than transferring management to the State.
Approved an Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Cary for the operation of the Capital Area Soccer Park. The County funding is included in the FY04-05 operating budget.
Approved a revision to the Board of Commissioners’ 2004 Regular Meetings Schedule canceling the September 7 Board meeting due to the Labor Day holiday.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Open Space Neuse River Preservation Project: a conservation/greenway easement on approximately 8.7 acres owned by Son-Lan Development at a purchase price of $3,525 per acre. Authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the property.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Open Space Cedar Fork Creek Preservation
Project: a conservation/greenway easement on approximately 5.0 acres owned by Melvin J. & Virginia Doyle at a purchase price of $5,000 per acre. Authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the property.