Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of November 21, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meeting for November 7, November 14, and November 16, 2005.
Recognized a retiring employee serving a minimum of 25 years with Wake County Government: Sue (Cathy) Harvey, Wake County Human Services.
Received the State of the County Address from Chairman Joe Bryan.
Received an update on Wake County’s federal legislative agenda by the Ferguson Group.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Workforce Development funding in the amount of $143,462 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revisions to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund.
Disposal of County-owned surplus property, Little River Reservoir Project. Property includes four houses and one mobile home not needed for any Wake County purpose that need to be removed. Most of these structures are habitable and it is believed they may have value if offered to private citizens for relocation.
Conveyance of a utility easement to the City of Raleigh on the site of the New North Regional Library.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing and approved the Wake Coordinated Transportation Services’ 2006-2007 Community Transportation Program grant request. The county match portions totaling $154,399 will be funded in the FY 06-07 Transportation budget by user fees.
Held a public hearing and approved ordinance amendment OA 05/12 to amend the Wake County zoning ordinance to repeal the Special Highway District regulations in its entirety.
Adopted a resolution granting the recommended 2,553-acre extraterritorial jurisdiction extension for the Town of Holly Springs. A public hearing was held on September 19, 2005, at the Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The Board referred the request to Growth, Land Use, and Environment committee for further discussion. On October 20, 2005, a meeting that allowed public input was held at the Town Hall in Holly Springs.
Approved the purchase of the following open space tracts in the Mark's Creek Watershed from The Trust for Public Land: Margaret J. Williamson Tract, consisting of 191.86 acres, in the amount of $2,800,600; and Edgerton Heirs Tract, consisting of 25.18 acres, in the amount of $300,000.
Approved the purchase of a Public Conservation Easement on approximately 10.5 acres in the Mark's Creek Watershed from Teresa and John D. Hice in the amount of $4,900.00 per acre; final purchase price to be determined by actual survey of the limited area contained in the conservation easement.
Approved the purchase of the Jefcoat property south of Penny Road from The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford in the amount of $1,344,000 and accepted a deed of gift for the Jefcoat property north of Penny Road from Brady C. Jefcoat. Approving these two actions results in the acquisition of 55.54 acres for the County's Open Space Preservation Program.
Approved the appropriation of up to $500,000 in interest earnings from 1993 bond proceeds to the Automotive Heavy Equipment Technology Project to cover legal costs and current claims made by contractors against Wake Technical Community College.
Awarded a construction contract to Raleigh Durham Construction Company of Raleigh in the amount of $887,500 for Phase 2 improvements to Fire/Rescue stations.
Awarded construction contracts to Clancy & Theys Construction of Raleigh in the amount of $1,673,000 for the Courthouse Plaza Accessibility Project.
Authorized staff to proceed with planning and design of the Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest.
Accepted an additional $350,000 from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to expand 4-H SuperSeed Youth Substance Use Prevention efforts, and allocated $71,000 within this year’s budget and approved 2.0 FTE public health educators.
Accepted recurring funds from the NC Division of Child Development for Child Care Subsidy, totaling $4,462,496.00 for FY 2005-2006. Approved the corresponding budget revision, and the establishment of 3.25 FTEs to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program.
Established 1.0 FTE in the Debt Service Fund to serve as a Debt Manager. Also approved the budget revision not to exceed $75,000 for the position’s salary and benefits.
Approved the scheduling of a public hearing on December 5, 2005, to consider a business investment grant to Lenovo.
Changes to purchasing statutes for disposal of surplus property and use electronic advertising in accordance with changes to North Carolina statutes.
An amendment to the FY05-06 Budget Ordinance delegating to the County Manager the authority to approve business multi-year personal property leases providing the amount of the County’s annual obligation for lease does not exceed $50,000 per year.
Authorized the County to acquire by condemnation land described as 420 South McDowell Street in Raleigh from George R. Barrett for the purpose of providing off-street parking and buildings necessary for use by County departments, boards, commissions or agencies; and directed the attorneys representing Wake County to institute the necessary proceedings under state statute.
Authorized the County to acquire by condemnation properties in the Little River Township for the Little River Reservoir Project for the following purposes: to construct and maintain the Little River Reservoir Project for public water supply and distribution purposes. Also directed attorneys representing the County to institute the necessary proceedings under state statutes. The properties acquired through condemnations are as follows:
5.612 acres of land known as the Roberta F. Harris Property;
19.136 acres known as the Beth H. Liles and Susan Liles Blackard property;
42.439 acres of land from the Susan Liles Blackard property and Francis Eudy Liles life estate;
1.775 acres of land owned by the Elsie J. Mitchell Estate;
1.236 acres of a 4.789-acre tract of land from Willie M. Price;
a 4.060-acre portion of property owned by Farrah Lenell Liles;
6.521 acres of land from Preston G. Averette and James R. Averette.