Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of April 18, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for April 4, 2005; April 5, 2005; and April 11, 2005.
Received a presentation by the Wake County Council of Veterans Organizations on service recommendations.
Recognized the recipients of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Outstanding County Program Award. This year the Association is honoring 14 innovative County programs as winners of 2004 Outstanding County Program Awards. Three of these programs are from Wake County. They are: the Capital Trees Awards Program, which identifies and presents biennial awards to celebrate special trees within Wake County; the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Well-Check Program, which is for citizens 65 and over who have a medical or physical disability and no one to check on them; and the Child Welfare Faith Community Partnership program, in which Human Services has partnered with 41 local churches to help support foster families and families who are at risk of needing foster care for their children.
Presented a resolution to the Shaw University Women's Basketball Team and their coaches in honor of their athletic and academic accomplishments during their winning season at the national level.
Received a presentation on the Wake County General Services business plan by department director Dave Goodwin.
Received a presentation from Ken Adkins, director of the Economic Development Program at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The presentation included a new position and logo that aligns Wake County with the Raleigh Chamber's successful Edge3 Economic Development funding campaign and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership's "Staying on Top -- Winning the Job Wars of the Future" five-year strategic regional economic development plan.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Two-year agreements with Sprint to provide enhanced frame-relay data and managed network services and authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for these services.
Wake County Department of Environmental Services’ submittal of a proposal to the Governor for nomination to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Targeted Watersheds Grant Program. Approximately $10 million will be available to support winning nationwide projects in this competitive process. A typical grant award for the selected watersheds will range from $600,000 to $900,000. If selected, the grant will support targeted components in implementation of the
Wake County Watershed Management Plan.
A resolution regarding designation of the Sheriff to make recommendations to the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on ABC permit applications.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing and approved an allocation of $360,491 from the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation for the Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP). The ROAP funds provided to Wake County are intended to provide additional transportation services exceeding those trips provided for by local and other public assistance funds.
Held a public hearing and adopted a resolution to rename the section of Old Faison Road within the Wake County planning jurisdiction as Faison Ridge Lane.
Approved the 2005-2010 Affordable Housing Consolidated Plan. The Wake Housing and Community Revitalization (HCR) plan defines the housing and community revitalization needs of low-income families in Wake County and describes what HCR will do to address these needs using federal and local funds over the next five years (July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2010). Also adopted an action plan that outlines program and revenue expenditures during the upcoming fiscal year.
Received an update on the proposed local inpatient psychiatric facility from staff. Wake County is considering building a 60-bed local inpatient psychiatric unit to replace beds closed and soon to close at the Dorothea Dix Hospital.
Authorized an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Raleigh and Town of Garner for the Swift Creek Greenway Trail Feasibility Study and Master Plan. Wake County, Raleigh and Garner will take a collaborative approach to the design, construction, and operation of a public greenway along Swift Creek from Lake Wheeler Park to Lake Benson Park. Wake County will assume financial responsibility (up to a maximum expenditure of $75,000) for the initial phase (Phase I) of this project.
Accepted temporary construction easements from Jeanne Marie Mitchell and Neal C. Sumner for the Brassfield/Honeycutt Road Sidewalk Project. The owners have agreed to convey these easements to the County at no cost. The project includes 2,000 linear feet of concrete sidewalk adjacent to Brassfield Elementary School.
Accepted temporary construction easements from Jeanne Marie Mitchell and Neal C. Sumner for the Brassfield/Honeycutt Road Sidewalk Project. T he majority of the construction for this project will be within NCDOT public right-of-way and on the property of the Wake County Public Schools. However, temporary construction easements are needed from two individual property owners along Honeycutt Road to allow sufficient room for construction of the sidewalk. The owners, Jeanne Marie Mitchell and Neal C. Sumner, have agreed to convey these easements to the County at no cost.
Received a report on the request from the Board of Education to appropriate and reallocate Plan 2004 funds. The current funding request totals $65,252,297 and includes $41,503,851 for construction, $5,301,163 for property acquisition, $5,897,000 for mobile classrooms and $12,550,283 for system-wide improvement, contingency, program management, re-roofing and building permits. This item will appear on the May 2 agenda.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.