Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of November 1, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for October 12, 14, 18, and 20, 2004.
Received a presentation from Cherie Poucher, Director of the Wake County Board of Elections, on the process of completing the ballots on the November 2, 2004, election.
Recognized Anita Robinson Christmas for her many years and contributions as a foster parent in Wake County.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Awarding a construction contract for $2,291,104.00 for new courtrooms on the fifth floor of the Wake County Courthouse to Centurion Construction Co., Inc., of Raleigh.
A $200,000 grant award from the N.C. Department of Commerce, One North Carolina Fund, for the Synthon Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., project.
Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Accepted a FY2004 State Homeland Security “Interoperable Communications” grant of $2,541,540 and authorized the Wake County Manager to execute the agreement. Funded by the US Department of Homeland Security and distributed through the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, the grants are designed to improve domestic terrorism preparedness at the state and local level.
Received information from the Board of Education concerning a land acquisition for an elementary school in the Town of Rolesville. The Board of Education approved a resolution on October 5, 2004, to use $576,000 to purchase approximately 16.0 acres of land on the new Rogers-Young Bypass Road in Rolesville. The Wake County Board of Commissioners is responsible for approving the purchase of property by the school system. This item will be placed on the Board of Commissioners’ November 15, 2004, agenda.
Received information from the Board of Education concerning a land acquisition for an elementary school in the Town of Wendell. The Board of Education approved a resolution on October 5, 2004, to use $850,010 to purchase approximately 27.52 acres of land in Wake County’s jurisdiction.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners is responsible for approving the purchase of the property. This item will be placed on the Board of Commissioners’ November 15, 2004, agenda.
Received a quarterly request from the Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 Funds. The funding request total is $140,578,870 and includes $137,125,214 for construction and $3,453,656 of system-wide improvements. This item will appear on the Board of Commissioners’ November 15 agenda.
Received a request from Wake County Board of Education to reallocate Plan 2000 Funds. The request is to reallocate $356,250 of available funds from two projects (Bugg Elementary and East Millbrook Middle School) to provide funding for the mobile/modular solution planned by the school system. This item will appear on the Board of Commissioners’ November 15 agenda.
Approved a $250,000 loan to DHIC, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, to build Carlton Place Apartments near downtown Raleigh. The development will contain 80 units, 64 subsidized and 16 market-rate units, as well as retail space. Sixteen of the subsidized units will be available to families earning less than 30% of the median family income ($21,400 for a family of four). The monthly rents for these units will range from $106 to $455.
Approved a $250,000 loan to DHIC, Inc., for Highland Village Apartments in the town of Cary. The development will contain 50 apartment units for families earning below 60% of the area median family income (MFI), which is less than $42,800 per year for a family of four. Families at this income level are a top priority for the County’s Housing and Community Revitalization program because there are few safe, decent affordable housing options for these families in Wake County. Increasing the number of housing units for this population is also recognized as a priority in the ten-year Plan to End Homelessness.
Approved a grant of $657,766 to Passage Home, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation, to purchase Hollenden Place Apartments in Raleigh. The building contains 24 units, 22 of which will be for families who are formerly homeless and recovering from substance abuse. One unit will be reserved for on-site services and one unit will be for an on-site resident manager. The rent will be $440 per month.
Approved the infrastructure component of the 2004 Housing Action Plan allowing the Town of Garner and the Town of Wendell to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for their infrastructure improvements. Improvements will include sidewalk installation in Wendell and road pavement in Garner.
Approved the Wake County Work First Plan for federal fiscal years 2005–2007. The plan outlines steps toward economic self-sufficiency for Work First families and identifies actions to achieve statewide Work First goals, as well as County-specific objectives. Included in this plan are strategies for overcoming identified barriers to employment.
Approved the establishment of ten positions to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program. The funding for these positions is included in the FY 2004-2005 budget with 100% Smart Start funds.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project:
22.117 acres owned by Rice and Elizabeth Deloatche at a purchase price of $187,994; and authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the property.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.