Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of October 4, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings of September 14, 2004, and September 20, 2004.
Received an update from Scot Cutler, co-chair of the “Ending Homelessness: Ten-Year Action Plan” Steering Committee.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Issued an ambulance franchise for non-emergency convalescent-care ambulance service to North State Medical Transport, Knightdale, NC, subject to approval by the County Manager based on a finding of compliance by the director of the Emergency Medical Services Division of the Department of Public Safety.
A request from Pointe At Davis Drive, LLC, for the conveyance of approximately 17,000 square feet (0.39 acre) of permanent slope easement, 600 square feet of drainage easement and an adjoining temporary construction easement on County-owned property.
Proposed Workforce Development funding in the amount of $102,000 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revision to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund.
The Board of Education’s request for property acquisition for a special/optional school, including approximately 7.7 acres of land known as the Hedingham Oaks Office Complex, 4700 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, and two buildings which will be renovated to house the special/optional school and assessment space. The total purchase price is $3.2 million.
Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax-collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing and approved Ordinance Amendment (OA 04/05) to amend the Wake County Subdivision Ordinance, which changes the distance of cul-de-sac lengths. The Subdivision Ordinance measures the length of a cul-de-sac street from the center of the cul-de-sac bulb to the midpoint of the closest intersection with a through street.
Held a public hearing and approved (Ordinance Amendment OA 04/06) to amend the Wake County Subdivision Ordinance to eliminate the requirement that property lines must have a minimum radius of 25 feet at intersections, and to add a requirement that the edge of pavement at intersections must have a 25-foot radius. The current ordinance provision is problematic for a substantial number of parcels in Wake County that have only 50 or 60 feet of road frontage, and cannot physically comply with this requirement. This amendment will eliminate the need for unnecessary and expensive variance applications for these tracts.
Held a public hearing and received public comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan, which establishes strategies to minimize human casualties and property damage that may result from the occurrence of a natural hazard event. (The Board must wait at least two weeks after receiving public comment before voting on this plan.).
Approved a four-year grant award from the Department of Public Instruction to create 21st Century Community Learning Centers through local school systems and their partners for the development and delivery of comprehensive after-school programs that provide academic enrichment, youth development activities and family literacy. The award is $398,752 for each of the first two years and is reduced by 20% and 40% in years three and four.
Authorized the County Manager to enter into interlocal agreements with the towns of Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon for management and maintenance of Wake County’s 800 MHz radio and/or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems.
Approved the proposed name change from Wake County Animal Control Shelter to Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center to reflect the broader scope of services provided, including pick-up of stray and owner-surrendered animals, confiscation of evicted animals and animals related to criminal activities, quarantine of bite animals, management of the shelter including receiving stray and owner-surrendered animals from the public, the shelter and feeding of lost, stray and abandoned animals, and the adoption of unwanted animals.
Accepted the FY 2004 State Homeland Security grant award of $1,214,787 and authorized the County Manager to execute the grant memorandum of agreement. The state Homeland Security grant program is designed to improve domestic terrorism preparedness through the purchase of equipment for first responders, and to provide funding to train and exercise local responders for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents.
Approved the following amendments to the existing noise ordinance 1) require that amplified sounds not be at such a level as to be heard outside of the premises in which they are being created; 2) make it unlawful to play any audio system on public rights of way or public property at such volume as to disturb others; 3) require that amplified sounds not be at such a level as to be heard outside of an automobile in which they are being created; and 4) provide that violations of the ordinance may be established by the complaint of two persons residing in different homes, or of a law enforcement officer.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.