Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of January 3, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for December 6, 2004.
Recognized retiring employees serving a minimum of 25 years with Wake County Government: Vernon Hilliard, Public Safety; Ella Watson-Goodson, Human Services; Lieutenant Calvin Dunn, Sheriff’s Office.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Wake County Sheriff's Office Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Revision by increasing appropriation of federal forfeiture funds of $13,000 and NC Controlled Substance tax distributions of $23,250.
The fiscal year 2005-2006 budget calendar. The critical events in this calendar for Board participation are:
May 16, 2005
: Presentation of county manager’s recommended budget;
June 6, 2005:
Public hearings on the recommended budget;
June 13, 2005:
Work session for the Board of Commissioners;
June 20, 2005:
Adoption of Operating and Capital Budgets and related Ordinances.
Public Official Bonds renewed for the period December 1, 2004 – December 1, 2005.
Determined the method for hearing taxpayers' appeals by appointing a special board to serve as the Board of Equalization and Review and adopted the necessary resolution.
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 Petition ZP-842-04: Proposal to modify existing conditions of rezoning case ZP-710 (1996) to now allow for church uses in addition to an alteration shop. Prior to this action, the zoning conditions for this site restricted the uses to only retail stores and service establishments. The site is located on the northern side of NC Highway 97 and west of its intersection with Lizard Lick Road.
Held a public hearing and approved Petition ZP-845-04, a proposal to rezone 72.17 acres from Residential-30 (R-30) and special highway overlay district to conditional use-office and institutional (CU-O&I) and special highway overlay district. The proposed rezoning will allow for the existing impervious surface coverage limit to be increased to accommodate an expansion to the existing East Wake High School, and the construction of a new middle school on the eastern portion of the campus.
Approved the Wake County Economic Development Business Investment Grant Policy. The establishment of a policy will assist the County and the Wake County Economic Development Program in communicating the County’s policy intentions and incentives to prospective and existing businesses.
Accepted a proposal by the Carolina Mudcats for additional capital improvements to Five County Stadium. The Mudcats have offered to pre-pay lease payments to the County totaling $200,000 (ten years at $20,000/year). This funding would be used by the County to cover a portion of the cost to purchase, design and construct improvements for a refreshment cabana, handicap accessibility and various picnic tents. Remaining funding, if any, would be used for other projects as jointly approved by Wake County, the Town of Zebulon and the Mudcats.
Approved a resolution that authorizes payment of limited workers compensation benefits to members of the Sheriff’s Reserve Officers Program who are injured while performing service to Wake County within that program.
Approved the legislative goals for the 2005 session of the NC General Assembly.
Appointed Commissioner Betty Lou Ward as a representative to vote for Wake County at the January 13-14 NCACC Legislative Goals Conference.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.
Authorized payment of $40,000 for the taking of an easement for a sewer line for Research Triangle Park in settlement of the case entitled Harold Bagwell, et.al.