Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of July 12, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the June 21, 2004, meeting.
Recognized Mrs. Ruth Holleman, retiring chairperson of the Wake County Library Commission, for her service as an advocate for libraries in Wake County.
Received the 2004 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for the Lennox Chase apartment complex. The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition is a national nonprofit corporation whose membership includes developers, syndicators, lenders, nonprofit groups, public agencies and others concerned with the low-income housing tax credit. Each year, the Coalition selects only one special-needs housing development in the nation for this award.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Award of a construction contract in the amount of $606,830.00 to Centurion Construction Company, Inc., of Raleigh, NC, for renovations to the 11th floor of the courthouse. On June 3, 2004, bids for construction were received from contractors for the project in accordance with N.C. General Statutes. Sufficient funds are included in the Board-approved Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Authorization for the County Manager to transfer the capital budget for certain Emergency Medical Services (EMS) projects (totaling $795,756) from the Fire/EMS element of the County Capital Projects Fund to the County Buildings element of the same fund. A transfer of funds is necessary to align prior projects with the manner in which they are budgeted in the FY 2005-2011 CIP.
A resolution closing three capital projects and reallocating funds to a remaining project for Wake Technical Community College Capital Projects.
The exchange of approximately 8.352 acres owned by Wake County for approximately 20.498 acres owned by Betty Penny and payment in the amount of $75,581 as additional compensation to facilitate an equitable exchange. Authorized the County Manager to execute a contract on behalf of Wake County for the exchange of this property. The exchange was at the site of the proposed Little River Reservoir Project.
The exchange of approximately 1.0 acre owned by Wake County for approximately 1.0 acre owned by Leslie A. Pearce. The exchange was portion of the Hartsfield-Price-Perry Farm needed for the Wake County Open Space Preservation Program.
Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Approved a $25,000 grant request from the Town of Garner’s Centennial Celebration Committee to support events planned over the next ten months to the Town’s 100th birthday on April 6, 2005.
Held a public hearing and approved the requested Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) area submitted by the Town of Rolesville for the area to the south and west of its planning jurisdiction, an area that totals 2,444 acres. All of Rolesville’s requested ETJ area is situated in its short-range and long-range urban services areas; it remains outside of the Little River Water Supply Watershed area that is under the County’s jurisdiction.
Held a public hearing and adopted a resolution amending the General Classifications Map of the Wake County Land Use Plan. The approval included the following five changes to the Wake County Land Use Plan:
Move the boundary between Cary’s Long-Range Urban Services Area and Short-Range Urban Services Area in order to follow property lines or rights-of-way in the vicinity of White Oak Church Road south of Green Level Church Road and north of Green Level West Road.
Change the area shown as unresolved urban services area on the current Wake County Land Use Plan General Classifications Map between Holly Springs and Cary and designate it as Holly Springs Short-Range Urban Services Area.
Designate as Fuquay-Varina’s Short-Range Urban Services Area the area identified as Planned Growth Areas on the Fuquay-Varina portion of the Fuquay-Varina/Garner Area Land Use Plan.
Designate as Zebulon’s Short-Range Urban Services Area the area to the north of Proctor Road, east of NC 96, south of Pippin and Debnam roads, and west of the Wake County line.
Classify the area bounded by Poole Road, Martin Pond Road, the existing Wendell Short-Range Urban Services Area and Richardson Road as Wendell’s Short-Range Urban Services Area.
Approved an interlocal agreement for land acquisition for West Regional Wastewater Facilities. The interlocal agreement will include the following municipal partners: The towns of Apex, Cary, Holly Springs and Morrisville. This agreement works toward the goal established in 1998 by the Board-appointed Water and Sewer Task Force to “develop a single water and sewer utility system in Wake County by the year 2015.”
Awarded a construction contract for Phase II of the American Tobacco Trail to Central Builders, Inc., of Rocky Mount in the amount of $477,477. The proposed American Tobacco Trail is the conversion of an abandoned railroad corridor into a multi-use trail that will accommodate hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The construction contract for Phase II includes 1.75 miles of trail from Wimberly Road to White Oak Church Road and a trailhead at White Oak Church Road, and also includes the construction of two restrooms.
Adopted the Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) Annual Plan. The annual plan is prepared by the local JCPC and includes results from its community needs assessment, resource assessment, priority strategies/outcomes and funding recommendations. For FY 2004-05, Wake County will receive $1,197,115 in state funds from the NC Department of Justice Juvenile Delinquency Program. The local match requirement (30%) has been identified by each program as well as by the Human Services Department. Both the match money and state revenues have already been included in the County fiscal year 2005 budget. No new County positions will be created by these funds.
Approved the HOME Consortium Agreement and authorized the Board Chairman to sign the agreement contingent upon approval by the Cary Town Council. On July 1, 2004, the Town of Cary became a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. Because Cary’s population is no longer included in the base for Wake County’s entitlement grants, the County’s HOME grant was reduced by $185,000. HOME regulations allow Wake County to recapture this money by entering into a Consortium agreement with the Town of Cary. The Cary Town Council will be considering this item on July 15. This agreement must also be approved by the NC Housing Finance Agency
Approved the receipt of funds from the State Board of Elections in the amount of $103,197 toward the cost of improvements necessary in the public facilities used as polling places. The Board also approved the appropriate budget revision. Acceptance of the grant does not require the County to provide matching funds.
Approved resolutions approving the advertising and filing of an application with the Local Government Commission for up to $26,000,000 Open Space Bonds and $40,000,000 Wake Technical Community College Bonds. This process will require approval of two additional resolutions at the August 2nd and August 16th meetings. The August 2nd meeting will request approval of a resolution to introduce the bond order and set the public hearing date. The August 16th meeting will request adoption of the bond order and approve a resolution calling for a bond referendum.
Appointed Commissioner Betty Lou Ward as the representative to vote for Wake County at the NACo Annual Conference July 16-20. Also appointed Commissioner Phil Jeffreys as the representative to vote for Wake County at the NC Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference August 19-22.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.
Approved and authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the South East Wake County Park: approximately 31.03 acres owned by Arthur L. and Betty P. Medlin at a purchase price of $162,000. As a part of the consideration for the purchase of this property, the County agrees to lease the property back to the Seller for farming and agricultural purposes at no cost for a period of five years.
Approved and authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition as a part of the Wake County Open Space Preservation Program: an agreement in an amount not-to-exceed $1,512,500 with the NC Division of Forest Resources for the purchase of approximately 253 acres from Jerrod J. Watson for purposes of expanding Clemmons Educational State Forest.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisitions to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project: 8.982 acres owned by Bridges Span, Inc., at a purchase price of $70,000.
Authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the above property.