Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of January 18, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for January 3, 2005.
Recognized the Wake County employee and family winners of the National Arts Program Exhibition.
Endorsed a proclamation recognizing February 2005 as Women’s Heart Health Month in Wake County.
Received a payment of $1.1 million in lieu of taxes and a presentation from the members of the Centennial Authority regarding the benefits that the RBC Center brings to the community.
Received a presentation on the Wake County Environmental Services Department’s Business Plan.
Held a public hearing and approved ordinance amendment OA 04/10 to amend the Wake County subdivision and zoning ordinances to establish tree and vegetation protection requirements. The amendment is intended to preserve trees (including specimen trees) and other significant vegetation along the perimeter of property prior to site or subdivision development.
Held a public hearing and approved amendment OA 04/09 to amend the Wake County subdivision ordinance by adding requirements for pedestrian, bicycle and trail facilities in Wake County subdivisions. This amendment is intended to implement County Transportation Collector Street Plan planning objectives.
Held a public hearing and approved ordinance amendment OA 04/08 to amend the Wake County subdivision ordinance to revise the standards for the completion and maintenance of subdivision improvements.
Held a public hearing and approved ordinance amendment OA 04/07 to amend the Wake County subdivision ordinance to revise the standards for private road construction and maintenance in Wake County. The proposed ordinance amendment will address issues of consumer protection and public health, safety, and general welfare regarding private roads. The ordinance will also establish new design and construction standards.
Approved ordinance amendment OA 04/03 to amend the Wake County zoning ordinance to require a two-step, Conditional-Use rezoning process.
Approved ordinance amendment 04/11 to amend the current Wake County zoning and subdivision ordinances to create a third subdivision design option: Open Space Subdivision.
Accepted a Federal Aviation Administration grant offer to repair Jet Bridge A-26. Jet Bridge A-26, sustained storm damage on September 17, 2004. The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority will accept the grant, which is expected to be $10,000.
Discussed the assumptions and funding strategies for Wake County Public Schools Capital Plan 2004 and modular classrooms. Approved immediately pursuing several of the options for the FY ’05-’06 budget, including continuing to identify savings in the Schools’ Plan 2000 and Phase III projects, a one-time transfer of FY08 Schools fund balance to FY06, and authority to issue commercial paper for all authorized, non-issued general obligation bonds.
Approved a request from the Wake County Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 funds for mobile/modular classrooms for fall 2005. The Board advanced $8,546,749 from available Plan 2004 revenues, which will be paid back once permanent financing solutions are approved.
Received information from the Board of Education concerning land acquisition for elementary schools in the City of Raleigh and Town of Zebulon. This item will be placed on the February 7 agenda for approval. Approximately 20 acres of land in Raleigh and approximately 33 acres of land in Zebulon will be acquired for new schools.
Approved a $15,000 funding request from the City of Raleigh for a feasibility study to determine whether the missions, goals and programs of the African-American Cultural Center, the Pope House and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center could be better served by coordination in a common facility.
Received public comments and approved a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant application to offset the cost of the Board-approved Surry Roberts property acquisition.
Approved the 2005 Board of Commissioners’ Retreat agenda to be held at Blue Jay Point County Park.
Authorized the County Manager to prepare a proposal in partnership with the City of Raleigh and other jurisdictions, and conditional upon Board of Commissioners approval, to bring the Middle East Athletic Conference tournament to Wake County.
Made various committee reports.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisitions to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project:
0.918 acres owned by Marny Perry at a purchase price of $17,000. As a part of the consideration for the purchase of this property the County agrees to pay for the cost of a new well including labor, materials, pump installation, plumbing and cost of abandoning the existing well.
5.978 acres owned by George M. & Betty B. Ray in Briddle Pointe Subdivision at a purchase price of $103,715.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Open Space Lowery Creek Preservation Project:
a Conservation/Greenway Easement on approximately 4.13 acres owned by W. G. Parker for $7,242 per acre.
Authorized the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the above properties.