Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of July 11, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meeting for June 20, 2005.
Recognized retiring employees serving a minimum of 25 years with Wake County Government: McKinnley Spencer, General Services Administration; Kenneth E. Dodd, Sheriff’s Office; Douglas D. Longhini, Community Services; Johnny Lee Roberts, Jr., Public Safety/CCBI; and Joyce Sawyer, from Human Services. Though not present, Yvonne S. Baldwin and Donna L. Suitt of Human Services were also honored.
Received a report from the Wake County Gang Prevention Partnership. The Wake County Gang Prevention Partnership has participants from over 30 different agencies, community-based organizations and law enforcement. The mission of the Partnership is to create a gang-free community. A progress report on the Partnership will be presented to the Board in the fall of 2005.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
A multi-year contract with BellSouth to provide network connections, management and maintenance for four sites comprising the CAD remote facilities network and authorized the County Manager to execute the necessary contracts.
Funds for participation in the Families Accessing Services through Technology program (NC FAST). NC FAST is a program designed to improve the way the NC Department of Health and Human Services and County Departments of Social Services provide services to families.
Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Annual Plan and Certification for fiscal year 2006.
An Interlocal Agreement with City of Raleigh for public safety communications services. The agreement provides for:
A formal annual cost-allocation process for communications services;
Responsibility for maintaining and improving communications infrastructure (other than 800 MHz and CAD);
Development and application of performance measures; and
Pursuit of Commission on Accreditation Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation and “Center of Excellence” accreditation from the National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch
An Interlocal Agreement with City of Raleigh for operational management and maintenance of the Wake County computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system.
Classification Plan changes for Wake County employees, effective July 16, 2005, based on the County’s ongoing “One-Third Market Survey,” conducted annually to assure that salaries and job classes remain competitive and market-based.
Policy to provide for a salary differential and certain benefits to County employees who are Reservists or National Guard members and have been called to active military duty.
Workforce Development funding in the amount of $2,908,034 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance and approve the appropriate budget revisions to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund.
Recommendations from the Tax Committee for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Approved the request from the Wake County Board of Education to appropriate and reallocate $1,275,000 Plan 2004 funds.
Received a report on the request from the Wake County Board of Education for Plan 2004 quarterly appropriation and reallocation of $43,832,918. This request includes $36,379,796 for design and construction, $492,028 for commissioning, $100,194 for building permits, $500,000 for equipment, and $6,360,900 for program contingency. The request will be considered for approval August 1, 2005.
Received a report on the request from the Wake County Board of Education to appropriate the remaining plan of record for the Plan 2000 phase of the Long-Range Capital Building Program for Wake County Public Schools. The request will be considered for approval August 1, 2005.
Increased Wake County Public Schools FY 2006 Operating Budget appropriation by $3,300,000 for dental insurance for Wake County School System employees.
Approved the establishment of one case manager position to increase enrollment in the Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults that serves disabled and senior adults.
Approved a loan of $330,000 to Evergreen Construction for the development of Cedar Spring Apartments. The development is a 20-unit apartment complex for the elderly located on South Hollybrook Road in Wendell.
Authorized a funding agreement for remediation of leaking underground fuel storage tank at Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Fire Station site, subject to approval by the County Attorney and County Manager and allocated $270,000 in FY 2006 from the Fire Tax Capital Improvement Program to pay for start-up costs of the remediation project.
Awarded a contract for the Wake County Courthouse second-floor demolition and asbestos abatement in the amount of $751,322.00 to the firm of Demolition and Asbestos Removal, Inc., of Raleigh.
Endorsed the Job Access Reverse Commute Grant application from the Wake Coordinated Transportation division. The Job Access Reverse Commute grant is intended to expand coordinated transportation services and make available employment-related transportation services to at-risk populations.
Appointed Sig Hutchinson, Sherry Johnson and David Knight as County representatives to the City of Raleigh/Wake County Lake Crabtree PCB Cleanup Task Force. The objective of the task force is to:
Determine the exact level and extent of contamination;
Determine why nothing has been done to date to clean up the contamination; and
To hasten the cleanup and make certain it is complete.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees