Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of February 21, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for February 7, 14, and 16, 2005.
Received a presentation on the Wake County Community Services’ Department Business Plan from department director Doug Longhini.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
A resolution setting the date for the advertisement of tax liens.
An application from WCA of Wake County, LP, for issuance of a franchise to operate a construction and debris landfill.
A five-year lease extension with Poe Properties, LLC, for 2815 Kidd Road for the “Working for Kids Program.” The lease is subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney.
A five-year lease extension with SBJ Growth Limited Partnership for 5,644 square feet located at 2321 Crabtree Blvd. for the Human Services Comprehensive Treatment Service Providers Program.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing and adopted Upper Neuse River/Richland Creek Water Supply Watershed resolutions to add additional restrictions to the zoning ordinance. The proposed Watershed Protected Area Overlay (WPAO) zoning is consistent with the Wake County Land Use Plan, which identified the WPAO as an appropriate measure for ensuring that the quality of public water supplies are protected while allowing limited orderly development in this area. The proposal is also consistent with the Wake County Growth Management Strategy, which highlighted it as one of its major themes, protecting the natural environment.
Held public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the Airport Authority’s request to issue up to $150 million in bonds to finance airport improvements.
Held a Public Hearing and adopted the proposed Bond Order authorizing issuance of $272,300,000 of General Obligation Refunding Bonds. Current market conditions indicate that the County can obtain a net present-value savings of more than $3 million by refunding the 1998 and previously authorized 2001B bonds. The authorization to refund 2001A and 2002 is requested so that as staff monitors these issues for refunding potential, staff can move promptly in the marketplace if an opportunity presents itself.
Approved a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2005. Staff estimates that the taxpayers of Wake County will realize more than $3 million in savings from this refunding.
Authorized the County Manager to execute a grant agreement with the Town of Apex for Wake County to provide up to $750,000 for the acquisition of the 60-acre Seymour Tract for open space. This property is adjacent to 101 acres already owned by the Town and is located along Beaver Creek approximately three miles upstream of B. Everett Jordan Lake. Beaver Creek is one of the eight open space stream corridors previously identified and approved by the Board for acquisition.
Authorized the County Manager to execute a grant agreement with the City of Raleigh to provide up to $293,750 for the acquisition of approximately 52.60 acres of the Lucy Moore Snakenburg property for open space. The City and County would enter into a partnership grant agreement to assure the property would be permanently maintained as open space and that Tract 2 cannot be leased to any other party without approval by the City of Raleigh and Wake County.
Approved the Wake County Fire Tax District Long-range Business Plan which includes the following:
Fire apparatus replacement policies, processes and appropriation of $6.8 million in the Fire Tax District capital fund to debt-finance pumpers and tankers,
Financial policies (financial model, fund balance, emergency expenditures, revenue projections, bulk purchasing) contained in the Long-range Business Plan, and,
The continued development of staffing, station, and performance standard policies.
Approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the NC Department of Transportation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Clayton Bypass (Resource Conservation Overlay District II). The MOU affirms that the County currently has in place specific regulations in the Zoning Ordinance that protects water quality in this area. In addition, the MOU states that the County will consider implementing an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance creating a Resource Conservation Overlay District – II throughout the portion of the Swift Creek Basin subject to County jurisdiction.
Received a report on the Franklin County and Wake County line resolution. As development has increased along the Wake/Franklin County line, there has been confusion over the actual location of the line. To resolve this issue, Wake County staff is working with Franklin County in requesting that the State and County Boundaries Surveyor with the North Carolina Geodetic Survey survey the Wake/Franklin County line.
Approved entering into an Interlocal and Joint Use Agreement with the Board of Education for development of Community Use Park Facilities at Harris Creek Elementary School not to exceed $170,000.
Approved the quarterly request from Wake County Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 funds. The current funding request totals $50,738,330 and includes $41,235,665 for construction, $2,477,745 for design, $4,066,960 for outfitting modular schools and relocating mobiles and $2,957,960 for system wide improvement, contingency, commissioning, re-roofing, permits.
Denied the request from Wake County Public Schools for approval of a multi-year operating lease for a modular school site at DuBois Center Campus in Wake Forest; approved sending the issue back to the Board of Education and School System for further consideration of this and alternate sites.
Received the Environmental Stewardship Agenda for 2005-2006.
Authorized the County Manager to enter into an agreement for FY 2006 with Carolina Corrections Services, Inc., for continued operation and management of the Wake Criminal Justice Resource Center.
Approved Human Services’ staffing alignments, which add 24.6 regular FTE positions in the Wake County Human Services Department. The staffing alignment will occur in the following areas:
A) Child Health Clinic 2.0 FTEs
B) Health Promotion 1.0 FTE
C) HIV/STD Clinic 0.5 FTE
D) Maternal Health Clinic 1.0 FTE
E) Southern Regional Center 2.6 FTEs
F) Information Management Unit 4.0 FTEs
G) Child Support Enforcement 4.0 FTEs
H) South Wilmington Street Center 2.0 FTEs
I) Customer Service Center 4.0 FTEs
J) Work First Program 1.0 FTE
K) Child Services Coordination 1.0 FTE
L) Ready-to-Learn Centers 1.0 FTE
M) Cornerstone 0.5 FTE
Considered the request from David King and Gary Lynch for re-issuance of a franchise to operate a C&D landfill. Granting of a franchise requires two separate readings by the Board. This item will appear on the Board of Commissioners’ March 21 agenda for approval.
Made various committee reports.
Adopted resolutions authorizing condemnation to acquire certain properties for the Little River Reservoir as follows: 1.002 acres and a house from Mildred S. Perry, .251 acre from Wilbur W. Ferrell TRS, 1.296 acres and a trailer from G.B. Pate, 1 acre and a house from Charles and Ann Jones Thomas, 13.168 acres from William C. Vick Construction Co., and 18.077 acres from Raymond Perry Jr. and Cheryl Perry. Three condemned properties also involved authorization to acquire a flood easement: .636 acre from Ronnie Perry, .028 acre from Ronnie S. and Carolyn D. Perry, and .529 acre from James P. and Rhonda P. Alford.