Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of February 7, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for January 18, 2005.
Received a presentation and invitation from Wake County PTA and Teacher Advisory Council to participate in Elected Officials Go to School Day on February 22.
Congratulated Rotary International on its 100th Anniversary.
Presented Wake County
Caring, Serving and Respecting Customer
s award to Dianne Henderson from the Wake County Human Services’ department.
Received a presentation on the Public Safety Department’s Business Plan.
Received an update on the activities of the Triangle Transit Authority and the Regional Rail Project from John Claflin, General Manager of the Triangle Transit Authority.
Heard public comments from Wake County citizens regarding the proposed use of the DuBois Center in Wake Forest as a temporary modular elementary school.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Workforce Development funding in the amount of $6,342 and the reduction of $14,320 for a net reduction to the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund of $7,978.
An amendment to the Wake County fee schedule to adjust the Emergency Medical Services loaded mileage and transport rates.
Hazard Mitigation Generator Project grant award of $319,240 and authorized the Wake County Manager to execute the grant memorandum of agreement and Attachment C.
The FY2004 State Homeland Security Citizens Corps Grant award of $7,000 and authorized the Wake County Manager to execute the grant memorandum of agreement and related subcontracts.
Metropolitan Medical Response System 2004 grant award of $250,000 and authorized the Wake County Manager to execute the Assistance Award/Amendment forms as provided
Construction contract for "Quick Disposition" courtroom, fire sprinkler system, and related improvements for the first floor of the Courthouse in the amount of $1,055,000 to J. D. Beam, Inc., of Raleigh, NC.
Land acquisition for elementary schools in the City of Raleigh and Town of Zebulon. The land acquisition includes:
Approximately 20 acres of land in Raleigh at a price of $1,600,000 ($80,000 per acre) for elementary schools E-9 and E-12; and
Approximately 33 acres of land in Zebulon (ten acres of which are being donated to the Wake County Board of Education) at a price of $529,000 ($23,000 per acre) for elementary schools E-15 and potentially a second school on the property.
An easement to BellSouth for the installation and maintenance of fiber network equipment and cables to serve Crosby-Garfield and surrounding areas, subject to approval of the plans by County staff and terms and conditions satisfactory to the County Attorney.
Tax Committee Recommendations for Value Adjustments, Late-filed Applications, Collections Refunds and Tax Collections Report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Approved the Interlocal Agreement between the Town of Knightdale, the Town of Wendell, the Town of Zebulon, and Wake County for the funding of repairs/improvements and yearly maintenance of the Eastern Wake Senior Center.
Considered the application of Material Recovery, LLC, for issuance of franchise to operate a construction and demolition (C&D) landfill. This item will appear on the consent agenda on February 21, 2005, for approval.
Endorsed the list of actions recommended by the Air Quality Committee that individuals, businesses, schools and governments can take to improve air quality. Praised outgoing Committee Chairman Sig Hutchinson for his leadership and hard work.
Received a request from Wake County Public Schools for an approval of multi-year operating lease with the National Alumni Association of Dubois High School for 6.22 acres of land for a modular school complex, and agreed to further discuss the issue and options at a meeting with the Wake County Board of Education.
Received a report on the request from Wake County Board of Education to reallocate Plan 2000 funds. Additional funds of $2,212,651 are needed to complete Millbrook High School addition and renovation project. Several questions were raised by the Board of Commissioners. This item will be placed on the Regular Agenda of the February 21 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Received a report on the 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, and re-roofing permits. This quarterly appropriation will cover projects from February through early May. This item will be placed on the February 21 agenda for approval.
Received an update on the Finance, Budget and Human Resource Information Systems Replacement Project. During this last year, a project team was assembled to evaluate alternatives for a replacement financial information system that included an upgrade of our aging mainframe system or migration to a different platform. As the process moves forward, the project team will ensure the continued active participation of County personnel in the selection of the best system for the organization and the effective implementation of that system should such an investment be made.
Received an update on the Finance, Budget and Human Resource Information Systems Replacement Project. A cross-departmental team working closely with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has recommended the County pursue an integrated financial and human resources management system to most effectively meet the County’s current and future business needs. The RFP for this project will be released on February 8th, and contains a "no-contact clause," stipulating that representatives of firms are not to make any contacts, either written or verbal, with any Wake County employee, staff member or Board of Commissioners member. Such questions and inquiries should be directed to Tom Wester, Wake County Purchasing Director, at 856-6153. The project team will ensure continue active participation of County personnel in the selection of the best system for the organization and the effective implementation of that system should such an investment be made.
Accepted an additional allocation from the NC Division of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD/SA), for psychiatric services for the Homeless at Cornerstone. Funds will be used to increase a current part-time Human Services Technician position to a full-time position. Also authorized the necessary budget revision.
Accepted a grant totaling $48,502 from the Susan G. Komen foundation to provide outreach and education to women who are at risk for contracting breast cancer.
Approved a partnership with the City of Raleigh and accepted funds awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds will be used to augment the housing assistance provided to eligible citizens of the County. Qualifying shelter residents would be eligible to apply for financial assistance in paying for first-month rent as they move out of the County’s shelters.
Approved the introduction of a bond order authorizing approximately $272,300,000 general obligation refunding bonds and called for a public hearing on the proposed bond order on February 21, 2005. Also approved the appointment of Waters & Company, LLC, as financial advisor to the County with respect to these refunding bonds and Helms, Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC, as bond counsel.
Cancelled the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ February 14, 2005 Work Session.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.
Made various committee reports.