Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of September 20, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the August 16, 2004, meeting.
Recognized October 2004 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and declared the Week of October 3-9, 2004, as Pink Ribbon week in Wake County.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Request from Wake County Public Schools for approval of a multi-year capital lease related to the purchase of needed direct access storage devices.
Request from Wake County Public Schools for approval of a multi-year operating lease related to a new six-year lease with Corning Road, LLC, for 74,201 square feet of space in the Crossroads Office Park located in Cary.
Receipt of funds from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in the amount of $28,750 and the appropriate budget revision. These funds will be used to implement a marketing program designed to inform library patrons and the public in general about changes taking places at the Cameron Village Library Branch.
The conveyance of an approximate 0.18-acre permanent sanitary sewer easement and an approximate 0.11-acre temporary construction easement located at Site #1, Crabtree Creek Watershed Project, to the Town of Morrisville. This sanitary sewer project will serve proposed residential and commercial development within the Town of Morrisville in the vicinity of Airport Blvd., Sorrell's Grove Church Road and Slater Road.
Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax-collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Received the plan from the Exploris Board of Directors and allocated funding through January 2005. The Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Exploris Board will explore, through a public process, the possibilities that will result in the best use of the building.
Held a public hearing and approved petition ZP-843-04, a proposal to rezone 8 acres, from Residential-30 (R-30) to Conditional Use-Industrial-2 (CU-I-2). The property lies within the Fuquay-Varina Long-Range Urban Services Area (LRUSA). The rezoning is to allow for additional office space and accessory uses.
Approved $2 million in additional funding for the Wake County Public School System. Funding is recommended from the General Fund fund balance. Unaudited fiscal year end totals for June 30, 2004, show that sales tax collections exceeded the budget by approximated $2.2 million.
Adopted a resolution and amended the Sheriff's Office 2005 Budget by increasing grant funds by $410,005 and approve the creation of four sheriff deputies and one sergeant positions. The purpose of the Governor's Highway Safety Program Grant is for funding to initiate a special traffic observation patrol (STOP) team. This patrol team will target areas for special traffic patrol, focusing on reducing traffic accidents and on reducing injuries and fatalities that result from such accidents.
Approved a revised Interlocal Agreement and a 99 year-lease with Town of Holly Springs for joint development and operation of a branch library and cultural center. The proposed facility will contain a total of 19,400 square feet. The Branch Library will occupy 8,000 square feet and the cultural center will occupy 11,400 square feet.
Approved the schematic design for the proposed West Regional Library. The new library will be located in the northeastern quadrant of the intersection of Louis Stephens Drive and Morrisville Parkway, near the Carpenter Village area of west Cary. The new Carpenter Elementary School was recently completed across the street from the library. The library site was chosen through collaborative studies conducted by the County and Town of Cary. Building construction is expected to begin in Spring 2005, and be completed in the Spring 2006.
Awarded a construction contract for the Cameron Village Regional Library renovations to D.S. Simmons, Inc, of Goldsboro, NC, in the amount of $4,652,000. The Board of Commissioners recently approved a new master plan for County libraries. Based on this master plan, Cameron Village Regional Library is scheduled to be renovated and expanded to 36,000 square feet. This will allow the library to continue to meet programmatic needs, provide community training and meeting space, and expand its collection, as well as to replace all building systems and finishes.
Received information from the Board of Education property acquisition for special/optional school. This item will be placed on the October 4 consent agenda for approval. At its August 17, 2004, meeting the Wake County Board of Education approved a resolution to purchase approximately 7.7 acres of land known as the Hedingham Oaks Office Complex, 4700 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh. The site includes two buildings, one of which is 32,560 square feet and will be renovated to house the special/optional school. The other building is 9,254 square feet and the plans for this building include assessment space for audiology, speech impairments, and learning disabilities. The total purchase price is $3.2 million and the property was appraised for $4.75 million.
Authorized the County Manager to negotiate a contract for Revenue, Finance (Solid Waste), and Human Services departments and award Professional Mail Services, Inc., a three-year document production and distribution contract with the option of additional one-year renewals.
Considered issuing an ambulance franchise for non-emergency convalescent care ambulance service to North State Medical Transport, Knightdale, NC, subject to approval by the County Manager based on a finding of compliance by the director of the Emergency Services Division of the Department of Public Safety with Chapter 2-7, Article III, Wake County Code of Ordinances and all applicable State statutes and regulations. Over the past two-and-one-half years, the Board of Commissioners has authorized seven convalescent-care ambulance service franchises. Because a franchise ordinance requires two readings, approval by the Board of Commissioners on September 20, 2004, will be followed by a second reading at the Board’s October 4, 2004 meeting.
Approved providing additional insurance options for employees on Supplemental Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Short-Term Disability through Unum Provident Life Insurance Company of America. These programs are voluntary to the employee, and there is no premium cost for Wake County. Coverage effective date will be January 1, 2005, after an employee enrollment period ends on November 23, 2005.
Appointed Commissioner Betty Lou Ward as the representative to serve as a member of the Dorothea Dix Campus Master Plan Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee will consist of five members. The Dorothea Dix Property Study Commission will appoint three members, the Wake County Board of Commissioners will appoint one member, and the Raleigh City Council will appoint one member. The Oversight Committee will make inquiries and receive reports from the State Property Office and other parties involved in the development of the Dix master plan. It was the intent of the State that policy makers be appointed to this oversight committee
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.