Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of December 6, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Commissioners-elect Kenn Gardner, Betty Lou Ward, and Harold Webb took the oath of office for Wake County Commissioner. Mr. Gardner was taking his oath of office after being re-elected to a second term (he was first elected in 2000); Ms. Ward took the oath after being re-elected to a fifth term (first elected in 1988); Mr. Webb was appointed February 3, 2003, to complete Vernon Malone's term and took the oath of office for his first elected win.
Wake County Register of Deeds–elect Laura Riddick took the Oath of Office for the Wake County Register of Deeds. Judge Wanda Bryant administered the oath.
Commissioner Joe Bryan was elected as Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners for a one-year term, ending in December 2005.
Commissioner Tony Gurley was elected as Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners for a one-year term, ending in December 2005.
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for meetings of November 15, 17, and 22, 2004
Recognized Wake County as one of the Triangle’s “Best Workplaces for Commuters 2004.” The Best Workplaces Campaign is an activity of the Triangle J Council of Governments and is made possible by a grant from the NC Department of Transportation.
Received a presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and related compliance reports for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
Workforce compensation and classification plan changes to Band 1effective December 6, 2004. The County’s Compensation and Classification Plan is monitored on an ongoing basis to assure that salaries remain competitive and that job classes appropriately reflect the types and levels of work.
The conveyance of a permanent sanitary sewer easement (containing approximately 0.12 acre) and temporary construction easements (containing approximately 0.12 acre) across County property at Site 20A of the Crabtree Creek Watershed Project, subject to terms and conditions satisfactory to the County Attorney.
The conveyance of an easement to Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc., for the installation and maintenance of transformers and underground electrical service facilities to serve Phase IB of the Hammond Road Detention Center, subject to terms and conditions satisfactory to the County Attorney.
The conveyance of 0.29 acres of County-owned property to the Town of Zebulon. The property is located on Proctor Street in the Wakefield Community in Zebulon and was conveyed to Wake County in 1936. The property was identified with the Wakefield Classical and Mathematical School (from 1882 - 1900) and is a significant historical and cultural symbol for the Wakefield Community.
Certification of the results of the referenda and declared that the Bond Order authorizing $26,000,000 General Obligation Open Space Bonds and the Bond Order authorizing $40,000,000 General Obligation Wake Technical Community College Bonds are now in effect.
Workforce Development funding in the amount of $78,640 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revisions to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund.
Amendment to Interlocal Agreement for Land Acquisition for West Regional Wastewater Facilities. Based on continued collaboration and recent discussions by the partners, an Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement is proposed with the following changes:
In lieu of Wake County, Cary will be the lead agency in land acquisition for the wastewater treatment plant and pump station sites.
In lieu of Wake County, Cary will finance the costs of land acquisition. Municipal Partners to the Interlocal Agreement would fully reimburse Cary for principal amount, plus interest and other related costs.
A 37-month agreement with BellSouth to provide Metro Ethernet Premium data service and authorized the County Manager to execute a contract on behalf of Wake County for this service.
Receipt of funds from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Title I Funding Section 101 in the amount of $14,980 and approved the appropriate budget revision.
Authorized the Chairman to execute an agreement for the billing and collection for the Town of Angier for property located within Wake County.
Approved Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds, and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Held a public hearing on -- and tabled and referred to the Comissioners’ Growth, Land Use and Environment Committee (GLUE) – an Ordinance Amendment OA 04/03 to amend the Wake County Subdivision Ordinance to require a two-step conditional use rezoning process. In the first step, it is proposed that the Board of Commissioners would make a determination on the rezoning request. The second step would be the actual permitting process for the use of the property. This two-step process allows the County to review site-specific development plans to ensure that the proposed use is a better fit with the surrounding uses, while avoiding possible claims of contract zoning.
Held a public hearing on -- and tabled and referred to the Comissioners’ Growth, Land Use and Environment Committee (GLUE) – a measure that would revise and amend the current Wake County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances to create a third subdivision design option, an Open Space Subdivision.
Held an appeal hearing and upheld the Planning Board’s September 15, 2004, approval of S-36-04, a preliminary plan for the proposed Rockbridge Cluster Subdivision. The site is located between Poole Road and Grasshopper Road between Bethlehem Road and Smithfield Road in the eastern part of the County.
Approved the acquisition of approximately 86.31 acres along Little River from Dr. Surry Roberts for the purchase price of $794,052 ($9,200 per acre) for the purpose of open space preservation. And authorized the County Manager to execute a purchase contract on behalf of Wake County containing terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney.
Authorized the County Manager to execute a grant agreement with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation for Wake County to provide up to $1,920,660 in shared acquisition costs for the approximate 116-acre Eure property adjoining Umstead Park, to add to the County’s critical Open Space resources. Other partners in the acquisition are the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the Eure Family, through a highly favorable sale price to the State. Terms and conditions for the $6.1-million purchase agreement must be acceptable to the County Attorney.
Approved a resolution authorizing the disposal of one Harley Davidson police-package motorcycle by private sale at a negotiated price. The family of the late Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Tucker will purchase the motorcycle at a private sale. NC General Statute 160A-267 provides that the Commissioners may adopt a resolution providing for such a disposal method.
Approved the schematic design for the proposed Holly Springs Branch Library and Cultural Center, which will be constructed under an interlocal agreement through which the County will build the 19,939-squarefoot facility, and costs will be shared by the two local governments.
Approved an Interlocal Agreement for Countywide Stormwater Management Evaluation. The evaluation will focus on water-quality protection and flood prevention through stormwater management, and on compliance with regulatory mandates such as the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II stormwater program. Wake County is required to have a Stormwater Management Plan under the NPDES II regulations.
Authorized the establishment of four full-time Workforce Development positions for the Workforce Development division. The positions will effectively increase the planning, procurement, follow-up services and oversight of federal funds serving businesses, job seekers, dislocated workers, offenders and youth in Wake and Johnston counties.
Endorsed the Wake Coordinated Transportation Services 2005-2006 Community Transportation Program grant request, and authorized the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners to sign the resolution. The County-match portions totaling $123,729 will be funded in the FY 05-06 Transportation budget by user fees. Received a report from the Wake County Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 funds for mobile/modular classrooms.
Adopted a 2005 regular meeting schedule for the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The meetings will be held on the first and third Mondays of the month (unless rescheduled due to holidays or other conflicts) beginning at 2 p.m. in the Board Room, Room 700, Wake County Courthouse. Public comments will be received at 3 p.m., with sign-up for public comment from 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Received committee assignments from the Board of Commissioners’ chairman, and approved the Board of Commissioners’ goals for 2005.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.