Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of August 2, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the July 12, 2004, and July 13, 2004, meetings.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
The Interlocal Agreement to update the hydrologic model for the Cape Fear River Basin, primarily with recent data related to drought management.
An enhancement grant from the NC Department of Transportation for the construction of a sidewalk in Fuquay-Varina. The sidewalk will provide safe pedestrian access for children and families and link major facilities in the neighborhood: Lincoln Heights Elementary School, the Pine Acres Community Center, and the Consolidated School campus. The sidewalk will also link these important neighborhood facilities to downtown Fuquay-Varina.
A resolution recognizing Historic Oak View County Park as a fixture in the educational and cultural life of Wake County, and supporting the Park’s effort to receive national accreditation from the American Association of Museums. Accreditation will provide resources and opportunities for Historic Oak View in fulfilling its mission to interpret the agricultural heritage and rural farm life of North Carolina through educational programs, special events and exhibits.
An allocation totaling $10,000 to provide a Wake County Human Services pass-through grant from Mission Tree to the Interfaith Alliance, Community Resource Connection Initiative. The Interfaith Alliance mobilizes faith leaders to collect, organize and maintain resource information for the purpose of connecting Wake County citizens to services that can assist them.
The receipt of NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) grant funding for the Community Transportation Services Plan, spanning the period from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2009. Wake County has selected a private vendor (Wilbur Smith Associates) to provide the planning services at a total cost of $68,986. The resources to fund this study include $14,086 in user fees, representing the County’s match to the $54,900 in grant funding from the NCDOT.
Acceptance of proposed Workforce Development funding in the amount of $400,000 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revision to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund. The project provides workforce development activities that connect and benefit area businesses and job seekers, such as skills training, job search assistance, displaced worker counseling and recruitment assistance.
Acceptance of proposed Workforce Development funding in the amount of $915,107 to the Workforce Development Project Ordinance with the appropriate budget revision to increase appropriations in the Workforce Development Special Revenue Fund. These monies will help fund local car-pooling, as well as employment and training services to low-income adults and dislocated workers.
The annual settlement of the Revenue collector as stipulated in N.C. General Statute 105-373: the tax collector shall make a sworn report to the governing body of the taxing unit and make a full statement for all taxes (current and prior years) in his hands for collection for the preceding fiscal year.
Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Accepted bond orders for General Obligation Debt, scheduled a public hearing on August 16, 2004, and authorized the publication of the notice of public hearing on the bond orders. This is the second step in the process to place two separate referenda (General Obligation Bonds for Wake Technical Community College for $40,000,000 and Open Space for $26,000,000) on the November 2004 ballot. At the July 12, 2004, Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board approved the filing of an application with the Local Government Commission, which was done on July 13, 2004. Both the $40,000,000 for Wake Technical Community College and the $26,000,000 for Open Space have been included in the County’s multi-year CIP/Debt Service models and can be financed without a tax increase for debt service.
Received a report on the request from Wake County Board of Education to appropriate Plan 2004 Funds. This quarterly appropriation will cover projects from September through November. This item will be placed on the August 16 consent agenda.
Received a report on the request from Wake County Board of Education to reallocate Plan 2000 Funds from the Knightdale High Project to the Daniels Middle School Project to cover costs due to problems encountered with asbestos abatement at Daniels Middle School. This item will be placed on the August 16 consent agenda for approval.
Awarded a five-year school recycling contract in the amount of $356,222.00 to Paper Stock Dealers of Raleigh, NC, for collection of recyclable paper from Wake County Public Schools. The contract is a result of a six-month study to determine the most efficient way to recycle paper in the schools, and to help the schools solve problems caused by the current “igloo” recycling system for the collection of glass, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. Based on the study, the County can increase services, reduce costs and leverage partnerships with other organizations by phasing out the igloo recycling program and implementing an internal paper-collection system in the schools.
Received the latest update on the Managers’ Solid Waste Committee for Long-Term Disposal Options. To ensure long-term disposal as part of the County’s comprehensive solid waste system, the Solid Waste Management Division and municipal managers agreed to collaborate and conduct an extensive evaluation to determine the best long-term disposal option. The process is on schedule, and qualified firms are developing proposals to be submitted on August 20, 2004.
Approved development of pedestrian-related improvements to the Brassfield Road/Honeycutt Road Sidewalk Project, funded by a $100,000 grant from the NC Department of Transportation. The project will provide sidewalks that connect nearby neighborhoods to the Brassfield Road Elementary School. The Board requested further discussions to assess options to expand the project to nearby subdivisions. The funding is to be used for all costs associated with the project including surveying, design and construction.
Approved a two-year agreement with BellSouth Long Distance to provide long distance and dedicated circuit services for all County office telephones and a dedicated circuit between the County’s disaster recovery emergency site located in the County’s Swinburne Building and the County’s off-site disaster recovery vendor’s facility in Charlotte. Authorized the County Manager to execute a contract on behalf of Wake County for these services. County staff negotiated improved pricing for both services that will provide a 39% discount resulting in an estimated annual savings of $6,240 over the current one-year agreements.
Approved new employee Compensation and Classification Plan changes, effective August 16, 2004, to ensure that salaries remain competitive in the marketplace and that job classes appropriately reflect the types and levels of work performed by County employees, and amended the proposal requiring that no current employee’s earning potential would be reduced as a result of these changes. The accompanying market study showed that Wake County was competitive in most jobs.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.