Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of October 18, 2004
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meeting of October 4, 2004.
Recognized William and Carol Riddle for their years as foster parents in Wake County.
Adopted a proclamation declaring November 2004 as “Home and Hospice Care Month” in Wake County.
Adopted a proclamation declaring the week of November 1 – 7, 2004, as Grief Awareness Week in Wake County.
Adopted a resolution in support of naming a bridge in Wake County for former Wake County Coroner Marshall Watson Bennett.
Received a progress report on the public information program for the Wake County bond referenda on the November 2 ballot: asking the public to vote whether to issue bonds for $40 million for Wake Technical Community College North Campus expansion, and bonds for $26 million for Open Space to acquire and preserve open space and protect water quality.
Recessed until the joint meeting on Wednesday, October 20, at noon, of the Wake County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners to consider an emergency $13.3 million appropriation and reallocation to provide funds to contract for mobile/modular units for Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). Commissioners authorized the delay in the vote to allow the Board of Education to act first upon the request by the administration of the school system. The meeting will be held at a luncheon at the Matthews House in Cary.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
A three-year agreement with Sprint establishing a frame relay data network to provide Internet connectivity and e-mail for County offices and WakeNet partners. Authorized the County Manager to execute a contract on behalf of Wake County for this service.
A grant from the Wal-Mart Company in the amount of $1,000 and the related increase in the appropriations to the general fund for expenditures related to the acquisition of bilingual and Spanish library resources.
A grant from the Friskies Company in the amount of $10,00, and approval of the increase in the appropriations to the general fund for expenditures related to improvements to the Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption cat habitat. This includes working with Frank Bielec, a designer from the TV program, Trading Spaces, to consult with shelter staff on how the grant funds can be used to improve the existing cat habitat.
Declared ballot counters as surplus property and authorized disposal using sealed bid process and authorizes the County Manager, or his designee, to
advertise, issue and accept sealed bids for the counters; award and execute the contract to the highest bidder; and transfer title of the equipment.
Declared 139 vehicles from General Services Administration Fleet Operations as surplus, allowing them to be disposed of by public auction through the State Surplus Property Agency.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Approved the Hazard Mitigation Plan, which establishes strategies to minimize human casualties and property damage that may result from the occurrence of a natural hazard event.
Approved a one-time $120,000 funding request from the private, not-for-profit East Wake Education Foundation (EWEF). This will provide EWEF with operational costs for various initiatives, projects and ventures aimed at serving at-risk youth and families, improving school readiness and successful and healthy development. Funding will be appropriated from the Board of Commissioners’ contingency fund.
Accepted a $56,693 grant from the Help America Vote Act Title I to help defray the costs of four additional One-Stop Voting sites and student election assistants. The additional sites will be located at the Apex Community Center, the Wake County Library Administration Building, the Knightdale Town Hall and Mary E. Phillips School. Acceptance of these grant funds does not require matching funds from the County.
Accepted $316,542 of new Child Welfare funding allocated by the state of North Carolina to establish six new Human Services Senior Practitioner positions to be Child Protective Services caseworkers. Child Protective Services caseworkers are responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and conducting assessments of reports of child neglect.
Accepted the offer submitted by W.H. Henderson to purchase 17.78 acres (Durham County PIN# 0747-02-89-4729) at a purchase price of approximately $560,070, subject to the requirements of NCGS §160A-269, and terms and conditions acceptable to the County Attorney. As a part of the Board's action, proceeds from the sale of this property shall be allocated to the Capital Improvement Program Capital Reserve Fund.
Approved a $70,000 funding request from the DuBois Center for the purpose of stabilizing a building on the DuBois campus in Wake Forest. The nonprofit organization has been working to restore the 17-acre historic campus of the W.E.B. DuBois High School, which originally served African-American students. Funds will be appropriated from the Board of Commissioners’ contingency fund.
Authorized staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Little River Reservoir Project:
36.791 acres owned by Rachel Mae Perry at a purchase price of $250,179. As a part of the consideration for the purchase of this property the County agrees to lease the property back to the Seller for farming and agricultural purposes at no cost for a period of no less than five years;
4.552 acres owned by Triangle Land Conservancy at a purchase price of $28,216, and to accept 5.406 acres donated at no cost to be managed by Wake County as part of the Open Space Preservation Program.
Authorize staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Open Space Swift Creek Preservation Project
1.45 acres owned by Johnny R. Rooks III at a purchase price of $2,900.
Authorize staff to proceed with the following acquisition to support the development of the Open Space Lowery Creek Preservation Project: approval of the donation of 4.83 acres owned by B.D.G.-Rihani Associates, LLC.
Authorize the County Manager to execute contracts on behalf of Wake County for the purchase of the above properties.