Highlights of Commissioners' Meeting of May 2, 2005
Peggy M Reeves
Approved minutes of the Commissioners' meetings for April 18, 2005.
Received a presentation by the Neuse River Foundation on the River Cleanup event on April 2, 2005.
Approved a proclamation declaring May 2005 as Wake County Foster Care Month.
Approved a proclamation declaring May 9-15, 2005, as Wake County Tourism Week.
Received a presentation from the Revenue Department.
Approved by consent all agenda items as follows:
grant increase from the NC Department of Correction’s Criminal Justice Partnership Program.
Awarded a construction contract for installation of emergency generators at County Emergency Medical Services stations to Gregory Electric Co., Inc., of Raleigh, NC, in the amount of $445,870.00.
Grant request of $360,491 from the NC Department of Transportation for the Rural Operating Assistance Program.
Resolution supporting Triangle Region Community transportation development plan. The NC Department of Transportation has offered to support 100% of the cost of to prepare a Regional Transportation Development Plan for Orange, Wake and Durham counties. The Durham County Board of Commissioners and Orange County Board of Commissioners have adopted similar resolutions of participation.
Approved Tax Committee recommendations for value adjustments, late-filed applications, collections refunds and tax collections report.
Acted on these items under the regular agenda:
Approved a construction contract to J.D. Beam, Inc., of Raleigh, NC, in the amount of $5,385,000 for a new West Regional Library. The new library will be located on an 11-acre site in the northeastern quadrant of the intersection of Louis Stephens Drive and Morrisville Parkway near the Carpenter Village area of west Cary. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and will be completed in Spring 2006.
Approved the schematic design for the proposed North Regional Library. This library will be located, just off Falls of Neuse Road adjacent to Ravenscroft School, and will provide excellent access in a more centralized location for patrons of North Raleigh. The existing office building on the site will be completely renovated and expanded from 18,512 square foot to 30,000 square foot of space. Construction is scheduled to begin in late Fall 2005 and be completed by December 2006.
Held a public hearing and adopted Ordinance Amendment OA 04/14, amending the Wake County Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances to address miscellaneous subdivision administrative items. The amendment brings Wake County’s definitions of exempt and minor subdivisions into general conformity with the North Carolina General Statutes, and formalizes, within the County’s development regulations, the current policy that development plans will be consistent with the spirit and intent of the Wake County Land Use Plan, Transportation Plan, and the Consolidated Open Space Plan.
Received an update presented by Raymond Boutwell on the status of legislation pertaining to the legislative goals of the Board of Commissioners.
Approved a proposal from the City of Raleigh to fund six projects from the Occupancy and Prepared Food and Beverage Taxes Fund for a total of $32,400,000. In accordance with enabling legislation, projects funded from the Occupancy and Prepared Food and Beverage Tax Fund must be jointly approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Raleigh City Council.
Approved a request from the Wake County Board of Education to appropriate and reallocate Plan 2004 Funds in the amount of $65,252,297.
Approved a concept for a property disposal policy proposed by the Board of Education. Under the proposed policy, once a parcel of property is found to be surplus, the Board of Education determines the fair-market value and then offers the parcel to the County for purchase. If the County desires to purchase the property, the County then agrees to pay the fair-market value of the parcel to the Board of Education, with the payment being deferred to the next fiscal year.
Received information from the Board of Education concerning land acquisition for an elementary school in the Town of Garner. At its April 5, 2005, meeting, the Wake County Board of Education approved a resolution to acquire 27.04 acres of land in Garner at a price of $696,280 ($25,750 per acre) for elementary school (E13). The new elementary school facility is currently scheduled to open for the Fall term 2007.
Approved an additional $142,291 in revenue for the installation of sidewalk, curb, gutter, road widening and drainage improvements on McLean, Bridge and Lawrence streets in Fuquay-Varina. The Town of Fuquay-Varina and the N.C. Department of Transportation will provide the additional funding.
Approved an agreement with the Town of Morrisville for the design and construction of wastewater facilities in Research Triangle Park.
Made appointments to various boards, commissions and committees.