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JANUARY 16, 2007
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

1. Call to Order.

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

3. Invocation.

4. Approval of the Minutes from the Regular Meeting of December 18, 2006, the Work Session of December 11, 2006, and Closed Sessions of December 4, 2006 and December 18, 2006.

5. Recognition of Special Guests.

6. Public Comment for items not on the agenda.

7. Public Hearings:

a. Reconvening of Public Hearing on Unified Development Ordinance. Presented by Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director.

b. Reconvening of Public Hearing on Adoption of New Official Zoning Maps based on Small Area Plans and Unified Development Ordinance. Presented by Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director.

8. Appointments.

9. Consent Agenda:

a. Mental Health Budget Revision.

b. CVCC Request for Operating Funds for new Classroom/Science/Library Building.

c. Right of Way Agreement with Duke Power for Underground Power Line Feed to Balls Creek Sewer Pump Station.

10. Other Items of business.

11. Attorneys’ Report.

12. Manager’s Report.

13. Adjournment.

Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. A telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) is located in the Government Center and can be reached by dialing 465?8200. Access to the 1924 Courthouse for individuals with disabilities is at the south side (“A” Street). The elevator is located at the north end of the building. Participation in public meetings is without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, or disability.

The Catawba County Telephone Information System will allow you to use your touch tone telephone to obtain current information on Catawba County 24 hours a day. Information is updated on a regular basis. Dial 465-8468 and INFOTALK will direct your questions with easy to understand instructions. Reach Catawba County on the Internet at http://www.catawbacountync.gov.

The February Board of Commissioners Meetings will take place on Monday, February 5, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. and on Monday, February 19, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2007, 7 P.M.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will continue public hearings on a proposed Unified Development Ordinance, and is expected to take action on the proposed ordinance, when the Board meets beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. NOTE THE CHANGE FROM THE BOARD'S NORMAL MEETING DAY, BECAUSE COUNTY OFFICES ARE CLOSED ON THE THIRD MONDAY IN JANUARY FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY.

The Board will also consider a revision to the current Mental Health Services budget to account for additional funds from the State government and receipt of a State grant; a request from Catawba Valley Community College to appropriate $237,000 from the Schools Capital Projects fund balance in the County budget to be used for operating costs for the college’s new Classroom, Science and Library building; and consider an agreement with Duke Energy for a ten-foot right-of-way needed for the construction, maintenance and operation of an electric power line to serve a pump station associated with a sewer line project to serve Balls Creek Elementary School, Oxford Elementary School and Bunker Hill High School.

A. The Board will continue public hearings on the text and maps of a proposed Unified Development Ordinance. NOTE: There is additional information available at tonight's meeting on the changes to the first draft of the UDO that have been discussed by the Board and the current draft of the UDO, in other hand outs on the same table as this preview of the entire Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Unified Development Ordinance will combine all of the County's existing regulations concerning land use and development into a single, coordinated ordinance. The draft Unified Development Ordinance is based on the recommendations of seven Small Area Plans, created by groups of citizens appointed by the Board of Commissioners to develop long-range plans for their respective communities, with input from citizens in their area. A UDO Steering Committee composed of citizens and professionals in related areas reviewed existing Catawba County policies on zoning and subdivision regulations and administrative procedures, and worked to combine them into a user-friendly, flexible ordinance, which is consistent throughout and organized in a manner that will make it easy to use. The County's UDO will only apply to areas outside of cities and towns and their planning jurisdictions.

A series of meetings with stakeholder groups, and two public meetings, were held in June and July 2006 to provide information on the UDO and offer citizens the opportunity to comment on the draft ordinances. More than 150 persons came to a series of informational sessions at the Catawba County Government Center on August 2, 3, 4 and 7 to provide citizens with a chance to talk one-on-one with County staff about how the UDO would effect their property. The Board of Commissioners held public hearings on the UDO on August 21 and September 18, 2006, when it continued the public hearing until December 18. The Board then held three work sessions on different concerns about the UDO raised by citizens during those first two public hearings. The Board focused on minimum lot sizes at a work session on October 2nd; on cottage businesses on November 7th; and on affordable housing at the third work session on December 11. During each of the three work sessions, the Board discussed changes to the proposed UDO and asked staff to provide more information on those changes. At its meeting on December 18, 2006, the Board continued the public hearing until this evening’s meeting. It released a list of the changes to the UDO that were discussed by the Board during those three work sessions, and the latest draft of the UDO, on December 29, 2006.

The list of changes, and the entire amended UDO, are available for public review on the County’s web site at www.catawbacountync.gov; at all branches of the County Library, and at the County Office of Planning and Community Development on the first floor of the Government Center in Newton.

B. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed new zoning maps that would be put in place with the passage of the proposed UDO and would be based on the Small Area Plans and the UDO.

A. The Board will consider a revision to the current Mental Health Services budget to increase the Mental Health budget by $112,000, bringing it to a total of $19,037,596.31. This proposed budget revision adds no new positions and requests no additional County funding. The revision accounts for $100,000 in additional State funding, a new State grant, and a realignment of State dollars within the budget. Mental Health Services of Catawba County has been allocated an additional $100,000 in State funding, on a one-time basis, to serve clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Flexibility is available to manage the funding in order to purchase additional services for the TBI population from within the county’s provider network. Mental Health Services of Catawba County has also received a Mental Health Systems Transformation Grant in the amount of $12,000 from the Governor’s Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. $8500 of this grant would be used to contract with Ms. Charlene Vaan, a consultant who will evaluate the Local Managing Entity (LME) created by the State’s Mental Health reform and provider infrastructure with regard to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). The remaining $3500 would be used by Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare for assistance in Mental Health EBP Implementation Research support, including staff cost, travel, printing and training materials.

The budget revision also includes a realignment of State dollars as follows: Catawba County previously budgeted $36,000 for Adult Care Home Incentive Funds, in anticipation that it would receive these funds as in past years. Mental Health Services has been notified that these funds ($35,000 effective January 1, 2007 and annualized to $70,000 in State Fiscal Year 2008) will now be utilized to supplement Geriatric Specialty Team funding; and shall support one FTE position, a registered nurse or a master’s prepared therapist or other qualified mental health professional. These funds will be realigned in the Catawba County Mental Health budget from Domiciliary Care to Adult Mental Health, to cover costs associated with the Geriatric Specialty Team at the Adult Life Program. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of the proposed budget revision.

B. The Board will consider appropriating $237,000 from the Schools Capital Projects fund balance, to be used for operating costs for the new Classroom/Science/Library Building at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). With the addition of the new building on the CVCC campus, a need for additional funds for operations and up-keep was identified. In fiscal years 2005 and 2006, a total of $145,000 was added to CVCC’s current expense budget in anticipation of increased costs once the building was in operation. In addition, $45,483 was transferred in October 2006 from completed capital projects and moved to CVCC’s current expense budget for increased operating costs. CVCC officials have indicated that the balance still needed in the current fiscal year for maintenance and operations of the building is $237,000. This would bring the total appropriation to $427,483 for the operating cost of the Classroom/Science/Library building. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of the appropriation of $237,000 from interest earnings from the Schools’ Capital Outlay fund balance. Ongoing operational costs for the new building will be incorporated into the budget for CVCC, starting with the FY 2007-08 County budget.

C. The Board will consider approving an agreement for a ten foot right of way for the construction, maintenance, and operation of an electric power line, with related equipment and connections, to serve the Balls Creek Sewer Project Hagan Creek Pump Station. On April 12, 2006, the County was awarded State grant assistance in the amount of $3 million to provide funding for the Balls Creek Elementary School and Oxford Elementary/Bunker Hill High School sewer projects. On June 5, 2006, the Board awarded the bid for this project to Ronny Turner Construction Co., Inc. Construction is expected to be completed in the next sixty days, and this right of way is required by Duke Energy in order for them to provide electric service to the pump station. Staff recommends approval of the proposed agreement.



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