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JANUARY 17, 2012
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting of December 19, 2011
5. Recognition of Special Guests
6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda
7. Public Hearings:
9. Departmental Reports:
10. Other Items of Business
12. Manager’s Report
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PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the closeout of an Emergency Repair Housing grant used to provide emergency repairs to 23 homes owned and occupied by very low and low-income families in Catawba County and consider rescheduling its February 6, 2012 meeting to January 30, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., so Commissioners and staff may attend an Emerging Issues Forum on statewide issues, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Ave. in Newton.
The Board will consider accepting a $5000 federal grant that would be used by Emergency Services for medicines and filter cartridges for respirator filters; the use of the sole source exception from normal bidding procedures for LIFEPAK 15 heart monitors/defibrillators; whether to declare a 2002 John Deere 624H Wheel Loader as surplus and authorize sale of the wheel loader by electronic public auction; and approval of a budget ordinance for the 2011 Urgent Repair Program Grant, which will assist approximately seven low-income households in Catawba County by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repair, and a contract with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments to provide day-to-day management of the program with administration oversight provided by the County’s Planning Department.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE BOARD’S MEETING DATE BECAUSE THE THIRD MONDAY IN JANUARY IS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY AND COUNTY OFFICES ARE CLOSED.
The County will be de-obligating $3,584.07 from the Rehab line. These funds are being de-obligated because the last house selected was over the $5,000 limit on repairs allowed to be spent per house. The DCA does not permit any time extensions to seek other applicants since these funds were de-obligated funds from 2007, so the County must de-obligate these funds. De-obligation of these funds will not affect future grant applications or funding. CDBG funds financed 100% of the total project expenditures. No local funds were used for this project.
PLANNING, PARKS AND DEVELOPMENT
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency awarded Catawba County a 2011 Urgent Repair Program Grant in the amount of $37,500 in July 2011. The program will assist approximately seven low-income households, at $5,000 or less per house, by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs. The WPCOG will provide day-to-day management of the program with administration oversight being provided by the Planning Department. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends adoption of the budget ordinance and the agreement with the WPCOG.
Catawba County’s EMS State Medical Assistance Team submitted a project to purchase medication and personal protective equipment in the form of Atropine and respirator filter cartridges. Medication and personal protective equipment (chemical protective clothing, powered air-purifying respirator filters, etc.) has expiration and shelf-life standards. Further, as a deployable team, Catawba County’s EMS State Medical Assistance Team routinely trains and participates in exercises that require the use of equipment and supplies. For these reasons, certain equipment must be replaced in order to ensure that team members are adequately protected in the event of a response.
Catawba County’s EMS State Medical Assistance Team is fully deployable with 29 members trained and equipped to provide rapid mass triage, mass patient decontamination, and support for responder health, safety, and rehabilitation at the local, regional, state and national level. This grant will fund the entire cost of the equipment. No County funds would be appropriated. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the appropriation of these grant funds.
2. The Board will consider authorization of the sole source exemption for the purchase of three LIFEPAK® 15 monitor/defibrillators and accessories for $101,579. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services requires that all EMT-Paramedic level ambulances have the capability to transmit 12-lead ECGs to receiving hospitals. Both Frye Regional Medical Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center use Physio-Control LIFEPAK® monitors and defibrillators, receive transmissions from these devices, and cannot receive data from other defibrillator/monitor manufacturers.
Catawba County currently owns 43 Physio-Control cardiac monitors and/or defibrillators, with accessories made by the same company. If it purchased another brand device, EMS would have to maintain two sets of accessories (i.e. batteries, battery charges, therapy cables, monitoring cables, defibrillator pads, paper CO2 probes, blood pressure tubes, cuffs, etc.). Catawba County EMS has used Physio-Control LIFEPAK® cardiac monitors and defibrillators for over 20 years and experienced excellent service. Physio-Control Inc., is the only source for LIFEPAK® monitor/defibrillators. North Carolina General Statute 143-129 allows an exception from formal bidding for purchase contracts when performance or price competition for a product are not available; when a needed product is available from only one source of supply; or when standardization or compatibility is the overriding consideration. This exception requires governing body approval and a record of purchases must be maintained. Sufficient funds are available in the County budget for this purchase. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends authorization of the sole source exemption for this purchase.
UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING
North Carolina General Statute 160A-270 allows public agencies to conduct electronic auctions for the sale of real or personal property. An advertisement is required that describes the property to be sold and the electronic address where information to participate in the bidding process may be found. Catawba County has been using GovDeals.com electronic auction service since 2003. GovDeals will assist in printing flyers and contacting previous bidders for similar equipment. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends adoption of a resolution declaring the 2002 wheel loader as surplus and authorizing its sale by electronic public auction.
OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
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