Click to go to Catawba County Home Page
Bookmark and ShareShare Page    print pagePrint Page
JANUARY 17, 2012

AGENDA 
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting 
Monday, January 17, 2012
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 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:


Closeout of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Emergency Repair Housing Grant. Presented by Planning, Parks and Development Director Jacky Eubanks.

8. Appointments

9. Departmental Reports:


a. Planning, Parks and Development.


North Carolina Housing Finance Agency 2011 Urgent Repair Program. Presented by Planning, Parks and Development Director Jacky Eubanks.

b. Emergency Services.


1. Supplemental Appropriation for Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant. Presented by Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton.


2. Sole Source Exception – Purchase of LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator. Presented by Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton and Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson.


c. Utilities and Engineering.


Sale of Landfill Equipment by Electronic Public Auction. Presented by Utilities and Engineering Director Barry Edwards and Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson.

10. Other Items of Business


Rescheduling of Board of Commissioners’ February 6, 2012 Meeting and accompanying Subcommittee Meetings.


11. Attorneys’ Report

12. Manager’s Report

13. Adjournment

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. 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.

INFOTALK/INTERNET: 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.

CALENDAR
The February 6, 2012 Board of Commissioners meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30, 2012 at 9:30 am. to allow Commissioners to attend the Emerging Issues Forum scheduled for February 6, 2012. The accompanying subcommittee meetings for this Board meeting will take place on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. The February evening Board of Commissioners Meeting will take place on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.


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.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
A. The Board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments before submitting a Closeout Performance Report for a $96,956.97 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 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. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments was approached by the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance (DCA) in April 2011 to see if Catawba County had any projects for which it could use additional funding ($96,956.97, de-obligated from 2007) that could be expended and completed by January 2012. The County already had a waiting list of potential housing applicants for this grant. The County originally targeted 26 homes for repair, but was only able to complete 23.

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.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

PLANNING, PARKS AND DEVELOPMENT
The Board will consider a project budget ordinance in the amount of $37,500 associated with the Catawba County Urgent Repair Program Grant, and entering into an agreement with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) for grant management assistance for the period from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

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.

EMERGENCY SERVICES
1. The Board will consider appropriation of a $5000 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Grant for medications and respirator filter cartridges to be used by Emergency Services. The U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response was created following Hurricane Katrina to assist jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. This includes, but is not limited to, all natural disasters, disease outbreaks, contamination of food or water, and terrorist attacks. ASPR grants are offered periodically with the intent of strengthening the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The State of North Carolina received an ASPR grant, which was distributed to the State’s Regional Trauma Committees to fund regional projects, and to the State Medical Assistance Teams. Each Type III State Medical Assistance Team was awarded $5,000 to help offset the teams’ ongoing equipment and training costs.

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
The Board will consider declaring a 2002 John Deere 624H wheel loader as surplus and authorizing its sale by electronic public auction. This loader has been replaced with new equipment and is no longer needed for landfill operation. It has an estimated value of $30,000-$45,000. Net proceeds from this sale will return to the County’s Solid Waste Enterprise Fund.

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
The Board will consider rescheduling its February 6, 2012, meeting and accompanying subcommittee meetings to allow commissioners to attend an Emerging Issues Forum scheduled for February 6th. North Carolina State University’s 27th Annual Emerging Issues Forum will join hundreds of people across the state in important conversations about North Carolina’s youth. The rescheduling of the Board’s meeting would allow commissioners and staff from the County Managers’ office to attend the forum. Staff recommends the Board reschedule its Monday, February 6, 2012, 9:30 a.m. meeting to Monday, January 30, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. and reschedule the accompanying subcommittee meetings for this meeting from Monday, January 30, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, January 23, 2012, at 8:00 a.m.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464