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FEBRUARY 4, 2013
1. Call to order
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Special Meeting of January 14, 2013 and the Regular and Closed Session Meeting of January 22, 2013
5. Recognition of special guests
6. Public comment for items not on the agenda
9. Departmental Reports:
10. Other Items of Business
12. Manager’s Report
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 828-465-8990 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.
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CALENDAR: The next Board Meeting will take place on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC.
PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider the awarding of an exclusive solid waste management franchise to Republic Services of NC, LLC, (formerly known as GDS) for solid waste management and disposal services in Catawba County that would substantially increase the number of items collected for recycling across Catawba County, with further expansion of items collected as needed over time; begin “single stream” collection of recyclable commodities so recycled materials would no longer have to be separated at curbside; increase Republic Services’ investment in Catawba County by $13 million; and protect more than 150 local jobs, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the 1924 Courthouse, at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will consider accepting a federal grant that would provide additional funding to reimburse the County for coding cost for the May 17, 2012, second primary and November 6, 2012, general elections. It will hear a report from the North Carolina Department of Transportation on the Secondary Roads Improvement Plan for Catawba County for fiscal year 2012-2013, as approved by the North Carolina Board of Transportation. And the Board will formally act to dedicate the entrance to the Catawba County Justice Center in honor of L. David Huffman, in recognition of his 32 years of service to Catawba County.
B. The Board will receive a report from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on the Secondary Roads Improvement Plan for Catawba County approved by NCDOT for fiscal year 2012-2013. Since North Carolina law gives the North Carolina Board of Transportation the authority to approve these projects, the Board of Commissioners will receive this report for information only.
UTLITIES AND ENGINEERING
The proposed new franchise agreement would substantially increase the number of items collected for recycling across Catawba County, with further expansion of items collected as needed over time; begin “single stream” collection of recyclable commodities so recycled materials would no longer have to be separated at curbside; enhance the collection of yard waste; increase Republic Services’ investment in Catawba County by $13 million; and protect over 150 local jobs.
In 2003, the Board granted an exclusive solid waste management franchise to Republic Services for a ten year period beginning July 1, 2004, which will expire on June 30, 2014. The proposed new franchise would take effect on July 1, 2013, and end on June 30, 2024, with an opportunity for a four year extension by mutual agreement of both the County and Republic Services.
Benefits to Catawba County citizens from the proposed franchise agreement would include:
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464
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