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FEBRUARY 17, 2014

AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, February 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND THE CATAWBA COUNTY PLANNING BOARD WILL BE ATTENDING AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION ON SOLAR FARMS PRESENTED BY ROBIN NICHOLSON, DUKE ENERGY’S DISTRICT MANAGER FOR GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, AT 5:15 P.M. IN THE SECOND FLOOR MEETING ROOM OF THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN NEWTON. THIS IS AN INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ONLY AND NO BOARD ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

3. Invocation

4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting and Closed Session of February 3, 2014

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

7. Appointments

8. Departmental Reports:


a. Purchasing/Emergency Services:


Donation of Surplus Ambulance and Stretcher to Catawba Valley Community College. Presented by Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson and Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton.


b. Tax:


Delinquent 2013 Real Estate Property Tax. Presented by Catawba County Tax Collector Lori Mathes.

9. Other Items of Business


a. Resolution of Support for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ Investing in Manufacturing Communities Program Application. Presented by Dee Blackwell, Executive Director, Western Piedmont Council of Governments and Scott Millar, President, Economic Development Corporation.


b. Resolution Supporting Citizen Participation in Government Through Elections in Catawba County. Presented by Assistant County Manager Dewey Harris.


c. Discussion of Citizens’ Request for District Representation versus At-Large Election of Commissioners.


10. Attorneys’ Report

11. Manager’s Report

12. Adjournment

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.

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 828-465-8468 and INFOTALK will direct your questions with easy to understand instructions. Reach Catawba County on the Internet at http://www.catawbacountync.gov.

CALENDAR: Due to the Board members’ attendance at the NACO Conference in Washington, DC in early March, there will be only one March Board of Commissioners Meeting. This meeting will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider giving its support to the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ plan to apply to become part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Program, an initiative of various federal agencies designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States, when it meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will consider a proposed resolution affirming its support for citizen participation in government through access to all registered voters for honest and impartial elections, according to established law governing election procedures and acknowledging the formal role of the State and County in conducting all elections held within the county, including municipalities in the county. The Board will discuss a request by citizens that the Board move to district representation for Board members, rather than the current at-large representation.

The Board will consider donating a surplus ambulance and stretcher that the County no longer needs to Catawba Valley Community College, for use in the college’s training programs for future EMTs and paramedics. And it will receive the annual report from the County Tax Collector on delinquent real property taxes in Catawba County, which are expected to represent 6.94% of the total 2013 real property levy.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND THE CATAWBA COUNTY PLANNING BOARD WILL BE ATTENDING AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION ON SOLAR FARMS PRESENTED BY ROBIN NICHOLSON, DUKE ENERGY’S DISTRICT MANAGER FOR GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, AT 5:15 P.M. IN THE SECOND FLOOR MEETING ROOM OF THE GOVERNMENT CENTER, AT 100-A SOUTH WEST BOULEVARD, NEWTON. THIS IS AN INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ONLY AND NO BOARD ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS


PURCHASING/EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Board will consider approval of the donation of a 2006 Ford E-450 Type III ambulance and Stryker stretcher to Catawba Valley Community College. CVCC has requested the ambulance and stretcher, which would be used for the college’s EMS degree and continuing education programs. CVCC is currently operating an outdated Type 1 ambulance designed as a mock ambulance, which does not have the same user attributes that the students will encounter as EMTs or Paramedics. This donation would also provide two ambulances for use when students are performing driving maneuvers both in initial and in-service programs. The ambulance that would be donated to CVCC has approximately 173,314 miles.

North Carolina General Statute 160A-274 authorizes the sale, lease, exchange and joint use of governmental property. Under this statute, a governmental unit may transfer personal property to another governmental unit with or without monetary consideration. The statute does require action by the governing body.

TAX
The Board will consider accepting a report from the Catawba County Tax Collector which sets out the total amount of unpaid taxes for the current year, and will consider ordering the Tax Collector to advertise delinquent tax liens as prescribed by North Carolina General Statute 105-369. As of January 31, 2014, delinquent real property taxes in Catawba County totaled $4,780,429.42, which represents 6.94% of the 2013 real property levy.

OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
A. The Board will consider adopting a resolution of support of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ plan to apply to become part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Program, an initiative of various federal agencies designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and present opportunities for the region to sustain and grow manufacturing employment.


B. The Board will consider adopting a resolution supporting citizen participation in government through elections in Catawba County. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with overall responsibility for the administration of the elections process in North Carolina. The State Board of Elections works in conjunction with county Board of Elections offices across the state to handle numerous aspects of election administration. The goal of the Catawba County Board of Elections Office is to serve the public in an efficient and courteous manner and to provide well-planned and managed elections. The resolution supporting citizen participation in government through elections in Catawba County acknowledges the formal role of the State and County in conducting all elections held within the county, including municipalities in the county, and seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of citizen participation in county government through voting.

C. The Board will discuss a request by citizens that the Board move to district representation for Board members, rather than the current at-large representation.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464