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APRIL 4, 2011
Catawba County Board of Commissioners
Monday, April 4, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
30 North College Ave
Newton, North Carolina
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Approval of the minutes from the Regular Meeting and Closed Session of March 21, 2011
5. Recognition of special guests
6. Public Comments for items not on the agenda
9. Departmental Reports:
10. Other Items of Business
12. Manager’s Report
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PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
APRIL 4, 2011, 9:30 A.M
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed economic incentive agreement with Fairmont Design, which plans to purchase the former Thomasville Furniture building in Hickory for approximately $1.3 million and invest another $1.5 million in machinery and equipment and create 200 new jobs; and a proposed 2011-2012 funding plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, established by the State to identify risks for youth in the community, prevent crime among at-risk youth, review court data and identify needed programs to provide intervention and prevention, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will congratulate Catawba Valley Community College on recognition by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges of CVCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which the Commission deemed a success, with particular strength in the area of assessment, and a proclamation declaring April as Public Health Month in Catawba County. It will honor retiring Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Saunders and Terry Shull with the traditional presentation of their badges and service weapons and receive information on the Pink Heals Tour coming to Catawba County in September 2011 in support of all women and the fight against cancer.
A. The Board will issue a Certificate of Commendation to Catawba Valley Community College noting the recognition by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges of CVCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which the Commission deemed a success, with particular strength in the area of assessment.
B. The Board will honor Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Shull, who will retire effective May 1, 2011, after 30 years in law enforcement. Under North Carolina General Statute 20-187.2, the Board will consider declaring as surplus the service sidearm and badge of Deputy Shull and present those items to him.
C. The Board will honor Sheriff’s Deputy J. Michael Saunders, who will retire effective May 1, 2011, after over 23 years in law enforcement. Under North Carolina General Statute 20-187.2, the Board will consider declaring as surplus the service sidearm and badge of Deputy Saunders and present those items to him.
D. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring April as Public Health Month to recognize 131 years of public health service to the residents of North Carolina and the efforts of public health departments to control and eliminate infectious disease, improve environmental sanitation and promote healthy lifestyle practices, which have resulted in improved health status and increased life expectancy for North Carolina residents.
E. The Board will hear a presentation from the Hickory Fire Department on the Pink Heals Tour which will come to Catawba County in September 2011. The tour brings “Guardians of the Ribbon”, dressed in pink fire suits and traveling in pink fire trucks, across the country to spread awareness and support for all women and their fight against cancer.
A. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The Board will consider proposed incentives for Fairmont Designs, Inc. in the form of a $25,000 grant (payable after 200 jobs are created and $1.5 million is invested) to be used for increased productivity and efficiency measures, or equipment relocation and building up-fit costs. The jobs must be created and maintained for a minimum of 36 months after receipt of the grant or the grant must be repaid. Fairmont Designs is purchasing the 215,500 square foot former Thomasville Furniture building in Hickory. It plans to create 200 new jobs paying a total average wage of $30,189 per year. A minimum of 60 of those jobs must pay above the county average wage of $34,216. The schedule for job creation is 60 jobs in 2011, 60 in 2012, 45 in 2013 and 35 in 2014. Fairmont Designs plans to invest $1.5 million in machinery and equipment by December 31, 2012. This $1.5 million combined with the $1.3 million purchase price of the real property equates to a $2.8 million total investment in the community.
Fairmont Designs, headquartered in Buena Park, California, began its search for existing buildings east of the Mississippi. The company has a showroom at the High Point Furniture Market, is familiar with High Point, and narrowed its focus to near High Point and Hickory in North Carolina and its existing distribution center in Tennessee. The primary reason for the location is to establish an East Coast manufacturing operation to better serve existing customers and establish new customers with a more local presence. Fairmont Designs has 25 years of expertise in manufacturing home furnishings and furnishings for the hospitality and health care industry. It currently owns and operates four factories with 2.5 million square feet and employs 4,500 people worldwide, with a headquarters and manufacturing facility in California and the distribution center in Tennessee. It is a member of the Sustainable Furniture Council and is committed to eco-friendly business practices. It plans to institute “lean manufacturing” which improves the flow of work, causing waste reduction to occur thereby improving quality and reducing production time and costs, at the Hickory facility.
These incentives will be based on an economic development agreement which requires Fairmont Designs to meet minimum thresholds of investment in machinery and equipment ($1.5 million by 2012) and job creation (200 by 2014) prior to any incentive payment by the County. Repayment of the incentives will be required should the investment and/or job creation amounts not be sustained.
B. JUVENILE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
The Board will consider the 2011-2012 Funding Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), as recommended by the JCPC, the Catawba County Budget Manager and in keeping with the priorities approved by the Board of Commissioners at its December 20, 2010 meeting. The JCPC is an organization established by the State of North Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice. Membership is determined mostly by the State statute establishing the JCPC. Representatives are those involved with youth. The Council exists to identify risks of youth in the community, prevent crime among at-risk youth, review court data and identify needed programs to provide intervention and prevention. Funding is allocated by the State through the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program (DJJDP), then is distributed to the County, and then to programs. Every year, there is a process the JCPC must follow that begins with prioritizing risks and needs, with the final step being approval of a funding plan. The priorities are determined in the fall/early winter, with approval of the funding plan occurring in the spring. The Council identifies risk factors based on court date, develops a list of priorities to address these risk factors and the Board of Commissioners is asked to approve the priorities, which it did on December 20, 2010. The JCPC then advertises for programs to submit proposals to address risk factors. Responses are reviewed and a funding plan is recommended which is subject to the State of North Carolina budget. The funding plan does not require any Catawba County funding.
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