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APRIL 6, 2015
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Approval of the Minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting of March 16, 2015
5. Recognition of Special Guests
6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda
9. Consent Agenda:
11. Other Items of Business
13. Manager’s Report
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CALENDAR: The next Board of Commissioners Meetings will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue, Newton.
PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive an informational presentation on the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford planned development, which would bring the “village center” concept to the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community on approximately 200 acres located in and around Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road with sections for residential dwellings and space for retail, office, medical and other uses, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will also consider adopting a Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which identifies local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires and winter weather.
The Board will receive a report on the “State of the County” from a Public Health perspective from Health Director Doug Urland. The Board will consider a resolution to declare 39 acres of County-owned property at 4251 Slanting Bridge Road as surplus, and an offer in the amount of $300,000 from The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC to purchase the property, subject to the upset bid process. The Board will also consider accepting an offer for the purchase of County-owned property at 108 29th Avenue NE and 120 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, for the benefit of Catawba Valley Medical Center.
The Board will consider approving the hiring of a relative of Sheriff Coy Reid by the Sheriff’s Office, as required by State law. The Board will consider approving a joint resolution which provides that all law enforcement officers with territorial jurisdiction as to any part of Lake Norman or its shoreline area have the authority of peace officers in enforcing the laws over all of Lake Norman and its shoreline area, after it was discovered that a required joint resolution had not been adopted by Catawba, Lincoln, Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties. And the Board will consider declaring a 2010 Ambulance and Stryker Stretcher as surplus property and donating those items to the Hickory Rescue Squad.
The Board will recognize recently retired Sheriff’s Captain Alton Price with the traditional presentation of his badge and service weapon. The Board will hear a presentation on an effort to have Catawba County certified as a “Work Ready Community” so educational institutions, businesses and agencies fully understand the exact skills needed so that the county and its citizens are ready for new jobs. And the Board will issue proclamations for County Government Month, Public Health Week, National Library Week and National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
B. The Board will hear a presentation on an effort to have Catawba County certified as a “Work Ready Community” so businesses and agencies know exactly the foundational skills they need for a productive workforce and how to communicate their needs; individuals understand which skills are required by employers and how to prepare themselves for success; policy makers are better able to measure the skills gaps, and educators know of tools that may help close that gap.
C. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring April 12-18, 2015, as National Library Week and encourage all residents to visit the library to take advantage of the wide variety of resources available to library patrons.
D. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring April 12-18, 2015, as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and recognizing the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and citizens safe.
E. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring April as County Government Month in Catawba County. The theme of this proclamation is to encourage counties to focus on ways they have improved their communities by building new facilities, efficient cyber systems and networks, water and sewer improvements and other services.
F. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring April 6-12, 2015, as National Public Health Week. The proclamation supports Catawba County Public Health’s efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in our community through enhanced opportunities for physical activity, increased access to healthy nutritional options, and the creation of tobacco-free environments.
North Carolina General Statute 160A-279 authorizes the County to convey personal property to a non-profit organization without monetary consideration as long as the property will be used for a public purpose. The process begins with the governing board adopting a resolution authorizing the conveyance of the property and a ten-day public notice. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the donation of this ambulance and stretcher.
B. The Board will consider approval of the appointment of Jason Reid to the position of Deputy Sheriff. Per North Carolina General Statute 153A-103, the Board of Commissioners must approve the appointment of an officer who is a relative of the Sheriff. Sheriff Coy Reid is requesting approval of the appointment of his son, Jason Reid, to the Lieutenant of Narcotics position. Jason Reid is currently Lieutenant of Narcotics with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and has served in that position since December 2010. He has been in law enforcement for close to 20 years and for over half of that time has been in the narcotics division. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the appointment of Jason Reid to the position of Deputy Sheriff.
C. The Board will consider adopting a joint resolution which provides that all law enforcement officers with territorial jurisdiction as to any part of Lake Norman or its shoreline area have the authority of peace officers in enforcing the laws over all of Lake Norman and its shoreline area. Lake patrols have been operating under the provisions of “An Act to Establish the Lake Norman Marine Commission”, enacted as Chapter 1089 of the 1969 Session Laws. It has been discovered that a required specific joint resolution regarding territorial jurisdiction has not been adopted by the Counties of Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg. The proposed resolution meets this requirement and upon its adoption, will be kept on file with the Clerk of each of these counties as well as with the Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends adoption of this resolution.
Although the specific use of the land is unknown, CVMC has been informed by Mr. Ryan Lovern, Commercial First Realtor, that the intended use does not conflict or compete with CVMC’s medical office practice located nearby. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends acceptance of this offer and the start of the upset bid process.
2. The Board will receive an informational presentation on the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford planned development, which would bring the “village center” concept to the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community on approximately 200 acres located in and around Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road with sections for residential dwellings and space for retail, office, medical and other uses.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 828-465-8464
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