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APRIL 6, 2015

AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, April 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
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 March 16, 2015

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

7. Presentations:


a. Presentation of Badge and Gun (after declared surplus by the Board of Commissioners) to Retired Deputy Sheriff Alton Price by the Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Coy Reid.


b. Work Ready Communities. Presented by Tracy Hall, Director, Education Matters in Catawba Valley and Wendy Johnson, Director, Workforce Development, Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

c. National Library Week Proclamation. Presented to Library Director Suzanne White.


d. National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Proclamation. Presented to Telecommunications Shift Supervisor Tammy Saunders.


e. County Government Month Proclamation. Presented to Catawba County Employee of the Year Beverly Hester.


f. Public Health Week Proclamation. Presented to Public Health Director Doug Urland.

8. Appointments

9. Consent Agenda:


a. Donation of Emergency Medical Services Ambulance to Hickory Rescue Squad.


b. Approval of Hiring a Relative of the Sheriff.


c. Joint Resolution Regarding Lake Norman Territorial Jurisdiction.


10. Departmental Reports:


A. Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC):


Adoption of a Resolution to Accept an Offer to Purchase for Surplus Property Owned by the County for the Benefit of Catawba Valley Medical Center, in Catawba County, Subject to the Upset Bid Procedures Set Forth in North Carolina General Statutes. Presented by Scott Echelberger, Vice-President, Catawba Valley Medical Center.


B. Emergency Services:


Adoption of the Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Presented by Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy.


C. Planning and Parks:


1. Sale of Surplus Property (39 acres). Presented by Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks.


2. Proposed Village at Sherrills Ford Informational Presentation. Presented by Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks.


D. Public Health:


State of the County from a Public Health Perspective. Presented by Public Health Director Doug Urland.

11. Other Items of Business

12. Attorneys’ Report

13. Manager’s Report

14. 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.


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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
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

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.

PRESENTATIONS
A. The Board will honor Sheriff's Captain Alton Price, who retired effective April 1, 2015, after over 32 years with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Under North Carolina General Statute 20-187.2, the Board will consider declaring as surplus the service sidearm and badge of Captain Price and present those items to him.

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.

CONSENT AGENDA
A. The Board will consider adopting a resolution declaring a 2010 Chevrolet Type I Ambulance and a Stryker Stretcher as surplus property and donating those items to the Hickory Rescue Squad, as requested by the squad. The ambulance will replace a front line unit and will be used for patient transports as back up service for Catawba County EMS as well as standbys for the community. The ambulance to be donated has been driven for 184,187 miles.

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.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS


CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER (CVMC)

The Board will consider adopting a resolution to accept an offer made by Chen Development, LLC, to purchase surplus properties and advertise the proposed offer in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 160A-269 for the sale of property by negotiated offer, advertisement and upset bid. The properties are a 0.57 acre lot and a 0.34 acre portion of another lot located at 108 29th Avenue NE and 120 29th Avenue NE, respectively, in Hickory. CVMC purchased the properties in March 1997 as part of the purchase of other properties on which Catawba Valley Family Medicine – North Hickory now sits. The records of the hospital attorney reflect that the properties were purchased with hospital funds. Since its purchase in 1997, the land has remained vacant and unused. CVMC has no use for these properties. CVMC recently received an offer to purchase the property for the sum of $270,000. The tax values of these parcels are $99,300 and $103,700 (for the entire lot), respectively.

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.

EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Board will consider adopting the 2015 Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Catawba County and each of the municipalities within the county, along with Alexander, Caldwell, and Burke Counties and their municipalities, participated in a regional multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation planning effort that began in June 2013. This planning effort was funded by the State of North Carolina’s awarding federal Department of Homeland Security Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant monies to the four counties for a total cost of $100,000 with a 75%/25% cost share. Catawba County served as the lead jurisdiction for the Unifour planning effort and hosted the grant. The entire county/city cost share was covered through staff time and other in-kind services and materials.


There have been two previous requests related to this planning effort which asked for the designation of Mr. Bryan Blanton and Ms. Karyn Yaussy as Designated Agents for the grant, and for a supplemental appropriation for the hazard mitigation planning costs which have been reimbursed by Department of Homeland Security Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant funds.


This third and final request is for the Board of Commissioners to adopt the completed Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Every local jurisdiction must have a FEMA approved plan in order to apply for and receive money from specific federal and state assistance programs that address pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects, planning, flood assistance and repetitive loss buy-outs.


Hazard mitigation actions are taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from a variety of hazards. Mitigation can occur before, during and after a disaster but it has been shown that mitigation is most effective when based on a comprehensive, long-term plan developed before a disaster occurs. Adoption of this plan is a significant step in fulfilling the Board of Commissioners 2015 goal for the emergency management program to provide efficient and effective pre-hospital emergency services, improve public safety, minimize property damage and protect areas from disaster.


The completed plan, which may be seen at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/EmergencyServices/Hazard/EntirePlan.pdf, contains evidence of each jurisdiction’s participation in the planning process, risks identified for the regional planning area and specific risks identified by each jurisdiction, regional mitigation strategies and jurisdiction specific mitigation actions. The plan, which was completed in November 2014 and approved by FEMA on January 12, 2015, will help prevent lives, homes and businesses from being damaged by a disaster and help the return to normal after the chaos of a disaster. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends adoption of this plan.


PLANNING AND PARKS
1. The Board will consider adopting a resolution to declare 39 acres of County owned property located at 4251 Slanting Bridge Road surplus and consider an offer from The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC in the amount of $300,000, subject to the upset bid process. Catawba County obtained the property from Crescent Resources, Inc. on May 1, 2000. Catawba County does not have any use for this property at the present time or in the foreseeable future. The County will notify those property owners of the offer from The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC and inform them of the upset bid process if they are interested in the property. Notice of the bid will be advertised in the Hickory Daily Record and Newton Observer-News Enterprise, and upset bids may be made to the County within ten days of publication. Once an upset bid has been received by not less than 10 percent of the first $1,000 and five percent of the remainder, that bid will be re-advertised until there are no further upset bids. The successful bidder must present cash or a certified check for the entire balance due within ninety days of the last day for receipt of upset bids. The Board of Commissioners may, at any time, reject any and all offers. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends adoption of the resolution declaring this property surplus and starting the upset bid process for the sale of the property.

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.

PUBLIC HEALTH
The Board will receive a report on the “State of the County” from a Public Health perspective from Health Director Doug Urland.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER    828-465-8464