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MAY 18, 2015
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, May 18, 2015, 7 p.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.
4. Approval of the Minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting and Closed Session of May 4, 2015.
5. Recognition of Special Guests.
6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda.
8. Departmental Reports:
9. Other Items of Business.
11. 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.
CALENDAR: Budget Hearings with Departments and Outside Agencies will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the Budget Public Hearing and Wrap-Up will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a recommended update of the County’s 2007Parks Master Plan, created in consultation with the County’s Parks Advisory Committee with input from the community through five public forums and a survey, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will also receive a “State of the County” report from the standpoint of Planning and Parks.
The Board will receive the Annual Report from the Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. The Board will consider a recommended Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes recommendations on allocation of State funds expected to remain at the same level as last year. The Board will consider a request to create a new position, Building Services Official III, with the cost for that position for one year to be funded by Gilbane Building Company, general contractor on an economic development project for Apple, Inc., to provide a dedicated building inspector for the Apple Inc. project.
The Board will consider a resolution reaffirming Catawba County’s commitment to the Western Piedmont Jobs Training Consortium, because new Federal legislation has put the Consortium under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. And the Board will consider awarding a bid in the amount of $103,850 for construction of improvements to the County Biofuels facility to Moss-Marlow Building Company, Inc. of Hickory, the lowest responsive, responsible bidder.
PLANNING AND PARKS
B. The Board will consider adopting an updated Catawba County Parks Master Plan. These are recommended updates to the County’s 2007Parks Master Plan, which was created in consultation with the County’s Parks Advisory Committee with input from the community through five public forums and a survey. The Plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources.
The mission of Catawba County Parks is to preserve Catawba County’s unique and diverse natural heritage through education and conservation while providing quality passive recreation and wellness opportunities. The County’s goal is to offer passive recreation opportunities to supplement active recreation programs provided by municipalities in the county.
The County’s Parks Division was created in 1999 with the opening of Riverbend Park, preserving 450 acres for passive recreation. Bakers Mountain Park was opened in 2002, preserving 189 acres on Catawba County’s most prominent elevation and the location of the county’s largest mature forest. In 2008, Catawba County renovated and began operating the 9-acre St. Stephens Park. Potential future parks include a 598-acre Mountain Creek Park, located on Lake Norman, and an approximately 50-acre Bunker Hill Covered Bridge Park at the site of the bridge maintained by the Catawba County Historical Association.
Catawba County adopted the first Parks Master Plan in December 2007. The State Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) and other grant providers require plan updates every ten years. Since 2007, the County Parks system has flourished and gained patronage. Recent events, including acquisition of the acreage for the Mountain Creek Park along with the adoption of the Carolina Thread Trail Plan, helped create the need to update the Master Plan. The next update is anticipated to be completed by 2025.
JUVENILE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
Every year, the JCPC must follow a process that begins with prioritizing risks and needs, with the final step being approval of a funding plan. The risks and needs priorities are determined in the fall and early winter, and approval of the funding plan occurs in the spring. Steps in developing the plan include identification of risk factors based on court data,
In the spring, and once proposals are received, the JCPC develops an annual plan and submits the Plan to the Board of Commissioners. The State has advised local JCPCs to plan for the same funding as received in FY 2015, which is $328,946. The recommended funding for next year and the services provided are as follows: Alexander Youth Network for crisis beds: $15,600; Conflict Resolution Center: $48,428, for mediation and interpersonal skill building; Family Net: $149,418, for psychological assessments, substance abuse and sex offender treatment and counseling; Parenting Education: $35,000, for parenting/family skill building; Phoenix Group Homes: $7,500; Project Challenge: $60,000, for
UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING
On October 6, 2014, the Board entered into a Lease Agreement with Blue Ridge Biofuels. In accordance with the Lease Agreement, the County agreed to construct a retaining dike for bulk storage of liquid inventory as a means of insuring the protection of the environment and adherence to the State-issued County landfill operating permit.
On April 28, 2015, the County received three bids for the biofuel site improvements from the following: Moss-Marlow Building Company of Hickory, $103,850; Matthews Construction Company of Conover, $125,000, and Hickory Construction Company of Hickory, $129,300.
Catawba County staff was approached by Mr. Jason Mari, Project Manager with Gilbane Building Company, the general contractor on an economic development project for Apple, Inc., to provide a dedicated building inspector. The project consists of a new data center and office space located at the existing Apple Data Center site off Startown Road currently under construction. In addition to their permit fees, Gilbane offered to cover the cost to the County for the Building Services Official III for one year, upfront, at a fee of $85,518, which includes salary and benefits at current rate.
The County will provide a Building Services Official III on a regular daytime basis to perform the building inspections related to the project. The regular workday is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding County holidays. If services are requested by Gilbane outside the regular schedule, the After Hours Inspection Rate of $105 per hour, in accordance with the Catawba County Fee Schedule, will apply. Gilbane is aware of this requirement. Gilbane will provide a private, lockable office space on the project job site for use by the dedicated inspector. If the assigned inspector is not needed at the Apple project, the building inspector may perform inspections on other sites not related to the project. When inspection services are no longer needed at the Apple project, the necessity of the position will be evaluated to determine if it will continue or be eliminated in accordance with County Code and Policies. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of the new position, the contract with Gilbane Building Company and the accompanying budget revision.
The Catawba County Child Protection Team was established in 1992 as the result of an executive order by Governor James Martin. North Carolina later mandated a Child Fatality Review Team and Catawba County elected to combine the two into a single team as allowed under State guidelines. That combined team first met in 1995 and has met quarterly since inception, except for specially called meetings.
This report addresses the work of the Community Child Protection and Fatality Prevention Team. The Child Protection Team has the legal responsibilities for reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family is known to Social Services, and identification of areas in Protective Services needing improvement in order to maximize the safety of the community’s children. The Child Fatality Team’s purpose is to provide a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to study cases of childhood death in Catawba County in order to attempt to reduce child fatalities. The local directors of Social Services and Public Health have specific responsibilities for each team. Efforts continue to be made for the group to review additional individual Child Protective Services issues and satisfy the State’s agreement with the Federal government to use Child Protection Teams as a review mechanism in the Child Protective Services arena.
The Community Child Protection and Child Fatality Prevention Team has worked diligently in 2014 on supporting the Project Lazarus initiative to curb drug overdose with prescribed drugs; assessing fatalities with serious injury perpetrator data; focusing on human trafficking, which is a growing concern on the I-40 corridor; focusing on laws/penalties for those who fail to report child abuse and neglect; promoting awareness regarding the dangers of distracted driving among teens; promoting safe sleeping practices among caregivers with small infants, and supporting mental health first aid which helps communities address de-escalating someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, and the ability of caregivers to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
In 1996, under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Western Piedmont Workforce Development Area was designated and Catawba, Burke, Caldwell and Alexander Counties and 15 municipalities joined together to form the Western Piedmont Jobs Training Consortium.
In 2014, new Federal Workforce Legislation was passed, replacing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The NCWorks Commission has recommended that WIA Workforce Development Areas be continued under the new WIOA legislation. In connection with this action, members of the local Jobs Training Consortium must affirm or reaffirm their commitment to be part of the Consortium.
The Western Piedmont Council of Governments has agreed that the language regarding the County’s separate liability could be removed and is requesting that the Board adopt a resolution reaffirming Catawba County’s commitment to the Consortium.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464
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