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MAY 21, 2007
AGENDA 
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting 
Monday, May 21, 2006, 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.

3. Invocation.

4. Approval of the Minutes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, May 7, 2007.

5. Recognition of Special Guests.

6. Public Comment for items not on the agenda.

7. Presentations:


a. Foster Care Month Proclamation. Presented to Sybil Good, Family Builders.


b. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Proclamation. Presented to Trudy Logan, DSS Prevention Unit.


c. Emergency Medical Services Week Proclamation. Presented to David Weldon, Director, Emergency Services.

8. Public Hearings:


a. Proposed Road Name for Unnamed Street in Clines Township. Presented by Renee Hart, E-911 Addressing Coordinator.


b. Rezoning request by Terry Moretz to rezone 2.18 acres from R-40 Residential to Rural Commercial-Conditional District in Jacobs Fork Township. Presented by Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director.


c. Rezoning request by Todd and Kelley Dittrich to rezone 6.58 acres from R-30 Residential to PD Planned Development and authorization of a High-Density Watershed Development in Mountain Creek Township. Presented by Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director.

9. Appointments.

10. Consent Agenda:


a. Supplemental Appropriation of EMPG Grant Funds.


b. Funding from HRSA Grants.


c. North Carolina Housing Finance Agency 2007 Urgent Repair Program.


d. CVCC request for transfer of capital funds and supplemental Appropriation.

11. Other Items of business.

12. Attorneys’ Report.

13. Manager’s Report.

14. Adjournment.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
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CALENDAR – MAY 2007/EARLY JUNE 2007
Budget Hearings with Departments will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. and Budget Public Hearing and Wrap-Up on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The next Board of Commissioners regular meeting and budget adoption will take place on Monday, June 4, 2007. (Please note there will be no subcommittee meeting for the June 4th meeting.) The Jail Expansion Ribbon Cutting will follow the June 4th meeting at 11:00 a.m.

 

PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MAY 21, 2007, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on 1) a request to rezone 2.18 acres, located at 4596 Macedonia Church Road in the Plateau Small Area Planning District, from R-40 Residential to RC-CD Rural Commercial Conditional District, 2) a request to rezone 6.58 acres, located at 7825 Highway 150 East in the Sherrills Ford Small Area Planning District, from R-30 Residential to PD Planned Development, and 3) a proposed name for an unnamed street off Dubs Café Road in the Clines Township; and will consider accepting a State grant that would be used to make urgent repairs to fourteen houses owned by low income families, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2007, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

The Board will also consider appropriating funds, from a State grant awarded to Catawba County Emergency Services, that were greater than the amount the County expected to receive; consider accepting another grant that Emergency Services will use for disaster preparedness; consider a request from Catawba Valley Community College to transfer funds from other projects and appropriate additional funds to replace a broken chiller unit at the Paap Education Building; and issue proclamations declaring Emergency Medical Services Week, Foster Care Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

PROCLAMATIONS
A. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring the month of May as Foster Care Month in Catawba County to celebrate the contributions of foster parents and child welfare professionals, and urge all citizens to volunteer their time, energy, and talents on behalf of children in foster care. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 11,309 children of all ages in the North Carolina foster care system right now. Every day, citizens choose to become foster parents and open their homes, hearts and lives to these children. 1400 children were adopted from foster care across the state during the last fiscal year. Foster parents frequently adopt their foster children, which results in a continual need for more foster families. Numerous individuals, communities, and public and private organizations are committed to efforts to ensure children’s safety, well-being and permanence.

B. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in Catawba County. Teen pregnancy is a critical issue facing our community, compromising the health, economic, and educational future of our teens and costing the state millions of dollars each year. Roughly 300 teens in Catawba County become pregnant each year and only a third of teenage mothers receive a high school diploma, thereby failing to acquire the education and skills they need to become self-sufficient. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is a national, statewide and local effort to bring attention to the issue of teen pregnancy and its consequences on individuals, families and communities, and to highlight the need for comprehensive, effective teen pregnancy prevention programs.

C. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring the week of May 20-26 as Emergency Medical Services Week, to acknowledge the vital public services provided by EMS. Only a third of Americans rate their households as being "very well prepared" for a medical emergency. Catawba County emergency medical service teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Catawba County residents benefit from the knowledge and skills of these highly trained individuals.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
A. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed name for an unnamed street that has been discovered off Dubs Café Road in the Clines Township. The goal of the County’s E-911 Addressing Office is to assign individual E-911 numbers to all dwellings located in Catawba County. One step toward this goal is to name streets or driveways that are at least 1200 feet in length and/or access three or more parcels. In the continuing process of naming streets or driveways in Catawba County, the unnamed street off Dubs Café Road has been identified. It was brought to the County’s attention by Mr. Alex Rooker, who recently purchased property on this right-of-way for a home. Five parcels on Lake Lookout are accessed via this right of way. Although these properties have addresses off Doctor Drive, which is just north of this right-of-way, it was determined that this street should be named since five properties are accessed from it, three of which are or will soon be permanent home sites. Mr. Rooker first suggested naming the street as Sunset Drive, but there is already a street by that name in the Claremont area. He then submitted the name of Windward Lane. Since there were no other names suggested, and this name is not duplicated anywhere in the county, staff recommends approval of Windward Lane. The Catawba County Planning Board conducted a public hearing on April 30, 2007. There was no opposition to this proposed name and the E-911 Addressing Office is now requesting that the Board of Commissioners approve the name Windward Lane.

B. The Board will hold a public hearing on a request by Mr. Terry Moretz to rezone a 2.18 acre tract, located at 4596 Macedonia Church Road in the Plateau Small Area Planning District, from R-40 Residential to RC-CD,
Rural Commercial Conditional District. The subject parcel is currently occupied by a single-family residence and a commercial hauling operation. Properties to the north and to the south across Macedonia Church Road are zoned R-40 Residential and either occupied by single-family residences or are vacant/wooded; the property to the east is zoned R-40 Residential and is occupied by a single-family residence; and the property to the west is zoned R-40 Residential and is occupied by an agricultural structure. Under the Catawba County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the RC Rural Commercial District, “provides small areas for offices, services, and retail uses, all designed in scale with surrounding residential uses. The district regulations are designed to protect and encourage the transitional character of the district by permitting uses and building forms that are compatible with the rural area of the county”. Generally, the R-40 Residential District is considered a low-density residential and agricultural district. Permitted uses in the R-40 Residential District consist of predominately site-built homes and agricultural uses, as well as double-wide manufactured homes in this specific area.

The property proposed for rezoning is 2.18 acres in size. The requirements of the UDO limit developments within Rural Commercial districts to a maximum floor area ratio of 1:5 or 18,992 square feet of floor area. As submitted, this plan depicts a floor area ratio of approximately 1:14.5 or 6,400 square feet of floor area and includes one building, which is approximately 6,400 square feet in size and 20 feet in height; along with required parking, buffering and vehicular access areas. Neither public water nor public sewer is available to the property. The Catawba County Transportation Plan designates Macedonia Church Road as a rural collector road, defined as routes generally serving travel inside the county rather than regional or statewide travel.

The Plateau Small Area Plan, accepted on December 19, 2005, serves as the current land use plan for this area. The plan designates the property and the surrounding area as a low-density residential area. The business use of the subject property would generally be viewed as being inconsistent with recommendations of the Plateau Small Area Plan. However, the proposed rezoning would provide for the proper zoning of the property given the current business usage, and the conditional zoning would limit the use and future uses to those approved through the conditional zoning process. The designation of conditional zoning to achieve higher standards in the overall design of commercial projects aids in accomplishing several of the recommendations and guiding principles of the Plateau Small Area Plan related to commercial development. County staff recommends adoption of a statement certifying the consistency of this request with the Plateau Small Area Plan and the rezoning of the property from R-40 Residential to Rural Commercial-Conditional District, based on the purpose of the Rural Commercial-Conditional District and the development standards, and improvements and specific use depicted on the site plan and made part of the conditional zoning process. The Catawba County Planning Board conducted a public hearing on this request on April 30, 2007. Two persons, including the applicant, spoke in favor of the rezoning request. No one spoke in opposition. The Planning Board unanimously concurred with the staff recommendations outlined above.

C. The Board will hold a public hearing on a request of Mr. Todd and Ms. Kelley Dittrich to rezone a 6.58 acre parcel, located at 7825 Highway 150 East in the Sherrills Ford Small Area Planning District, from R-30 Residential to PD Planned Development, and the authorization of a High-Density Watershed Development in accordance with the Catawba County UDO. The properties to the north across Highway 150 are zoned R-20 Residential and occupied by single-family residences. The property to the south is zoned R-30 Residential and is currently vacant/wooded. The property to the east is zoned R-30 Residential and occupied by a single-family residence. The property to the west is zoned Planned Development – Conditional District (PD-CD) and currently vacant, but is approved for retail and office development. Under the Catawba County UDO, the Planned Development District, “is established to encourage the master planning of large scale, multiple and/or mixed use development patterns. Applicants who propose a planned development have more flexibility and creativity in design than is possible under conventional zoning regulations.” Generally the R-30 Residential District is considered a medium-density residential and agricultural district.

The property proposed for rezoning is 6.58 acres in size. The Planned Development- Conditional District, which is being requested, would permit a maximum non-residential floor area ratio of 1:2, which calculates into 3.29 acres or 143,312 square feet of total floor area (note: rounding was used). The development as proposed includes 0.86 acres or 37,500 square feet of non-residential floor area, a floor area ratio of 1:8.

The second portion of this application involves a high-density watershed development permit. The subject property is located within a WS-IV-CA (Critical Area) of the Lake Norman Watershed, which places specific use and density standards on development. Properties within WS-IV-CA watershed areas are eligible for high-density development permits, which is being requested. The high-density development permit allows properties within WS-IV-CA areas to be developed to a maximum of 50% impervious area. Such approval would permit the subject property to be developed to a maximum of 3.29 acres of impervious area (roof-tops, asphalt, etc.). The development as proposed contains 2.64 acres, or 114,998 square feet of impervious area, which calculates into 40.12% total impervious area. Public water is available and located to the north along Highway 150. Public sewer is unavailable. Highway 150 East is designated as a major thoroughfare by the Catawba County Transportation Plan. Major thoroughfares are defined as primary traffic arteries of the urban area, designed to move traffic from city to city and within urban areas.

The Sherrills Ford Small Area Plan, accepted on February 17, 2003, serves as the current land use plan for this area. The plan designates approximately 750 acres at the intersection of Highway 150 and Sherrills Ford Road as a “Village Center”, consisting of a mixture of commercial, office and residential uses. Staff considers this request to be in conformance with the adopted land use plan. Staff recommended the rezoning, the authorization of High-Density Watershed Development, and approval of a statement that the plan is consistent with the Small Area Plan based on: 1) the Sherrills Ford Small Area Plan recognizing the area as a Village Center; 2) the purpose of the PD Planned Development District and 3) the close proximity of existing RC Rural Commercial, HC Highway Commercial and PD Planned Development zoning. This recommendation is subject to several conditions, including the elimination of parking spaces in excess of the requirements of the UDO; approval of all financial securities, maintenance agreements and operational and maintenance plans for all stormwater structures located on the development site and the revision of the plan to include a sidewalk along Highway 150, and is subject to the approval of final plans which conform to all applicable development standards of Catawba County.

The Catawba County Planning Board conducted a public hearing on April 30, 2007. No one spoke either for or against the request. The Planning Board unanimously concurred with the staff recommendation as outlined above

CONSENT AGENDA (to be acted on in one motion unless a member of the Board asks to have an item or items discussed)

A. The Board will consider a supplemental appropriation of $8933 in State grant funds to assist in the cost of maintaining a comprehensive emergency management program in Catawba County. Catawba County Emergency Services receives funding each year from North Carolina Emergency Management to assist in funding the County’s Emergency Management Program. Because these funds fluctuate from year to year, the County budgets on the basis of an average. This year, the County received $28,933, which is $8933 over the budgeted amount. The additional funds will be used for part-time wages to pay for contract staff who have worked on various special projects throughout the year, such as EMS base generators, a Regional Terrorism Exercise and a Citizens Alert Project, which will strengthen the County’s Emergency Management program. The Board of Commissioners’ Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of this supplemental appropriation of $8,933.

B. The Board will consider approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $52,432 from three United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) Grants, to be used for disaster preparedness. Catawba County has received HRSA grants in the past. This year’s funds have been awarded to the Metrolina Trauma Regional Advisory Committee by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Under the terms of the agreement, that committee will sub-grant the funds to the EMS systems within its region. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (doing business as Carolinas Medical Center), on behalf of the Metrolina Trauma Advisory Committee, will sub-grant to Catawba County EMS a total of $52,432 through three separate contracts. The equipment purchased through the grant will support the County’s Special Medical Assistance Teams, as well as County efforts to prepare for and have equipment for pandemic disease events. $21,960 of these funds will be used for the purchase of a laptop computer and operating software, including mapping and street location software, while $22,972 will be used for the purchase of biohazard isolation kits, ventilation systems and masks, and $7500 will be used for the purchase of chemical suits, gloves and facemasks. Under the terms of this grant, Catawba County must appropriate the funds, expend them and then, after receipts and deliverables are received by Carolinas Medical Center, the County will be reimbursed within 90 days. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends this appropriation be approved.

C. The Board will be asked to consider several actions related to a grant that was awarded to the County from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. In March 2007, this agency awarded Catawba County with a 2007 Urgent Repair Grant in the amount of $75,000. The program will assist approximately fourteen low-income households by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs. The Western Piedmont Council Of Governments will provide day-to-day management of the program with administration oversight being provided by the County’s Department of Planning and Development. In order to satisfy the start-up conditions of the grant, the Board of Commissioners will consider the following actions: 1) an agreement between the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and Catawba County for the provision of grant management assistance for this project from May 21, 2007 through September 16, 2008; 2) a project budget ordinance in the amount of $75,000 for rehabilitation and administration; and 3) an Assistance Policy for the Catawba County 2007 Urgent Repair Program. The Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends these actions be approved.

D. The Board will consider a request from Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) for the transfer of funds from completed capital projects and an appropriation from the Schools Capital Projects fund balance, in order to replace the chiller at the college’s Paap Building. This chiller unit is eighteen years old and no longer working. Over its lifetime, two compressors have been installed and full replacement is now being recommended. The lowest quote received for replacement is $122,300. CVCC has $73,132 remaining in its General Renovations Projects budget and $15,659 in its Roofing Projects budget, for a total of $88,791 that can be transferred for this purchase. The college is requesting an additional appropriation of $33,509 from the Schools Capital Projects fund balance, for a total of $122,300. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the transfer of funds and supplemental appropriation be approved.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464

 

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