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MAY 21, 2012
AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, May 21, 2012, 7:00 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 Board’s Regular Meeting of May 7, 2012

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comments for items not on the agenda

7. Appointments.

8. Departmental Reports:

A. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council:

    Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) Annual Plan for FY 2013.

    Presented by Jennifer Mace, Budget Manager.

B. Planning, Parks and Development:

1. 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) NC Tomorrow Initiative Grant. Presented by Director of Planning, Parks and Development Jacky Eubanks.

2. Planning, Parks and Development:

    Execution of Reciprocal Easement Agreements for Bakers Mountain Road. Presented by Director of Planning, Parks and Development Jacky Eubanks.

C. Emergency Services:

    Pyrotechnics Permit Application. Presented by Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton.

9. Other Items of Business

10. Attorneys’ Report

11. Manager’s Report

12. Adjournment

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 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
Budget Hearings with Departments will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Budget Public Hearing and Wrap Up will take place on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.


PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MAY 21, 2012 7:00 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider accepting a 2012 Community Development Block Grant NC Tomorrow Initiative Project Grant, which will fund work with communities across North Carolina to build a state-wide economic development strategy, when the Board meets at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.  The Board will also consider authorizing the Board Chair to execute reciprocal easement agreements between Catawba County and several property owners along Bakers Mountain Road.   

The Board will consider a proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Annual Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, which is 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.  And the Board will consider a request for a pyrotechnics permit for a fireworks display at an upcoming wedding event at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

A. JUVENILE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
The Board will consider a proposed 2012-2013 Annual Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), as recommended by the JCPC and the Catawba County Budget Manager, in keeping with the priorities approved by the Board in December 2011. 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 to 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, 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 and early winter, with approval of the funding plan occurring in the spring. The Council identifies risk factors based on court date and develops a list of priorities to address these risk factors. The Board of Commissioners is then asked to approve the priorities, which it did in December 2011. 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. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of this plan.

B. PLANNING, PARKS AND DEVELOPMENT
1. The Board will consider adopting documents necessary to accept a 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), NC Tomorrow Initiative Project. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) applied for a grant in October 2011, which established Catawba County as the regional lead for the NC Tomorrow Initiative. Catawba County was awarded a $50,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce on February 6, 2012. The purpose of the project is to work with all communities across North Carolina to build a state-wide economic development strategy. The initiative will be grounded in the needs of each local community, building up to the regional and state-wide level, with the ultimate outcome being a state-wide economic development plan. It has been twenty years since the last state-wide Economic Development Planning Process was initiated. To administer these funds, the County must adopt a Project Budget Ordinance, an agreement with the WPCOG for administration of the grant, and a WPCOG Sub-recipient Agreement. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the adoption of these necessary grant documents.

2. The Board will consider authorizing the Board Chair to execute reciprocal easement agreements between Catawba County and several property owners along Bakers Mountain Road. In recent months, the County has approached several citizens who own property along Bakers Mountain Road, opposite Bakers Mountain Park, requesting their participation in reciprocal easement agreements with the County. The purpose of these easement agreements is to clarify the location of Bakers Mountain Road and the associated right-of-way, to clarify the property owners’ existing access rights.

These agreements will provide the County with access to the owners’ properties for the purpose of future installation of sewer, water and utility services. A survey, done by Darrin L. Reid Surveying and Planning, depicts the location of the road and property boundaries. Surveys will be attached to each easement and recorded in the Register of Deeds Office. Four of five property owners to whom agreements were delivered have signed and returned their agreements to the County, as follows: Jeffrey A. and Stephanie H. Roberts, Robert Harold Conley, Jr. and Cathy W. Conley, Lucas J. and Krista K. Conley, Bishop Peter J. Jugis, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. Staff recommends the Board authorize the Board Chair to execute reciprocal easement agreements between Catawba County and several property owners along Bakers Mountain Road.

C. EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Board will consider the issuance of a Pyrotechnic Permit to Mr. Jeff Hale of Hale Artificier, Inc. The requested permit is for a fireworks display to be conducted on June 9, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., at 3791 Club House Drive in Conover, North Carolina. This display is part of a wedding event at Rock Barn Golf and Spa. Mr. Dustin Ledford will be the operator for this event and has received an “Outdoor Pyrotechnics Display Operators Permit” through the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal. Based on the application, all statutory requirements have been or will be met. If, at any time, any requirement of the permit is not satisfied, the County Fire and Rescue Division will immediately revoke the permit. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the issuance of this permit.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464