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June 4, 2012
AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, June 4, 2012, 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 May 21, 2012

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda

7. Presentations:


2012 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards:


a. The Backpack Program for Children (A Food Assistance Program for Children Aimed at Reducing Poverty). Presented to Social Worker Supervisor III Lori Williams, Social Worker Program Manager Dawn Wilson and Social Worker III Amanda Freeland.


b. Green Vendor Fair. Presented to Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson, Purchasing Specialists Beatrice Abernathy and Regina Propst and Waste Reduction Coordination Amanda Kain.

8. Appointments.

9. Departmental Reports:


A. Sheriff’s Office:


Approval of Hiring a Relative of the Sheriff. Presented by Sheriff Coy Reid


B. Public Health:


Establishment of Pentacel (CTAP, IPV, Hib) Vaccine Fee. Presented by Public Health Director Doug Urland


C. Tax:


Tax Refund Requests. Presented by Tax Collector Ona Scruggs


10. Other Items of Business


Adoption of the Catawba County Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13

11. Attorneys’ Report

12. Manager’s Report

13. 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:
The next Board of Commissioners meeting will take place on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.


PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
JUNE 4, 2012, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will adopt a Fiscal Year 2012-2013 County budget, which would maintain the property tax rate at 53 cents per $100 of property valuation while continuing ongoing fiscal conservatism that has enabled the County to endure major revenue losses in an environment of economic instability and continue to provide vital services to citizens, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will also consider a request to appoint a relative of the Sheriff to an entry level deputy position with the Sheriff’s Office, as required under North Carolina General Statutes.


The Board will consider a request from Catawba County Public Health to establish a fee for the distribution of the Pentacel vaccine, which is used for prevention of tetanus with a booster of pertussis (whooping cough), as well as polio and a bacterial type of influenza most known to cause bacterial meningitis, and consider a set of tax refund requests. And the Board will recognize two Catawba County programs that have been named winners of the 2012 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards.


PRESENTATIONS

A. The Board will recognize two County programs that have been named winners of the 2012 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. The Backpack Program For Children, from Social Services, provides an immediate linkage to food for families struggling with food insecurity due to a recent change in the family’s ability to be self-sufficient and a lack of economic support (such as parent job loss, loss of vehicle, additional members of the family living with one another). The program educates parents about resources in the community, including job fairs and other free family-oriented activities, by including printed information about these programs in the backpacks. This program was also a winner of a 2012 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Outstanding County Program Award.


B. The County’s second NACo winner is a Green Vendor Fair, organized by the County Purchasing and Waste Reduction Offices, and held in July 2011. The event, open to governmental employees and vendors only, exhibited “green” products, materials and services in order to shine a spotlight on existing and potential vendors that specialize in providing recycled and environmentally-friendly products and services. A variety of products and services were on display, including office supplies, office furniture, printing/promotional products, janitorial supplies, vehicles, maintenance/facilities, copiers and recycling services. Since a fee was not charged to vendors and sponsorship was voluntary, the event gave an opportunity to small, local businesses to reach a large audience with minimal expense. Catawba County has won 194 awards over the history of the NACo Awards program and has been honored during each of the program's 41 years.


DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS


SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The Board will consider a request from Sheriff Coy Reid for Board approval of the hiring of a relative. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-103, the Board of Commissioners must approve the appointment of an officer who is a relative of the Sheriff. The Sheriff is requesting approval of the appointment of his son, Cory Reid, to an entry level Deputy Sheriff position on the Road Patrol night shift. Cory Reid was a patrol officer with the Maiden Police Department for three years and a member of the County’s STAR team for two years. This request comes with the recommendation of the Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee.


PUBLIC HEALTH
The Board will consider the establishment of a fee for the Pentacel DTAP (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis), Polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) Vaccine. Catawba County Public Health would like to offer the Pentacel vaccine to clients who meet guidelines for paid vaccine. A request is being made to allow a fee to be established for this service.

Pentacel is a combination vaccine that is used for prevention of tetanus with a booster of pertussis (whooping cough) as well as polio and a bacterial type of influenza most known to cause bacterial meningitis. As of December 1, 2009, the State will only provide free Pentacel for specific groups within the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). These vaccines are given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 18 months and 4-5 years of age. The combination vaccine will provide two less shots per visit for required children’s vaccines. Recently, Public Health has depleted its supply of transitional vaccine used for clients who did not meet the VFC requirements. By offering this combination vaccine to those individuals who have insurance, it will decrease cost as well as the number of vaccines needed per visit. If approved, the fee for providing the Pentacel vaccine would be the cost of the vaccine plus $20. This fee is based on the actual vaccine cost and related administrative costs. The fee amount requested is consistent with other vaccines offered and follows the department’s fee philosophy approved by the Board of Commissioners. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends approval of the establishment of a fee for this vaccine.

TAX
The Board will consider two tax refund requests totaling $15,595.95. Under North Carolina General Statute 105-381, a taxpayer who has paid taxes may request a refund (in writing) for an amount that was paid through error. The records have been checked and these refunds verified; therefore, the Tax Collector is asking for approval of the refund requests.

OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
The Board will adopt a Fiscal Year 2012-2013 County Budget. The recommended budget maintains the property tax rate at 53 cents per $100 of property valuation. County operations increase by 1.2 percent. The budget includes $25 million in school construction projects, including a new Longview Elementary in the Hickory Public Schools, a major renovation at South Newton Elementary and Newton-Conover Middle Schools, and renovations in the Catawba County Schools and at CVCC. It continues with plans to expand the Justice Center to provide more court space and judicial offices, and for a much needed new Emergency Operations Center to replace a small, aging center which has been cited by Federal officials. Plans also continue for a new Animal Shelter to replace the current shelter, which continues to exceed its capacity for housing animals, and for a new Sherrills Ford branch library. The County continues to conservatively estimate available revenues and plan for expenses to live within its means, a philosophy that has enabled the County to endure major revenue losses in an environment of economic instability, while maintaining vital services to citizens.

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