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AUGUST 19, 2013
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, August, 19, 2013 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 and Closed Sessions of August 5, 2013
5. Recognition of Special Guests
6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda
8. Departmental Reports
9. Other Items of Business
11. Manager’s Report
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CALENDAR: The September Board of Commissioners Meetings will take place on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. (this is due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 2, 2013) and on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider taking actions related to the County’s being awarded a 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Infrastructure Grant for an Old Shelby Road Water Line Extension that will provide municipal water to 123 low to moderate-income households, including 52 with severe water needs, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will also consider waiving usually charged permit and inspection fees for the 2013 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, to be held from October 14-20, 2013, and a request from Fred T. Foard High School for a pyrotechnics permit to allow the school to hold a fireworks show on the opening night of the 2013 high school football season on August 23, 2013.
Fred T. Foard High School has contracted with Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Company to conduct the exhibition. Mr. David Thompson of Zambelli will be the operator for this event and possesses a valid “Outdoor Pyrotechnics Display Operators Permit” through the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s 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 Fire and Rescue Division will immediately revoke the permit. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends approval of this pyrotechnics permit.
UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING
The project will extend water south on Old Shelby Road between JV Parker Road and Buff & Allen Road, beginning at an existing water line on Old Shelby Road that was part of the Advents Crossroad Water Project initially installed in 2003. As a part of this project, several neighborhoods and side streets will also be served including White Pine Drive, Hemphill Road, Salem Road, and Faith Olive Church Road.
This project will provide municipal water to 131 persons of whom 123, or 94%, are low to moderate-income (LMI). These 131 persons represent 63 households, of which approximately 90% are LMI. Of the 63 households being served, 52 show severe water needs and six show moderate water needs, illustrating a water need in 92% of the households.
Due to the imperative need for water and low income in this community, the grant will provide the installation of 3,800 linear feet of 12-inch water lines along Old Shelby Road and 4,300 linear feet of 8-inch water lines along the secondary roads. The County is providing an 8.5% match of $63,000 for a total project budget of $813,000 to cover design, permitting, construction, service connections to 63 homes, and grant and contract administration. The County’s match will come from the waiving of capital fees for the 63 connections. The project is being developed in cooperation with the City of Hickory. It will be an extension of the Advents Crossroad Revenue Sharing Agreement, dated April 1, 2003, between Catawba County and the City of Hickory. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the approval and execution of documents related to the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Infrastructure Grant.
B. The Board will consider waiving normally charged permit fees, applicable to the Catawba County Fee Schedule, Building Permit Fees section, for the 2013 Greater Hickory Kia Classic Golf Tournament at Rock Barn. The County received a request from Mr. Peter Fisch, Tournament Manager of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, to waive the permit fees for the 2013 tournament. The event is scheduled to be held at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, October 14-20, 2013.
The Building Permit Fees have been waived for the previous Greater Hickory Kia Classic events, now in its 11th year. The request to waive permit fees is applicable only to the section of the Catawba County Fee Schedule associated with Building Permit Fees. In order to protect the safety, health, and welfare of citizens and visitors to Catawba County for this event, the approval will not negate permit issuance or inspections. The waived permit fees are estimated to be valued at less than $4,000. It has been estimated that last year’s event impacted the local economy in excess of $15 million. The event attracts more than 65,000 spectators, volunteers, and vendors, and airs over 15 hours of live and replay coverage on the Golf Channel. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the waiver of these fees for the 2013 Greater Hickory Kia Classic Golf Tournament at Rock Barn.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464
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