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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
1. Call to Order.
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting of August 20, 2012.
5. Recognition of Special Guests.
6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda.
9. Departmental Reports:
12. Manager’s Report.
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PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed green purchasing policy, which would seek to make County operations more environmentally friendly by encouraging County departments and contractors to purchase at least 20 percent recycled and environmentally preferred products, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will also consider a request from the Bandys Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department to appropriate existing fund balance in the amount of $30,000, to assist the department in securing financing in the amount of $1.2 million for construction of one replacement and one new fire station. Please note the change in the Board’s usual first Monday of the month meeting date, because the first Monday in September is Labor Day.
B. The Board will issue a proclamation recognizing October 7-13, 2012, as Fire Prevention Week, urging Catawba County citizens to protect their homes and families by practicing home fire safety and by having a home fire escape plan in place.
A. EMERGENCY SERVICES
2. The Board will consider a request to issue a Pyrotechnics Permit to Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The requested permit is for a fireworks display to be conducted on September 16, 2012, at 3763 Golf Drive in Conover, North Carolina. This display is a part of Volunteer Appreciation Night for the 2012 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. The display is scheduled to occur at 8:30 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. Rock Barn Golf & Spa has contracted with Pyro Shows Inc, which has 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/Rescue Division will immediately revoke the permit. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the issuance of this permit.
Building upon the foundation laid in 2007, Catawba County has adopted an organization-wide green purchasing goal to “make County operations more environmentally friendly by encouraging County departments and contractors to purchase at least 20 percent recycled and environmentally preferred products.” Staff is focused on progressing towards this goal as resources allow. The adoption of a revised Buy Recycled Policy – now re-named the Green Purchasing Policy – provides an enhanced framework in which to do this. While the policy intent has not changed since the Board’s original adoption in 2007, specific revisions to this proposed policy include:
• Further definition of what constitutes green purchasing
• Identification of key attributes of green products and services
• Emphasis of the County’s commitment to buy locally sourced green products, when available, as a way of supporting local businesses in expanding into this market space
• Filtering questions to guide staff when identifying green products and determining whether to purchase green versus conventional products (including some language on the need to balance considerations of life cycle costs against product quality and recycled content)
• Third-party certification and labels upon which staff can rely in assisting with identifying green products
• Clarification of responsibilities relating to the Purchasing Manager and the departments served in terms of further delineating who does what.
The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends approval of this Green Purchasing Policy.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 828-465-8464
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