|SEPTEMBER 17, 2007
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, September 17, 2007, 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.
4. Approval of the Minutes from the regular and closed session meetings of Tuesday, September 4, 2007.
5. Recognition of Special Guests.
6. Public Comment for items not on the agenda.
a. Presentation of Service Side Arm and Badge to Retiring Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Sobotkin.
b. Certificate of Commendation to Phyllis Heil, 2007 International Whistling Entertainer of the Year.
9. Departmental Reports.
Pandemic Flu Update. Presented by Doug Urland, Director of Public Health.
10. Other Items of business.
Legislative Update. Presented by Lee Worsley, Assistant County Manager.
11. Attorneys’ Report.
12. Manager’s Report.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. A telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) is located in the Government Center and can be reached by dialing 465 8200. 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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The October Board of Commissioners meetings will take place on Monday, October 1, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, October 15, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive an update on the recently adjourned session of the North Carolina General Assembly and on progress toward the Board’s State Legislative Goals for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, and an update on the County’s pandemic flu plan and a recent drill held by the Public Health Department to test procedures that would be used for mass dispensing of medications, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2007, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
The Board will also honor retired Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Sobotkin with the traditional presentation of his service sidearm and badge, and present a Certificate of Commendation to Ms. Phyllis Heil of Hickory, the 2007 International Whistling Entertainer of the Year.
A. The Board will honor Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Sobotkin, who retired effective September 1, 2007 after 24 years of service with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, including 15½ years as a full-time deputy. Under North Carolina General Statute 20-187.2, the Board will consider declaring as surplus the service sidearm and badge of Deputy Sobotkin, and present these service items to him.
B. The Board will present a Certificate of Commendation to Ms. Phyllis Heil of Hickory, who was named 2007 International Whistling Entertainer of the Year at the International Whistler’s Convention in Louisburg, North Carolina, the “Whistling Capital Of The World” . Ms. Heil has now won this honor for three consecutive years. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005. Our State magazine recently included her in its “Best of Our State” recognition. The Board’s commendation recognizes Ms. Heil’s dedication to the unique skill of whistling and her commitment to using her gift to bring entertainment and pleasure to hospital patients, civic groups and religious organizations.
Catawba County Health Director Doug Urland will present an update on the County’s pandemic flu plan and a recent drill held by the Public Health Department to test procedures for mass dispensing of medications that could be needed in the event of a pandemic flu threat. The Health Department’s goals were to create a comprehensive and dynamic plan intended to stop, slow or otherwise limit the spread of an influenza pandemic; protect and preserve life; help sustain infrastructure and mitigate the impact of a pandemic flu on the economy; and reduce social disruption. Mr. Urland will outline the phases of pandemic flu recognized by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the various committees the Health Department created to put forward the County’s plan. The County’s plan was approved by the North Carolina Division of Public Health in March 2007. Mr. Urland is also expected to give the Board updated information on the spread of Avian Influenza (H5N1), and report on a June 20, 2007 mass dispensing exercise in Catawba County, designed to test the County’s plan and ability to dispense medications in a “drive through” format. 270 participants from twelve counties, five State agencies and three Federal agencies took part in the exercise.
OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Assistant County Manager Lee Worsley will give the Board an update on the session of the North Carolina General Assembly that ended in August, and on progress toward the Board’s State Legislative Goals for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. He is expected to report on State funding appropriated for the Hickory Metro Higher Education Center, and for engineering and hosiery technology centers. He will discuss the General Assembly’s action to relieve counties of Medicaid funding and the impact on Catawba County, given that the State is also taking back sales tax and some school funding; the General Assembly’s decision to provide local options for additional revenues from either a quarter cent sales tax or land transfer tax, pending voter approval, which led to the Board’s call for a referendum on a one quarter cent sales tax on November 6th. Mr. Worsley will also discuss some goals that were not accomplished and legislation the Board may wish to monitor during the 2008 session of the General Assembly.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464