PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, NC
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider revising the County’s Solid Waste Fee Schedule to accept lumber less than 8 feet in length and clean, uncontaminated pallets free of charge, and increase prices for mulch and compost to more accurately reflect market prices; and will welcome John Eller, the County’s new Social Services Director, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2008, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will also adopt a 2009 meeting schedule; consider designating Emergency Services Director David Weldon and Assistant Planning Director Mary George as agents for a Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant, recognize fifteen employees who have completed the County’s Employee Mini Course and issue proclamations declaring November as Adoption Awareness Month, Home Healthcare Month and National Hospice/Palliative Care Month; November 18, 2008 as “Walk in My Shoes Day” in all public schools in the county; and the week of November 20-27, 2008 as Farm-City Week.
A. The Board will recognize fifteen graduates of the County's Mini Course. Employees voluntarily attend sessions during lunch hours to learn more about the services each County department provides. This year’s graduates include: Judy Baxter, Public Health; Nancy Calloway, Public Health; Tracy Cooper, Social Services; Patricia Holloway, Human Resources; Sarah Hunt, Human Resources; Jennifer Jordan, Social Services; Bruce McCoury, Social Services; Yadira Navarrete, Social Services; Mike Poston, Planning; Betty Richards, Register of Deeds; Crystal Setzer, Social Services; Sindie Sigmon, Public Health; Brandy Watts, Utilities and Engineering; Tammy Wilson, Library; and Lori Wray, Tax.
B. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring November as National Hospice/Palliative Care Month to recognize that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families the highest quality care during life-limiting illness and at the end of life, through pain management and symptom control. This care allows patients to live fully up until their final moments, surrounded and supported by loved ones, friends and committed caregivers.
C. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring November as Home Healthcare Month to recognize that in-home healthcare services provide for the health and social needs of Catawba County citizens. This care enables citizens to access a wide variety of quality services which provide preventive care, acute care, sustainable long-term care and palliative care, and help keep families intact while preserving an individual’s independence and dignity in the setting of his or her choice.
D. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring November as Adoption Awareness Month, to recognize the County’s efforts to create better public awareness of children seeking permanent homes through adoption. Caring adults can make a positive difference in the lives of young people, siblings, children of different ethnicities and youth who have been harmed by abuse. More than 1700 foster children in North Carolina were adopted last year, 80 from the Catawba County foster care system. Over 800 foster children in North Carolina are currently eligible for adoption, twenty of whom are in Catawba County.
E. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring November 18, 2008 as “Walk in My Shoes Day” in Catawba County’s
three school systems. This proclamation will recognize public schools as the backbone of our democracy and praise
community leaders for their tireless work to serve our children.
F. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring the week of November 20-27 as Farm-City Week to foster cooperation and an exchange of information between two essential segments of our society: farmers and city dwellers. The week includes a banquet on November 25th, during which these beneficial relationships are highlighted, and programs designed to introduce people from both “worlds” to the lives and work of each other.
A. The Board will consider a resolution designating primary and secondary agents for a Multi Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant from the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NC DEM). The grant’s purpose is to assure prompt and efficient filing of applications and documents for federal or state assistance related to natural hazard mitigation planning and projects. Hazard mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 was intended to facilitate cooperation between state and local authorities on risk reduction measures and expedite funding allocation. The Act requires local communities to develop hazard mitigation plans to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster funding through FEMA. Catawba County completed its first local Multi Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2004 after a two year planning process which included the participation of county and city leaders and the public. The County’s Plan was submitted to NC DEM and FEMA for final approval, and adopted by all nine local jurisdictions in the county in April 2005.
Multi-jurisdictional natural hazard mitigation planning is on a five year review and update cycle. A review and update of the Catawba County plan is due to FEMA and NC DEM in April 2010. Planning for this review and update has begun. The review process will examine interrelated areas of readiness in Catawba County that may need enhancement to protect life and property during emergency events. It will also evaluate the County’s opportunity to maximize ratings under the National Flood Insurance Program which could potentially help lower flood insurance rates for citizens in the county.
Catawba County received notification from FEMA that the County has been approved for a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program grant in the amount of $30,000 for this update process. The County will provide a required 25% match with in-kind services and the costs of legal advertising, travel and printing. The County’s Planning Department placed the project in its budget and the grant funds would be placed in the Planning budget. In order to complete the grant process and receive the funds, the Board of Commissioners must designate primary and secondary agents for the forms and applications related to the project. Once those agents are approved by the State, a contractor will be chosen to assist with the update of the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommended the designation of David Weldon, Director of Emergency Services, as the Primary Agent and Mary George, Assistant Planning Director, as the Secondary Agent from Catawba County for the Multi Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant.
B. The Board will consider setting a meeting schedule for 2009. Scheduling a first meeting in January is traditionally difficult because the accompanying subcommittee meetings fall during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year. The Board's first meeting date in March conflicts with the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., which some board members will attend. The August 17, 2009 meeting falls during Soldiers Reunion Week so it would not be feasible for the Board to meet at its usual meeting location, the 1924 Courthouse in Newton. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the following changes to the meeting schedule for 2009: 1) cancellation of the January 5, 2009 meeting and accompanying subcommittee session; 2) cancellation of the March 2, 2009 meeting and accompanying subcommittee session; 3) moving of the August 17, 2009 meeting to a location other than the 1924 Courthouse; and 4) scheduling of the Board’s annual breakfast meeting with Cooperative Extension Service staff for December 7, 2009 at 8 a.m. The Board’s budget hearings with departments would be held on May 26, 2009 with a public hearing and wrap-up session beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the 1924 Courthouse. Budget adoption would be scheduled for the Board’s meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 1, 2009.
UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING
The Board will consider revising the County’s Solid Waste Fee Schedule, effective November 4, 2008, to accept lumber less than 8 feet in length and clean and uncontaminated pallets free of charge; increase mulch prices from $8 per 3 yard bucket to $31 per 3 yard bucket or $24 per ton, and increase compost prices from $15 per 3 yard bucket to $45.50 per 3 yard bucket or $35 per ton, to more accurately reflect market prices.
Mulch and compost prices are on the rise and allow Catawba County to accept clean, non-contaminated lumber less than 8 feet in length and pallets. The County currently charges $17 per ton to accept used pallets and $8 for a 2.5 yard scoop of mulch, which equals about a ton. The market price for mulch is currently valued between $25 and $42 per ton depending on wood type. Thus the County is charging 1/3rd to 1/5th the wood waste value. Staff recommends the County realign its wood waste products with real market values, so contractors and businesses are not subsidizing consumers of wood waste products. Staff recommends an increase in mulch sales price to $24 per ton or $31 per 3 yard bucket, and an increase in compost sales price to $35 per ton or $45.50 per 3 yard bucket. Based on the current wood waste stream market value, the County would accept lumber less than 8 feet in length and pallets at no charge. The Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the Board revise the Solid Waste Fee Schedule as indicated above.
County Manager Tom Lundy is expected to introduce John Eller, the County’s new Social Services Director, who will succeed Bobby Boyd who retired on November 1, 2008. Mr. Eller has over nine years of experience in social services administration in western and central North Carolina. He had been serving as Cabarrus County’s Social Services Director since July 2007. Prior to his time in Cabarrus County, he was Director of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services’ Adult Services Division and was Social Services Director in Swain County from 2003 until 2005.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 828-465-8464