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NOVEMBER 4, 2013

AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, November 4, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Ave, Newton

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 October 21, 2013.

5. Recognition of Special Guests.

6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda.

7. Presentations:


a. Partners Behavioral Health Management Local Business Plan. Presented by Rhett Melton, Chief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management.


b. Hospice and Palliative Care Month Proclamation. Presented to Julie Packer, Director of Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice.


c. Home & Hospice Care Month Proclamation. Presented to Public Health Director Doug Urland.


d. Mini-Course Graduate Recognition. Presented by Human Resource Director Cynthia Eades to Graduates: Rebecca Buff, Julie Byrd, Amanda Duncan, Kristen Keener, Chantae Lail, Jennifer Lindsay, Suav Lo, Dana Lynch, Nickcole Maynard-Errami, Cassandra McQuade, Gail Perry, Kristen Pratt, Denise Simmons, Lisa Thompson, Chris Timberlake, Nha Nou Yang and Paulette Walker.

8. Appointments.

9. Departmental Reports.


a. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council:


Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Priorities for FY2015. Presented by Debbie Bradley, Staff, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.


b. Sheriff’s Office:


State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Grant. Presented by Susan Branch, Business Manager, Sherifff’s Office.


c. Finance:


Sale of Surplus Property. Presented by Finance Director Rodney Miller.


d. Legal:


Terrell Pump Station Deeds. Presented by Assistant County Attorney Jodi Stewart.


10. Other Items of Business.

11. Attorneys’ Report.

12. Manager’s Report.

13. Adjournment.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 828-465-8990 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, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse, Newton.

 

PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.


The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a list of risk and needs priorities for Fiscal Year 2014-15 for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, which exists to identify risks of youth in the community, prevent crime among at-risk youth, review court data, and identify needed programs to provide intervention and prevention, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will also hear a report on the local business plan for Partners Behavioral Health Management, which oversees the publicly-funded behavioral healthcare service system for residents of Catawba and seven other regional counties.

The Board will consider accepting a federal grant, which would be used to offset some of the medical costs incurred at the County Jail; consider a request to approve the execution of deeds for the purpose of relocating the Terrell pump station on Highway 150, which is necessary because substandard materials provided to the contractor led to the failure of the in-ground portion of the pump station (the contractor, Neill Grading, would pay all costs associated with this request); and consider a recommendation to declare County owned property on South Ervin Avenue in Newton as surplus and accept an offer from Mr. Sergio Jaramillo Cruz in the amount of $400, subject to the upset bid process.

The Board will also recognize County employees who took part in the County’s Mini Course during lunch hours over ten months to learn about all of the County’s departments, and issue proclamations declaring November as Home and Hospice Care Month and Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Catawba County.

PRESENTATIONS
A. The Board will consider adopting a joint resolution with the Counties of Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin, approving and adopting a Local Business Plan, which contains detailed information on how Partners Behavioral Health Management will meet State standards, laws and rules for ensuring quality mental health, intellectual developmental disabilities and substance abuse services, and outcome measures for evaluating program effectiveness, including state and local initiatives.

B. The Board will issue a proclamation declaring November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month to recognize that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families with the highest quality of 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 and Hospice Care 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 that provide preventive care, acute care, sustainable long-term care and palliative care, and helps keep families intact while preserving an individual’s independence and dignity in the setting of his or her choice.

D. The Board will recognize seventeen 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: Rebecca Buff, Julie Byrd, Amanda Duncan, Kristen Keener, Chantae Lail, Jennifer Lindsay, Suav Lo, Dana Lynch, Nickcole Maynard-Errami, Cassandra McQuade, Gail Perry, Kristen Pratt, Denise Simmons, Lisa Thompson, Chris Timberlake, Nha Nou Yang and Paulette Walker.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS


JUVENILE CRIME PRVENTION COUNCIL

The Board will consider approval of risk and needs priorities for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), as recommended by the Council after a review of court data, with input from juvenile court counselors and funded programs.

The JCPC is an organization established by the State of North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety. Membership is determined mostly by the North Carolina Statute establishing the JCPC. Representatives are those involved with youth. The JCPC is advisory to the Board of Commissioners, and exists to identify risks of youth in the community, prevent crime among at-risk youth, review court data and identify needed programs to provide intervention and prevention. Funding is allocated by the State, then distributed to the County and then to programs.

The JCPC must follow a process each year that begins with prioritizing risks and needs, with the final step being approval of a funding plan. The risks and needs priorities are determined in the fall and early winter, and the approval of the funding plan occurs in the spring. JCPC identifies risk factors based on court data, develops a list of priorities to address the risk factors, and reviews and approves the priorities. Once priorities are developed, JCPC advertises to invite programs to submit proposals to address risk factors, reviews proposals and recommends a funding plan to the JCPC. In the spring, and once proposals are received, JCPC develops an annual plan and submits the plan to the Board of Commissioners.

Based on the review, input and consideration of JCPC discussions over the past year, the recommended list of priorities for funding for fiscal year 2014-15 are: 1) psychological services/comprehensive assessments; 2) substance abuse; 3) counseling; 4) restitution/community service; 5) mediation; 6) sexual offender; 7) crisis beds/emergency shelter; 8) home-based services; 9) structured day; 10) parenting/family skill building; 11) interpersonal skills; 12) mentoring; and 13) residential group homes. Approval of these priorities is recommended by the Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE
The Board will consider acceptance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, in the amount of $20,082. There are no matching funds required for this award; it is 100% Federally funded. This is a formula-based grant program that provides agencies with reimbursement for some of the costs associated with housing potential undocumented criminal aliens in local jail facilities. Catawba County was one of only 894 (out of 3,140) eligible local entities across the U.S. that successfully applied for these dollars. These grant funds are based on individuals held in the Newton Detention Center and those held for Catawba County at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility during fiscal year 2011/2012. Funds under this program may be used for correctional purposes only. Staff has determined that the best application for the funds would be for medical services in the jail. This expense is unpredictable during the year as it is dependant on the inmates’ presented medical conditions. The need fluctuates as the population changes. The Board’s Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends acceptance of these grant funds.

FINANCE
The Board will consider adopting a resolution to declare County owned property located on South Ervin Avenue in Newton as surplus and accept an offer of Mr. Sergio Jaramillo Cruz in the amount of $400, subject to the upset bid process. As a result of a judgment issued against the former property owner, Edna Howard Lutz Heirs, Catawba County obtained the property on July 2, 1999, at a cost of $1,109.72 (the property has a current tax value of $2,300). The property consists of 0.16 acres. Catawba County does not have any use for this property at the present time or in the foreseeable future. The County will notify adjacent property owners of the offer from Mr. Cruz and inform them of the upset bid process if they are interested in the property.

Mr. Cruz, who resides at 126 South Ervin Avenue in Newton, has made an offer to purchase this property in the amount of $400 and submitted a bid deposit of $20, as required by County policy. Notice of the bid will be advertised in the Hickory Daily Record and Observer-News Enterprise, and upset bids may be made to the County within ten days of publication. Once an upset bid has been received, that bid will be re-advertised until there are no further upset bids. The successful bidder must present cash or a certified check for the entire balance due within ninety days of the last day for receipt of upset bids. The Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends declaring this property surplus and accepting the offer of Mr. Sergio Jaramillo Cruz in the amount of $400, subject to the upset bid process.

LEGAL
The Board will consider executing deeds for the purpose of relocating the Terrell pump station on Highway 150. Neill Grading, the contractor for the Terrell pump station, reported that it experienced a setback due to what the company believes is substandard materials provided by one of Neill Grading’s suppliers, which led to the failure of the in-ground portion of the pump station. Neill Grading chose to negotiate with the property owners, Thomas and Patricia Howard, to move the pump station location by approximately sixty feet versus trying to correct the problem on the existing site. The Howards agreed to exchange equal portions of land (approximately 0.175 acres) with Catawba County. Neill Grading is paying all costs associated with the land exchange, including compensating the property owners and paying for all survey and legal work to complete the transaction. Neill Grading is also responsible for securing the land where the in-ground portion of the pump station was installed and failed. The Board’s Policy and Public Work Subcommittee recommends the execution of these deeds.

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