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NOVEMBER 4, 2013
1. Call to Order.
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
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.
9. Departmental Reports.
12. Manager’s Report.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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