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DECEMBER 7, 2009
AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, December 7, 2009, 9:30 a.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

THIS MEETING WILL FOLLOW THE ANNUAL BREAKFAST AT 8:00 A.M. WITH COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE AT THE AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES CENTER IN NEWTON

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

3. Invocation

4. Approval of the Minutes from the regular meeting of Monday, November 16, 2009

5. Organizational Meeting of the Board of Commissioners:

a. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

b. Organizational Appointments:

1. County Attorney
2. Finance and Personnel Subcommittee
3. Policy and Public Works Subcommittee
4. WPCOG Policy Board Delegate
5. WPCOG Policy Board Alternate
6. Hospital Board of Trustees
7. Mental Health Partners Board
8. Public Health Board
9. Social Services Board and Community Service Block Grant Advisory Board
10. Catawba County Criminal Partnership Advisory Board
11. Catawba County Partnership for Children Board
12. Child Advocacy Center Board
13. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

6. Recognition of Special Guests

7. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

8. Presentations:

a. Distinguished Public Service Award to Bruce Eckard for Service to the City of Conover.

b. Distinguished Public Service Award to Glenn Morrison for Service to the City of Claremont.

c. Distinguished Public Service Award to Sarah Talbert for Service to Hickory Public Schools.

d. Distinguished Public Service Award to Randy Isenhower for Service to Newton-Conover Schools.

e. Distinguished Public Service Award to Rick Cook, Recipient of the North Carolina Local Government Information System Association 2009 James S. Cooper Award.

f. Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Budget Manager Jennifer Mace and Budget Analyst Katrina Hawkins.

9. Appointments

10. Departmental Reports

a. Tax

Tax Refund Request. Presented by Ona Scruggs, Tax Collector.

b. Utilities and Engineering

Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection. Presented by Amanda Kain, Waste Reduction Coordinator.


11. Other Items of business

a. Resolution of Support for Morganton to be Selected as the Site for the Headquarters and Visitors’ Center for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

b. Resolution Approving Changes to the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Charter.


12. Attorneys’ Report

13. Manager’s Report

14. Adjournment

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.

INFOTALK/INTERNET
The Catawba County Telephone Information System will allow you to use your touch tone telephone to obtain current information on Catawba County 24 hours a day. Information is updated on a regular basis. Dial 465-8468 and INFOTALK will direct your questions with easy to understand instructions. Reach Catawba County on the Internet at http://www.catawbacountync.gov.

CALENDAR
The next Board of Commissioners meeting will take place on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. County offices will be closed December 23, 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas and January 1, 2010 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
DECEMBER 7, 2009, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

NOTE: THE BOARD WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL BREAKFAST MEETING WITH THE STAFF OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE-CATAWBA CENTER AT 8 A.M. ON DECEMBER 7, 2009, AT THE AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER OFF HIGHWAY 321 BUSINESS IN SOUTH NEWTON.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive a report on the November 7th Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in Hickory, which drew a record number of citizens bringing waste for proper disposal, and will honor Claremont Mayor Glenn Morrison, Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard, and Sarah Talbert and Randy Isenhower, chairpersons of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education and Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education, respectively, for their years of dedicated service, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2009, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also hold its annual organizational meeting to select a chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year and appoint commissioners to serve on Board subcommittees; consider a tax refund request and a resolution in support of the City of Morganton’s efforts to become the Headquarters and Visitor’s Center for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail; recognize the County’s Network Administrator, Rick Cook, winner of the 2009 James S. Cooper Award, given to a person or agency for outstanding inter-agency cooperation by the North Carolina Local Government Information Systems Association; and present the County’s Budget staff with a 2009 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
The Board will hold its annual organizational meeting to select a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the next year, appoint a County Attorney, and appoint commissioners to serve on Board subcommittees, the Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health Partners and Catawba Valley Medical Center Boards, and on other community boards.

PRESENTATIONS
A. The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Bruce Eckard in recognition of his twenty-four years of service to the City of Conover as both a member of the City Council and as Mayor for twenty of those years. The award is a tribute to Mr. Eckard’s commitment to the quality of life of the citizens of the City of Conover.

B.  The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Glenn Morrison in recognition of his twelve years of service as Mayor of the City of Claremont. The award is a tribute to Mr. Morrison’s commitment to the quality of life of the citizens of the City of Claremont.

C. The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Sarah Talbert in recognition of her service to the Hickory Public Schools and Catawba County as a member of the Hickory Board of Education for over fourteen years, the last eight years as Chair. The award is a tribute to Ms. Talbert’s sustained dedication to children, educators and the betterment of public education.

D. The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Randy Isenhower in recognition of his service to the Newton-Conover City Schools and Catawba County as a member of the Newton-Conover Board of Education for twelve years, with over six years as Chair. This award is a tribute to Mr. Isenhower’s sustained dedication to children, educators and the betterment of public education.

E. The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to the County’s Network Administrator, Rick Cook, in recognition of his outstanding achievement on being named recipient of the 2009 James S. Cooper Award by the North Carolina Local Government Information Systems Association. This annual award recognizes an individual who provides exemplary service in the area of inter-agency cooperation. Mr. Cook was recognized as an individual who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration with the ultimate goal of providing the best possible service for our citizens, and a true public servant who does not seek credit or acknowledgement for his efforts.

F. The Board will present a 2009 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association to Budget Manager Jennifer Mace and Budget Analyst I Katrina Hawkins. The award is given to local governments that prepare and publish a budget document judged to be both informative and understandable. Catawba County has won the award for 21 consecutive years.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

A. TAX DEPARTMENT
The Board will consider a tax refund request totaling $1,159.90. Records have been checked and this refund verified so the Tax Collector is asking for approval of the refund request. According to North Carolina General Statute 105-381, a taxpayer who has paid taxes may request a refund (in writing) for an amount that was paid through error.

B. UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING
The Board will receive a report on the November 7, 2009 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, from Amanda Kain, the County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator. Ms. Kain is expected to report that the collection was the largest to date, with a record 723 vehicles coming to the drop-off event, representing 1,059 households. High volumes of paint, computers, and televisions were collected.

OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS
A. The Board will consider adopting a resolution of support for the City of Morganton’s efforts to be selected as the site for the Headquarters and Visitors’ Center for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. On November 18, 2009, Morganton city officials met with the National Park Service and the Service’s planning consultants to discuss the potential development of a new National Headquarters and Visitors’ Center for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Morganton has historical ties to the Overmountain Men who gathered in Burke County at Quaker Meadows in 1780 on their way to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Morganton has made several sites available for the potential Visitors’ Center and can offer convenient access to the proposed Visitors’ Center by way of Interstate 40, US Highways 64 and 70 and North Carolina Highways 18, 181 and 126, with three of these highways converging in downtown Morganton and already designated as official segments of the Overmountain Victory Trail. The proposed $2 to $3 million facility would bring national recognition, attract visitors to the region and support economic development efforts to promote heritage tourism as a growth industry.

B. The Board will consider adopting a resolution approving proposed changes to the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Charter that would allow the Council to hold ownership of real property. At the Council’s Policy Board meeting on November 24, 2009, plans for a new Council of Governments office facility were discussed. The Policy Board was advised by legal counsel that minor changes were required to the WPCOG Charter to clearly authorize the Council to hold ownership of real property. All member local governments were provided with copies of the proposed changes and asked to adopt a resolution approving these changes. The changes will become official upon the approval of 3/4ths of the member local governments.


CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464

 

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