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DECEMBER 17, 2012
AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, December 17, 2012, 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

3. Invocation

4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting and Closed Session of December 3, 2012 and the Special Meeting and Closed Session of December 7, 2012

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

7. Public Hearing:


Section 5310 Targeted Transit Assistance Program for Elderly and Disabled Individuals. Presented by Social Services Director John Eller

8. Appointments

9. Departmental Reports:


A. Social Services:


Catawba County Aging Coalition – Aging Plan Update for 2012. Presented by Michelle Roseman, Executive Vice President, Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley and Mark Bumgarner, Executive Director, Adult Life Programs.


B. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council:


Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Amended Funding Plan for FY2012/2013. Presented by Debbie Bradley, Staff, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

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: There will be only one Board of Commissioners Meeting in January 2013. Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013, this meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
DECEMBER 17, 2012, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing and consider the proposed submission of a grant application to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the Targeted Transit Assistance Program for Elderly and Disabled Individuals, which would assist in providing a range of transportation services for seniors, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the 1924 Courthouse, at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also receive a report on the progress of the Catawba County Aging Coalition, designed to promote the general well being of older adults and their caregivers, and advise the community and elected officials concerning aging issues, and will consider a recommendation on the allocation of funds, which had not been previously allocated, by the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

PUBLIC HEARING
The Board will hold a public hearing and consider submission of a grant application to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the Targeted Transit Assistance Program for Elderly and Disabled Individuals. The Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority (WPRTA) is currently providing transportation for seniors to attend congregate nutrition and access essential shopping and other services. However, the majority of funding utilized by WPRTA to provide these services for seniors will end on June 30, 2013, resulting in insufficient funding for transportation of seniors.

Catawba County Social Services is applying for $500,000 from the NCDOT, Section 5310, Targeted Transit Assistance Program for Elderly and Disabled Individuals. The proposed project will allow seniors who have no other means of transportation to attend the congregate nutrition program and have access to shopping, medical appointments, pharmacy, banking and other essential services. WPRTA is not applying for 5310 grant funds for several reasons including a required match, which is 50% for transit systems, compared to 10% for contracted services. As a result, Catawba County Social Services intends to contract with WPRTA to provide transportation services using 5310 grant funds. The $500,000 grant requires a 10% local match. Social Services will provide the match using current local funding allocated for senior transportation. There will be no increased cost to the County.

Approximately 175-250 individuals will receive transportation each year for the period of the grant (July 2013-June 30, 2015). Many of the seniors will utilize transportation for multiple purposes and a large percentage of the target population will utilize transportation daily. Providing transportation will allow older adults the opportunity and choice to remain active and involved in the community.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

A. SOCIAL SERVICES
The Board will receive a report on progress of the Catawba County Aging Coalition. The Coalition is designed to promote the general well being of older adults and their caregivers and advise the community and elected officials concerning aging issues. The report will address the creation of a coordinated network of services/providers designed to reduce duplication and to ensure services are accessible for older adults and caregivers; a goal to increase public awareness about the needs for older adults and caregivers and the resources available to them; establishment of a local PACE(Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Program; promotion of safety and protection of older adults; encouragement of senior-friendly commerce and mobility; and development of neighborhood organizations to provide opportunities for older adults and other citizens to participate in activities of personal and public concern.

B. JUVENILE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
The Board will consider an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Funding Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC). The amendment includes adding one new service for at-risk and delinquent youth. This amendment allocates previously unallocated funds and is recommended by the Council.

The JCPC is an organization established by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Division of Juvenile Justice. The JCPC 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. Membership is determined mostly by the North Carolina Statute establishing the JCPC. Representatives are those involved with youth. Funding is allocated by the State, distributed to the County, and then to programs.

The Board of Commissioners approved the JCPC’s Annual Plan, including an original Funding Plan, in the summer of 2012. The Plan included $72,520 in unallocated funds. The State requires that JCPC allocate those funds by December 31 or revert the funds to the State.

Required advertising was done in October and November. Proposals were received for two new programs and a request for additional funds was received from a current program. The two new proposals were for rapid response/emergency shelter and a mentoring program. On December 5, the mentoring program withdrew from the JCPC.

Alexander Youth Network is the new program recommended. The program service is rapid response/emergency beds for youth. The recommended funding is $36,250. The program will bill no more than $100 per night, per bed. State mental health funds no longer fund this service, which the JCPC reports is greatly needed. If the revised funding plan is approved, the program is expected to begin providing service on January 1.

With the mentoring program not being funded, $36,260 remained unallocated. Notices were sent to current, approved programs asking them to submit a proposal for additional funds if interested. Three programs requested additional funding in the following amounts: JCPC Administration $1,560; Conflict Resolution Center $2,989 and Family Net $23,401. This leaves $8,310 in unallocated dollars. These funds will probably revert to the State, but the program’s area consultant advises this should not affect future funding.

The funds for Administration will be used for anticipated costs in advertising, including covering the cost of an October ad, mileage, increased postage and other expenses. The Conflict Resolution Center will use the funds to cover the costs of additional youth served and anticipated class costs. This program has exceeded its contractual numbers for youth served every year and anticipates exceeding these numbers again this year. Family Net funds will be used to help increase staff time. The therapist serving youth in substance abuse is hourly and this increase will help cover the costs of an 80% position (32 hour per week). Family Net is implementing the “Reclaiming Futures” program, and the use of the “GAINS” assessment tool for identifying substance abuse treatment needs. These best-practice programs will provide a higher level of service to youth, and the program anticipates an increase in the number of youth with substance abuse problems being served. The plan does not require any Catawba County funding, and as stated previously, is subject to the State budget.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464