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September 19, 2005

AGENDA 

Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting 
Monday, September 19, 2005
Council Chambers, Hickory City Hall
76 North Center Street, Hickory, NC  28601


NOTE CHANGE IN THE BOARD'S NORMAL MEETING LOCATION.

THIS MEETING FOLLOWS THE BOARD’S JOINT MEETING WITH HICKORY, BROOKFORD AND LONGVIEW COUNCILS IN HICKORY CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

1.    Call to Order.

2.    Pledge of Allegiance.

3.    Invocation.

4.    Approval of the Minutes from the Regular Meeting of September 6, 2005.

5.    Recognition of Special Guests.

6.    Public Comment for items not on the agenda.

7.    Public Hearings:

1.    Proposed Road Names for Unnamed Streets in Bandys and Jacobs Fork Townships. Presented by Renee Hart, E-911, Addressing Coordinator.

2.    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applications.  Presented by Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director.

3.    Proposed amendment to the Gregory Wood Products Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED) Budget Ordinance.  Presented by Jack Chandler, Utilities & Engineering Public Services Administrator.
8.    Appointments.
   
9.    Departmental Reports.

a.    Public Health:
1.    Acceptance of Eat Smart, Move More Grant.  Presented by Doug Urland, Public Health Director.

2.    Catawba County Health Partners and Eat Smart, Move More….Additional Information.  Presented by Doug Urland, Public Health Director and Maria Reese, Healthy Carolinians Coordinator.

b.  Budget:
Transfer of Capital Funds for Newton-Conover Schools.  Presented by Judy Ikerd, Budget Manager
c.    Emergency Services:
Supplemental Appropriation for the Crisis Housing Assistance Fund Program (CHAF) to Assist Eligible Families.  Presented by David Weldon, Emergency Services Director.
10.    Attorneys’ Report.

11.    Manager’s Report.

12.    Other items of business.

13.    Adjournment.



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CALENDAR
The October Board of Commissioners meetings will take place on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. and on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
SEPTEMBER 19, 2005, 7 P.M.
HICKORY CITY HALL
76 NORTH CENTER STREET, HICKORY, NC

NOTE CHANGE IN THE BOARD'S NORMAL MEETING LOCATION.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO HOLD A JOINT MEETING WITH THE BROOKFORD TOWN COUNCIL, HICKORY CITY COUNCIL AND LONG VIEW TOWN COUNCIL AT 4 PM, AT HICKORY CITY HALL, 76 NORTH CENTER STREET IN HICKORY.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on: 1) the County's plans to apply for the next cycle of Community Development Block Grants from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, 2) proposed names for unnamed streets in the Bandys and Jacobs Fork townships and 3) an amendment to the budget ordinance for work on infrastructure to serve the Gregory Wood Products facility, to move State grant funds dedicated for road work that has been completed and use them to fully fund the sewer line installation at the Gregory facility, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2005, in the City Council Chambers at Hickory City Hall, at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

The Board will also hear a report on concerns about childhood obesity in the county and consider accepting a State grant which will be used to help school students increase their physical activity and eat healthier; the transfer of funds already budgeted to the Newton-Conover City Schools for a completed roofing project, to complete funding for re-roofing of the building currently used by the ACT Program; and the appropriation of State grant funds to assist eligible families with damage suffered in 2004 as a result of the passage of two tropical storms through Catawba County.   

PUBLIC HEARINGS
A.  The Board will hold a public hearing on proposed names for unnamed streets in the Bandys and Jacobs Fork townships. The goal of the County’s E-911 Office is to assign individual E-911 numbers to all dwellings located in Catawba County.  One step towards this goal is to name streets or driveways that are at least 1200 feet in length and/or access three or more parcels. An unnamed street was found off Jacobs Fork River Road, while staff was attempting to number a plat for Danny and Doreen Crawford.  Staff determined the right of way should be named since there are six properties accessed from it.  A suggestion of Harley Drive was made by Mr. and Mrs. Crawford which, although it is not an exact duplicate, is very similar to several other streets in the county.  Mr. and Mrs. Gary Whitener suggested Ora Lane or Digh Road as possible names.   Ora Lane is not a duplication, so staff recommended Ora Lane for this road.  A second unnamed right-of-way was found in the Jacobs Fork Township off Hickory-Lincolnton Highway while staff was numbering property accessed by the highway.  Most property owners on this right-of-way are named Isenhour. Mr. Wade Isenhour suggested the name Isenhour Farm Road.  No other suggestions were received and that name is not a duplicate, so the E-911 office recommended Isenhour Farm Road.  The Catawba County Planning Board conducted a public hearing on these names on August 29, 2005. There was no opposition to the proposed names and the Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of these names.

B.  The Board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen input on the development of Community Development Block Grant applications for the coming year.  These applications are to be submitted to the NC Department of Commerce. Funds from this program may be used for many activities including installation of infrastructure for businesses that will create jobs for low and moderate income persons, neighborhood revitalization, and housing development and rehabilitation.  

C.  The Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the budget ordinance for the Gregory Wood Products Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project, to move $196,315 from street improvements to water and sewer line improvements.  On April 19, 2004, the Board approved a resolution authorizing County staff to develop and file an application for a CDBG for this project.  The County was awarded a grant in the amount of $481,907, with County matching funds in the amount of $154,126, for construction of water and sewer infrastructure and an industrial site access road to serve Gregory Wood Products, a $20 million dimensional lumber facility on Rocky Ford Road, which began operations in May 2005 and is expected to bring up to 115 jobs to Catawba County over a two year period.  

On August 16, 2004, the Board approved a budget ordinance for the project, as required for all CDBG projects. The CDBG originally provided for $216,315 to be used for road improvements to construct an access road needed for the project. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has since completed the road improvements, eliminating the need to use CDBG funds for road improvements. Laurie Huffman, Grant Administrator for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, who has administered this grant for the County, has recommended that $196,315 of the CDBG funding be transferred from road improvements as follows: $18,377 to water improvements and $177,938 to sewer improvements. $20,000 of the County's matching funds for road improvements would be transferred to sewer improvements.  The Board's Policy and Public Works Subcommittee recommends the Board hold a public hearing on the proposed budget amendment.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

PUBLIC HEALTH

1.  The Board will consider accepting $19,000 from an Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Community Grant awarded to the Catawba County Public Health Department from the North Carolina Division of Public Health, to create community opportunities for people to increase their physical activity and eat healthier.  The Health Department and three local school systems will partner to implement three school-based programs designed to help children increase physical activity and make healthier food choices.  Take 10 is a classroom-based physical activity program for kindergarten to fifth grade students, linked to academic learning objectives in subjects such as science and math and age-appropriate 10-minute physical activities. Winner’s Circle is a statewide healthy dining initiative designed to create and promote healthy eating environments in the school cafeteria setting.  Students learn how to recognize and choose healthy food options from labels showing healthy alternatives seen on menus and in serving lines.  Food for Thought is a classroom-based nutrition education curriculum for kindergarten to fifth grade that teaches children the importance of healthy eating.  The Board's Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the Board accept this grant.  

2.  The Board will hear a report from Catawba County Health Director, Doug Urland, on concerns about childhood obesity in Catawba County.  This issue was one of three identified by Catawba County Health Partners, following a community survey, for study and action.  This group established a committee, which created a four-year action plan with the objective of decreasing the proportion of at-risk and overweight children ages 2-18 in Catawba County by 10% by December 31, 2010. Children in Catawba County ages 2-18 were 36.6% at risk or overweight in year 2003.  A Body Mass Index (BMI) screening showed that 44% of Catawba County fith graders were at risk for being overweight or overweight in 2004.  39% of second graders screened for BMI were overweight or at risk for being overweight.  Obesity is increasing across the state and nation. If not reversed, this trend in children and young adults could wipe out reductions in heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic health problems, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

BUDGET
The Board will consider a request from the Newton-Conover City Board of Education to transfer funds already budgeted to the Newton-Conover system, to complete a project to re-roof and renovate the system's old junior high school gym.  $135,000 was approved in the 2004-05 fiscal year budget for renovations, including a new roof, at the old junior high school gym.  That facility is presently used by the Adolescents and Children in Treatment (ACT) program and by the community.  Due to the age of the building, the repairs were more extensive than originally planned.  The rising cost of steel products also caused the costs for the project to exceed available funds by $16,124.35.  In order to complete the project, the Newton-Conover Board of Education is requesting the transfer of $12,287 remaining in a completed roofing project at Newton-Conover High School and $1413.12 from a project for general roofing, for a total of $13,700.12.  The balance of $2424.23 will be paid with the school system’s funds.   The Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the Board approve the transfer.

EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Board will consider appropriating $66,500 from a State grant to assist eligible families whose homes suffered significant damage as a result of two tropical storms that came through Catawba County in 2004.   The State of North Carolina has committed funds to assist with rebuilding in North Carolina counties with damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms in 2004, and subsequent flooding and landslides.  The Hurricane Recovery Act of 2005 authorized Crisis Housing Assistance Funds (CHAF) to assist eligible families whose homes suffered significant damage and have uninsured losses.  The County has been awarded $66,500 to assist with repair/rehabilitation for three households that suffered damage from the 2004 storms.  The County must spend the funds upfront and will be reimbursed upon completion of each unit.  The County has contracted with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments to assist with this process.  The Board's Finance and Personnel Subcommittee recommends the appropriation of these funds to complete the repairs authorized by the State, with the costs to be reimbursed to the County through the CHAF grant funding.

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER    465-8464