The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Thursday,
February 19, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. at Goldsboro Country Club, Goldsboro, North Carolina, after
due notice thereof had been given.
Members present: Roland M. Gray, Chairman; C. Munroe Best, Jr., Vice-Chairman;
Wilbur E. Anderson; John M. Bell; J. D. Evans; Steve Keen and Sandra R. McCullen.
Members absent: None.
Commissioner J. D. Evans gave the invocation.
Wayne County Health Department Presentation
Wayne County Health Director James Roosen updated the Board of Commissioners on
the Health Department.
The mission of the Wayne County Health Department, through our responsive and
professional staff, is to preserve, promote and protect the health of our community by
preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthful living.
The Health Department programs include: TB, health promotion, dental, child health,
prenatal, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, WIC, environmental health,
laboratory, orthopedics, breast and cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, preparedness, minority health,
maternal care coordination, child service coordination, and Smart Start child health services.
Public health funding sources in Wayne County are:
Smart Start - $125,000
Fees - $387,000
State - $1,664,000
Insurance - $78,000
Medicaid - $1,645,000
County - $2,045,000
Grants - $120,000
Fund balance Medicaid - $1,084,000
Fund balance Health Department - $842,000
The economic outlook for the Health Department is unknown at this time. Wayne
County has lost money for tubal ligations and vasectomies. Some Medicaid cost settlement
monies will be forfeited. Cancer treatment funds are gone. Grantors are tightening their purse
Wayne County is one of the six pilot counties for the new statewide health information
system computer system. The accreditation for the Health Department is scheduled for April
14-16, 2009. The staff has been working on quality assurance for its programs. Clients in the
prenatal program have decreased negative comments by 88%, decreased wait times in the clinic
by 30 minutes and decreased wait times to get into the clinic from 29 to 19 days.
The Health Department concerns are:
$50,000 needed to scan medical records, lack of space for current medical records
Building design is not efficient
Lack of discretionary funding
Medicaid fund balance
Direction of the prenatal program with the local medical OB/GYN doctors
Salary inequities for medical staff when compared to private health care
Lack of funding for prevention
WIC client visits have increased 13% from fiscal year 2005-2006 (47,719 client visits)
to fiscal year 2008-2009 (54,091 projected client visits)
Prenatal client visits have increased 5.4% from fiscal year 2005-2006 (7,386 client
visits) to fiscal year 2008-2009 (7,788 projected client visits). Unwed females account
for 45% of the births in Wayne County.
Family planning patient client visits have increased by 768 from fiscal year 2005-2006
(3,254 client visits) to fiscal year 2008-2009 (4,022 projected client visits)
Wayne County continues to be above the state average in teen pregnancy rates in
females ages 15-19
Need for dental services continues to increase in Wayne County
Sexually transmitted disease client visits have increased from 2,531 in fiscal year 2005-
2006 to 2,650 in fiscal year 2008-2009
TB is very expensive to control
Wayne County ranks 9th in the state for AIDS cases
Two babies were born to HIV positive women in December 2008
Syphilis cases are increasing
Health educator was not hired due to lack of funding
Environmental health revenues are decreasing
Debt setoff program is being utilized more and $30,000 in fees were written off last
Wayne County Board of Health member Dr. Michael Gooden stated he was deeply
concerned about the increase in teenage pregnancy in Wayne County. Sexually transmitted
diseases continue to rise in Wayne County. Health education is extremely important. The
OB/GYN doctors in Wayne County are concerned the closure of the Health Department on
Fridays shifts the clients to the emergency room or necessitates the clients to wait until service
can be provided on Mondays at the Health Department. Prenatal clients need health care five
days a week.
The Board of Commissioners and staff discussed the importance of sex education in the
schools in the 4th-6th grades. The abstinence education program and sex education program
curriculum in the 9th grade is not working. Parents need to be involved in sex education
programs. The taxpayers need to understand either the county will need to pay to educate
teenagers about pregnancy or pay later with human services programs and/or the costs of
detention. Churches can also play a vital role in assisting with sex education programs.
Dispensing of birth control in the schools was discussed.
The Board of Commissioners discussed the Health Department fund balance, the
method of scanning records, 4-day work week and accessibility of clients to access services
beyond the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work day.
Wayne County Department of Social Services Presentation
Wayne County Social Services Director Debbie Jones updated the Board of
Commissioners on the Department of Social Services.
The mission of the Wayne County Department of Social Services is to empower all
individuals of our county to improve their quality of life. The Department of Social Services
ensures the health, safety and well-being of children, adults and families; helps people obtain
the basic necessities of life; and promotes the highest level of social and economic self-
sufficiency. Social Services serves and protects the most vulnerable citizens of our state.
Social Services has experienced an influx of “first-time” assistance requests from
individuals particularly impacted by the declining economic conditions. The caseloads have
grown in the Food and Nutrition Services, Family and Children’s Medicaid and North Carolina
Health Choice programs.
The Child Protective Services program strives to ensure safe, permanent, nurturing
families for children by protecting them from abuse and neglect while attempting to preserve
the family unit by interacting with everyone in a family centered manner. There were 1,749
children reported suspected of child abuse, neglect and dependency in fiscal year 2007-2008. It
is anticipated there will be an increase of reports in the next 6-12 months as more parents are
out of work. There were 390 Wayne County children receiving services based on the needs of
Currently, there are 99 children in the foster care system in Wayne County. Last year
27 children were adopted from foster care. Wayne County has 47 children who are available
for adoption through the foster care system. The staff goal is to find a permanent home for
adoptable children within 12 months. Plans are to train the staff more concerning child
The Food and Nutrition Service program offers nutrition benefits to low income
individuals and families who need assistance to purchase food. Currently, the average
household size is 2.25 individuals and the average allotment is $217 per month. Wayne
County’s active food and nutrition services cases increased by 346 households last year. The
staff took 619 food and nutrition applications in January 2009. The value of the food benefits
issued and spent in Wayne County was $1,764,865 in January 2009. Wayne County has 16
food and nutrition workers with 7,020 active or ongoing cases, which is an average of 450
cases per worker.
Social Services continues to experience an increase in customers – 22,944 from
January-June 2008 to 24,816 from July-December 2008. The active cases in Adult Medicaid,
Family and Children’s Medicaid, and Food and Nutrition Services have increased from 2005 to
Social Services concerns are:
Adult and children’s services are housed on three floors in the Borden Building. There
are 61 employees using space designed for 47 employees. There are two social workers
in offices designed for one social worker.
One building is needed to house all Social Services employees, which would eliminate
commute time between buildings, increase unit communication, increase employee
morale and safety, provide closer supervision of all employees, provide better security
for social workers and provide one-stop shopping for customers.
An additional Income Maintenance staff is needed to cope with rising caseloads in Food
and Nutrition Services, Family and Children’s Medicaid and anticipated Work First
An additional Child Welfare Supervisor is needed to bring the agency into compliance
with state mandated supervisor and social worker ratio of 1:5.
With social security numbers becoming harder for the staff to obtain, fraud is harder to
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is designed to boost
employment and the economy. It is anticipated the Department of Social Services will be
affected by the following: federal Medicaid assistance percentage, state fiscal stabilization
fund, child care, child support and food stamp or supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Wayne County Social Services Director Debra Jones stated her staff registered 1,452
persons to vote last year, in addition to issuing 164 fishing license waivers. The Board of
Social Services and staff utilize the leading by results method of setting objectives and working
toward the objectives. Since program criteria vary, applicants must be qualified for each
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Presentation
Sheriff Carey A. Winders and his staff updated the Board of Commissioners on the
Sheriff’s Office personnel include the following:
87 full-time sworn law enforcement officers
4 part-time sworn law enforcement officers
62 full-time sworn detention officers
1 part-time sworn detention officer
1 civilian support position
6 civilian administrative support personnel
2 full-time sworn law enforcement officers
The patrol division has:
4 patrol shifts
The responsibility to cover 557 square miles
7 deputy sheriffs per shift
2,883 hours of training
30,960 calls for service in 2008
Average response time of 12-24 minutes
The civil division has:
Issued 3,079 gun permits
Issued 1,500+ carry concealed weapon permits
Warrant squad has received 6,454 warrants and served 3,374 warrants
Civil squad has received 23,193 civil process papers, served 17,100 papers, 685
evictions, 2,138 summary ejectments, and collected $564,966 in execution monies
The code enforcement officers have:
Received 315 calls for service
Followed up on 1,737 reports
Served 331 papers
Moved 30 junk vehicles
Brought 75 junk vehicles into compliance
Resolved 220 solid waste issues
The investigations division has:
Received 2,263 cases for investigation
Made 261 arrests
Cleared 585 cases by making arrests
Located 65 missing persons
Recovered $352,617.98 in stolen property
The COPE/SRO programs:
COPE - covers 11 schools and over 1,400 students
COPE - added four new crime watch areas
COPE - participated in nine community events
COPE - provides support for existing Crime Watch groups
Seven School Resource Officers – Wayne County Public Schools pays $30,000 per
SRO for salaries
The Sheriff’s Office participates in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, DEA Drug Task
Force and the SoS Counterfeit Products Task Force.
The SWAT Team is comprised of all volunteers. The SWAT Team has 13 officers and
The all-volunteer DIVE Team responded to four accidents into waterways and
recovered three stolen vehicles. The team searched two underwater areas for evidence. The
members had 720 hours of training.
The Aviation Unit performed 51 missions. Highlights included OSI support, K-9
training, illegal burning with citation issued, photography, discovery of 41 illegal plants in two
plots, and participated in static displays.
The Drug Squad/ACE Team made 125 drug related arrests. The members seized
119,722 grams of marijuana with a street value of $1,197,200; 7,454 grams of cocaine with a
street value of $745,400 and 54 grams of heroin with a street value of $21,600. The members
also seized $366,387 in cash.
The K-9 Unit has five Belgian Malinois and one bloodhound. The members trained for
1,008 hours. There were 96 narcotic searches resulting in 195,044 grams of seized drugs
valued at $867,536 and $334,604 in seized cash.
Issues of concern for the detention center are:
Security including a new camera system and replacement of doors and intercom system
Facility needs a new roof and HVAC system
Issues of concern for the Sheriff’s Office are:
Financial crimes unit needed with employees
Hangar office needed with equipment and personnel for Aviation Unit
Sheriff Carey A. Winders stated Wayne County could not participate with illegal
immigration program because it would be required to have 30 beds in the detention center and
10 employees in the detention center dedicated to illegal immigrants. Live scans are being
done when a person is placed in the detention center. It takes 6-8 days for an illegal immigrant
to be picked up by the proper authorities.
Emergency Services Presentation
Emergency Services Director Joe Gurley updated the Board of Commissioners on
Emergency Services. Emergency Services is comprised of Emergency Management,
Emergency Medical Services, Wayne NET, Safety, Fire Marshal, 911 communications and
security. He highlighted 911 communications, Emergency Medical Services and Wayne NET.
The Wayne County 911 communications system was consolidated with Goldsboro on
October 1, 2002. The Mount Olive communications system was added in December 2003.
The current system has six telecommunicators under one roof. The amount of telephone calls
processed has increased 13.5% over the first 12 months of operation. Administrative calls, 911
calls and incidents dispatched have also increased. In the year ending December 31, 2008 there
were 402,809 phone calls processed, 303,771 administrative calls processed, 90,038 911 calls
processed and 7,251 incidents dispatched. The 911 enhancements include oblique imaging
with 360 degree smart image, 100% compliance with wireless technology, quality assurance
program with improved dispatch rate from two minutes to one minute and six week in-house
training for new hires and on-going service.
Future 911 needs are:
Radio system with five sites, VHF P-25 open architecture, digital trunking system,
which is fully interoperable with surrounding counties and the state VIPER system
Additional position needed for EOC/training/overflow
NextGen 911 (VOIP)/Positron VIPER
Fully capable back-up center with network connectivity
Consultant to develop a policy for radio system users
Call transfers from other entities need to be addressed with charges involved
The Wayne County Emergency Medical Services started with station 1 in Seven
Springs in March 2002 and completed the phase-in process with station 9 in Mount Olive in
October 2003. The call volume for the first 12 months of operation was 12,000 responses. The
call volume for the past 12 months was 15,270. Wayne County Emergency Medical Services
continues to operate as a success by meeting or exceeding its implementation goals. The staff
maintains an average response time of less than seven minutes with an average response time
of six minutes, 33 seconds. The staff reviews 125% of all calls through quality assurance for
enhanced or improved patient care opportunities. Wayne County residents are served 24 hours
per day with the paramedic level of care. Wayne County Emergency Medical Services has a
special response unit geared toward large scale incidents and/or events such as air shows and
mass casualty drills. The staff participates in the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. The
paramedic program at Wayne Community College has an accelerated time frame of 16-18
months. Staff is able to take online continuing education classes. Future needs include 12 lead
(heart standard of care) and station 10 due to increased call volume.
Wayne NET (non-emergency transport) was started in August 2006 to increase
revenues to offset the cost of Emergency Medical Services operational expenditures and to
serve as an emergency backup for Emergency Medical Services. During the first 12 months of
operation Wayne NET had 3,848 calls for a monthly average of 320 calls and an average
collection of $129.74 per trip. During the last 12 months of operation Wayne NET had 5,872
calls for a monthly average of 490 calls and an average collection of $182.37 per trip. The
Wayne NET ambulances must be outfitted with wheelchair ramps.
Wayne County Development Alliance Presentation
Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Helms presented the following
as a review of 2008:
42 inquiries or requests for information
10 client visits
Triangle Spring announced it would locate in Wayne County with 102 employees and
invest $6.2 million
152 calls made
61 companies visited
424 man hours to close 28 projects
7 projects still open
Notable expansions – Case Farms, AAR, Franklin Baking, Mt. Olive Pickle, Reuel and
Uchiyama American, Inc. (Total $18.7 million)
Other expansions – Excell Home Fashions, General Electric, Mission Foods, NC
Manufacturing, Roebuck Precision Machine and Unifirst (Total $940,000)
Confidential expansions – five companies (Total $750,000)
January 2008 GAF – 110 jobs lost
September 2008 Hilex Poly – 160 jobs lost
Initiatives and Presentations
Northern Wayne Initiative
Numerous community and media presentations
Impact Wayne Campaign Summary
68 investors gave $152,800.25
16 supporters gave $4,050
Total contributions for 2008 - $156,850.25
Monies designated for long-term investments, product development, project assistance
Summary for 2008
Existing industry loss of 584 jobs
New industry added 524 jobs
Existing industry invested $20.4 million
New industry invested $5 million
New industry announced projected investment of $6.2 million
In response to questions from the Board of Commissioners, Wayne County
Development Alliance President Joanna Helms stated companies in Wayne County connected
with the automobile industry have eliminated their temporary workforce. Many home-grown
companies, such as Reuel, Inc., Mount Olive Pickle Company and Franklin Baking Company,
are doing well during difficult economic times. Companies in North Carolina are investigating
a 3-4 day work week. A company interested in locating in Wayne County first examines the
workforce. Wayne County has not lost a single economic development prospect due to
transportation issues. Less than 10% of the companies in Wayne County use rail. Wayne
County will partner with Spirit AeroSystems in Lenoir County any way possible.
County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated prospective companies have begun to inquire
about thoroughfare planning. Companies are interested in the transportation issues Wayne
County will address within the next 10 years. Wayne County continually plans for turn lanes,
bridges, interchanges and beneficial state government relationships. Thoroughfare planning is
Commissioner Steve Keen stated planning needs to take place in the vicinity of the
property in the Pikeville-Princeton Road area, which was optioned by the County of Wayne.
Property uses will create sales tax revenues.
County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated the property in the Pikeville-Princeton Road
area would be a smaller version of ParkEast. Agreements are needed for electricity, water and
sewer to the property.
County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated Wayne County’s inventory of industrial
buildings is low. Many industrial buildings are in need of renovation. Wayne County is
working on the purchase of 38 acres west of AAR in ParkEast. The shell building in Mount
Olive is not large enough to draw attention from many prospective industrial prospects, which
want at least 100,000 square feet. Wayne County needs another shell building in ParkEast. A
shell building increases the tax base. Wayne County needs the design and initial preparatory
work on a shell building completed in time for the economic turnaround. The citizens of
Wayne County need to be educated on the importance of a shell building.
Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Helms stated the Mount Olive
shell building is the right fit for the community and has been close to selling many times. Most
industries now want buildings over 100,000 square feet. Wayne County’s current industrial
buildings are difficult to market. A new shell building in ParkEast is estimated to cost $4
million. Wayne County could begin the initial design and site work, which is very important to
Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson stated the key to the success of a shell building is its
size. Land is also needed for expansion.
Commissioner John M. Bell stated North Carolina’s Eastern Region receives inquiries
about shell buildings within the 13-county region.
The Board of Commissioners and staff discussed the agenda for the work session on
February 20, 2009 and an upcoming session on the development of a mission statement, goals
At 1:10 p.m., Chairman Roland M. Gray adjourned the meeting.
Marcia R. Wilson
Clerk to the Board