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									NORTH CAROLINA

WAYNE COUNTY

      The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday,
March 3, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Wayne County
Courthouse Annex, Goldsboro, North Carolina.

       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.

Work Session

       During the scheduled briefing and prior to the regularly scheduled meeting, the Board
of Commissioners held a work session to discuss the items of business on the agenda. Wayne
County ABC Board Business Manager Mike Myrick requested the Board of Commissioners
support spirit sales through ABC stores and oppose agency stores. The Board of
Commissioners desired more information. The issue will be on the agenda of the next regularly
scheduled meeting.

Invocation

       Vice-Chairman C. Munroe Best, Jr. gave the invocation.

Pledge of Allegiance

       Commissioner John M. Bell led the Board of Commissioners in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Approval of Minutes

       Upon motion of Commissioner John M. Bell, the Board of Commissioners unanimously
approved the minutes of the regular session of the Board of Commissioners on February 17,
2009.

Discussion/Adjustment of Agenda

        Chairman Roland M. Gray adjusted the agenda by adding Wayne NET, CDBG and
Sheriff (2) budget amendments to the Consent Agenda.

Upcoming Appointments

       The Appointment Committee announced the following persons were under
consideration for appointment or reappointment:
    Wayne County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee – Ann Stackhouse
    Fremont Planning Board – Danny Tillman

Appointment – Commissioners’ Council for Older Adults

       Upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously reappointed Nancy Delia and Charles T. Gibson to the Commissioners’ Council
for Older Adults. Their terms will expire on April 17, 2012.

Appointment – Pikeville Planning Board

       Upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously reappointed James E. Holden to the Pikeville Planning Board. Mr. Holden’s term
will expire on April 3, 2012.
Board of Commissioners Committee Reports

       Commissioner Steve Keen stated the Department of Social Services has filled the
Deputy Director and Social Worker positions. He thanked Social Services Director Debbie
Jones for filling the positions. The caseloads in Social Services continue to increase.

       Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson stated the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport Authority
could receive additional funding.

       Commissioner J.D. Evans gave a shout out to the students at Northeast Elementary
School and Brogden Primary School. He encouraged the students to be the best they can be.

       Commissioner Sandra R. McCullen stated the Board of Health held its strategic
planning session. Topics of discussion included lung cancer, AIDS/HIV, obesity, nutrition and
teenage pregnancy. The Health Department is getting ready for accreditation.

Rosewood Townes Presentation

        Developer John T. Bell requested the Board of Commissioners support his application
to the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance for a Community Development Block
Grant in the amount of $216,000 to assist with the development of Rosewood Townes.
Rosewood Townes is a proposed 36 unit low to moderate income apartment project off of US
Highway 70 behind Second Fling Consignment Store. Rosewood Townes is sponsored by the
North Carolina Housing Credit Program, which has been in operation since 1986 and sponsored
over 1,700 developments with over 50,000 apartments in North Carolina. The North Carolina
Housing Finance Agency is self-supporting and is overseen by a 13-member board, which is
comprised of business professionals with backgrounds in finance, real estate development,
construction, management and related fields. Last year the North Carolina Housing Credit
Program funded 30 out of 113 applications. The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
conducts annual reviews of each property and the eligibility of tenants to live in the apartments.

       John T. Bell stated he has two low to moderate apartment complexes in Wayne County-
Ashebrooke Apartments and Randall Place Apartments. His complexes are managed on-site by
Evergreen Construction Company. Credit, criminal and employment background checks are
done for each tenant application. The complexes do have Section 8 housing and units for
handicapped tenants.

        John T. Bell stated the Rosewood community had three major concerns about the
Rosewood Townes project: (1) influx of children in the area schools, (2) crime and (3)
decrease in property values. In the Ashebrooke Apartment complex there are 43 school age
children in the 55 apartments. If the same ratio .78 to 1 of school age children was applied to
the Rosewood Townes complex, there would be 28 additional students in the area schools. The
maximum number of occupants allowed by state law at Rosewood Townes would be 138
tenants, which would include adults and children. He cited crime statistics from the Goldsboro
Police Department for Ashebrooke Apartments (4 calls for 55 units) and Laurel Point
Apartments (11 calls for 80 units) for the past year. He said there is no factual evidence to back
the claim that Rosewood Townes would decrease property values.

        John T. Bell stated he understood the Myrtle Place apartment complex had problems,
but the management is correcting the problems. His company was not involved with the
construction and/or management of Myrtle Place.

       Interior and exterior photographs of Ashebrooke Place and Randall Place apartments
were shown. The units have a heat pump, stove, smoke alarms, dishwasher, and washer and
dryer connections. There is a community room with a small kitchen for the residents. Laundry
and computer facilities are provided. Randall Place has a picnic shelter.

      John T. Bell stated he was willing to meet with a small representative group from
Rosewood at a prearranged time to answer factual questions.
Eastpointe Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

        Eastpointe Director Ken Jones stated Eastpointe operated as a Local Management
Entity last year for services provided to clients in Wayne, Sampson, Lenoir and Duplin
counties. Eastpointe’s responsibility is now to develop and maintain a network of providers to
ensure clients in our communities are served using the most effective and appropriate
treatment. Eastpointe’s role is to screen/triage and refer clients to appropriate providers,
authorize services per the diagnostic information, monitor providers of services, pay providers
on a fee for service basis and to maintain a good working relationship with local authorities to
enhance total community services.

        In fiscal year 2008-2009 the total Eastpointe budget is $21,354,119. It is estimated
Medicaid will pay $30 million directly to providers. For the fiscal year Wayne County
budgeted $640,000 for services through Eastpointe. A breakdown of the Wayne County
allocation is as follows:
Medical administration        $ 30,000
Psychiatry                    $175,000
Transportation                $ 50,000
Family Drug Court             $ 60,000
Child DD                      $ 75,000
Adult DD                      $ 75,000
Housing (Wayside, Flynn) $ 50,000
Indigent care MH/SA           $ 35,000
Crisis services               $ 90,000

        From January-December 2008 Eastpointe had a total of 4,905 new referrals with 3,890
receiving routine service, 538 receiving urgent service and 477 receiving emergent service.
There were 980 referrals from Sampson County, 1,422 from Lenoir County, 733 from Duplin
County and 1,739 from Wayne County. Eastpointe served 1,850 consumers from Sampson
County, 2,534 from Lenoir County, 1,751 from Duplin County and 5,061 from Wayne County
from January-December 2008.

        Eastpointe Director Ken Jones reviewed the programs and the Wayne County service
providers. There are approximately 15 providers in Wayne County for mental health,
developmentally disabilities and substance abuse clients. Clients are seen according to the
intensity of their need for services.

       Eastpointe highlights include the following:
      Eastpointe was chosen as one of four Local Management Entities in the state to manage
       all Medicaid authorizations for North Carolina. Eastpointe will need to hire 13-14
       additional clinic staff to manage this function.
      Eastpointe received a $650,000 contract with the North Carolina Division of Mental
       Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse to manage inpatient beds at Brynn
       Marr Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The beds will be used when Cherry
       Hospital is at capacity.
      Eastpointe’s 24/7 mobile crisis team will begin responding to crisis in the community
       by May 1, 2009. Currently, the team responds to crisis in the hospitals.
      Eastpointe will probably have a 1.5% reduction in its budget due to the shortfall in the
       State of North Carolina’s budget
      Eastpointe received the highest opinion from the auditors for the budget ending June 30,
       2008. Eastpointe has a $3 million unrestricted fund balance, which is 14.3% of the total
       budget.
      Eastpointe served 11,196 consumers in 2008.

     The Board of Commissioners thanked Eastpointe Director Ken Jones for the update and
commended his staff and the Eastpointe Board of Directors for their performance.
Consent Agenda

      Upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously approved and authorized the following items under the consent agenda:
   1. Resolution authorizing representatives of Wayne County to conduct all trust business on
      behalf of Wayne County with First Citizens Bank & Trust Company, attached hereto as
      Attachment A
   2. Resolution in support of continuation of Wayne County Criminal Justice Partnership
      funding, attached hereto as Attachment B and application for continuation of
      implementation funding in the amount of $121,215 for the Wayne County Day
      Reporting Center
   3. Budget amendments
         a. Health – HIV-AIDS Program
         b. Sheriff
         c. Health-Family Planning
         d. Social Services
         e. Sheriff
         f. Sheriff
         g. Wayne NET
         h. Sheriff
         i. Sheriff
         j. Community Development Block Grant – 2008 Scattered Site

Legislative Issues – Defense of Marriage Resolution

        Commissioner Steve Keen moved for the Board of Commissioners to add for
consideration a resolution expressing support for an amendment to the North Carolina
Constitution reading: Marriage between a man and woman is the only domestic legal union
that shall be valid or recognized in this State to the agenda of the March 17, 2009 Board of
Commissioners meeting. The motion failed.
        Voting “Aye”: Wilbur E. Anderson, J. D. Evans and Steve Keen.
        Voting “Nay”: John M. Bell; C. Munroe Best, Jr.; Roland M. Gray and Sandra R.
McCullen.

Board of Commissioners Comments

       Chairman Roland M. Gray requested citizens with questions and/or comments about the
proposed Rosewood Townes apartment complex to submit them in writing to the County
Manager or to John T. Bell so that John T. Bell could respond to them.

Public Comments

       Rickard Banks submitted signed petitions requesting the proposed Rosewood Townes
low income housing community to be developed by John T. Bell on US Highway 70 behind the
Second Fling Consignment Store in Goldsboro, North Carolina be terminated.

        Kevin Wirhouski stated the Rosewood community was concerned with 60 issues, but he
would talk about crime and the decreased property values if the proposed Rosewood Townes
apartment complex was built. He stated residents of Ashebrook Apartments were 55 years of
age and older. He cited increased crime statistics in the Myrtle Place Apartments. There were
valid concerns about increased crime if the Rosewood Townes apartment complex was
constructed. The Rosewood community was not opposed to growth and would welcome single
family homes and/or condominiums in the area. He suggested foreclosed modular homes in
Wayne County be used for low income tenants. He requested the Board of Commissioners
understand the concerns of the community and not allow John T. Bell to get the Community
Development Block Grant.

       Tom Drew stated he contested the 2008 elections. The people of Wayne County are not
being heard by the Board of Commissioners. There is no suicide specialist in North Carolina.
      Bobby Holland stated the property value on his home would decrease if the Rosewood
Townes apartment complex was approved. He requested the support of the Board of
Commissioners in opposing Rosewood Townes.

        Beth Leeming stated she and her military husband built a house in the Rosewood area
because they liked the Rosewood school district. If Rosewood Townes was approved, she
would not be able to sell her home. She opposed the Rosewood Townes apartment complex
project.

         Maria Wirhouski stated the location of the proposed Rosewood Townes is not the best
location for low income rental apartments. Potential buyers have walked away from homes for
sale in the area. People in the area take pride in home ownership. Approximately 2/3 of the
citizens in the Rosewood area own their home. She questioned if low income housing was
necessary with the number of vacant homes in Wayne County. She said low income housing
will have a negative impact on the community, increase the crime rate in the area and increase
the number of students in the Rosewood area schools. She requested the Board of
Commissioners deny the request by John T. Bell.

       Scott Adams stated Wayne County could not progress with its current education system,
low income housing and economic development plan. Education needed to be held to a higher
standard. He stated he had a plan to help education and businesses in Wayne County.

       Jim Scott stated the citizens in Rosewood needed to be heard. Developer John T. Bell
was allowed to paint a picture about Rosewood Townes. The citizens of Rosewood want to
dispute Mr. Bell’s claims concerning property values and crime statistics.

       Neal Journey stated there were unanswered questions concerning the proposed
Rosewood Townes apartment complex. He questioned how the apartment complex meshed
with the Wayne County strategic plan. He opposed the proposed Rosewood Townes apartment
complex.

       Ramon Lozano stated he was concerned the proposed Rosewood Townes apartment
complex was being pushed through without the community being made aware of it. He
reviewed the Community Development Block Grant application procedure. The applicant is
required to respond to all written complaints.

        Paul Belden stated developer John T. Bell pulled the Rosewood Townes application
from the Wayne County Planning Board due to opposition from citizens in the Rosewood area.
He was informed Mr. Bell could build up to 100 units with water and sewage infrastructure.
He questioned the long-term plan for the proposed Rosewood Townes apartment complex. He
also questioned the effect of the complex on Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department and the
Sheriff's Office. Wayne County should have long-term zoning. He requested the Board of
Commissioners deny the letter of support for the Community Development Block Grant
application for Rosewood Townes and have zoning in Wayne County.

County Manager’s Comments

       County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated Eastpointe has a crisis management team,
which specializes in suicide intervention.

         Developer John T. Bell reduced the number of units at the proposed Rosewood Townes
apartment complex because septic tanks, rather than sewer, were going to be used. On
February 3, 2009 the Board of Commissioners requested the Wayne County Planning Board
consider the request to approve and authorize the request for a letter of interest from the County
of Wayne to the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance supporting an application
by John T. Bell for a Community Development Block Grant for the Housing Development
category in the amount of $250,000 to develop, build and operate Rosewood Townes; to review
the impact of the development on property taxes, roads, water and sewer; and to make a
recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. County Manager W. Lee Smith, III advised
the citizens of Rosewood to meet with developer John T. Bell and discuss their concerns.
Recess

       At 10:55 a.m., the Board of Commissioners recessed the meeting. At 11:25 a.m., the
Board of Commissioners reconvened at Goldsboro Country Club.

Wayne County Comprehensive Plan Review

      Planning Director Connie Price reviewed the vision statements, policies and actions for
the Wayne County Comprehensive Plan.

Wayne County Public Schools Facilities Update

       Wayne County Board of Education members present: George Moye, Chairman; Rick
Pridgen, Vice-Chairman; Eddie Radford; Shirley Sims; Thelma Smith and Dave Thomas.

         Wayne County Board of Education members absent: John P. Grantham.

         Randy Langston with R. N. Rouse and Company gave the following information:
                                     Preconstruction Summary
        May 2008 – construction manager and architect approved by the Board of Education
        May-August 2008 – schematic design phase
        During the schematic design, meetings were held with several Wayne County Public
         Schools departments to determine the needs at each school within the construction
         program. The following were involved in the process: maintenance, principals,
         technology, safety/security, environmental and child nutrition.
        September 2008 – schematic estimate completed
        September 2008 – Board of Education approved the estimate
        September-November 2008 – design development phase
        December 2008 – design development estimate completed and approved by the Board
         of Education
        December 2008 – construction documents begin

 Schedule Timeline for Brogden Primary School, Greenwood Middle School and Mount Olive
                                     Middle School
    Lottery funded
    February 13, 2009 – construction design drawings completed
    February 26, 2009 – estimate completed
    March 1, 2009 – projects advertised
    April 1, 2009 – bid date
    May 2009 – notice to proceed

                              Brogden Primary School Renovations
        Add a stand alone cafetorium
        Move parent drop-off area to rear of site to improve car stacking
        Site drainage improvements
        April 2, 2009 – bid date
        April 2010 – completion date

                             Greenwood Middle School Renovations
        Build 4 classrooms
        Demolish old connector building
        Air condition gym and kitchen
        Add staff restrooms
        April 2, 2009 – bid date
        December 2009 – completion date
                           Mount Olive Middle School Renovations
       Renovate cafeteria
       Upgrade restrooms
       Air condition kitchen and gym
       Redesign front parking area and remove trees
       April 2, 2009 – bid date
       August 2009 – completion date

       Schedule Timeline for Eastern Wayne Middle School and Norwayne Middle School
       Funding for project to be approved by the Local Government Commission
       All dates are contingent upon Local Government Commission approval
       February 20, 2009 – construction design drawings completed
       March 17, 2009 – estimate scheduled to be completed
       March 22, 2009 – projects to be advertised
       April 21, 2009 – bid date
       April 29, 2009 – bids to be approved by Board of Education
       May 5, 2009 – bids to be approved by Board of Commissioners
       May 6, 2009 – Wayne County to submit package to Local Government Commission for
        approval
       June 2, 2009 – Local Government Commission meeting

                           Eastern Wayne Middle School Renovations
       Funding for project to be approved by the Local Government Commission
       Add new 2-story 20 classroom addition with a new administrative suite
       Renovation of building 200 (existing administration building)
       Site drainage improvements
       Connect new construction to existing buildings
       Create a front door to the school
       Improve and expand parent drop-off area and front parking lot
       Air condition gym and kitchen
       April 21, 2009 – bid date
       March 2011 – completion date

                             Norwayne Middle School Renovations
       Funding for project to be approved by the Local Government Commission
       Add new 2-story 24 classroom building (demolish buildings B & C)
       Renovate sixth grade classroom building (building E)
       Site drainage improvements
       Connect new construction to existing buildings
       Air condition gym and kitchen
       Upgrades in cafeteria
       April 21, 2009 – bid date
       April 2011 – completion date

        Wayne County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Auxiliary Services Sprunt
Hill reviewed the 2006 revised plan A of the five-year facilities plan. The estimated
construction cost is $105,148,420 and the estimated annual operating expense is $15,914,884.
Many projects are being done through performance contracting. Savings for modular
classrooms will be realized by demolishing one building at a time at Norwayne Middle School.
The modular classrooms at Eastern Wayne Middle School will be under one roof and have an
office and restrooms.

        County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated the availability of the lottery funds needs to
be confirmed prior to awarding the bids for the projects. The county needs to take ownership
of the properties in order to receive the sales tax credit. The County of Wayne would approve
all construction contracts. The Wayne County Public Schools need to take advantage of any
available economic stimulus monies for education.
       Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor stated the county’s
school capital debt is $1,098,000 for fiscal year 2009-2010 and decreases to $177,000 for fiscal
year 2010-2011.

        Wayne County Finance Director Pamela Holt stated the county sales tax revenue is
decreasing. The January-February 2009 sales tax revenue has decreased 21% over the same
period last year. The future economic forecast is unknown. The loss of sales tax affects
education, the fire departments and municipalities. Sales tax revenue will continue to drop.
The future of the lottery and ADM funds is unknown with the state diverting the quarterly
distributions to counties for the Public School Building Capital Fund, including the ADM funds
and the N.C. Education Lottery proceeds. Currently, the receipt of sales tax revenues is three
months behind. The debt payment would be due when the Local Government Commission
approves the application.

        County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated sales tax revenue figures are estimated to
decline an additional 5-10%. The county expects no more than 10-11% growth in property tax
values in the 2011 revaluation.

       Staff from the County of Wayne and Wayne County Public Schools will meet on March
4, 2009 to discuss the financing logistics for the renovation projects.

Discussion

        The Board of Commissioners discussed the financing for the renovations at the Wayne
County Public Schools. The Board of Commissioners expressed concern about the timeframe
for awarding the bids for renovations at Brogden Middle School, Greenwood Middle School
and Mount Olive Middle School. The Board of Commissioners was concerned about the drop
in the sales tax revenues and the amount of future sales tax monies, lottery funds and ADM
monies.

       County Manager W. Lee Smith, III stated on February 3, 2009 the Board of
Commissioners requested the Wayne County Planning Board consider the request to approve
and authorize the request for a letter of interest from the County of Wayne to the North
Carolina Division of Community Assistance supporting an application by John T. Bell for a
Community Development Block Grant for the Housing Development category in the amount of
$216,000 to develop, build and operate Rosewood Townes be sent to the Wayne County;
review the impact of the development on property taxes, roads, water and sewer; and for the
Wayne County Planning Board to make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

Board of Commissioners' Information

       The Board of Commissioners was advised of the following personnel changes:
        1. Social Services
           Name of Employee – Velvet Nixon
           Date of Employment – March 23, 2009
           Classification – CSSPA II, Full-time
           Salary – $75,685 per year
        2. Services on Aging
           Name of Employee – Sequita R. Holmes
           Date of Employment – February 10, 2009
           Classification – Certified Nursing Assistant, Part-time
           Salary – $8.18 per hour
        3. Health
           Name of Employee – Julian Martinez
           Date of Employment – March 2, 2009
           Classification – LPN II-TB, Full-time
           Salary – $26,425 per year
  4. Detention
     Name of Employee – Albert T. Anders, Jr.
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
  5. Social Services
     Name of Employee – Mary Charlene Morris
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Income Maintenance Administrator II, Full-time
     Salary – $65,418 per year
 6. Detention
     Name of Employee – Regina L. Williams
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer II, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
 7. Detention
     Name of Employee – Annie Daughety Brown
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer II, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
 8. Detention
     Name of Employee – Bridgette Brown James
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
 9. Detention
     Name of Employee – Taiwan Kesheika Miller
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Full-time
     Salary – $27,102 per year
10. Detention
     Name of Employee – Kathryn Elaine Doerr
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
11. Detention
     Name of Employee – Teresa R. Williams
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer II, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
12. Detention
     Name of Employee – Patti Jo Frederick-Enloe
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
13. Detention
     Name of Employee – Patrick L. Best
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
14. Detention
     Name of Employee – Lina M. Jones
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer II, Part-time
     Salary – $10.64 per hour
15. Detention
     Name of Employee – Hubert Curtis Hill, II
     Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
     Classification – Detention Officer I, Full-time
     Salary – $27,102 per year
16. Detention
    Name of Employee – William Arthur Highlander
    Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
    Classification – Detention Officer I, Full-time
    Salary – $27,102 per year
17. Detention
    Name of Employee – Devon Montavis Green
    Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
    Classification – Detention Officer I, Full-time
    Salary – $27,102 per year
18. Detention
    Name of Employee – Richard L. Carmack
    Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
    Classification – Detention Officer I, Full-time
    Salary – $27,102 per year
19. Social Services
    Name of Employee – Angela D. Floyd
    Date of Employment – February 23, 2009
    Classification – Social Worker II, Full-time
    Salary – $32,903 per year
20. 4-H
    Name of Employee – Debra McKinney
    Date of Employment – February 17, 2009
    Classification – 4-H After School Teacher, Part-time
    Salary – $8.00 per hour

								
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