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WAYNE COUNTY

      The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday,
March 17, 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.

        Planning Director Connie Price updated the Board of Commissioners on the activities of
the Wayne County Planning Board in establishing zoning along highway corridors in the
county.

Invocation

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

Pledge of Allegiance

       Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson 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 special sessions on February 19, 2009 and February 20, 2009 and
the minutes of the regular session of the Board of Commissioners on March 3, 2009 with
changes discussed in the earlier work session.

Introduction of Guest

        Dylan Quinn, an 11th grade student at Charles B. Aycock High School, stated he
interviewed Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson as part of a United States History class project.

Public Hearing – Requirements of the 2009 North Carolina Community Development
Block Grant Program-Talent Enhancement Demonstration Grant Category

       At 9:15 a.m., the Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to receive public
comments on the requirements of the 2009 North Carolina Community Development Block
Grant Program-Talent Enhancement Demonstration Grant category.

        C. David Harris with RSM Harris Associates, Inc. stated the County of Wayne intends
to apply for $75,000 in Community Development Block Grant assistance under the Talent
Enhancement Grant category. The funds will be used to partner with the East Carolina
University Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development to perform
feasibility studies and analyses to be used for the preparation of future Community
Development Block Grant applications. The funds will also be used to enhance the ability of
local staff in implementing Community Development Block Grant projects. The focus of the
grant for Wayne County will be housing, neighborhood improvement and economic
development. Training will be available for Wayne County staff from the Planning
Department, Finance Department and Wayne County Development Alliance. There is no
county match required. The application will be submitted to the North Carolina Office of Rural
Development Programs before March 31, 2009.
       No member of the public spoke.

       At 9:22 a.m., Chairman Roland M. Gray adjourned the public hearing.

Application for 2009 North Carolina Community Development Block Grant Program-
Talent Enhancement Demonstration Grant Category

       Upon motion of Vice-Chairman C. Munroe Best, Jr., the Board of Commissioners
approved and authorized a resolution authorizing the filing of an application in the amount of
$75,000 for the 2009 North Carolina Community Development Block Grant Program-Talent
Enhancement Demonstration Grant category to partner with the East Carolina University
Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development to perform feasibility studies
and analyses to be used for the preparation of future Community Development Block Grant
applications, attached hereto as Attachment A.

Discussion/Adjustment of Agenda

       Chairman Roland M. Gray adjusted the agenda by adding April is Child Abuse
Prevention Month Proclamation and Presentation to New Business and by adding Solid
Waste and Social Services budget amendments to the Consent Agenda.

Appointment – Wayne County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

      Upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously reappointed Ann Stackhouse to the Wayne County Nursing Home Community
Advisory Committee. Mrs. Stackhouse’s term will expire on April 14, 2012.

Appointment – Fremont Planning Board

       Upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously appointed Danny Tillman to the Fremont Planning Board. Mr. Tillman’s term
will expire on March 16, 2012.

Upcoming Appointments – Wayne County Planning Board

       Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson thanked Muriel Mereday for her service on the
Wayne County Planning Board. Mrs. Mereday recently resigned from the Wayne County
Planning Board due to family health reasons. The Appointment Committee tries to appoint
strong members to serve on county appointed boards and commissions. The Appointment
Committee discussed appointing the best qualified person to the Wayne County Planning Board
with consideration to diversity and residence. He requested the Board of Commissioners
forward names for consideration of appointment to the Wayne County Planning Board.

Board of Commissioners Committee Reports

        Commissioner J.D. Evans stated he attended the National Association of Counties
legislative conference. He gave the Board of Commissioners information he gathered at the
conference.

        Vice-Chairman C. Munroe Best, Jr. gave a history of the Highway 70 Corridor
Commission. Counties along US Highway 70 from Raleigh to Morehead City have worked
together to improve the highway. All of the MPOs along the corridor have listed US Highway
70 as the #1 priority.

        Chairman Roland M. Gray stated he attended the National Association of Counties
legislative conference. He is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering
Committee, which approved the following policies:
     NACo urges the United States Department of Agriculture to ban importation of
        livestock from countries with confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
        (BSE) and/or Foot and Mouth Disease.
      NACo supports federal incentives to encourage American agriculture to reduce
       greenhouse gases and opposes any attempt to impose a federal greenhouse gas tax on
       livestock.
      NACo supports a sensible and orderly guest worker program for farm workers that
       significantly simplifies administrative requirement for employers and provides
       temporary legal status and protections for migrant farm workers and the possibility of
       obtaining permanent legal residence in the United States.
      NACo supports the broad rural development policy objectives of the Rural
       Revitalization Act of 2009. However, the act’s transmission line and pipeline funding
       provisions must assure the protection of communities by incorporating the local
       planning process in the decision making process. This act makes significant investments
       in rural development priorities, including infrastructure projects, energy programs,
       housing assistance and rural health care.

       Commissioner John M. Bell stated John Chaffee will replace Al Delia as President/CEO
of North Carolina’s Eastern Region. Al Delia will be working for Governor Beverly Perdue.

        Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson stated Al Delia promised he would watch over
North Carolina’s Eastern Region. Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson stated he attended the
National Association of Counties legislative conference. As a member of the Aviation
Committee, he kept abreast of transportation issues, especially in rural areas. The guidelines
and policies for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are currently being formulated.
It appears rural areas will not get monies from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
directly, but would receive any monies through the state.

         Commissioner Steve Keen updated the Board of Commissioners on the Child Protective
Services program in the Department of Social Services, which 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 reported cases of children 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 the family. 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 welfare.

2009 Wayne County Single Family Rehabilitation Project

        C. David Harris with RSM Harris Associates, Inc. stated Wayne County received
$400,000 in Single Family Rehabilitation funds from the North Carolina Housing Finance
Agency for the rehabilitation of approximately ten owner-occupied homes in Wayne County
(excluding the City of Goldsboro). The funds are targeted towards houses with moderate
rehabilitation needs, not severely deteriorated houses. It is anticipated $20,000-40,000 will be
spent on each house. Since this is a new housing rehabilitation project, applicants will need to
complete a new application to be considered for the funds. The Wayne County Single Family
Rehabilitation project should last two years.

       Upon motion of Vice-Chairman C. Munroe Best, Jr., the Board of Commissioners
unanimously approved and authorized the following documents for the 2009 Wayne County
Single Family Rehabilitation Project through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency:
Financial Management Resolution, Grant Project Budget Ordinance, Assistance Policy,
Procurement and Disbursement Policy and Temporary Relocation Policy, attached hereto as
Attachment B.

2010 United States Census Presentation

       United States Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Constance Hyman updated the
Board of Commissioners on the 2010 Census.
        The United States Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The
goal of the 2010 Census is to count all residents living in the United States on April 1, 2010.
The 2010 Census asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own
or rent your home. It will take the average household about 10 minutes to complete.

       The United States Census Bureau will recruit nearly 3.8 million applicants for the 2010
Census field operations. Of these applicants, the Census Bureau will hire about 1.4 million
temporary employees. Beginning in April 2009, some of the employees will be using GPS-
equipped hand-held computers to update maps and ensure there is an accurate address list for
the mailing of the census questionnaires.

        State and local governments will work together with partners in the community to form
Complete Count Committees to promote the 2010 Census in their communities. The Complete
Count Committee is appointed by the highest elected officials to develop and implement a
locally based outreach and awareness campaign for the 2010 Census. The committee’s primary
focus is to promote the 2010 Census in a particular community and to ensure every resident in
the area is counted.

       In response to questions from Vice-Chairman C. Munroe Best, Jr., United States Census
Bureau Partnership Specialist Constance Hyman stated job applicants could go online to fill out
employment applications. She would provide more detailed information, which would be
placed on the County of Wayne’s website.

Criminal Justice Partnership Program Funding

        North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue is considering no longer funding the Criminal
Justice Partnership Program due to the shortfall in the State of North Carolina’s revenues.
Currently, the Wayne County Day Reporting Center receives $121,215 for contractual services,
operating costs and a portion of the salaries for the Director and Administrative Assistant. The
County of Wayne appropriates $24,301 for the remainder of the salaries and retirement. The
County of Wayne does pay all costs related to the Day Reporting Center up front and is
reimbursed by the State of North Carolina.

       The programs at the Day Reporting Center have saved Wayne County $1,200,173 in
incarceration costs this fiscal year. Wayne County has also saved $27,090 in jail fees. The
Day Reporting Center has a 50% success rate due to the substance abuse program and other
services. Day Reporting Center Director Theresa Barratt requested the Board of
Commissioners continue to fund the Day Reporting Center if the State of North Carolina does
not fund the Criminal Justice Partnership Program.

       Upon motion of Commissioner Steve Keen, the Board of Commissioners unanimously
approved and authorized a resolution be sent requesting the Wayne County Day Reporting
Center continue to receive funding from the State of North Carolina.

Wayne County ABC Board Resolution

        Wayne County ABC Board Business Manager Mike Myrick introduced the Wayne
County ABC Board members in attendance at the meeting. He commended the members for
working together. He stated the Program Evaluation Division recommended the allowance of
agency stores. The report from the Program Evaluation Division recommended the North
Carolina General Assembly should authorize the ABC Commission to require local ABC
boards to contract with an agency store (privately owned and operated retail outlet) to sell
liquor when performance standards indicate efficient operation of an ABC store by a board is
not possible. The recommendation for agency stores is focused on county ABC systems with
profits of less than 5% that are not already a part of a merged system or do not have municipal
systems. Agency stores would allow spirits to be sold in grocery stores, convenience stores and
pharmacies. ABC stores employ local citizens, who engage in responsible sales and would lose
their jobs if they sell to an underage or intoxicated patron. He further stated local voters did not
vote to allow spirits to be sold in private retail establishments, only through ABC boards. He
requested the Board of Commissioners adopt a resolution in support of spirit sales through
ABC stores and oppose agency stores.
       Upon motion of Commissioner Steve Keen, the Board of Commissioners unanimously
approved and authorized a resolution in support of the Wayne County ABC Board’s operation
of ABC stores and opposed agency stores, attached hereto as Attachment C.

Charles Wright Presentation

        Charles Wright presented statistics concerning the capacity and student population of
the Wayne County Public Schools in 2001-2002 and 2007-2008. According to his analysis
Goldsboro High School and feeder schools, Southern Wayne High School and feeder schools,
Eastern Wayne High School and feeder schools, Rosewood High School and feeder schools
were under capacity in 2007-2008. Charles B. Aycock High School and feeder schools and
Spring Creek High School and feeder schools were over capacity in 2007-2008. There were 88
students at Southern Academy and 99 students at Belfast Academy in 2007-2008. He stated the
loss of students in the central attendance area was a troubling pattern. He was concerned 16
Goldsboro High School students were unable to take advanced placement English, while 4
students from Spring Creek High School were able to take advanced placement English. He
cited an example of combining the schools in the central attendance area until 2017 until there
were no schools left in the central attendance area. He requested the Board of Commissioners
examine the population trends, rather than examining the specific number. He suggested a
magnet school in the central attendance area and visiting other school systems to learn what is
working for their students.

        Commissioner Sandra R. McCullen requested Charles Wright consider the diversity in
the School of Engineering and Wayne Early/Middle College High School for his report. The
information is available on line under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
website. The statistics for the pre-kindergarten programs were not included in his information.
The School of Engineering is projected to have 400 students in the future and is receiving visits
from officials across the nation. Wayne County Public Schools students have access to many
long distance learning opportunities on line.

       Commissioner John M. Bell thanked Charles Wright for providing the information and
expressed a desire for more citizens to be concerned about education in Wayne County.

        Commissioner Steve Keen commended Charles Wright for his time and efforts to
present the information as a concerned citizen to the Board of Commissioners. The Wayne
County Planning Department staff has developed a projected growth analysis for the residential
location of students in grades 1-12.

       Commissioner J.D. Evans stated the information enabled the Board of Commissioners
to make better decisions.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Presentation and Proclamation

        Stoney Blevins, Program Administrator for Adult and Children’s Services, updated the
Board of Commissioners on the Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in April to make the
public aware of the issue of child abuse in Wayne County. There will be a public event on
April 28, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse with Commissioner Steve Keen
welcoming the attendees. There were 417 reports cases of child abuse or neglect in Wayne
County in 2007-2008.

       Upon motion of Commissioner Sandra R. McCullen, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously proclaimed April 2009 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Wayne County,
attached hereto as Attachment D and requested the staff work on the outreach activities
throughout the month.
Consent Agenda

       Upon motion of Commissioner John M. Bell, the Board of Commissioners unanimously
approved and authorized the following items under the consent agenda:
   1. Established a public hearing on April 21, 2009 at 9:15 a.m. in the Commissioners
       Meeting Room in the Wayne County Courthouse Annex, 224 E. Walnut Street,
       Goldsboro, North Carolina to receive public comments on a request to change the name
       of SR 1504 from Moye Road to New Daniels Chapel Road
   2. Budget amendments
           a. Social Services
           b. Solid Waste
           c. Economic Development
           d. Social Services
           e. Solid Waste
           f. Social Services

Board of Commissioners Comments

        Commissioner J.D. Evans congratulated Brogden Primary School for receiving
$100,000 as part of the U.S. Cellular’s nationwide Calling All Communities campaign. He
invited everyone to attend the 2009 Wayne Minority Community Empowerment Forum on
March 28, 2009 at Mount Olive College. The theme of the forum is Health, Wealth and
Wisdom.

Closed Session

        At 10:52 a.m., upon motion of Commissioner Wilbur E. Anderson, the Board of
Commissioners unanimously declared itself in closed session to instruct the public body’s staff
or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body in
negotiating the price and other material terms of a contract or proposed contract for the
acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease; and to consult with an
attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client
privilege between the attorney and public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged.

      At 12:05 p.m., upon motion of Commissioner J. D. Evans, the Board of Commissioners
unanimously declared itself in regular session.

Board of Commissioners' Information

       The Board of Commissioners was advised of the following personnel changes:
        1. Social Services
           Name of Employee – Sharita Oates
           Date of Employment – March 1, 2009
           Classification – Social Worker II (work against Social Worker IAT), Full-time
           Salary – $32,903 per year
        2. Services on Aging
           Name of Employee – Letitia Spruill
           Date of Employment – February 24, 2009
           Classification – Certified Nursing Assistant, Part-time
           Salary – $8.18 per hour
        3. Services on Aging
           Name of Employee – Antonetta Bethea
           Date of Employment – February 24, 2009
           Classification – Certified Nursing Assistant, Part-time
           Salary – $8.18 per hour
        4. Health
           Name of Employee – Kimberly Sugg
           Date of Employment – March 2, 2009
           Classification – Administrative Assistant I, Part-time, Temporary
           Salary – $17.00 per hour
5. Health
   Name of Employee – Lisa Williams Johnson
   Date of Employment – April 1, 2009
   Classification – Public Health Nurse I, Full-time
   Salary – $40,017.92 per year

								
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