nHARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of Regular Meeting
March 16, 2009
The Harnett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March
16, 2009, in the Commissioners Meeting Room, County Administration Building, 102
East Front Street, Lillington, North Carolina.
Members present: Timothy B. McNeill, Chairman
Beatrice B. Hill, Vice Chairman
Dan B. Andrews
Staff present: Scott Sauer, County Manager
Dwight W. Snow, County Attorney
Kimberly Honeycutt, Interim Finance Officer
Kay S. Blanchard, Clerk to the Board
Chairman McNeill called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and Commissioner House led
the pledge of allegiance and prayer.
Commissioner House moved to approve the agenda as published with the deletion of item
7, update on Harnett Health System. Commissioner Andrews seconded the motion and it
Upon motion by Vice Chairman Hill and seconded by Commissioner Burgin, the Board
unanimously approved the following items on the consent agenda:
1. Minutes: Regular Meeting, March 2, 2009
2. Budget amendments:
251 Cooperative Extension – Incredible Years (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-7320-465.30-04 Professional Services 2,935 decrease
110-7320-465.12-00 Salaries & Wages Part-time 2,688 increase
110-7320-465.22-00 FICA Tax Expense 206 increase
110-7320-465.26-08 Worker’s Compensation 41 increase
252 Cooperative Extension – Child Care Resource & Referral (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-7301-465.11-00 Salaries & Wages 50 increase
110-7301-465.21-00 Group Insurance Expense 2,348 decrease
110-7301-465.22-00 FICA Tax Expense 10 increase
110-7301-465.23-00 Retirement 10 increase
110-7301-465.23-01 Supplemental Retirement 170 decrease
110-7301-465.41-11 Telecommunication & Postage 600 increase
110-7301-465.58-14 Travel 100 increase
110-7301-465.60-33 Materials & Supplies 1,548 increase
110-7301-465.60-47 Food & Provisions 200 increase
254 Interfund Transfer (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-8701-490.90-21 Interfund Transfer – Housing
Preservation 20,000 increase
110-0000-399.00-00 Fund Balance Appropriated 20,000 increase
255 Public Utilities (Fund 531-HCDPU)
Code 531-9000-431.12-00 Admin/CSR/Meter Services –
Salaries & Wages Part-time 20,000 decrease
531-9020-431.44-21 Distribution – Salaries & Wages
Part-time 120 increase
531-9025-431.12-00 Wastewater Treatment – Building
& Equipment Rent 19,880 increase
257 Sheriff’s Department Grants (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-5103-420.74-83 E. Byrne Memorial Justice Asst. 11,476 increase
110-0000-331.51-13 E. Byrne Memorial Justice Asst. 10,432 increase
110-0000-399.00-00 Fund Balance Appropriated 1,044 increase
258 Health (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-0000-345.18-00 Environmental Health Fees 132,000 decrease
110-0000-345.17-00 Home Health Fees 134,000 increase
110-0000-345.30-01 Food & Lodging Fees 3,000 increase
110-0000-345.16-00 Family Planning Fees 5,000 decrease
259 Board of Elections (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-0000-331.43-01 Help America Vote 16,307 increase
110-0000-399.00-00 Fund Balance Appropriated 16,307 decrease
261 Abandoned Manugactured Home (Fund 245-Abandoned
Code 245-8405-465.11-00 Salaries & Wages 1,017 increase
245-8405-465.23-00 Retirement 52 increase
245-8405-465.23-01 Supplemental Retirement 11 increase
245-0000-399.00-00 Fund Balance Appropriated 1,080 increase
262 Library (Fund 110-General)
Code 110-8100-450.60-33 Materials & Supplies 18,200 increase
110-0000-334.81-05 Staying Connected 18,200 increase
3. Tax refunds and releases (Attachment 1)
4. Five resolutions to add roads to state system (Attachment 2)
5. One year lease agreements for two solid waste container sites:
A. Ralph and Margaret Mangum, Johnsonville Container Site $1,900.00
B. Raul Aquirre Berduzco, Mamers Container Site $1,900.00
6. Harnett Regional Jetport items:
A. Change Order No. 1 for new fencing associated with new hangar and
relocation of the access road.
B. Work Authorization 2701-0701 (amendment 3) for the design and
construction administration regarding installation of the new fence for the
hangar, design of access road and drainage requirements.
7. Authorization for Library to participate in the Opportunity Online Hardware Grant
Program funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Harnett County is eligible to
receive $20,150.00 for 12 computers in the following libraries:
Anderson Creek Public Library 3
Angier Public Library 2
Coats Public Library 2
Dunn Public Library 5
This program consists of Phase 1 (2009) and Phase 2 (2010). First phase funds to be
received are $18,200.00 with a local match of 25% ($4,550.000). The second phase of
the project funds to be received are $13,000.00 with a 50% local match ($6,500.00).
8. Authorize application for continuation of implementation funding from the Criminal
Justice Partnership Grant from the North Carolina Department of Correction, Division of
Community Corrections. This program provides services to sentenced offenders,
including GED classes, Life Skill classes and Drug Counseling. The total grant award
amount is $104,603.00 and requires a 34% match.
9. Authorization for the Sheriff’s Department to accept ten printers from the North
Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. The printers were purchased with funds
awarded from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant which was awarded to the
Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to be distributed to agencies participating in
the e-citation program. The printers include car adapters, USB cables, batteries, cleaning
kits and two ink cartridges.
10. Contract agreements between Harnett Area Rural Transit System (HARTS) and First
Choice Community Health Centers; and with Criminal Justice Partnership Program to
provide transportation services for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
11. Adoption of Appendix E to Harnett County’s Comprehensive Solid Waste
Management Plan. The purpose of this attachment to the Solid Waste Plan is to comply
with House Bill 1134 in an effort to secure grant funding for the county’s Abandoned
Manufactured Home Planning Initiative (AMPI). (Attachment 3)
12. Authorization for Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) to accept a laptop
computer and a deskjet printer from the North Carolina Department of Insurance. This
donation is part of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program and will be used
for Medicare counseling.
13. Project Ordinances associated with 2009 COPS issuance for the following school
facilities projects: (Attachment 4)
Boone Trail Elementary School
Johnsonville Elementary School
Highland Elementary School Gym
Harnett Central High School
14. Water Capacity Agreement Amendment to existing 2006 water capacity agreement
with Johnston County. This amendment increases Johnston County’s capacity purchase
in the Harnett County Regional Water Treatment Plant from two million gallons per day
to 2.5 million gallons per day at an additional cost of $875,000.00.
15. Agreement with Excel Moving Company for moving furniture, equipment and
records to the new law enforcement and detention facility located at 175 Bain Street.
Price quotes were requested from four companies. Two companies replied. After
discussing the needs of the county with both companies, Excel Moving was determined
to be the best choice. Excel Moving Company’s bid was $13,159.00.
16. Lease of twelve computers for the new law enforcement and detention facility. The
total quote amount from Dell is $3,389.00.
In the informal comments portion of the meeting several citizens discussed the property
revaluation and the effects of the current economy. Those providing comments were:
Frances Avery, 2150 Crawford Rd.,Coats
Charles Adams, 2171 Keith Hills Rd., Buies Creek
Max Eller, Keith Hills Rd., 936 Buies Creek
Bill Johnson, 211 East Front St., Lillington
Jim Aycock, 919 Keith Hills Rd., Buies Creek
Bobby Lockamy, 2368 Mathews Mill Pond Rd., Angier
The Commissioners expressed their concern as well and encouraged the citizens to send
in the appeal form at the bottom of their revaluation notice so they will have an
opportunity to meet with the Board of Equalization and Review. Chairman McNeill
asked citizens to contact State representatives and urge them not to place unfunded
mandates on counties.
Commissioner House moved for the appointments listed below. Vice Chairman Hill
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously
Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee
Perva A. Brown, nominated by Vice Chairman Hill
Board of Equalization and Review
Robert E. Doberstein, Thomas Moore, Howard Penny Jr., Carnell Robinson
All nominated by Commissioner Andrews
Board of Health
Suzanne Harper Swygert, nominated by Commissioner Andrews
One-On-One Advisory Board
Brenda Boykins, Patricia McKoy, Rene’ Mitchell, Shanika Weeks, Claudette Willimas
and John Woods
All nominated by Commissioner House
Historic Properties Commission
Donna Johnson, nominated by Commissioner Andrews
Clint Williams, E-911 Operations Administrator, presented proposed road names for the
purpose of Enhanced 911. Chairman McNeill called to order a public hearing and
opened the meeting for comments from the public. No comments were offered and
Chairman McNeill closed the public hearing. Commissioner Andrews moved to approve
all the road names as presented. Commissioner Burgin seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. (Attachment 5)
Ralph Thurman, Transit Services Manager, noted that a public hearing is required by
State and Federal regulations to allow input from Harnett County residents regarding the
Community Transportation Program for FY 2009-2010. Mr. Thurman described the
transportation services offered that are funded by this grant.
Total estimated amount requested for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010:
Administrative $287,883.00 local share: $43,182.00 (15%)
Capital-vehicles and other 200,059.00 local share: $20,006 (10%)
& regional systems
TOTAL $487,942.00 local share: $63,188.00.
Chairman McNeill called to order a public hearing on the matter and opened the meeting
for comments from the public. The following citizens thanked the County and praised
the program as it is used to transport disabled adults.
1. Bonnie Larch, Buies Creek
2. Donald Pleasant, Coats
3. Betty Darroch, Bunnlevel
There being no further comments, Chairman McNeill closed the public hearing. No
action is required from the Board at this time.
Mark Locklear, Manager, Planning Services, presented a proposal for a 180 day
moratorium for all unzoned properties located within the boundaries of Stewart’s Creek
Township. The Board of Commissioners, at its regular meeting February 16, 2009,
instructed the Planning staff to file a petition to zone any unzoned parcels of land in
Stewart’s Creek Township. The proposed moratorium shall apply to all applications for
non-residential permits, requests for approval of minor subdivisions, requests for
preliminary plats for major subdivisions and requests for manufactured home parks in
unzoned areas pursuant to the petition. Chairman McNeill called to order a public
hearing on the matter and opened the meeting for comments from the public. Comments
were received from the following:
1. David McRae, attorney representing Kasdy Dawoud, asked for an exemption from the
moratorium. Mr. Dawoud filed an application for a land use permit February 16th.
2. Kasdy Dawoud asked for consideration by the Board for his project.
There being no further comments, Chairman McNeill closed the public hearing.
Commissioner House moved to adopt the ordinance allowing a moratorium with an
exemption for Mr. Kasdy. Commissioner Burgin seconded the motion and it failed 2 to
3. Chairman McNeill moved to adopt an ordinance allowing a moratorium as presented.
Commissioner Andrews seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Andrews moved to remove the previous moratorium. Vice Chairman Hill
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. (Attachment 6)
Nathan Coyle, Ramsay, Burgin, Smith Architects, Inc., presented an update on the status
of the Western Harnett Library plans. The planned library will be located in the Western
Harnett Industrial Park. Mr. Coyle noted that there is a very good bid market right now.
Construction contractors are looking for work.
Elizabeth Crudup, Harnett Historical Association, reported on property located on the
Overhills’ Estate now owned by the military. Ms. Crudup asked the Board to enter into a
memorandum of understanding with Harnett Historical Association to manage a proposed
project to move buildings onto property owned by the County. The Harnett Historical
Association is not affiliated with Harnett County government. Commissioner Andrews
moved to table the matter. Vice Chairman Hill seconded the motion and it passed
Johnson Tilghman, Chairman, Harnett Forward Together Committee, presented a
resolution that was adopted by the HFTC requesting that the Board of Commissioners
hold a special election to allow the citizens of Anderson Creek Township and Barbecue
Township to vote on allowance of mixed beverage sales in those townships. Others who
spoke in support of calling for a referendum were:
David Levinson, 15 Old Pine Court, Anderson Creek Club
James McCormick, 713 McCormick Road
Gary Stimely, 110 Inner Circle, Anderson Creek Club
Mary Jane Bartley, Ross Road, Erwin, real estate broker for Anderson Creek Club
Chairman McNeill moved to adopt a resolution calling for a special election on mixed
beverages sales in Anderson Creek and Barbecue Townships. Vice Chairman Hill
seconded the motion. After comments from County Attorney Dwight Snow, Chairman
McNeill added to his motion “contingent upon adhering to N.C. State Statutes.” Vice
Chairman Hill seconded and the motion and it passed unanimously. (Attachment 7)
Departmental reports were filed with the Board from the Planning Department, Health
Department and Veterans Service.
County Manager Scott Sauer announced that N.C. Department of Transportation will
hold its Spring 2009 Litter Sweep Roadside Cleanup, April 18th – May 2nd.
Mr. Sauer noted that Skinner Lamm & Highsmith, architects who designed the Harnett
County Courthouse, won a merit award in the 2009 American Institute design
competition. The judges said the project was well designed to solve the problems
inherent in courthouse projects, particularly due to the various functions a courthouse has
Mr. Sauer recommended for the Board’s consideration, a proposal to offer employment to
Sylvia S. Blinson as finance officer. Commissioner Andrews moved to approve a
Memorandum of Understanding between Sylvia S. Blinson and County of Harnett which
establishes the conditions of employment. Vice Chairman Hill seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously. Ms. Blinson will begin employment as Harnett County Finance
Director on April 20, 2009.
There being no further business, Chairman McNeill recessed the meeting until Tuesday,
March 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.