STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                               )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                    )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                              )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                                                    )                    APRIL 10, 2006

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for regular scheduled session at the Rock House Ruritan Club located at 2889 HWY #268 in Pinnacle, North Carolina on Monday, April 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm with the following members present:

 

                                                Chairman Leon Inman

                                                                Vice-Chairman Joe Turpin

Commissioner Sandy McHugh

Commissioner John Turpin

                                                                Commissioner Jimmy Walker

 

                                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                                Clerk to the Board/Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins

                                                                County Attorney Jonathan Jordan

                                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                                DSS Director Jan Spencer

                                                Support Services Supervisor Danny Stovall

                                                Emergency Communications Director Del Hall

                                                Emergency Services Director Monty Stevens

 

Chairman Leon Inman called the meeting to order.

 

Chairman Inman delivered the invocation.

 

Chairman Inman expressed the Board’s appreciation to Rock House Ruritan Club for inviting the Board to hold their meeting back in the Double Creek area.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT –GOVERNING BODY-APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve or amend the minutes of the March 20th, March 22nd, and March 27th  meetings. 

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins requested the correction in the spelling of the Walnut Cove Town Attorney’s last name –

which should be Berger instead of Burger.

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin moved to approve the minutes of the March 20th,  March 22nd, and March 27th meetings as amended. 

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

The following spoke during public comments:

 

Ms. Donna Sutton

PO Box 687

Pilot Mountain, NC  27041

RE:  Rock House Ruritan Dedication

 

Ms. Sutton welcomed the Board and thanked the Board for holding their meeting at Rock House Ruritan Club.  Ms. Sutton invited the Board to the following to be held at building:

Breakfast on April 22nd (6:00am to 11:00am) to raise funding for those in need in the community and official dedication for the new facility on May 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES – PROCLAMATION-NAMING APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

 

DSS Director Jan Spencer presented the proposed Proclamation naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month:

 

                                      CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

 

Whereas, child maltreatment occurs when parents find themselves in stressful situations without community resources and unable to cope;

 

Whereas, 869 children were reported as allegedly abused and neglected in Stokes County in 2005;

 

Whereas, 139 children were substantiated as abused or neglected in Stokes County in 2005;

 

Whereas, the majority of child maltreatment cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community;

 

Whereas, the effects of child maltreatment are felt by whole communities, and need to be addressed by the entire community;

 

Whereas, effective child maltreatment prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community;

 

Therefore, we, the Commissioners of Stokes County, North Carolina do hereby proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Stokes County and call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to prevent child maltreatment and strengthen the communities in which we live.

 

Adopted this 10th of April 2006. 

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

J. Leon Inman - Chairman                                         Joe Turpin – Vice Chairman

 

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

Sandy McHugh - Commissioner                               John Turpin - Commissioner

 

 

________________________________                      Attest:

Jimmy Walker - Commissioner                                                       

                                                                                                              _______________________________

                                                                                                              Darlene M. Bullins-Clerk to the Board

 

 

Director Spencer noted the following:

 

·         869 children were reported allegedly abused and neglected in Stokes County in 2005

·         139 children were substantiated as abuse or neglected in Stokes County in 2005

·         93% of the reported children were able to stay at home with their parents which results in fewer going into foster care

·         New program “Multiple Response” Program

 

Director Spencer concluded by presenting Board members with a handout detailing the new Multiple Response Program.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve the Proclamation naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin moved to approve the Proclamation naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – E-911 – BACK-UP –CONSOLE UPGRADE FOR KING LOCATION

 

Support Services Supervisor Danny Stovall presented the following two options from RCS Communications for Orbacom radio equipment to upgrade our back-up console positions located at the King Police Department:

 

Option #1 is for a TDM-25/2 communication console system composed of one (1) 14-card central processor package configured to provide no future expansion slots and two (2) video enhanced CRT-based desktop console positions. Equipment will be installed on County provided furniture.

 

14-Card Cabinet           $49,620.00

System Spares                   1,837.92

Option B Install        731.42

Total                                  $52,189.34

 

Option #2 is for a TDM-25/2 communication console system composed of one (1) 20-card central processor package configured to provide six (6) expansion slots for growth and two (2) video enhanced CRT-based desktop console positions. Equipment will be installed on County provided furniture.  

 

20-Card Cabinet           $56,065.00

System Spares                   1,837.92

Option B Install                     731.42

Total                                  $58,634.34

 

Mr. Stovall expressed the following regarding the submitted options:

 

·         Option I will provide no future expansion

·         Option II will provide six (6) expansion slots for growth

·         E911 Fund has $60,000 budgeted to cover these costs


Mr. Stovall also noted that connection to existing radio equipment located at the

 

King water tower will be connected via a leased T1 landline from Alltel.  The cost for the T1 is as follows:

               

·         T1 installation charge of $700

·         a monthly charge of $250.  

 

Mr. Stovall represented the following information due to upgrading the existing radio communications equipment that should be purchased through one vendor to ensure compatibility and to reduce risk and to ensure adequate supportability of the system components:

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Communications Director Del Hall and Mr. Stovall confirmed the need for Option II which will provide expansion slots for future growth.

 

The Board discussed the pros and cons of each option.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve Option II for a TDM-25/2 communication console system composed of one (1) 20-card central processor package configured to provide six (6) expansion slots for growth and two (2) video enhanced CRT-based desktop console positions. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION – FINANCING CAPITAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

 

Support Services Supervisor Danny Stovall presented the following proposals for financing the capital vehicle purchases, which were accepted until 5:00 pm, Monday, April 3, 2006:

 

·         RBC Centura - 3.78%

·         First Citizens - 3.87%

·         Sun Trust - 3.92%

·         BB&T – 3.97%

·         Southern Community – 5.375%

·         LSB – 5.69%

·         Wachovia – no bid

·         Ashford Capital – no bid

 

Mr. Stovall noted the following equipment will be purchased with the Installment Purchase Agreement, which is for three (3) years with the first payment being April 2007:

 

·         Sheriff Department Vehicles - $147,006

·         EMS Ambulance - $107,980.00

·         Bookmobile - $39,878.00

·         Total $294,864.00

 

Mr. Stovall discussed the presented chart:

 

Company

Ranking

Fixed Rate

Finance

Annual Payment

Interest

Bank

Payback

 

 

 

Amount

Amount

Paid

Charges

Amount

RBC Centura

1

3.78%

294,864.00

105,810.45

22,567.35

100.00

317,531.35

First Citizens

2

3.87%

294,864.00

105,991.75

23,111.25

300.00

318,275.25

Sun Trust

3

3.92%

294,864.00

106,083.61

23,386.83

0

318,250.83

BB&T

4

3.97%

294,864.00

106,193.32

23,715.96

0

318,579.96

Southern Community

5

5.375%

294,864.00

109,190.10

32,992.18

250.00

327,820.30

LSB

6

5.69%

294,864.00

109,679.40

34,174.20

0

329,038.20

Wachovia

 

No Bid

 

 

 

 

 

Ashford Capital

 

No Bid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Stovall recommended RBC Centura’s proposal, which reflected the lowest, fixed rate of 3.78%.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion regarding the financing proposals submitted by Mr. Stovall.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to accept the bid from RBC Centura. 

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Stovall presented the proposed Resolution Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of an Installment Financing Contract in the Amount of $294,864 with RBC Centura Bank to Finance the Acquisition of Certain Equipment for Use by the County of Stokes, North Carolina, Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of Related Instruments, and Determining Other Matters in Connection Therewith. 

 

Mr. Stovall noted that in Section 2 – page 2 the Authorized Officer would be the Support Services Supervisor instead of the

Interim County Manager due to the Clerk to Board who is serving as Interim can not certify and execute the document.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve the submitted Resolution.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve the Resolution Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of an Installment Financing Contract. 

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION- PROPOSED ADDENDUM TO LEASE FOR THE KING PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented the proposed Addendum to Contract with the City of King for an extension of the Lease for the King Public Library.

 

Interim Manager Bullins noted the following regarding the proposed Addendum to the Contract:

 

·         Contract expired August 15, 2005 with a ten year renewal

·         City of King wishes to extend the lease until August 15, 2015

·         No changes from the original contract except for the ten year extension

·         City of King approved unanimously to extend the lease at their

March 6, 2006 meeting

·         Currently, the County leases the building from the City of King

·         County currently provides liability insurance on the building

·         County Attorney Jonathan Jordan reviewed and approved the proposed

Addendum to the Contract

 

The Board discussed the proposed Addendum to the Lease.

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to approve the proposed Addendum to the Lease with the City of King for the King Public Library. 

 

Commissioner Walker seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

 

(a copy of the approved Addendum to the Lease will be retained by the County Attorney, Support Services Supervisor and Clerk to the Board)

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – RONALD WILSON REAGAN MEMORIAL BUILDING SIGNAGE – CONTINUATION

 

Support Services Supervisor Danny Stovall presented several photos for the Board‘s consideration regarding signage for the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building.

 

The Board discussed different options submitted by Mr. Stovall.  Mr. Stovall noted various prices for plastic and cast aluminum lettering, which ranged from small lettering starting at approximately $500 to larger lettering from $1100 to $1500. 

 

Interim County Manager Bullins noted that there was $615.87 available funding, which includes no county funding.

 

The Board directed Mr. Stovall to obtain actual cost for plastic and cast aluminum lettering for the Board’s consideration. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin noted that once lettering cost was determined, additional funding could probably be secured for the project without the use of any County funding.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT- BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #86

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards requested the approval of Budget Ordinance Amendment #86, which is necessary to amend the General Fund to transfer funds to provide four (4) additional pagers and to cover shortage in rental of equipment.  The appropriations are to be changed as follows: 

 

 

Account

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Number

 

 Decrease

 

 Increase

 

Sheriff’s Department

 

 

 

100.4310.260

Departmental Supplies

$1,500.00

 

 

100.4310.430

Rental of Equipment

 

 

$1,500.00

 

 

$1,500.00

 

$1,500.00

 

This will result in a net increase of $00 in the appropriations of the General Fund.  

 

Finance Director Edwards noted that the following justification of the budget ordinance amendment for fiscal year 2005-06:

 

·         Sheriff requested these funds to be transferred within his budget

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment  #86.

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin moved to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment #86.

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION - BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #87

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards requested the approval of Budget Ordinance Amendment #87, which is necessary to amend the General Fund to correct revenue source due to the reduction of Mental health space at the Community Service Building.  The appropriations are to be as follows: 

 

This will result in a net increase of $00.00 in the appropriations of the General Fund.

 

Account

REVENUES

 

 

 

Number

 

 Decrease

 

 Increase

100.3834.001

Mental Health Rent

$22,728.00

 

 

100.3234.000

½ cent Sales Tax Article 44

 

 

$22,728.00

 

 

$22,728.00

 

$22,728.00

 

Finance Director Edwards noted that the following justification of the budget ordinance amendment for fiscal year 2005-06:

 

·         Reallocate revenue source

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment  #87.

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment #87.

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

 

Clerk to the Board Bullins noted that possible funding could be received from CenterPoint due to indication

that the space would be utilized for mental health services. 

 

Chairman Inman requested information regarding the available space currently at the Community Services Building.  Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins presented Board members with a diagram, which reflected 1890 sq. ft of available space (8-9 offices).

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin questioned EMS Director Monty Stevens if EMS could possibly occupy the space. 

 

Director Stevens noted that he was not aware of the vacant space and would need to tour the facility.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES- BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #88

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards requested the approval of Budget Ordinance Amendment #88, which is necessary to amend the General Fund and Capital Reserve Fund to transfer funding for six (6) ALS transport ventilators due to the American Heart Association changes and transfer funds within the department for the remainder of the fiscal

year.  The appropriations are to be changed as follows: 

 

Account Number

EXPENDITURES

 Decrease

 

 Increase

 

Emergency Medical Services

 

 

 

100.4370.291

Uniforms

$8,000.00

 

 

100.4370.321

Postage

$5,000.00

 

 

100.4370.351

Maint. & Repairs – Auto

 

 

$11,500.00

100.4370.260

Departmental Supplies

 

 

$1,500.00

100.4370.511

Equipment- Non Capitalized

$10,300.00

 

 

100.9820.960

Transfer to Capital Reserve

 

 

$10,300.00

 

 

$23,300.00

 

  $23,300.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Reserve Fund

 

 

 

201.4370.001

EMS

 

 

$10,300.00

 

This will result in a net increase of $10,300.00 in the appropriations of the Capital Reserve Fund.  To provide the additional revenue for the above, the following revenues will be increased.

 

Account

REVENUES

 

 

 

Number

 

 Decrease

 

 Increase

201.3981.000

Transfer from General Fund

 

 

$10,300.00

 

 

 

 

$10,300.00

 

Finance Director Edwards noted that the following justification of the budget ordinance amendment for fiscal year 2005-06:

 

·         Emergency Medical Services Director requested the funds to be transferred due to expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year and to transfer funds to Capital Reserve to purchase ventilator after the changes from the American Health Association.

 

Emergency Services Director Monty Stevens reiterated the need to hold off on purchasing this equipment until later the American Heart Association finalized their changes.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment  #88.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment #88.

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – E911- BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #89

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards requested the approval of Budget Ordinance Amendment #89, which is necessary to amend the Grant Fund to appropriate HRSA Grant for radio equipment that will allow us to become part of the NC Medical Communications Network. The appropriations are to be changed as follows: 

 

Account

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Number

 

 Decrease

 

 Increase

203.4330.511

Equipment – Non Capitalized

 

 

$22,066.00

 

 

 

 

$22,066.00

 

This will result in a net increase of $22,066.00 in the appropriations of the Grant Fund.  

To provide the additional revenue for the above, the following revenues will be increased.

 

Account

REVENUES

 

 

 

Number

 

 Decrease

 

 Increase

203.3301.011

HRSA Grant

 

 

$22,066.00

 

 

 

 

$22,066.00

 

Finance Director Edwards noted that the following justification of the budget ordinance amendment for fiscal year 2005-06:

 

·         Stokes County has been awarded $22,066 from the HRSA Grant to purchase radios to make Stokes County part of the NC Medical Communications Network.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment  #89.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve Budget Ordinance Amendment #89.

 

Commissioner John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – PLANNING BOARD – BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT – APPOINTMENT

 

Chairman Inman noted the vacancy for an alternate member to serve on the Stokes County Planning – Board of Adjustment. 

 

There were no nominations. 

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins noted that the vacancy was advertised on the County’s web site.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – NORTHWEST PIEDMONT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin moved to appoint Economic Development Director Ron Morgan to serve on the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board.  (Mr. Morgan was nominated at the March 27th meeting)  

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner John Turpin presented the name of John Robertson for the business representative to serve on the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board.  Mr. Robertson is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker who resides in King. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin nominated Mr. Robertson to serve as the business representative on the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board. 

 

Mr. Robertson can be considered at  the April 24th meeting.

               

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – STOKES COUNTY ADULT CARE HOME COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Chairman Inman noted the vacancy on the Stokes County Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. 

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins noted that the vacancy had been placed on the County’s website.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 06/07 BUDGET CALENDAR

                 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins informed the Board that the approved June 13th budget work session which included meeting with the Board of Education at 6:00 pm would not work due to Dr. Larry Cartner –Superintendent being out of town the week of June 12th.

 

Dr. Cartner had suggested possibly considering Monday, June 19th at 4:00pm.

 

The Board discussed the suggested date.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to reschedule the starting time of the budget  work session scheduled for June 19th to 4:00pm which would include meeting with the Board of Education.

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to reschedule the starting time of the budget work session on June 19th to 4:00pm, which would include meeting with the Board of Education.

 

Chairman Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – CELL PHONE POLICY REVISION

 

County Attorney Jonathan Jordan noted that the revision to the cell phone policy regarding the use of a cell phone while driving a county car would be presented at the April 24th meeting for the Board’s consideration.

 

Commissioner John Turpin noted the need to include in the revision no use of a county cell phone or a private cell phone.  Interim County Manager Bullins requested the Board’s direction regarding using a speaker phone, earphone, etc.

 

After discussion of the issue, the Board directed County Attorney Jordan to include in the policy the use of no cell phone (private or county), speaker cell phone, earphone device, etc. while operating a county vehicle and return the revised policy along with an addition to the county’s personnel policy to the Board at the April 24th meeting.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT- GOVERNING BODY- PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN

SUPPORT OF STATE ASSUMPTION OF COUNTY SHARE OF MEDICAID

 

                Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented as requested the following

 

proposed Resolution in Support of State Assumption of County Share of Medicaid:

 

Resolution in Support of

 Assumption of County Share of Medicaid

 

WHEREAS, Stokes County is estimated to pay over two million dollars ($2,000,000) of its expenditures for services to Medicaid eligible citizens for fiscal year 2005-06; and

 

WHEREAS, the county’s share of Medicaid reimbursements has increased over seventy two (72%) percent in the last six (6) years and totaled one million, seven hundred forty-five, nine hundred seventy, and 00/100 ($1,745,970.00) dollars during the 2004-05 fiscal year; and

 

WHEREAS, North Carolina is the only state in the nation that requires counties to pay a share of all Medicaid service costs; and

 

WHEREAS, Medicaid reimbursements consumed 6.6 cents of the county’s ad valorem tax rate during the 2004-05 fiscal year and is estimated to consume 6.5 cents of the county’s ad valorem tax rate during the 2005-06 fiscal year which was a revaluation year; and

 

WHEREAS, Stokes County has presented Resolutions in 2003, 2004, and 2005 urging the North Carolina General Assembly to provide immediate Medicaid relief to all counties in North Carolina: and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Stokes County Board of Commissioners support House Bill 316 (attached) which will phase out the County share of the nonfederal share of medical assistance program costs.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Governor’s Office, all members of the General Assembly, and all other County Commissioners.

 

Adopted by the Stokes County Board of Commissioner this 10th day of April 2006.

 

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

J. Leon Inman - Chairman                                         Joe Turpin – Vice Chairman

 

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

Sandy McHugh - Commissioner                              John Turpin - Commissioner

 

 

________________________________                      Attest:

Jimmy Walker - Commissioner                                                       

                                                                                                           _______________________________

                                                                                                           Darlene M. Bullins-Clerk to the Board

 

Exhibit:  House Bill 316

 

 

Commissioner McHugh noted the need for the word “State” to be included in the title.

 

The Board discussed the proposed Resolution.

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins presented Board members a copy of an approved Resolution from Sampson County, which urges Commissioners to support Medicaid Relieve by allowing the State to take away the Article 39 Sales Tax Revenue in return for no further county allocation for Medicaid. 

 

The Board discussed the approved Resolution from Sampson County and the effects of Stokes County loosing Article 39 Sales Tax Revenue.

 

Chairman Inman noted the House Bill 316 submitted by Representative Holloway which will phase out the County share of the nonfederal share of medical assistance program with no elimination of Article 39 Sales Tax Revenue.

 

Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve the submitted Resolution in Support of State Assumption of County Share of Medicaid.

 

Commissioner McHugh moved to approve the submitted Resolution in Support of State Assumption of County Share of Medicaid as amended. 

 

Commissioner Walker seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF AND REQUEST ADOPTION OF THE FIRST LEVEL COMMITMENT EXAMINATION WAIVER PROJECT

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented as requested the proposed  Resolution in Support of and Request Adoption of the First Level Commitment Examination Waiver Project for the Board’s consideration:

 

Resolution in Support of

 and

Request Adoption of the

First Level Commitment Examination Waiver Project

 

WHEREAS, in 2003, the NC Legislature enacted HB 883 (attached) which authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the requirements of G.S. 122C-261 through G.S. 122C-263 and G.S. 122C-281 pertaining to initial (first level) examinations by a physician or eligible psychologist of persons meeting the criteria of G.S. 122C-261(a) or G.S. 122C-281 (a); and

 

WHEREAS, the bill permits specially trained Master’s Level Psychiatric Nurses, Master’s Level Certified Clinical Addiction Specialists and Master’s Level Licensed Clinical Social Workers to render first opinion on Petitions for Involuntary Commitments originating from the Magistrate’s Office; and

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of this project is to improve access for consumers in need of first level commitment examinations in rural counties, and reduce wait time for Law Enforcement Officers, among others; and

 

WHEREAS, CenterPoint Human Services has implemented the project; and

 

WHEREAS, providers and their staff have been performing First Opinion Waivers in Stokes County; and

 

WHEREAS, improved access time for consumers who are in need of first level examinations has been realized; and

 

WHEREAS, reduce wait time for Law Enforcement Officers has been realized; and

 

WHEREAS, HB 883 is the most effective means for rendering initial (first level) examinations for consumers in rural areas.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Stokes County Board of Commissioners request the permanent implementation HB 883 into the statute, waiving the requirements outlined above and pertaining to initial (first level) examinations by a physician or eligible psychologist and permitting specially trained Master’s Level Psychiatric Nurses, Master’s Level Certified Clinical Addiction Specialists and Master’s Level Licensed Clinical Social Workers to render first opinion on Petitions for Involuntary Commitments; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Governor’s Office, Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on MH/DD/SAS, Stokes County Legislators, CenterPoint Human Services CEO, CenterPoint Human Services-Board Chairman, Consumer and Family Advisory Committee-Chair, Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom, State Director, MH/DD/SAS along with all counties that are currently participating in the First Level Commitment Examination Wavier Pilot Program.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the Stokes County Board of Commissioner this the 10th day of April 2006.

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

J. Leon Inman                                                                        Joe Turpin
Chairman                                                                    Vice Chairman

 

________________________________                    _____________________________

Sandy McHugh                                                          John Turpin

Commissioner                                                                        Commissioner

 

________________________________                   

Jimmy Walker                                                                      

Commissioner                                                           

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

____________________________

Darlene M. Bullins

Clerk to the Board

 

Exhibit:  House Bill 883

 

 

The Board discussed the proposed Resolution in support of the First Level Commitment Examination Waiver Project.  Commissioner McHugh reiterated the need for this program, which saves county funding and reduces wait time for Local Law Enforcement Officers.

 

Commissioner McHugh move to approve the submitted Resolution in Support of and Request Adoption of the First Level Commitment Examination Waiver Project. 

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

CEO Betty Taylor requested that the Board be informed that in preparation for the 06/07 fiscal year, CenterPoint will be issuing RFPs for all services including pharmacy in Stokes County.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – PROPOSED MEETING WITH STOKES HEALTH SERVICES ALLIANCE

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented the following dates for the Board’s consideration to meeting in special session with the Stokes Health SERVICES Alliance:

 

·         Tuesday, April 25th

·         Monday, May 1st

·         Tuesday, May 2nd

 

There were conflicts with the submitted dates. 

 

The Board directed the Clerk to contact to the Alliance for a later date in May for the special session and return to the

Board.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION – USE OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins notified the Board that the individual who had requested to use the Old Courthouse lawn for a wedding in June had returned the signed and notarized Release, Waiver, and Agreement To Indemnify which was prepared by County Attorney Jonathan Jordan for use of the facility.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – PROPOSED WALNUT COVE LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented a memo from the Town of Walnut Cove regarding the proposed Walnut Cove Library project.

 

Chairman Inman noted the following from the correspondence:

 

·         It was the consensus of the Board for us to continue working on helping with the Library project with the Town acting as the pass thru for the loan and the County covering the cost less our contribution

 

Chairman Inman also noted that the Town Manager Jack Gardin would be meeting with Local Government Commission on April 13th.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – MEETING WITH PART AND CITY OF KING

 

Commissioner John Turpin updated the Board regarding a recent meeting with PART representatives (Brent McKinney) and the City of King (Scott Buffkin) for a possible site in King for a drop off point.  The parking lot at the Veteran’s Memorial is being considered for the possible location.  

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – PROPOSED RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE NORTHWEST PIEDMONT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS’ DESIGNATION AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD

 

Commissioner John Turpin presented a proposed Resolution from the NWPCOG which will endorses the designation of the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments as an Economic Development District.  The endorsement will provide opportunities for further economic development projects identified in the Community Economic  Development District with funding from the recent WIRED Grant obtained by the Piedmont  Triad Partnership. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin noted that “begin” in paragraph #3 should be “being”.

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin moved to approve the submitted Resolution supporting the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments’ Designation as an Economic Development District as amended.  

 

Commissioner John Turpin seconded and the motion  carried unanimously.

 

(a copy of the Resolution will be retained by the Clerk to the Board)

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION – EMS STATION IN PINNACLE

               

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins submitted correspondence from Budget Director Dennis Thompson requesting the Board’s approval to work with Emergency  Services Director Monty Stevens for possible funding and ideas for a new EMS facility for the Pinnacle station. 

 

Director Stevens has submitted a request for funding in his FY 2006-07 Budget request.

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to approve the motion to allow Budget Director Dennis Thompson to work with Emergency Services Director Monty Stevens for a possible new EMS facility at Pinnacle. 

 

Vice Chairman Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION – TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins submitted the following tuition reimbursement  the Board’s approval:

 

·         Carrie L. Shore- Ball – EMS Paramedic

Pursing EMS Associate Degree

$250 Tuition Reimbursement

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to approve the tuition reimbursement for Carrie L. Shore-Ball in the amount of $250.00. 

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ADMINISTRATION – PROPOSED HEALTH/DENTAL INSURANCE RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-07

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins informed the Board that due to additional quotes received from BCBS on Friday, the insurance renewal information was not available for tonight’s meeting.

 

Interim Manager Bullins requested that the Board recessed until Monday, April 17th at which time representatives from Mark III and NCACC would be available to discuss both insurance and dental renewals. 

 

Meeting sometime next week would enable the Board to discuss the renewals, obtain additional information if needed,  and decide at the April 24th  meeting.   

 

The Board agreed to recess until  Monday, April 17th at 5:30 pm.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – UPDATE

 

Interim Manager Darlene Bullins presented correspondence from Economic Development Director Ron Morgan which proposed having economic development updates during the first regular meeting in September 2006, December 2006, March 2007, and June 2007. 

 

These economic development update presentations would update economic development activities, along with possible quest speakers and presentations applicable to current topics such as workforce development issues, business development issues, tourism issues, current economic development issues, estimates, projections, etc.

 

 

The Board unanimously agreed regarding the dates for the meetings and that this would be very beneficial for the Board.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – CEDAR TREES- OLD COURTHOUSE

 

Interim County Manager Darlene Bullins presented a request from Dr. Larry Cartner regarding a safety issue at the Old Courthouse regarding the cedar trees located in the front lawn of the Old Courthouse.   

 

Dr. Cartner stated the large branches had fell out of the trees on two separate occasions.

 

Support Services Supervisor Danny Stovall had Chilton’s Tree Services inspect the trees.  Mr. Forest Chilton represented the following options:

 

·         Do nothing and let the trees seal off the damaged areas

·         Completely removed the trees

·         Only remove the damaged limb and chemically seal off the area – cost of approximately $150.00

·         Does not feel these trees are a danger to falling on the Courthouse at this time and if the trees were to fall, they would fall towards the highway

·         Limbs could continue to fall during a violent storm

 

Chairman Inman had spoke to Danbury Town Mayor Jane Priddy-Charleville regarding the trees.   Mayor Priddy-Charleville expressed concerns in trying to eliminate taking the trees down.  Mayor Priddy-Charleville is seeking a professional opinion from an arborist regarding the condition of the tree.  Interim County Manager Bullions noted that

the County would seek an opinion from the Forestry Service.

               

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – VOLUNTEER RECEPTION

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins noted the Volunteer Reception will be held on April 24th at 5:00 pm at Hanging Rock State Park.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – E&R MEETING

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins noted the scheduled E&R Meeting for Tuesday April 11th.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – LEAGUE OF GOVERNMENTS

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins noted the League of Government meeting hosted by the Town of Danbury is scheduled for Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 pm.

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman entertained a motion to recess the meeting. 

 

Commissioner John Turpin moved to recess the meeting until Monday, April 17th at 5:30 pm. 

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

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Darlene M. Bullins                                                     J. Leon Inman

Clerk to the Board                                                     Chairman*