1. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA Commissioner Klusman moved approval of the Consent Agenda as amended. The motion was seconded by Commissioner
Greene and passed unanimously.
The Consent Agenda consisted of the following:
A. WEP Event Center Replacement of Carpet B. Rowan Public Library Book Sale C. Architect Amendment D. HOME Program Application: Schedule Public
Hearing for March 18, 2019 E. Schedule Public Hearing for HLC 01-19 for March 18, 2019 F. Schedule Public Hearing for Z 03-19 for March 18, 2019 G. MOU Rowan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project H. Request to Allow Don Timmons With Trellis Supportive Care to Rent the West
3. PUBLIC HEARING FOR HIDDEN VIEW LN. ROAD NAME REQUEST Planner Aaron Poplin presented the staff report for the road name request for Hidden View
Lane. Mr. Poplin reported the road in question was located off the 1150 block of Hobson Road and was currently unnamed. Mr. Poplin said since there are more than three (3) houses accessing the road, the driveway was required to be named. A majority of the property owners along the driveway signed a petition for the proposed road name of Hidden View Lane. Since there are property owners who had not signed the petition, a public hearing was required.
4. PUBLIC HEARING FOR Z 02-19 Planner Aaron Poplin presented the staff report for Z 02-19 and explained that Errin Brown was requesting the rezoning
of 2.18 acres, Tax Parcel 402 050, owned by Herbert Ritchie, from Rural Residential (RR) to Commercial Business Industrial (CBI). The parcel is located at the 800 block of Ritchie Road in a commercial/industrial corridor in the Eastern Area Land Use Plan (LUP). The LUP encouraged commercial and industrial uses, as well as mixed use development within the I-85, US 29 corridor.
Commissioner Pierce moved approval of the Statement of Reasonableness (as recommended by the Planning Board): Z 02-19 is reasonable and in the public
interest based on the following: The site is located inside the Eastern Area Land Use Plan and the interstate corridor. The zoning is what is expected along the I-85 corridor. It is adjacent to 400 acres of CBI and there are no detrimental effects to the surrounding properties. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Klusman and passed unanimously.
Chairman Edds asked if the applicant would like to provide any comments to the Commissioners. David Correll, son of the applicant (Sam Correll), came
forward and provided a brief history behind past zonings for the property. Mr. Correll said only one residence could be built on the property and there were no large building areas on the property. Mr. Correll said he had someone interested in purchasing the property for a residence.
Commissioner Caskey moved approval of the Statement of Reasonableness (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: In accordance with Section
21-362(j) of the Rowan County Zoning Ordinance and after due consideration the Planning Board advises the Z 08-18 request is reasonable and in the public interest based on the following - the property is adjacent to an existing 40 acre RR district, the site would be difficult to develop for industrial use due to access and topography issues, rezoning the property would not be detrimental to surrounding areas or general public. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Pierce and passed unanimously.
Commissioner Caskey moved approval of the Statement of Consistency (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: Z 08-18 is consistent with the
Western Rowan Area 1 Land Use Plan based on the following the property is adjacent to an existing 40 acre RR district, the site would be difficult to develop for industrial use due to access and topography issues. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Pierce and passed unanimously.
6. PUBLIC HEARING FOR Z 04-19 Shane Stewart, Assistant Planning Director, presented the staff report for Z 04-19. Mr. Stewart stated Mark Kraus was
requesting an amendment to the current zoning boundary of his multi-zoned 23.3 acre properties referenced as Tax Parcels 314-097 and 098 located along the 700-800 block of Kepley Road. The current 12-acre portion zoned Manufactured Home Park (MHP) would be reduced to 6.33 acres covering the existing park located along Bren Lane and 770 Kepley Road while the remaining 16.96 acres located at 840, 850, 860 and 870 Kepley Road, along with acreage west of the park would be zoned Rural Agricultural (RA).
Mr. Stewart highlighted the decision making process.
Mr. Stewart said Planning Staff discussed plans with the property owner to subdivide a large parcel to the rear of the property, establish a separate
lot for the manufactured home park, and create four (4) new lots on the northern end of the property based on the existing and anticipated future improvements. The requested zoning change would apply the MHP district to the approximate 6.33 acre area surrounding the existing manufactured home park while the remaining areas to the north and west would be zoned RA.
Chairman Edds moved to adopt the Statement of Consistency (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: Z 04-19 is consistent with the Western
Area Land Use Plan and is reasonable and in the public interest based on the following - it restores the majority of the property to the base zoning of Rural Agricultural and identifies the manufactured home park areas appropriately as MHP zoning. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Pierce and passed unanimously
Chairman Edds moved to adopt the Statement of Reasonableness (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: In accordance with Section 21-362(j)
of the Rowan County Zoning Ordinance and after due consideration, the Z 04-19 request is reasonable and in the public interest based on the following - the request converts much of the property back to Rural Agricultural, which is the base zoning district, and outlines
Commissioner Klusman moved, Commissioner Greene seconded, and the vote to approve Z 04-19 passed unanimously.
7. PUBLIC HEARING FOR PDS 01-14 AMENDMENT Shane Stewart, Assistant Planning Director, reported Rowan Summit, LLC, was requesting an amendment to
their Planned Development Subdivision (PDS 01-14) identified as the Rowan Summit Shopping Center located at the corner of Julian Road and Summit Park Drive referenced as Tax Parcels 402C-001 and 402C-008 through 402C-015. The approved plan consisted of nine (9) lots served by a private road which extends from Julian Road and Summit Park Drive to an internal drive serving the shopping center, outparcels, and an identified future road extending along the I-85 northbound on/off ramp to a potential Phase II retail area currently as parcel ID 402C- 002.
Using a power point, Mr. Stewart discussed the revised plan and proposal for the reorganization of existing lots 4 (1.24 AC), 5 (1.46 AC), and 6
(1.37 AC) to a proposed 2.45 AC lot 4 and a 2.77 AC lot 5, both with access along an existing road between the main parking lot and these outparcels. Acreage within the 50 access easement adjacent to these lots would be assumed into the respective lot totals along with the reconfigured lot 3 from 1.524 AC to 1.64 AC. Somewhat nominal changes were proposed for lot 7, none of which impact the size or arrangement of proposed Anchor C.
8. PUBLIC HEARING: Z 01-19 Planning Director Ed Muire said Dr. Corrie Connolly, DVM, had submitted an application for consideration of changing the
zoning designation of Tax Parcels 220-034 and 220- 055 from Rural Agricultural (RA) to a Commercial, Business, Industrial (CBI Conditional District (CD). The site was located at 2355 Brown Road in China Grove, North Carolina.
Mr. Muire used the power point to depict the site in question, as well as the surrounding areas. Mr. Muire said the zone allowed for a wide range of
commercial, business and light industrial activities that provided goods and services. The district was typically for more densely developed suburban areas, major transportation corridors, and major cross-roads communities. The district may also exist or be created in an area other than listed in the subsection of the staff report if the existing or proposed development was compatible with the surrounding area and the overall public good was serviced.
Commissioner Pierce moved to adopt the Statement of Consistency (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: Z 01-19 is consistent with the
Western Area Land Use Plan as the CBI Conditional District s amended list of uses is complimentary to the surrounding area. The site plan also shows limitations of uses and includes tree buffering. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Greene and passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pierce moved to adopt the Statement of Reasonableness (as recommended by the Planning Board) as follows: Z 01-19 is reasonable as the
request is complimentary to the area and the applicant has submitted and discussed the limitations of uses proposed in the conditional district application. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Klusman and carried unanimously.
Commissioner Klusman moved, Commissioner Greene seconded and the vote to approve Z 01-19 passed unanimously.
9. PUBLIC HEARING FOR FINANCING OF KANNAPOLIS CITY SCHOOLS Assistant County Manager/Finance Director Leslie Heidrick reported the Finance Department
had requested and received installment financing proposals for improvements to buildings and athletic facilities for the Kannapolis City School System. The amount to be financed was 1,300,000. The County received five (5) bids as follows, with First National Bank submitting the lowest bid:
Commissioner Pierce asked for further clarification as to how the funds would be spent. Ms. Heidrick responded the funding would be used to replace
the turf at A.L. Brown High School and the base bid had come in at approximately 666,000. Ms. Heidrick said the school system was also doing a project for GW Carver Elementary (Elementary) where walls were to be torn down, bathrooms reconfigured, and replace wiring/electrical work. The base bid for the Elementary project was 839,000. Ms. Heidrick reported the two (2) figures exceeded the County s 1.3 million budgeted amount. The school system was asking for the 1.3 million at this time.
Commissioner Klusman questioned the percentage of costs the County normally contributed to A.L. Brown in general. Ms. Heidrick explained that the
amount the County provided on a monthly basis between Kannapolis City Schools and the Rowan Salisbury School System (RSSS), was a 7 to 93 split, respectively. Ms. Heidrick further clarified that Rowan County supported the Kannapolis City Schools at 25 versus Cabarrus County s 75 .
Chairman Edds said the Board would need a motion that would approve First National Bank s bid of 2.67 , authorize the Assistant County
Manager/Finance Director to establish an escrow account for the loan proceeds and to approve the attached Resolution and Declaration. Commissioner Pierce moved approval (as stated by Chairman Edds). The motion was seconded by Commissioner Klusman and passed unanimously.
WHEREAS, First National Bank (FNB) submitted a proposal dated February 18, 2019 (the FNB Proposal ), pursuant to which FNB would enter into an
installment financing contract with the County in the amount of approximately 1,400,000 to finance the Project (the Contract ), to be secured by a Deed of Trust and Security Agreement with respect to the Project for the benefit of FNB (the Deed of Trust ); and
b) The proposed contract is preferable to a bond issue for the same purpose because of low fixed costs and favorable interest rates offered through
installment contract financing compared to a bond issue. The cost of the proposed undertaking is 1,300,000 and exceeds the amount that can be prudently raised from currently available appropriations, unappropriated fund balances and non-voted bonds that could be issued by the County in the current fiscal year pursuant to Article V, Section 4, of the North Carolina Constitution.
are hereby authorized and directed to file an application with the Local Government Commission for its approval of the financing of the Project in
the amount of 1,300,000, to work with the Kannapolis City School System and its staff as to the implementation of the Project (including the transfer of the property that is to be collateral for the installment financing contract to the County, and the lease of the Project back to the Kannapolis City School System), and the actions of the County Manager, the Assistant County Manager/Finance Director and other officers of the County in connection therewith are hereby approved and confirmed.
4. The Board hereby accepts the FNB Proposal, and authorizes and directs the County Manager and the Assistant County Manager/Finance Director, or
either of them, to execute, acknowledge and deliver the Contract and the Deed of Trust on behalf of the County, with such changes and modifications as the person executing and delivering such instruments on behalf of the County shall find acceptable. The Clerk is hereby authorized to affix the official seal of Rowan County, North Carolina to the Contract and the Deed of Trust and to attest the same.
This declaration (the Declaration ) of official intent is made pursuant to Treasury Regulations Section 1.150-2, or any successor or substitute
Regulations which may be promulgated hereafter, and is intended to expressly declare the County s intention to reimburse itself for certain expenditures heretofore paid or to be paid by the County, such reimbursement to be made with the proceeds of debt to be incurred by the County.
As of the date hereof, the County reasonably expects that it will reimburse itself for such Original Expenditures with the proceeds of debt to be
incurred by the County, and the maximum principal amount of debt to be incurred with respect to the Project will not exceed 1,300,000.
All Original Expenditures to be reimbursed by the County, except to the extent permitted by applicable Treasury Regulations, were paid no more than
60 days prior to, or will be paid on or after the date of, this declaration of official intent. The County understands that such reimbursements must occur not later than 18 months after the latter of (i) the date the Original Expenditure was paid; or (ii) the date the Project is placed in service or abandoned, but in no event more than three years after the Original Expenditure was paid.
Commissioner Klusman said she had spoken with an organization interested in one of the Cleveland Elementary School buildings that was to be torn
down. Commissioner Klusman asked if it was too late for the organization to possibly use one of the sections of the school. Mr. Vann said it was not too late; however, RSSS had to offer the properties to the County first.
Chairman Edds asked County Attorney Jay Dees about the steps the Board must take regarding the properties. Mr. Dees said the County would waive its
right regarding Patterson School (Museum) and Woodleaf Elementary; the County would accept lots 1 and 2 on the survey for Cleveland Elementary and waive its rights to any of the other Cleveland properties.
Chairman Edds said since Commissioner Caskey had mentioned the Price of Freedom Museum, he wanted to share that Commissioner Caskey had re-enlisted
in the National Guard. Chairman Edds described Commissioner Caskey as a good man and said the Commissioners were honored to be serving on the Board with Commissioner Caskey. Chairman Edds said if there was anything to know about Commissioner Caskey, it was the fact he loved his community and his country.
Commissioner Pierce asked about deferring a decision on the Cleveland properties until an environmental study could be done. Mr. Vann said RSSS had
to obtain an environmental study on the school as the study had been required prior to the demolition. Mr. Vann said he did not think the property across the street where the playground was located was included in the study.
Chairman Edds moved pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 115C-518, Disposition of School Property, Rowan County hereby releases any and all
interest it may have under the statute in (1) the Patterson School property. As to the Cleveland Elementary School site, the County hereby will accept, upon satisfactory completion by RSSS of the proposed demolition plan, the transfer of that area generally shown on the site plan on Page 7, and as the same will be shown on a final survey plat, subject to and together with any easements that may become necessary between the School System and the County for the development of the site as a public library and EMS station, and the County releases any interest in the remainder of the Cleveland Elementary School site. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Pierce and passed unanimously.
11. ROWAN PUBLIC LIBRARY OVERDRIVE PRESENTATION Melissa Oleen, Deputy Director of Rowan Public Library, along with Edward Hirst, Technical Services
Librarian for Rowan Public Library (RPL), presented information on how to access and use RPL s digital collection. Ms. Oleen discussed the electronic resources available and introduced library staff members Abby Hardison, Amber Covington, and Paul Birkhead who were present to assist board members if they had any questions regarding their own electronic devices.
Mr. Hirst provided a presentation that showcased the NC Digital Library. The presentation was an effort to help create awareness for citizens who
might not realize the electronic services were available through RPL. Mr. Hirst reported the NC Digital Library was a consortium of 23 public library systems across the State. Mr. Hirst also provided statistics as to how the number of Overdrive users had increased since being made available through RPL in 2006. Mr. Hirst highlighted the NC Kids Library, as well.