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Halifax County Board of Commissioners

Halifax County Board of Commissioners Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman

J. Rives Manning, Jr., Vice-Chairman Carolyn C. Johnson

Linda A. Brewer Marcelle O. Smith

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T. Patrick W. Qualls

Tony N. Brown County Manager

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Andrea H. Wiggins Clerk to the Board

M. Glynn Rollins, Jr. County Attorney

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Monday April 1, 2019 Regular Meeting 9:30 AM Halifax County Historic Courthouse

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10 North King Street, Post Office Box 38, Halifax, North Carolina 27839 252-583-1131/Fax: 252-583-9921

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www.halifaxnc.com

The mission of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners is to provide leadership and support for an effective county government that seeks to

enhance the quality of life for the people of Halifax County.

Call to Order Chairman Vernon J. Bryant

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of the Agenda

Conflict of Interest Chairman Vernon J. Bryant

In accordance with the Halifax County Board of Commissioners Rules of Procedures and N. C. G. S. Sec.153A-44, it is the duty of every member present

to vote on all matters coming before the Board, unless there is a conflict of interest as determined by the Board or by law. Does any Board member have any known conflict of interest with respect to any matters coming before the Board today? If so, please identify the conflict and the remaining Board members will vote to consider the requested excuse.
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1. Consent Agenda County Commissioners

A. Approval of Minutes

B. Budget Amendments

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C. Property Tax Refunds and Releases - March 2019

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D. FY 2019 - 2020 Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Grant

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2. Special Recognition

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A. National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week Proclamation Heather Joyner, Communications Manager

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3. Public Comment Period N. C. G. S. 153A - 52.1

A. Public Comment Period

4. Public Hearing

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A. I-95 Exit 171 Development Study - Appropriation of Funding Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director

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5. Agenda Item

A. North Carolina Department of Transportation Program Kristin W. Barnes, P.E., District Engineer

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6. Action on Public Hearing

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A. I-95 Exit 171 Development Study - Appropriation of Funding Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director

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7. Agenda Items

A. Halifax County Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinance Amendment

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M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County Attorney

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B. Resolution to Increase the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to Five Members

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M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County Attorney

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8. Board Appointments

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A. Board Appointments County Commissioners

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9. Economic Development Report

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10. County Manager s Report

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A. Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Fee Schedule Mary W. Duncan, Finance Director

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11. County Attorney s Report

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12. Other Business County Commissioners

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A. Eastern Carolina Christian College and Seminary - Letter of Support

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Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman

13. Closed Session County Commissioners

A. Approval of Closed Session Minutes

14. Adjourn Until The Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Regular Meeting County Commissioners

*** Accommodations for individuals with disabilities may be arranged by contacting

the County Manager's office at 252-583-1131 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. ***

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AGENDA Halifax County Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

TO: Halifax County Board of Commissioners

FROM: Andrea H. Wiggins, MMC, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager

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SUBJECT: Approval of Minutes

DATE: April 1, 2019 Regular Meeting

SUPPORTING INFORMATION: Attached, please find draft minutes for your review.

ATTACHMENTS: Description February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting

TOTAL COST: COUNTY COST:

REQUEST: Approve the draft minutes.

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 157

MINUTES

HALIFAX COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Note to Reader: Although the printed agenda document for this Board meeting is not part of these minutes, the agenda document provides background

information on most all of the items discussed by the Board at this meeting. The Clerk to the Board maintains the agenda document in accordance with the laws of North Carolina. One may see a copy of the agenda for this meeting by contacting the Clerk to the Board.

The Halifax County Board of Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday,

February 4, 2019, at 9:30 A. M. in the Historic Courthouse, Halifax, North Carolina.

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PRESENT: Honorable J. Rives Manning, Jr., Vice Chairman Honorable Carolyn C. Johnson Honorable Marcelle O. Smith Honorable Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman

Honorable T. Patrick W. Qualls Honorable Linda A. Brewer
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OTHERS: Tony N. Brown, County Manager Andrea H. Wiggins, MMC, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County

Attorney
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Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director Dia H. Denton, Deputy County Manager Mary W. Duncan, Finance Director Renee Perry, Human Resources

Management Director Ian M. Bumgarner, Senior Management Analyst
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Michelle F. Moseley, Paralegal

Call to Order

Chairman Bryant called the meeting to order.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioner Brewer provided the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.

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Adoption of the Agenda

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 158

Chairman Bryant requested that Medoc Mountain State Park Community Building Project be added to the agenda as the first item of business under Item

3. Agenda Items and that all other agenda items subsequently follow.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to approve the agenda as amended. Commissioner Manning seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

Conflict of Interest

Commissioner Manning stated that he was a member of the Horse Council in reference to Item 1. E. Equine Education Programs for Local Horse Owners

Grant. There was no conflict of interest noted by any other member of the Board.
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1. Consent Agenda

Commissioner Smith moved to approve the following consent agenda. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

A. Approval of Minutes

Andrea H. Wiggins, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager, requested that the Board approve the draft minutes of the August 6, 2018

Regular Meeting, September 4, 2018 Regular Meeting, September 17, 2018 Regular Meeting, October 2, 2018 Regular Meeting, October 15, 2018 Regular Meeting, November 5, 2018 Regular Meeting, November 19, 2018 Regular Meeting, and December 3, 2018 Regular Meeting.
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B. Budget Amendments

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Mary W. Duncan, Finance Director, requested that the Board approve a list of budget amendments, which is attached to these minutes as Attachment A.

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C. Property Tax Releases - January 2019

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Doris B. Hawkins, Halifax County Tax Coordinator and Collector, requested that the Board approve the property tax releases in accordance with N. C.

G. S. 105-380 and N. C. G. S. 105-381.
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D. 2018 Property Tax Liens and Advertising

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Doris B. Hawkins, Halifax County Tax Coordinator and Collector, requested that the Board approve advertising the tax liens during the month of April

in accordance with N. C. G. S. 105-369(a).
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E. Equine Education Programs for Local Horse Owners Grant

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February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 159

Beth Burchell, Livestock Agent, requested that the Board approve the submission of the

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Equine Education Programs for Local Horse Owners Grant application, the receipt of funds if awarded, and to authorize the appropriate staff to

execute the documents.
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Announcement

Chairman Bryant announced that February 4, 2019 was World Cancer Day; an international day marked to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its

prevention, detection, and treatment. Bruce Robistow, Health Director, stated that cancer was one of the top causes of death in Halifax County and throughout the country. He strongly encouraged preventive care and treatment when needed.
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2. Public Comment Period N. C. G. S. 153A - 52.1

Moira Underwood, Lake Gaston Association, Littleton, read and presented a letter from Mozine Lowe, Lake Gaston Association President, which requested

input and consideration regarding the upcoming FY 2019-2020 Halifax County Budget from the residents, property owners and business owners in the Lake Gaston area.
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3. Agenda Items

A. Medoc Mountain State Park Community Building Project

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Joel Jakuboswki, Medoc Mountain State Park Superintendent, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, addressed the Board and provided an overview

of the proposed Community Center Project funded by the 2016 Statewide Bond Referendum for State parks in the amount of 1,383,750. Since that time, the Community Center Project had been delayed for the second time until FY 2020-2021 and would be one of the last projects to be completed using bond funds. Mr. Jakuboswki requested a letter in support of the timely completion of the Medoc Mountain State Park Community Building Project.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to authorize that the County Attorney and the County Manager draft a resolution in support of the Medoc Mountain State Park

Community Building Project and authorize the Chairman to execute the document. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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B. FY 2019-2020 Community Services Block Grant

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Gail Walker, Choanoke Area Development Association, Inc., addressed the Board regarding the FY 2019-2020 Community Services Block Grant and requested

that the Board certify that it had reviewed the proposed FY 2019-2020 Community Services Block Grant Refunding Application.
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Commissioner Johnson moved to approve that the Board reviewed the proposed FY 2019-2020 Community Services Block Grant. Commissioner Brewer seconded

the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 160

C. Solid Waste Fee Refunds

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Greg Griffin, Public Utilities Director, addressed the Board regarding the Solid Waste section of the Halifax County Code of Ordinances that

permitted the refund of solid waste fees that were charged incorrectly due to clerical error by the County and must be approved by the Board of Commissioners or its agent as follows: Gregory A. Richardson was incorrectly charged solid waste fees from 2014 through 2018 on parcel 0106568 that was unimproved and should not have been charged in the amount of 1,067.11. Jimmy L. Richardson had 2018 solid waste fees assessed in error on property identified as 10276948 in the amount of 221.13 and 2018 solid waste fees for a mobile home park on parcel 0102602 and was charged for thirteen sites on this parcel when there were only twelve sites in the amount of 221.13. It was requested that the Board approve the refund of solid waste fees and authorize the Public Utilities Director to serve as its agent to approve solid waste fee refunds, with the concurrence of the County Manager, in the future for instances of clerical error by the County.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to approve the refund of solid waste fees. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice

vote.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to authorize the Public Utilities Director to serve as its

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agent to approve solid waste fee refunds, with the concurrence of the County Manager, in the future for instances of clerical error by the County.

Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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D. Jail Expansion Project Budget Ordinance

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Ian M. Bumgarner, Senior Management Analyst, addressed the Board and requested that the Board approve the renegotiated contract with Moseley

Architects regarding the Halifax County Sheriff s Office and Jail Rebid, Design Amendment 1 in accordance with the original contract dated May 4, 2012. It was also requested that the Board approve the Jail Expansion Project Budget Ordinance, which is attached to these minutes as Attachment B.
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Commissioner Smith moved to approve the renegotiated contract with Moseley Architects and to adopt the Jail Expansion Project Budget Ordinance; but

not to proceed to bid phase work until the construction documents were presented by Moseley Architects and approved by the Board. Commissioner Qualls seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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E. Exception to Tax Collector s Certification on Deeds

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M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County Attorney, addressed the Board and reported that a

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resolution adopted during the October 19, 2015 Regular Meeting required that all deeds offered for recording have a certification from the tax

collector that no delinquent property taxes were charged as a lien on the property being transferred. An exception to the tax certification was allowed only for the following reasons: (1) the deed was being submitted for registration under the supervision of a closing attorney, (2) the closing attorney would be responsible for the disbursement of proceeds of sale, and (3) the closing attorney would be paying delinquent
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February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 161

property taxes, if any, from the proceeds of sale. The closing attorney information must be provided on the face of the deed by an attorney's

statement in order to benefit from the exception; however, it had been discovered that some attorneys had placed the exception statement on deeds when, in fact, there was no closing attorney responsible for the disbursement of proceeds of sale which frustrated the intent and purpose of the adopted resolution. It was requested that the Board adopt a resolution to prevent this practice that would require the identity and contact information of the purported closing attorney, which is attached to these minutes as Attachment C.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to approve the resolution regarding the collection of delinquent property taxes upon the transfer of property. Commissioner

Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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4. Board Appointments

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Enfield Board of Adjustment

Commissioner Manning moved to reappoint Balfour Keeter, Jr., Lester Shields, and Tony Silver to serve on the Enfield Board of Adjustment, terms

expiring February 28, 2021. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Enfield Planning Board

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Commissioner Qualls moved to reappoint Tony Silver to serve on the Enfield Planning Board, term expiring February 28, 2021. Commissioner Brewer

seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to waive the term limit and reappoint Calvin Pittman to serve on the Enfield Planning Board, term expiring February 28,

2021. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Halifax County Board of Adjustment

Commissioner Manning moved to appoint Jason Myrick to fill the unexpired term of Ashley Mohorn on the Halifax County Board of Adjustment, term

expiring February 28, 2020. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Halifax County Planning Board

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Commissioner Qualls moved to reappoint Thomas Wrenn to serve on the Halifax County Planning Board, term expiring February 28, 2022. Commissioner

Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Commissioner Brewer moved to waive the term limits and reappoint Greg Browning and Thomas Hedgepeth to serve on the Halifax County Planning Board,

terms expiring February 28, 2022. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 162

Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control

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Commissioner Johnson moved to reappoint Kenny Deloatch, Carl Ferebee, and G. Wayne Long to serve on the Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control,

terms expiring January 31, 2025. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Lake Gaston Weed Control Council

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Commissioner Manning moved to waive the term limit and reappoint Robert Etheridge to serve on the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council, term expiring

February 28, 2022. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Voluntary Agriculture District Board

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It was the consensus of the Board to defer action on the Voluntary Agriculture District Board.

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5. Economic Development Report

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Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director, addressed the Board and provided a

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brief PowerPoint presentation regarding the monthly Halifax County Economic Development Commission Activity Report.

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6. County Manager s Report

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A. Rural Forward North Carolina Grant

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Phil L. Ricks, Jr., Emergency Services Director, addressed the Board regarding the Rural Forward North Carolina Grant. The grant in the amount of

4,000 would start a Suboxone distribution program which would include the Suboxone, educational literature, and some Narcan kits from the Community Paramedics for a three to seven day trial. Targeted patients would be those who overdosed, required resuscitation by EMS, and refused transport to the hospital. The Community Paramedics would engage the patient within 48 hours of the event and start the Suboxone. In the following days, the Community Paramedic would see the patient, dispense the medication, and encourage the patient to seek additional help or a program. There was no County match required for this grant. It was requested that the Board approve the submission of the Rural Forward North Carolina Grant application, the receipt of funds if awarded, and to authorize the appropriate staff to execute the documents.
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Commissioner Johnson moved to approve the submission of the Rural Forward North

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Carolina Grant application, the receipt of funds if awarded, and to authorize the appropriate staff to execute the documents. Commissioner Brewer

seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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B. Boards and Commissions

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February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 163

Tony N. Brown, County Manager, addressed the Board and provided an update regarding

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the Halifax County Boards and Commissions that had been discussed during the recent retreat. A copy of mandated boards and commissions and a copy of

boards and commissions that were recommended to be dissolved such as the Halifax County Human Relations Commission, EMS Advisory Committee, Grievance Committee, and Solid Waste Advisory Board were provided for the Board s review. After a brief discussion was held regarding the importance of the boards and commission recommended for dissolution, it was recommended that the County Manager review the mission of each Board and Commission and consider whether the mission needed to be revamped.
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7. County Attorney s Report

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M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County Attorney, addressed the Board regarding a letter that had been received from H. Lawrence Armstrong, Jr., Halifax County

Board of Education Attorney, regarding whether the Board had any interest in purchasing the Bakers School property or would like to waive its right of first refusal. The Halifax County Board of Education had received and accepted a proposal for the purchase of the Bakers School property in the amount of 40,000. It was requested that if the Board had no interest in obtaining the Bakers School property that the Chairman be authorized to execute the Waiver of Right of First Refusal as to Certain School Property.
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Commissioner Qualls moved to authorize that the Chairman execute the Waiver of Right of First Refusal as to Certain School Property regarding the

Bakers School property. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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8. Other Business

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There was no other business for discussion.

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9. Closed Session

Commissioner Manning moved that Closed Session be entered pursuant to N. C. G. S. 143-318.11(a) to discuss (3) Legal Matters. Commissioner Johnson

seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Commissioner Smith moved to return to Regular Session. Commissioner Brewer

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seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

A. Approval of Closed Session Minutes

Commissioner Smith moved to approve the August 6, 2018, September 4, 2018,

September 17, 2018, October 2, 2018, and October 15, 2018 Closed Session Meeting minutes that would remain sealed until allowed to be released.

Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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10. Adjourn until February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 164

With there being no further matters to come before the Board, Commissioner Brewer

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moved to adjourn the meeting until the February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting at 5:30 P. M. in the Historic Courthouse. Commissioner Smith seconded the

motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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_________________________________

Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman Halifax County Board of Commissioners

_____________________________________ Andrea H. Wiggins, MMC, Clerk to the Board Halifax County Board of Commissioners

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 165

Attachment A

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 166

Attachment B

February 4, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 167

Attachment C

February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 168

MINUTES

HALIFAX COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Note to Reader: Although the printed agenda document for this Board meeting is not part of these minutes, the agenda document provides background

information on most all of the items discussed by the Board at this meeting. The Clerk to the Board maintains the agenda document in accordance with the laws of North Carolina. One may see a copy of the agenda for this meeting by contacting the Clerk to the Board.

The Halifax County Board of Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday,

February 18, 2019 at 5:30 P. M. in the Historic Courthouse, Halifax, North Carolina.

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PRESENT: Honorable J. Rives Manning, Jr., Vice Chairman

Honorable Carolyn C. Johnson Honorable Marcelle O. Smith Honorable Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman Honorable T. Patrick W. Qualls Honorable Linda A.

Brewer
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OTHERS: Tony N. Brown, County Manager Andrea H. Wiggins, MMC, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County

Attorney
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Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director Dia H. Denton, Deputy County Manager Mary W. Duncan, Finance Director Renee Perry, Human Resources

Management Director
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Ian M. Bumgarner, Senior Management Analyst Michelle F. Moseley, Paralegal

Call to Order

Chairman Bryant called the meeting to order.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

After a moment of silence was held in memory of Drewery Beale, former Roanoke Rapids Mayor and Police Chief, Chairman Bryant provided the invocation

and the Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.
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Adoption of the Agenda

February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 169

Commissioner Smith moved to adopt the agenda as presented. Commissioner Brewer

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seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

Conflict of Interest

Commissioner Manning stated that he may have a perceived conflict of interest regarding

Item 1.A. Proclamation in support of the Sons of the American Revolution Observance of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves and Item 1.B. Charters of

Freedom Project Update. There was no conflict of interest noted by any other member of the Board.
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1. Agenda Items

A. Proclamation in support of the Sons of the American Revolution Observance of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves

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Ken Wilson, President of the Halifax Resolves Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, read and presented a proclamation in support of the

Sons of the American Revolution observance of the adoption of the Halifax Resolves, which is attached to these minutes as Attachment A.
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Commissioner Manning moved to approve the proclamation in support of the Sons of the

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American Revolution observance of the adoption of the Halifax Resolves. Commissioner Qualls seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice

vote.

B. Charters of Freedom Project Update

Ken Wilson, Charters of Freedom Champion, provided a brief PowerPoint presentation

which included a description and diagram of the Charters of Freedom Project that would be located adjacent to the Old Commissioners Building. He

reported that he was in the process of collecting the last pledges and once received would send the last of the funds to Foundation Forward, Inc. He stated that he would keep the Board abreast of the project as it progressed forward.
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2. Public Hearings

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A. One North Carolina Fund Grants for AirBoss Rubber Solutions, Reser s Fine Foods, Inc., and JBB Packaging, LLC

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Prior to a public hearing pursuant to N. C. G. S. 158-7.1(c), M. Glynn Rollins, Jr., County Attorney, requested that all three public hearings be

conducted as one public hearing. He presented information regarding the One North Carolina Fund Grants for AirBoss Rubber Solutions, Reser s Fine Foods, Inc., and JBB Packaging, LLC. The North Carolina Department of Commerce had approved the One North Carolina Fund grants as follows: 125,000 for AirBoss Rubber Solutions to assist in the expansion of its company located in Scotland Neck, 250,000 for Reser's Fine Foods, Inc., to assist in the expansion of the company, and 150,000 to JBB Packaging, LLC, to assist in the location of their company. The grant funds were to be paid
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February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 170

to the County, then disbursed to the companies under the terms and conditions of the Local Government Grant Agreements and Company Performance

Agreements. Even though these were not County funds, a public hearing must be held pursuant to N. C. G. S. 158-7.1(c) regarding the appropriation and expenditure of grant funds. The County's previously approved Economic Development Incentive Grants constituted the local match required for the State grants. Among other conditions, payments to the companies were contingent upon the creation and maintenance of new jobs and capital investments in the County. The Board believes that these projects would stimulate the local economy, promote business, and result in the creation of a substantial number of new, permanent jobs in the County that pay at or above the median average wage. The Local Government Grant Agreements and the Company Performance Agreements associated with these grants was provided for the Board s review. It was requested that the Board adopt the proposed resolutions authorizing the appropriation and expenditure of grant funds from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, One North Carolina Fund, which are attached to these minutes as Attachment B.
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With there being no questions from the Board to Attorney Rollins, Commissioner Johnson moved to declare the public hearing open. Commissioner Smith

seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
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Chairman Bryant inquired if there was anyone from the public that wished to comment

regarding the One North Carolina Fund Grants for AirBoss Rubber Solutions, Reser s Fine Foods, Inc., and JBB Packaging, LLC.

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After comments were received from William Hodge, 425 Rightmyer Drive, Roanoke

Rapids, Commissioner Smith moved that the public hearing be closed. Commissioner Manning seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

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B. Halifax County Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development Project Closeout

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Cathy A. Scott, Economic Development Director, addressed the Board regarding the Halifax County Community Development Block Grant, Economic

Development Project Closeout. The purpose of the public hearing was to review the budget and activities that had been accomplished through a Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development Project, in the amount of 1,000,000. The total project cost was in the amount of 3,003,298.15 as follows: Construction of Rail Spur 2,620,491.90; Engineering 124,335; Construction Administration and Inspection 182,809.50; EDA Administration 25,000; and Geotechnical 50,661.75. The County had completed all the project activities and was in the process of closing out the grant as all of the funds were spent in the construction of a rail spur owned by the County and leased to Klausner Lumber Two which resulted in the creation of 112 jobs and a low-to-moderate income benefit of 60 .
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After a brief discussion was held, Commissioner Manning moved to declare the public hearing open. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which

passed unanimously by voice vote.
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February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 171

Chairman Bryant inquired if there was anyone from the public that wished to comment

regarding the Halifax County Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development Project Closeout.

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After comments were received from William Hodge, 425 Rightmyer Drive, Roanoke

Rapids, Commissioner Brewer moved that the public hearing be closed. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice

vote.
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3. Agenda Item

A. Roanoke Connect Broadband Initiative

Tagged Passions:Internet Access

Curtis Wynn, Roanoke Electric Cooperative President and CEO, addressed the Board and provided a brief PowerPoint presentation regarding the Roanoke

Connect Broadband Initiative, which consisted of the following phases: Phase One consisted of fiber backbone connecting 12 substations to Roanoke Electric Cooperative s offices. ECC Technologies was chosen to support efforts initiated in 2014. Phase One was completed in May 2017. Phase Two consisted of deploying last-mile broadband and energy savings devices to all Roanoke Electric Cooperative member-owners, which was estimated to be complete in December 2021. Phase Three consisted of out-of-market expansion and deployment. Roanoke Electric Cooperative was currently evaluating and having preliminary discussions with municipal-owned systems to replicate the Roanoke Electric Cooperative model. The cost savings and load-growth initiatives consisted of 58 power cost, 15 Administration and consumer, 12 plant operations and maintenance, 8 depreciation, 5 interest, and 2 taxes. Roanoke Connect broadband deployment was the primary enabler of energy efficiency, Smart Energy devices, AMI and System Automation, distributed generation of solar and battery; creating cost savings for Roanoke Electric Cooperative and member-consumers while reducing carbon emissions. The primary focus consisted of distribution reliability and resiliency; lower cost through efficiency; member-owner satisfaction; and converging telecommunications into a utility business model. Providing internet service, creating a new telecommunications revenue stream, and creating new competition for incumbent telecom providers was secondary. The Roanoke Electric Cooperative triple savings offer consisted of participating in the Smart Energy Savings Thermostat Program and/or Smart Energy Savings Water Heater Control Program and pre-registering for broadband services with Roanoke Connect. Installation and equipment charges would be waived and customers would receive a 5 per month discount for internet service in the amount of 39.99.
Tagged Passions:business, equipment, market, expansion, taxes, Taxes, utility, Utility, Telecommunications, services, program, water, electric, telecommunications, plant, Internet Access, government efficiency, energy, and growth

Jeff Brooks, ECC Technologies, addressed the Board stating that in January 2017, Roanoke Electric Cooperative identified member-owners who wanted

Smart Grid and/or internet and identified community and economic development needs. In May 2017, the pilot was initiated and in May 2018 the first live segment was conducted. As of January 31, 2019, Roanoke Electric Cooperative had passed over more than 600 homes in the territory. By December 31, 2019, Roanoke Electric Cooperative would pass over 4,000 homes in the territory. The County had the highest percentage of SmartGrid adoption. As a last mile company, Roanoke Electric Cooperative was uniquely positioned to design, deploy, and deliver advanced services in its service territory, and adjacent areas. Unlike most last mile services, the Roanoke SmartGrid initiative offered services and savings for its customers. As of February 2019, there were 206
Tagged Passions:economic development, development, services, electric, and Development

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internet users, 653 Smart Energy Thermostat and Smart Energy Water Heaters. The Phase One network deployment in the County would begin in mid-2019

consisting of 18 poles, 15 fiber miles, with an investment in the amount of 150,000. Phase Two design would be underway during the last of 2019 and 2020 and would consist of 50 fiber miles with an investment in the amount of 800,000. In 2021, there would be 2,503 total member-owners with an investment in excess of 2 Million. Roanoke Electric Cooperative was building a SmartGrid system that would utilize broadband connections to attach SmartGrid devices in the home and to the house which would save member-owners money along with other devices that would be allowed for improved efficiency. The Roanoke Electric Cooperative initiative was to provide broadband access in areas that were unserved and underserved.
Tagged Passions:utility, Utility, Telecommunications, water, electric, telecommunications, investment, Internet Access, government efficiency, pole, and energy

4. Action on Public Hearings

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A. One North Carolina Fund Grants for AirBoss Rubber Solutions, Reser s Fine Foods, Inc., and JBB Packaging, LLC

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Commissioner Smith moved to adopt the resolution authorizing the appropriation and

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expenditure of grant funds from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, One North Carolina Fund, for AirBoss Rubber Solutions. Commissioner Brewer

seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
Tagged Passions:alcohol, funding, and grant

Commissioner Brewer moved to adopt the resolution authorizing the appropriation and expenditure of grant funds from the North Carolina Department of

Commerce, One North Carolina Fund, for Reser s Fine Foods, Inc. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
Tagged Passions:alcohol, funding, and grant

Commissioner Manning moved to adopt the resolution authorizing the appropriation and expenditure of grant funds from the North Carolina Department of

Commerce, One North Carolina Fund, for JBB Packaging, LLC. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
Tagged Passions:funding and grant

B. Halifax County Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development

Tagged Passions:grant, economic development, development, Development, cdbg, and community development

Project Closeout

Commissioner Brewer moved to approve the Halifax County Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development Project Closeout. Commissioner

Manning seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
Tagged Passions:alcohol, grant, economic development, development, Development, cdbg, and community development

5. Agenda Item

A. Carry Forward of Animal Control Fees

Tagged Passions:pets and animal control

Bruce Robistow, Health Director, addressed the Board and requested that the Health Department be authorized to carry forward funds in the amount of

10,529 in revenue for animal control fees from the FY 2017-2018 Budget to the FY 2018-2019 Budget to perform rabies and spay and neuter clinics.
Tagged Passions:funding, health, budget, pets, and animal control

February 18, 2019 Regular Meeting Book 41, Page 173

Commissioner Qualls moved to approve the request to carry forward funds in the amount of 10,529 in revenue for animal control fees from the FY

2017-2018 Budget to the FY 2018- 2019 Budget to perform rabies and spay and neuter clinics. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.
Tagged Passions:alcohol, funding, budget, pets, and animal control

6. Other Business

Tagged Passions:business

A. Resolution in Honor of Mariah Watson Bullock

Chairman Bryant requested that the Board adopt a resolution in honor of Mariah Watson Bullock, which is attached to these minutes as Attachment C.

Commissioner Smith moved to adopt the resolution in honor of Mariah Watson Bullock. Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion, which passed

unanimously by voice vote.

B. Sheriff s Department Request

Tagged Passions:public safety

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