C. City of Concord Grant Agreement - Enhanced Mobility D. Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Grant Proposal E. Request for Public
Hearing to Consider Incentives for 'Project Bay' F. Approval of Revised Personnel Policy Manual G. REI Engineers Amendment to Master Service Agreement H. Summit Corporate Center Amended Declaration I. National Guard Road Natural Gas Easement J. Adopt Resolution Making Preliminary Findings Relating to General
Community Linkages to Care for Overdose Prevention and Response E. Request Permission for Rowan County To Be Lead Agency In Enhancing Board
of Elections Security F. Tax Refunds for Approval G. Bayada Home Health Care Contract H. R-Care/Comfort Keepers Contract I. Coltrane LIFE Center
Contract J. Debt Write-Off for the Health Department K. Gilbert Engineering Contract Town Creek Sanitary Sewer Outfall L. DSS Contract with RTS M. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Amendment and Contract N. To Close The Public Hearing and Accept The Notice of Withdrawal From China
Chairman Edds said Mr. Hall was retiring with over thirty-one (31) years of service with the Library. Mr. Hall was hired March 1, 1988 as a
Circulations Librarian Trainee and was reclassified several times throughout his career with the Library. In 2007, Mr. Hall was promoted to Library Director and served in this capacity for over twelve (12) years.
Chairman Edds expressed appreciation to Mr. Hall for all he had done for Rowan County, for the Library, and for his passion for learning and reading.
Chairman Edds also expressed appreciation for the leadership Mr. Hall and the Friends of Rowan Public Library had shown in bringing a new library to the Town of Cleveland. Chairman Edds felt Mr. Hall s mark would be left for generations to come for all he had done to help ensure success with reading and education.
Commissioner Caskey said he, too, appreciated all Mr. Hall had done for the Library. Commissioner Caskey said so much of what the Library did was
important to the community. Commissioner Caskey said the employees he had talked with had described Mr. Hall as a great boss. Commissioner Caskey felt Mr. Hall had been a good servant to the people of Rowan County.
At this point, Mr. Dean explained the American Heart Association (AHA) Mission Lifeline was an effective program that saved and improved lives. Mr.
Dean discussed the program and the agencies that were positively affected by the program. Mr. Dean discussed the requirements for achieving the Gold Plus Award and presented representatives from the following agencies with a certificate for their contributions in
First Responder Agencies: Salisbury Fire Department; Richfield Misenheimer Fire Department; Atwell Fire Department; Bostian Heights Fire Department;
China Grove Fire Department; Cleveland Community Fire Department; East Gold Hill Fire Department; East Spencer Fire Department; Ellis Cross Country Fire Department; Enochville Fire and Rescue; Faith Fire Department; Franklin Fire Department; Granite Quarry Fire Department; Landis Fire Department; Liberty Fire Department; Locke Fire Department; Millers Ferry Fire Department; West Rowan Fire Department; Pooletown Fire Department; Rockwell City Fire Department; Rockwell Rural Fire Department; Rowan-Iredell Fire Department; Scotch-Irish Fire Department; South Salisbury Fire Department; Spencer Fire Department; Union Fire Department; Woodleaf Fire Department; and, Kannapolis Fire Department.
Chairman Edds said the County was responsible for many roles; however, life and public safety for the citizens was number one. Chairman Edds said
many of the folks present for the award represented a small part of the emergency service community. Chairman Edds expressed appreciation for the individuals and volunteers who sacrifice their time when emergency calls are received.
Commissioner Caskey said the group reminded him of what the country was founded on and of the patriotism for the sacrifices made. Commissioner Caskey
said most folks did not understand the strain on families and the situations the agencies and volunteers had to go through. Commissioner Caskey thanked everyone for their service and said they made him very proud of the County.
ADDITION 4a. Report from Rowan County Educators Carl Short, Chair of the Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) Board of Trustees (Trustees),
provided the Board with an update regarding RCCC s efforts to move the County forward. Mr. Short said RCCC s leadership continued to be forward- thinking, anticipating the needs of the community and making the most of its limited resources.
Dr. Carol Spalding, President of RCCC, stated that RCCC was committed to preparing the work force for the future and helping the citizens become more
prosperous. Dr. Spalding said RCCC was the 8th largest community college of the 58 community colleges around the State. Dr. Spalding discussed the importance of higher education for jobs. Dr. Spalding explained that RCCC had been limited in its ability to offer trade/vocational education due to its inadequate capacity and facilities.
Dr. Spalding recalled the last classroom funded at RCCC by the County was 43 years ago. Dr. Spalding pointed out the bond amount for the new complex
would cost less than what would be spent for a new high school. The return would be much more immediate as the graduates would be able to get local jobs in a short period of time. The cost of tuition at any community college was less the 3,000/year and students at RCCC were able to graduate free of debt. In closing, Dr. Spalding said the new complex would be a symbol of a new and better future.
Chairman Edds talked about the importance of education alignment. Chairman Edds said Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent of RSSS, and Dr. Carol Spalding
had pulled together decision makers from RCCC and RSSS, the Economic Development Commission, the private sector, Catawba and Livingstone Colleges to have a discussion as to how to align the County s educational goals. Chairman Edds stated that topics being taught were employer demand-driven. Chairman Edds said the issue was about a new mindset to change the education culture in Rowan County. Chairman Edds stated companies visited Rowan County as a potential location for their operations; however, it was discovered the County was not aligned with what some of the companies were looking for. Chairman Edds said in order to have higher paying jobs the County must have highly trained students. Chairman Edds said the project being presented was in response to the changes needed to move the County forward.
Commissioner Greene talked about the Better Jobs for Better Lives in Rowan County Project. Commissioner Greene discussed the difficulty in helping
people understand that their circumstances were temporary and through education they could do whatever they liked. Commissioner Greene said the County was trying to raise the educational level in the County and the schools/colleges working were working together to let kids see college was possible for everyone. Commissioner Greene said the County could bring in better jobs in the future with an educated workforce and he felt the proposed complex was a good first step in the process.
Commissioner Caskey expressed enthusiasm for the opportunities the proposed project would provide for the County. Commissioner Caskey felt it
important to continue to learn throughout life. Commissioner Caskey agreed the County needed more citizens with trained skills to in order to make Rowan County more competitive. Commissioner Caskey said the bond project would be presented to the citizens on the ballot. In closing, Commissioner Caskey thanked those who had worked to bring the project to the Board of Commissioners.
5. DISCUSSION TO AMEND CONTRACT WITH ADW ARCHITECTS Commissioner Pierce explained that he had no problem with what had been submitted to ADW
Architects with the initial contract for renovations for the Agricultural Offices. Commissioner Pierce shared concerns with the limited funding; however, and the ability to move part of the Sheriff s Department to the West End Plaza (WEP). Commissioner Pierce said while he did not want to short the Ag community with their needs, he did not see the funds available for both projects. Commissioner Pierce said he was seeking a secondary bid that would provide the Ag facility at least 13,000 square feet of meeting
Chairman Edds said the Sheriff had a list of priorities with the first being space for evidence storage. Chairman Edds mentioned the County might
also be faced with building jail space. Chairman Edds said the Sheriff was not asking to move to the WEP. Chairman Edds said if the Sheriff needed new office space, the County could begin to study those space needs. Chairman Edds said the County had performed a space needs study and also a master plan for WEP. Chairman Edds said stakeholders across the County had identified the former Belk building as an asset and to create space for events and meetings. Chairman Edds did not support taking the focus off the former Belk space for purposes other than an events/meeting space.
Facilities and Parks Director Don Bringle said he appreciated Commissioner Pierce requesting funding in the budget for the needs at Ellis Park. Mr.
Bringle said the banquet hall and kitchen were used every weekend out of the year and there were steps that could be taken to make it a better space for the community to utilize. Mr. Bringle said the project was time sensitive and time had been reserved in January and February for the renovations. Mr. Bringle sought the Board s approval of the design and added that staff would bring the bid process back to the Board so work could begin in January.
Rowan County Agricultural Advisory Board would like to apply for a 10,000.00 grant with a 30 County match from the NC Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Agriculture Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This grant would assist the Agriculture Advisory Board in the creation of a Farmland Protection Plan for Rowan County. The funds would be used to hire a consultant to help gather data, create a baseline documentation report, environmental assessment, and develop a plan for County to review. A Farmland Protection Plan is defined as a plan that satisfies the following requirements:
4. The countywide farmland protection plan shall describe how the county plant to maintain a viable agricultural community and shall address farmland
preservation tools, such as agricultural economic development, including farm diversification and marketing assistance; other kinds of agricultural technical assistance, such as farm infrastructure financing, farmland purchasing, linking younger farmers, and estate planning; the desirability and feasibility of donating agricultural conservation easements, and entering into voluntary agricultural districts.