Highlights of the June 21, 2022 Board Meeting

Missed the Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, June 21? Here are the highlights:

The board approved a $19 million behavioral health services contract with Alliance Health. By working with community providers, Alliance will increase drug use treatment in the next fiscal year and expand the school-based mental health program that serves students and families in the Wake County public school system. Citizens can read the contract and details of the programs.

Wake County’s Affordable Housing Development Program will receive an additional $2 million after the board approves the transfer of the county’s general fund. The financing comes from above-planned sales tax receipts for the current financial year. The $2 million will be used to develop at least 100 additional affordable housing units. More information on how the Affordable Housing Development Program will use the transfer is available online.

The commissioners heard a presentation from Wake County officials on two bond referendums that may be considered in the November election. The general debentures would support upcoming capital needs for the Wake County Public Schools System and Wake Tech Community College.

  • The proposed $530.7 million school bond will be used for WCPSS’ capital needs in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, including funds for the construction of five new schools and the renovation of seven existing schools, as well as other maintenance needs.
  • The proposed $353.2 million Wake-Tech bond will be used for FY2024 through FY2027 capital needs, including the construction of new Health Sciences, Culinary Sciences and Cyberscience buildings.

The public can read more about the bonds and view the presentation slides here. Citizens can voice their views on the bonds during public hearings at the next board meeting on Monday 11 July at 2pm. 8th federal election.

The Board of Commissioners held a public hearing for a business development grant agreement for Blue Force Technologies. In early June, the aircraft manufacturer announced it would invest $3 million in a Wake Forest Facility that created 125 new jobs with average salaries of $81,000. The new facility will support Blue Force Technologies’ recent $50 million contract with the US Air Force to design, build and test four Fury aircraft used in advanced training. After consultation with a company representative, the Board of Directors approved the grant, which will last five years. The agreement requires the company to meet performance criteria, including investments in facilities and the creation of 125 new jobs that pay at least Wake County’s living wage, which will be $18.20/hour beginning July 1 Full contract can be read online.

Wake County will have two new programs to help Wake County farmers preserve their farmland and apply for conservation relief after the board approves a replacement ordinance that brings Wake County’s Farmland Preservation Program ordinance under new state law reconciles. Board of Commissioners unanimous vote makes Wake County 30thth Enhanced Voluntary Agriculture District (EVAD) in North Carolina. EVAD is an optional 10-year agreement that allows farms to earn 25% of their revenue from non-agricultural produce and still qualify as a real farm, along with other benefits that help keep wake farms financially viable . A new Agricultural Conservation Easement program will also allow the newly constituted Agricultural Advisory Board to select land for donation of Agricultural Conservation Easements or apply for state and federal grants for the purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements. Teresa Furr, Wake’s director of soil and water conservation, told the board that farmers are excited about the new programs, which also support the board’s goal of economic strength through farmland protection, next-generation agriculture, promoting local food systems and agritourism will.

The final action at the board meeting was the vote to use $1.4 million from Parks Greenways Recreation and Open Space’s 2018 bond funding to complete 100% final design documents for the east section of the Triangle Bikeway. Chairman of the Board Sig Hutchinson presented the Triangle Bikeway plans and explained that the “shovel-ready” planning of the eastern section of the Triangle Bikeway will help Wake County and its partners apply for grants to fund construction. The bike path would connect to the Greenway network and run from I-440/Wade Avenue in Raleigh to the new transit hub on Davis Drive in Durham County’s Research Triangle Park.

Want to dive deeper into the board meeting? The full recording of the meeting is available, with the meeting being called to order at 42:35.

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