12/18/17 — On the agenda: grant dollars for recovery funding

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On the agenda: grant dollars for recovery funding

By Steve Herring
Published in News on December 18, 2017 5:50 AM

Wayne County commissioners are expected to establish Tuesday a grant project budget ordinance for a $17 million 2017 Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery project.

In a related action, they will also be asked to adopt compliance plans and policies for the grant.

The commissioners meeting will get underway with an agenda briefing at 8 a.m., followed by the formal session at 9 a.m.

Both will be held in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex.

In October, the county was awarded $16.94 million over the next two years in federal Hurricane Matthew disaster funding and could be eligible for up to a total of $25.4 million over the next three years.

The grant is through the state Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As such, at least 70 percent of the money will have to be spent on housing for low-to-moderate-income families.

The following amounts are appropriated for the project:



* Multi-family rental,


* Neighborhood facilities,


* Housing recovery,


* Administration,


* Planning, $1,000,000.

* Economic development,


Also on the agenda for Tuesday:

* Commissioners will review and possibly approve a facilities master plan for the county. Action on the plan was delayed at the board's Dec. 5 session after some commissioners voiced concerns that the entire board had not been involved in the process used by the Facilities Committee to compile the projects.

* The board will consider approving a recommendation on an architectural contract for four EMS stations and a shell industrial building.

* David Rosado, director of the Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging, will make a presentation on the Senior Center of Excellence Recertification for the Peggy M. Seegars Senior Center.

* Health Department Director Davin Madden will make a presentation on the department's fee schedule and bad debt write-off.

* Danna Layne, CPA of Nunn, Brashear & Uzzell, P.A., will present the fiscal year 2016-17 audit.

* The board will be asked to adopt the 18th amendment to the county's position classification and pay plan.

Consent agenda items include: application for disabled veteran exclusion; budget amendments; motion to approve petition for the state Department of Transportation to add Artesa Drive, Marsala Drive and Korbel Drive to the state maintenance system; motion to approve nomination to fill a vacant seat on the board of Eastern Wayne Sanitary District, as recommended by that; motion to approve the sale of surplus property of 1.85 acres for $12,125 and another 5.88 acres for $36,565, properties located at South Weaver Drive and Highland Place.

Public comments will be taken at 9:05 a.m. Speakers will have four minutes to speak on their topic of choice.

Commissioners have been invited to attend a retirement reception hosted by county employees for Wood. It will be held at noon in the fourth floor atrium.