WATAUGA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL MEETING, FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners attended a special meeting on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 12:00 Noon in the Commissioners’ Board Room at the Watauga County Administration Building, Boone, NC. Those present were: Chairman Deal, Vice-Chairman Winkler, Commissioner Cooper, Commissioner Futrelle, Commissioner Kinsey, County Manager Nelson, Deputy County Manager Geouque, and Clerk to the Board Fogle.
The meeting was called to order at 12:05 P.M.
Chairman Deal added to the agenda proposed amendments to the joint venture agreement regarding the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (CJPP) GRANT APPLICATION/ CONTRACT REQUEST
County Manager Nelson presented the grant application/contract for Fiscal Year 2011 services by the Criminal Justice Partnership Program as provided by New River Behavioral Healthcare and requested approval for submission of the application on behalf of Watauga County for the amount of $64,463 which required no local match. A contract between Watauga County and New River Behavioral Healthcare to provide services as specified in the CJPP program was also included in the presentation.
Commissioner Futrelle, seconded by Vice-Chairman Winkler, moved to approve the submission of the grant application and the contract with New River Behavioral Healthcare for service provision as specified in the CJPP program.
AMENDMENTS TO THE PROPOSED JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT FOR THE TED MACKORELL SOCCER COMPLEX
The Board reviewed additional amendments to the proposed Joint Venture Agreement between the County, High Country Soccer Association (HCSA), and Appalachian State University (ASU). The amendments clarified the designation of responsibilities in the operations of the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Stephen Poulos, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that the Complex was open to the public when not scheduled and encouraged the public to respect the fields by not causing damage to the turf when using. Those wishing to reserve the fields could do so by calling the Parks and Recreation department who would then relay the request to the Management Committee in charge of scheduling.
After discussion, Vice-Chairman Winkler, seconded by Commissioner Kinsey, moved to adopt the Joint Venture Agreement between the County, High Country Soccer Association, and Appalachian State University as amended and direct staff to deliver the agreement to the HCSA and ASU.
PROPOSED CONTRACT AMENDMENT # 1 FOR PBC+L ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES FOR THE RECREATION CENTER
The Board reviewed a proposed amendment to the contract for architectural services for the recreation center as submitted by PBC+L.
Chairman Deal stated that the amendment included the scope of work and fees for design services associated with the existing Watauga High School site. The scope of work was to include the following: an assessment of the existing gymnasiums located at the existing school; the development of a preliminary master plan for the site; the establishment of building and site criteria for the development of the recreation facility; the investigation of potential buildings sites/buildable areas located within the site; the investigation of zoning and UDO development criteria for a recreation facility and adjacent structures; the identification of site restraints and solar orientations; the identification of potential pedestrian paths and roadways associated with the recreation facility and/or adjacent structures on the site; the identification of potential parking locations; the development of two preliminary layouts of a one or two story recreation facility for the site, one addressing an addition to the existing gymnasiums and the second a free standing facility with no attachment to the existing buildings; the development of a preliminary budget associated with each option and in conjunction with the construction management at risk firm; and the review of documentation provided by the County related to soils and existing building conditions.
The proposed fee for the amendment was $42,300 which was in addition to the existing PBC+L contract.
After review and discussion by the Board, Vice-Chairman Winkler, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, moved to approve Contract Amendment # 1 with PBC+L Architecture as presented, contingent upon the negotiation of the fee by staff in an amount not to exceed $42,300.
Chairman Deal encouraged citizens to offer suggestions for recreational programming in the County and then opened the meeting up for citizen discussion. Several ideas were shared including inquiries as to the placement of a swimming pool (possibly at the new high school site with a recreation center at the old high school site); reconfiguring the current pool into an indoor play area adjacent to the existing tot lot; building a recreation center at the new high school in the parking area and move parking behind the building; deeding an easement at the current high school property for future greenway trails; and creating additional biking opportunities.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:49 P.M.
Jim Deal, Chairman
Anita J. Fogle, Clerk to the Board