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BOCC Regular Session Highlights for May 26

Post Date:05/27/2020 10:00 AM
Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met virtually at 7 p.m. on May 26, 2020. The virtual option aligns with social distancing requirements to ensure the safety of citizens who wish to participate as well as Board members and Durham County staff. Highlights from this meeting includes: 

 

 

  • Chair Wendy Jacobs called the May 26 Regular Meeting to order.

 

 

  • The Board welcomed Durham County’s first Racial Equity Officer, Kweli Rashied-Henry.  Ms. Rashied-Henry has more than 20 years of experience focused on serving communities and developing and implementing equity solutions towards improving outcomes. Most recently she served as the Director of Health Equity for March of Dimes.

 

  • The Board also welcomed Cate Elander, the County’s new Early Childhood Coordinator. Cate brings 13 years of community development experience with child and family-serving nonprofits to the position. For the past 8 years, she has worked first at EDCI and then, more recently, for MDC.

 

  • The Board proclaimed May 2020 as Older Americans Month.

 

  • The Board also proclaimed May 2020 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

  • A summary of the Consent Agenda follows:
    - The Board authorized the County Manager to extend a contract with Insight Global for up to $72,800 for the contracted services for a Technical Support Analyst to work with the IS&T Client Services from the IS&T 2020-2021 Operational Budget.

    - The Board authorized the County Manager to execute a service contract to Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART) in the amount of $73,800.

    - Commissioners voted to accept the property tax release and refund reports for March and April 2020 as presented and authorize the Tax Assessor to adjust the tax records as outlined by the reports.

    - The Board authorized the County Manager to increase the interlocal agreement with the City of Durham in the amount of $35,0000, for a total interlocal agreement amount of $210,000 for the City to provide recycling processing and haul services to Durham County for target recycling materials.

    - The County Commissioners approved a  Budget Ordinance Amendment appropriating General Fund Balance of $152,000 to support contracts related to the Food Security Task Force and Durham County’s response to COVID-19. The contracts were approved at the Board of County Commissioner’s Regular Session on May 11.

    - The Board approved the County funding of $21,525 for face coverings being provided by the Cover Durham Project. In addition the City of Durham and Durham Public Schools also joined in this project to provide funds to support the Cover Durham Project, which is working to distribute tens of thousands of free face coverings to those in need. 

    - The Board conducted a public hearing to receive citizen input on the Recommended Budget for FY 2020-21.  Twenty-nine persons sent in comments which were read into the record by Clerk to the Board Monica Toomer. The total recommended budget is $675.9 million for fiscal year 2020-21, a 2.68% increase from last year. Budget work sessions are currently being held and a final vote is expected on June 8. 

    - The Board held a public hearing on the resolution related to the not to exceed $75,000,000 Limited Obligation Bonds, Series 2020C and 2020D during the May 26, 2020 regular session with public comment to remain open for 24 hours after the public hearing as per the recently passed COVID-19 Recovery Act. Final action will be taken on June 1 at the Board’s work session. 

    - IS&T Director Greg Marrow provided an update on the continuing recovery from the March 6 Malware attack.

    - Public Health Director Rod Jenkins updated the Board of the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Appointments were made to the following boards and commissions:

  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Board - Gale Adland
  • Animal Welfare Advisory Committee - Kari Linfors
  • Board of Health - Joshua Brown
  • Durham Cultural Advisory Board - E’Vonne Coleman-Cook, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell
  • Farmland Protection Advisory Board -William Sparrow, Sr, Nancy Herndon
  • Industrial Facilities/Pollution Control Financing Authority - Elizabeth Wiener
  • Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee - Shannon Casey

 

 

The Board adjourned the regular meeting and went into closed session to consider the acquisition of real property at 9:40 p.m.

 

To view the agenda and recording of the BOCC Regular Session Meeting, visit the BOCC’s Website.

 

 

Commissioner Announcements

Funding Opportunities/Unemployment Assistance (for independent contractors and self-employed):

  • New Salesforce Care Small Business Grants -- Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak.  The application period opened today and will close Friday, May 1st at 11:59PM. 

https://apply.salesforce.ureeka.biz/prog/salesforce_small_business_grants_east

  • Duke Durham Fund Phase 1 - $1 Million for Emergency Relief -- Duke is now providing rapid relief grants up to $5,000 to community-based organizations that are supporting basic needs in Durham. To date, we have received more than 100 applications and have granted more than $200,000. We are actively reviewing open applications. Eligible organizations may complete the short application online at any time, and organizations that received funding in April may reapply for additional funding during round two in May and round three in June. Applications for emergency relief for the community are available at  community.duke.edu/give.

 

  • New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance -- NC Independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning Friday, April 24th.  Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors (1099 employees).  More information to include how to apply can be found here.  To apply, please go here.

 

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians.
    • The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. As part of the state’s recent hurricane recovery efforts it served over 4,400 people in the most impacted counties, and now it is being made available to everyone in North Carolina’s 100 counties during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is in partnership with all seven of the state’s LME/MCOs and REAL Crisis Intervention Inc. in Greenville. Hope4NC is now available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to speak to a live person.
    • The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is a new initiative in partnership with the North Carolina Psychological Foundation. It provides mental health and resilience supports for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, other staff who work in health care settings and their families throughout the state who are experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response. Hope4Healers is also available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for people to reach out for support; they will be contacted quickly by a licensed mental health professional for follow-up.

 

  • Be on the Lookout for Scammers During Crisis - Attorney General Stein is urging North Carolinians to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the pandemic, and his office has released a one-page guide to help consumers better understand these scams.  

If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, please report it to the N.C. Attorney General’s office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or ncdoj.gov/complaint

 

The price gouging law that protects people from scammers is also in effect in North Carolina. Attorney General Stein and the North Carolina Department of Justice will be reviewing price gouging complaints from consumers closely and are prepared to take action against any businesses engaging in price gouging activities. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint at ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging.

  • COVID-19 Internet Service Options - In response to COVID-19, many North Carolina residents are being asked to work and learn remotely. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings. Visit www.ncbroadband.gov/covid19 for more information.
  • How to Apply for Federal Small Business Disaster Loans - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. Affected businesses may apply for low interest SBA disaster loans.  

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s
secure website at www.disasterloan.sba.gov

 

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

  1. Need Urgent Child Care due to COVID-19 Response? - The NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network and our partners across the state are working together provide these vital child care options. If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of COVID-19 closures, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your child.

    Care options are for parents whose typical child care arrangements are unavailable due to school or child care closings and who cannot access other care.

    Options are available for infants up to children age 12. 
     
  2. Durham One Fund Supporting Displaced McDougald Terrace Residents -The Durham One Fund is now accepting donations to support the McDougald Terrance residents impacted by the high carbon monoxide levels and mold conditions reported last week. For those interested in donating, please visit: and for more information please visit unitedwaytriangle.org/durham-one-fund and for more information please visit unitedwaytriangle.org/durham-one-fund-now-accepting.
  3. The Durham Universal Pre-Kindergarten Applications are now open - Applications for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. To be eligible, you must be a Durham County resident and your child must be four (4) years old by August 31, 2020. Please call 1-833-PREK-EDU or visit www.durhamprek.orgfor more information. 
  4. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is now available to Durham Residents - Durham residents in need of heating bill assistance can now apply for help through the Department of Social Services. Applications are being accepted Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Lobby #27 of the Health and Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main St. Walk ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. Please call 919-560-8000 for additional information and assistance.  
  5. Tax Administration Programs and Offerings - The Durham County Tax Administration will begin accepting applications for the Hardship Payment Plan and will begin offering Property Tax Relief Programs to qualifying elderly, disabled and U.S. Veteran Homeowners. For more information please visit www.dconc.gov/tax, email tax_assessor@dconc.gov or call 919-560-0300. 
  6. Get Involved, it’s your County! Durham County Government has approximately 43 active advisory boards referred to as Boards and Commissions. Citizens of Durham County may volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. Interested citizens should fill out an application and send it to the Clerk to the Board’s Office. A description of the boards as well as a list of vacancies can be found on the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/boards-and-commissions. If you need additional information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025 or send an email to: BoardsandCommissions@dconc.gov.   
  7. We invite you to tune in to the Durham Television Network (DTN) on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, and Frontier Communications channel 70 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or click here for more information.
  8. Alert Durham - Sign Up Today - Durham County wants to keep its citizens informed and safe in the case of an emergency. Sign up for Alert Durham to receive notifications about severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. To sign up for Alert Durham, visit AlertDurham.com.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020. To view the agenda and recording of the BOCC Regular Session Meeting, visit the BOCC’s Web site.  For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at 919-560-0025 or email mtoomer@dconc.gov.

 

To view the BOCC meeting, visit the Durham Television Network (DTN) on Spectrum Channel 8. Replays are available on DTN along with AT&T U-verse Channel 99, Google Fiber Channel 8 and Frontier Communications Channel 70.

 

 

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