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March 10, 2008 (Work Session) <br />Page 739 <br />related to an "award of surplus weapons upon retirement" on the Consent <br />Agenda and to extend an invitation to the retiree to attend a Board meeting <br />for retirement recognition. <br />Amendment to the Cabarrus County Code of Ordinances - Offenses and <br />Miscellaneous Provisions - Section 46-4 <br />John Day, County Manager, requested to amend Section 46-4 of the <br />Cabarrus County Code of Ordinances - Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, <br />to allow those with concealed weapons permits to do so on County property <br />without violation. He referred to a recent incident in Missouri where a <br />gunman killed three council members and wounded others. He also commented on <br />the difficulties involved in securing the Governmental Center due to the <br />number of entrances, etc. He reported the Sheriff and the District Attorney <br />are comfortable with rescinding the ordinance and said lives could have been <br />saved if an individual with a permit, trained and carrying a weapon had been <br />present at the meeting in Missouri. <br />Richard M. Koch, County Attorney, stated rescinding the existing <br />ordinance would eliminate any confusion between the existing ordinance and <br />the General Statue. With regard to Courthouse security, he advised that <br />citizens will not be allowed to conceal carry in the Courthouse. <br />There was a brief discussion on existing safety measures. Mr. Day <br />recommended a public hearing be held. <br />UPON MOTION of Vice Chairman Juba, seconded by Commissioner Carruth and <br />unanimously carried, the Board voted to place the Amendment to the Cabarrus <br />County Code of Ordinances - Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Section <br />96-9, on the March 29, 2008 Agenda as a New Business item and scheduled a <br />public hearing for 6:30 p.m. <br />Fleet Ehel Card Program - All Departments <br />John Day, County Manager, presented a request to utilize the North <br />Carolina State Contract Euel Card Program instead of renewing the annual <br />contract every year. He explained how State Contract pricing works and <br />responded to questions from the Board. <br />UPON MOTION of Vice Chairman Juba, seconded by Commissioner Mynatt and <br />unanimously carried, the Board voted to place the Fleet Fuel Card Program <br />(for all departments) on the March 24, 2008 Agenda as a Consent item. <br />Request for Town of Midland to Purchase Right-of-Way at Rocky River <br />Elementary School for Monroe Pipeline <br />John Day, County Manager, reported a map of the proposed natural gas <br />line that the City of Monroe plans to construct through Cabarrus County to <br />connect with a wholesale gas provider in Mooresville, was previously provided <br />to the Board. Because the City of Monroe is not located in Cabarrus County, <br />he explained that Monroe is not permitted to purchase right-of-ways in <br />Cabarrus County. To address this issue, he reported Monroe has entered into <br />an inter local agreement with the Town of Midland to purchase the right-of- <br />ways and Midland would also have access to gas line, should it want to <br />operate a natural gas distribution system. Although there is little the <br />County can do to promote or prevent the construction of the gas line, he said <br />the main issue is whether to sell a utility easement across the Rocky River <br />Elementary School property to Midland. <br />Richard M. Koch, County Attorney, pointed out the request includes five <br />parcels and a purchase price of approximately $12,000.00. Mr. Day also <br />commented on the different sizes of the right-of-ways and asked the County <br />Attorney to address the issue of one governmental entity exercising eminent <br />domain over another. <br />In summary, Mr. Koch reported Midland can exercise eminent domain if <br />the Town can show the pipeline is for a valid public purpose. He also <br />responded to a number of questions related to: environmental issues <br />associated with the right-of-ways; limitations on actions the County can take <br />because the use of eminent domain is granted by statute; etc. <br />At 9:59 p.m., Chairman White opened the meeting for Informal Public <br />Comments and said each speaker would be limited to three minutes. <br />Jim Wilkinson, a resident of the Odell community, reported a developer <br />was going to purchase his 80 acres, but the deal fell through when the <br />