by YES! Staff

‘ SCUTTLEBUTT: Forsyth tables new lease with Baptist Hospital Developments across the Triad and beyond, compiled by Keith T. Barber and Brian Clarey

TheForsyth County Commissioners voted unanimously to table a resolutionthat would have raised the rent the county pays to Baptist Hospital foruse of its public health dental clinic by a whopping 6,102,400 percentduring the council’s regular meeting Dec. 15. Currently, the countypays Baptist Hospital $1 a year to operate the dental clinic thatserves Medicaid eligible adults located at 501 N. Cleveland Ave. CountyManager Dudley Watts said the hospital has indicated that itcan no longer afford to lease the dental clinic to the county for $1 ayear, and is proposing an annual rental rate of $61,024. The county’scurrent lease with the hospital expires at the end of this month.Commissioner Walter Marshall said he felt disappointed by thehospital’s demands. “I think this is political more than anythingelse,” Marshall said. Commissioner Richard Linville entered themotion to table the hospital’s proposal, “to see whether we canrenegotiate.” Watts informed the board that its Dec. 15 meetingrepresented its last of the year, so the matter couldn’t be taken upagain until after the lease with Baptist Hospital had expired. “I needto find out if they’re willing to give us a month-to-month occupancy,”Watts said. The resolution authorizing the execution of the new leaseproposed by the hospital indicates that the revenues derived from theoperation of the clinic by the county should be sufficient to pay alloperating expenses including the new rental fee of $61,024. — KB

McNeill steps down Guilford County Manager David McNeill announced his retirement last week at the county commissioners meeting after whispers that newly named Chair Melvin “Skip” Alston and Vice Chair Steve Arnold were gathering votes for his ouster. McNaill will step down Jan. 1, 2009, and Finance Director Brenda Jones Fox was approved by a 9-2 vote to serve as interim manager. — BC UNCG security breach Abreach in computer security at UNCG occurred last week when a virus wasdiscovered in a machine in the Accounting Services Department, whichprocesses the university’s payroll. At risk is the compromise of thepersonal information of faculty, staff, student employees and formeremployees who were paid as recently as April. Names, Social Securitynumbers, direct deposit routing numbers and bank account informationwere stored on the computer. “This is a very, very seriousmatter, and the university is taking all the necessary steps to assurethe security of our employees’ personal and business information,” ViceChancellor for Business Affairs Reade Taylor said in a pressrelease. “We are advising employees to check direct deposit accountswith their banks to ensure that no unauthorized activities, such asunknown or suspicious withdrawals, have been made. “We believe the riskto actual data is low, but we can’t take chances. We are notifyingpeople about the situation, whether there is a risk or not.” UNCG hasbegun a website,, for employees to gain moreinformation about the breach. They direct questions to 336.334.5851.And the university has alerted TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, thethree major credit reporting agencies, and the state attorney general’soffice of the possible heist. — BC Ashe to ashes? Forbes magazinenamed Asheboro as one of the “fastest-dying towns” in the nation in itsDecember issue. Journalist Matt Woolsey compiled information from USCensus data and put Asheboro at No. 4 on the list, behind Kokomo, Ind;Candler-McAfee, Ga.; and Bensenville, Ill., which earned the No.1 spot due to its decline in manufacturing and warehouse jobs and an11.4-percent income decline from 2000-’07. Asheboro, for its part,posted a surge in poverty from 15.7 percent to 26.7 percent, aseven-year income decline of 9.5 percent and a dropping domesticmigration rate. — BC

Kaplan, Ferrell appointed to Airport Commission

The Forsyth County Commissioners appointed commissioner Ted Kaplan and Thomas Ferrell to the Airport Commission during the council’s regular meeting Dec. 15. Chairman Dave Plyler nominatedKaplan to be the commissioner representative on the AirportCommissioner. Kaplay was endorsed by a unanimous vote of his fellowcommissioners. In a tiebreaker vote, Ferrell defeated rival William Whiteheart forthe other seat on the commission. The Airport Commission is responsiblefor governing, maintaining, operating and developing Smith ReynoldsAirport. The commissioners also appointed Monica Thompson to the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee; Terry Cox to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee; and Richard Reich and Frank Serge tothe Zoning Board of Adjustment. Appointments to the Coalition for DrugAbuse, Historic Resources Commission and Juvenile Crime PreventionCouncil were continued to a later date due to a dearth of candidatesfor those committees and councils. — KB

Parks director retires

Greensboro Parks & Recreation Director Bonnie Kuester hasannounced her retirement as of Jan. 31, 2009, according to a pressrelease issued by the city. Keuster, only the fourth director in theParks & Recreation Department’s 75-year history, was hired bv thedepartment in 1968 to work with special-needs children. She becamedirector in 1992. “It has been an honor to serve in the City of Greensboroorganization and our community for the past 40 years. I am especiallythankful to the dedicated and highly professional s— BC

Forsyth adopts new flood standards

TheForsyth County Commissioners approved a resolution to ensure thecounty’s flood damage prevention regulations are consistent withcurrent National Flood Insurance Program standards during the council’sregular meeting Dec. 15. Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts explainedthat counties across the state are required to adopt newly revisedFederal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps toreflect changes to local floodplains. The major change is thathouses and other structures built in the county have to be two feetabove the base flood elevation, or the 100-year flood elevation. Theprevious ordinance required structures be built one foot above the base flood elevation.

Wattspointed out that an additional foot of building construction adds tothe initial cost of development, but that cost is more than offset bythe significant reduction in flood insurance premiums for homeowners.Watts added that commissioners had to adopt the updated flood insurancerate maps by Jan. 2 in order for the county to remain eligible for FEMAdisaster assistance. — KB

SCAAP funds

TheForsyth County Commissioners approved the use of federal grant moneyreceived by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to go toward providinghealth care at the Forsyth County Youth Detention Center during thecouncil’s regular meeting Dec. 15. The sheriff’s office recentlyreceived $88,608 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance under its State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Thesheriff’s office is currently soliciting bids for a health provider forits detention center. The sheriff’s office requested a portion of thefunds be used to purchase global positioning system devices forelectronic house arrest in an effort to encourage the courts to placemore non-violent offenders under house arrest. The program providesfederal payments to states and localities that incurred correctionalofficer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal alienswith at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions. — KB