Alleghany County Awards Audit Contract to Gould-Killian

 

April 4, 2018

Sparta, NC – The Alleghany County Commissioners announced this week the awarding of the 2018 audit contract to Gould Killian CPA Group, P.A. of Asheville.  Gould Killian will provide the audit for the county government as well as for the Tourism Development Authority

“It was a difficult decision but after 18 years with Martin Starnes & Associates, the County Commissioners have decided to move forward with Gould Killian, from Asheville, as our new audit firm,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We appreciate all the assistance that Martin Starnes and its employees have provided to the county over these many years and we wish them the best.”

All North Carolina counties will be paying substantially more for the 2018 audit as the State has imposed additional requirements and testing procedures.  These new requirements have spurred many counties and towns to shop for new services.  The new procedures have also persuaded many audit firms to seek new business.  This market change benefitted the county.  “The last few times we have requested auditing proposals, we have not received any.  Thankfully the market has changed somewhat and more audit firms are aggressively seeking new business.  My office looks forward to working with Gould Killian,” added Karen Evans, Finance Officer.

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

NOTICE

There will be a special called meeting of the New River Service Authority Board on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 205 (the Commissioners’ Board Room) of the Watauga County Administrative Building, 814 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607, for the purposes of adopting a records retention and disposition schedule, discussing the dissolution of the Board, and discussing such other business as may lawfully come before the Board.

Alleghany County Spends $54,000 with 29 Local Vendors in February

February 28, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $54,085.30 with 29 local vendors during the month of February.

“The county staff continue to pursue buying as many goods and services locally as possible,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “Small businesses are the backbone of any local economy.  We host a Spotlight Business at each Commission meeting and will continue to tell our ‘buying locally’ story.”

During February the County purchased at least $500.00 of goods and services from 13 different businesses.  The County also utilized a new vendor, Walker’s Welding & Muffler, who completed $4,270.00 of repair work to transfer station equipment.  “We also spent nearly $2,000.00 at City Limit Tire.  Adam Woodel and his staff were able to match the state contract price on a bulk tire order for the Alleghany in Motion vans.  We certainly appreciate their cooperation on this order,” added James.  Other purchases this month included the quarterly payment for animal shelter expenses to Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital, ambulance box repairs made by Advantage Trailers and a large printing order completed by Presnell’s Printing.

“We are proud of all our local business owners.  There are many wonderful small businesses located right here,” stated Mark Evans, Board Chairman and small business owner.

The buying locally results by vendor are updated approximately every two weeks on the county website at the following link:  http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/

 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

 

County Commissioner Candidate Orientation To Be Held on March 9th

 

February 19, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that it will hold an orientation for any interested county commission candidate.  The meeting will be held on Friday, March 9th at 9:30 am.  The Board of Elections monthly meeting is earlier that morning at 8:30.

“Serving as a County Commissioner is a big responsibility.  This candidate orientation will hopefully inform the interested candidates in the role and responsibilities of a Commissioner and the time commitment required.  We want to help all candidates be better informed so those who are elected can hit the ground running in December,” stated Michael James, County Manager.

The event is also open to the public.  “Any citizen is welcome to attend if they are interested in learning more about county government and the role of the County Commissioner,” added James.  The meeting will be held in the County Commission meeting room.  The meeting will be filmed and archived for the local government television channel.

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Now Live Streaming County Commission Meetings

 

February 19, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that it has begun live streaming all county commission meetings beginning with today’s session.  To view the live stream, simply load the county website (www.alleghanycounty-nc.gov/) and click on the icon “Stream Commissioner Meetings.”

“We are excited to serve our citizens better by live streaming county commission meetings,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We all have jobs and family commitments and not everyone can attend the meetings in person.  This gives our citizens another option to be informed.  So cozy up on the couch in your fuzzy slippers and watch your local government in action.”

For the time being, the live stream will be internet only.  But the county hopes to begin live broadcasts on the local government channels through Alleghany Community Television in the near future.  “One of the most important roles of local government is keeping our citizens informed of what we are doing,” added Mark Evans, County Commission Chair.

The recorded meetings will still be available to watch through all the normal channels including the county website, YouTube and the local government channels through Alleghany Community TV

The County Commissioners meet regularly on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm and the third Monday at 10:00 am.

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

County Seeking Citizens to Serve on Courthouse Advisory Committee

February 19, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced the formation of an advisory committee to assist with the upcoming decision about whether or not to expand the county courthouse.

“If we are going to spend several million dollars on a courthouse expansion or a new courthouse, we want to make sure we have explored all possible avenues and scenarios.  It is important to have citizens as part of this committee in addition to county government personnel,” stated Mark Evans, County Commission Chair.  “We want to make sure this decision is made properly and in an organized and informed manner.”

The committee will be comprised of 8 to 10 individuals including 1 or 2 County Commissioners, representatives of other County agencies as well as up to 4 citizen members.  The four potential outcomes to be studied include the proposed expansion presented in November of 2017, renovating a different building, constructing a new courthouse or continuing to utilize current court facilities.

“Any citizen interested in serving on this committee should use the Courthouse comments box on the county website or send a letter (PO Box 366, Sparta, NC 28675) or email (manageralc@skybest.com) to my office.  Please write a few sentences detailing why you would like to serve on the committee,” stated Michael James, County Manager.

“We anticipate the committee will meet 1 to 2 times per month over the course of 6 months or so.  In order to accommodate everyone’s schedule, many of these meetings will need to occur during regular business hours.  Please keep this in mind if you are interested in serving on the committee.”

The application period extends from February 20th to March 9th.  At the March 19th County Commission meeting, the Commissioners will appoint the citizen committee members.  The committee is expected to hold its first meeting shortly thereafter.

For More Information Contact:

 

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Spends $95,000 with 34 Local Vendors in January

 

January 31, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $94,974.95 with 34 local vendors during the month of January.

“The current Board of Commissioners have emphasized buying goods and services from Alleghany County vendors whenever possible.  The county staff has embraced this,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We always have to balance being good stewards of taxpayer money.  That means sometimes we do have to go outside the county to obtain goods and services.  But our county employees try diligently to transact business locally.  Since we do not have any ‘big box’ retailers here in Alleghany County this money is being spent at family-owned businesses.  These vendors live here and in turn re-spend that money locally.  With the way the calendar fell in January, we had three check runs instead of the normal two which partially explains the increase.”

During January, the County purchased such items as HVAC repairs at the Community College, CRISIS heating oil for Social Services recipients, numerous upset bid legal advertisements in the Alleghany News to the meals served to inmates at the county jail from locally-based, family-owned businesses.

“We are proud to support our local vendors.  Alleghany County is home to many top-notch small businesses,” added Mark Evans, Board Chairman and small business owner.

The buying locally results by vendor are updated approximately every two weeks on the county website at the following link:  http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Buying Locally Initiative Yields 60 Vendors $435,000

December 20, 2017

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $435,413.52 with 60 local vendors since mid-May.

“The current Board of Commissioners have placed an emphasis on buying items from Alleghany County vendors whenever possible.  County staff has really taken this initiative to heart and run with it,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We always have to balance being good stewards of taxpayer money.  That means sometimes we do have to go outside the county to obtain goods and services.  But our county employees do their best to acquire things locally.  Since we do not have any ‘big box’ retailers here in Alleghany County this money is being spent at family-owned businesses.  These vendors live here and in turn re-spend that money locally.”

The County has purchased everything from youth sports uniforms to heating oil to auto parts and repairs to the meals served to inmates at the county jail from locally-based, family-owned businesses.

“We are proud to support our local vendors.  Alleghany County is home to many top-notch small businesses,” added Mark Evans, Board Chairman.

The buying locally results by vendor are updated approximately every two weeks on the county website at the following link:  http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Maintenance Garage Completed

December 8, 2017 

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that Building Inspector Travis Dalton has issued the Certificate of Occupancy for the new County Maintenance Garage.  The garage is located at 37 North Cox Street on a portion of the former county library property.   

“This new garage will enable the county to perform most routine maintenance of county vehicles, including ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and Alleghany in Motion vans, here in house.  This will save the taxpayers money and decrease the vehicles’ down time,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We already have a certified mechanic working for the Maintenance Department.” 

“Our new garage is more than twice as large as the old shop – and much better equipped,” added Josh Greene, Public Works Director.  “We have substantially more storage and can now accommodate larger vehicles such as ambulances.  My team has worked hard to finish the interior of the building over these last several weeks and I appreciate their efforts.”   

FG Dillard & Sons of Sparta erected the metal building while the County Maintenance staff completed the electrical and the interior work.  The new garage has several offices and a partial second floor for storage.  The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. 

The County Maintenance staff will host a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the public in January.  The exact date and time will be announced in the near future. 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179