††††††††††† The Alleghany County Board of
Commissioners and Sparta Town Council held a joint meeting on Monday, January 30, 2006, at in the
Conference Room of the CountyOfficeBuilding, 90 South
Main Street, Sparta, NC.
††††††††††† Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair
Warren Taylor, Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon, Commissioner
Ken Richardson, Mayor John Miller, Town Council Members Robert Andrews, John
Brady, Agnes Joines, Mike Parlier, Lois Sheets, County Manager Don Adams, Town Manager
Bryan Edwards and County Clerk
to the Board Karen Evans.†
††††††††††† Chair Eldon Edwards called the
meeting to order for the County at .
††††††††††† Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve the agenda for this January
30, 2006, meeting.†
Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon seconded the
motion.† Vote 4:0.
made a motion to approve the minutes for the October 31, 2005,
joint meeting.† Commissioner Warren
Taylor seconded the motion.† Vote 4:0.
††††††††††† Mayor John Miller called the meeting
to order for the Town at .
††††††††††† Robert Andrews
made a motion to approve the agenda for this January 30, 2006,
meeting and the October
31, 2005, joint meeting minutes.† John Brady seconded the motion.† Vote 5:0.
Joint County/Town Meeting
Called to Order
Motion on Agenda
Motion on Minutes
1.Regional Tourism Initiative
2.Water Authority Update
3.Joint County/Town Property Tax Collections
explained the new regional tourism initiative involving Alleghany, Stokes,
Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties in North
Carolina and Carroll, Grayson
and Patrick counties in Virginia.† He further explained the preliminary organizational
goals, preliminary program goals and priority themes.
Edwards and Mayor John Miller commented how this sounds like a good idea, fits
in with the county activities and having more in common with the counties
involved in the tourism initiative.
stated that they are in the beginning stages with several details to be worked
out.† He further stated that
presentations will be made to both boards at a later date and the need for
start-up monies.† He informed everyone
that the next discussions will be on the organizational structure and the
Mayor John Miller and Commissioner Sandy
discussed this being similar to High Country Host.
Warren Taylor stated that this is a valuable initiative and areas cannot be
said she is delighted to see the ideas under priority themes, and everyone
should express pride in the heritage of this area.
stated that AlleghanyCounty
will host the next meeting on March 31 at the Blue Ridge BDC.† He explained that SurryCounty
started this initiative and is providing the financing so far.† He further explained that the initiative is
being facilitated by David Long.
and Town Manager Bryan Edwards
updated everyone on the Virginia/Carolina Water Authority hiring an engineering
group and moving forward on the project.
Ken Richardson asked about opposition to the project.† Town Manager Bryan
Edwards stated that comments
have been more inquiring questions instead of complaints.† He gave examples of some of the questions
dealing with the projectís location and visible aspects of the water plant.
Miller stated that he is amazed with the progress.
Edwards stated that this is a positive thing for the Town of Sparta
for the future.
and Town Manager Bryan Edwards
discussed studies being completed concerning the impact the water plant will
have on the river and the permitting process.
updated everyone on the joint tax collections concept.† He explained that the initial meeting has
been held and the questions that came from that meeting.† He further explained that this will be like a
one-stop taxpaying service to town residents.†
He told them how town residents must go to the tax office and the town
office to get all of their property taxes paid.†
He explained that there are a series of things that would have to be completed
in order to put this in place.† He talked
about the County law that requires all taxes must be paid before a deed can be
transferred, and the Town doesnít have that law but they could look into
and County Manager Don Adams
discussed software changes that may be needed for the joint tax collections and
refunds/releases being the most complicated part.† He mentioned ideas for handling
refunds/releases and other things that will need to be addressed including
returned checks.† He stated that the
timing on combining collections is the billing for January 1, 2007.
Miller said that this will be a great service to the Town.† He asked if other towns/counties have
stated that they have copies of other towns/counties agreements and are using
them as guidelines.† He explained the
reasons to put this in place January
Ken Richardson asked how combining collections will affect the Board of
Equalization and Review (E&R).
stated that it will not affect the Board of E&R.† Town Manager Bryan
Edwards stated that they
have no basis to go against the Board of E&R or the CountyCommissioners
values.† He stated their appreciation to Don
Adams and the Tax Office
for working on this project.
Town Manager Bryan
Edwards and Robert Andrews
discussed how property is billed if part of the land is in the town limits and
part is not.
reminded everyone of things that town citizens are accustomed to now that will
change.† He gave an example of when the
delinquent taxes are listed in the newspaper.
and Leslie Mozingo with the Ferguson Group came before the group to discuss
their activities during 2005.† They
explained that our congressional delegation deserves all of the credit because
of how hard they worked for AlleghanyCounty.† Debbie Bryant explained a handout describing the
five projects that they worked on and the accomplishments on those projects
being $500,000 for the SpartaTeapotMuseum
and $1,000,000 for the Virginia/Carolina Water Authority.† She further explained why other projects
didnít receive funding.†
Edwards and Debbie Bryant discussed two projects that didnít receive funding
and whether those projects would be eligible for funding this year.† Debbie Bryant explained that they will be
working with the county representatives to see what projects will be considered
this year.† County Manager Don
Adams talked about the
Courthouse is ineligible because construction has begun.† He further talked about two areas of
consideration for this funding year; water authority and roads.
stated her appreciation for the efforts and time spent on AlleghanyCountyís
Miller talked about the need to keep this relationship going.
Miller stated that Charity Gambill called him about a new group buying the pipe
factory, and she told him that the Town and County could call the new company
to welcome them to AlleghanyCounty.
He suggested that the CountyManager,
Town Manager and he go visit them later this week.
Miller talked about the relationship between the Board of Commissioners and Town
Council.† He stated he is very proud of
the relationship and everyone should be also.†
Chair Eldon Edwards agreed.
talked about this was a good meeting with good information provided.
and Agnes Joines agreed.
Lois Sheets stated
that she would like to reiterate the Mayorís comments about the relationship
between the two boards.
talked about working together pays off, and he is excited that good things are
Ken Richardson talked about AlleghanyCounty
is retaining the Tier 1 status and the meaning of the status for
employers.† He asked if the tax credits
could apply to travel and tourism jobs created.
explained that it is strictly for manufacturing jobs.
Ken Richardson talked being the only state that requires counties to pay a
portion of the Medicaid expenses.† He
explained that the State is considering asking the counties to give up Article
39 sales tax in place of the Medicaid costs.†
He further explained how that could impact us.† He said that the State will allow the
counties to decide to add another 1Ę sales tax.† He informed everyone that Medicaid is the
most expensive budget item in 50 counties.
thanked the Town Council for meeting with the Commissioners.† She stated that this is a prime example of
why people come to AlleghanyCounty.
Warren Taylor stated that we are fortunate to have local people who work so
hard for AlleghanyCounty;
Jonathan Halsey.† He thanked them for
Edwards reiterated the Medicaid concerns.†
He talked about the roads situation in AlleghanyCounty.† He thanked the Mayor and Town Council for
attending this meeting.† He also thanked Bryan
Edwards and Don
Adams for the tremendous
jobs they do for the town and county.
Bamberg gave everyone an
update on volunteer recognition for the North Carolina Award for Outstanding
Volunteer Service.† He recognized the
following individuals who has received this award; Mary Ruth Sezter, Tom
Burleson, Stellena Caudill, Pat Polley and Tom Dorsett.
no further county business, Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn
the meeting at .† Commissioner Sandy
seconded the motion.† Vote 4:0.
further town business, John Brady made a motion to adjourn the meeting at .† Robert Andrews seconded the motion.† Vote 5:0.