The Alleghany County Board of
Commissioners met in regular session on
Present: Vice-Chair Warren Taylor, Commissioner
Graylen Blevins, Commissioner
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Ken Richardson opened the meeting with a prayer.
Warren Taylor stated that closed session under 143-318.11 (a) (4) — economic
development and a discussion about variance procedures under
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for March 21, 2005 meeting
Motion on Minutes for
RE: Tax Releases & Refunds
RE: Mobile Home Ordinance
RE: FY 05/06 CJPP Grant
RE: Soil and Water Vehicle
RE: LEPC Annual Report
RE: Annual DSS Report and Community Child Protection Team Report
1. Home & Community Care Block Grant
2. FY 05/06 Budget Timeline
3. Lottery Resolution
4. Variance Procedures (added)
5. School Discussions
6. Other Business
7. Public Comments—30 minutes
8. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (4)—economic development (added)
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the February 2005 real property requests in the amount of $194.68 for refunds and $716.75 for releases.
The Board of Commissioners talked about the dates for Board of Equalization and Review and decided on April 19 at .
John Kennedy passed pictures around to the Board showing a 1972 mobile home he purchased. He explained the amount of money he has in the mobile home; $3,500. He stated that he wasn’t aware of the ordinance restricting older mobile homes. He explained the costs he has in the mobile home.
Jeff Cornett, Building Inspector, stated that he didn’t look on the inside of the trailer; he was looking for the HUD sticker and didn’t find it. He explained the reasons for the UL\HUD sticker. He stated that if any trailer doesn’t have a UL or HUD sticker, power can’t be hooked up. He explained that HUD could re-inspect the trailer to issue a sticker.
John Kennedy asked if he can keep the trailer and use it for storage.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about if the Board did agree, and then the Board would be in violation.
Jeff Cornett explained the aluminum wiring in mobile homes. He explained building the mobile home to safety standards.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Jeff Cornett talked about what options are available for Mr. Kennedy.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins and Jeff Cornett talked about the UL sticker and State law.
Jeff Cornett reviewed the North Carolina General Statutes regarding electricity and mobile homes. He stated that after conversations with the State, the State said that the trailers must have a HUD or UL sticker. He gave examples. He talked about the County ordinance.
Warren Taylor stated that electric service can’t be provided for this
trailer. He talked about granting a
variance and if a variance is granted, that action will open the door for any
junk trailers to come into
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about not having any options with the code book.
Jeff Cornett talked about it is against the law to sell a trailer that doesn’t have a UL/HUD sticker, so Mr. Kennedy may be able to get his money back.
John Kennedy asked where he could take the trailer. He stated that he bought it from an individual.
Cornett talked about taxes being paid on it in
John Kennedy asked if he can burn it.
Warren Taylor stated that the Board’s hands are tied. He asked Mr. Kennedy to continue working with
Mike Tompkins presented the 2005/06 Criminal Justice Partnership Program (CJPP) grant application. He explained the program. He stated the amount is $36,799 for 05/06. He further explained the program. He talked about a change in the process of assigning people to the CJPP. He stated that the State will be screening people before they come to New River Behavioral Healthcare (NRBH) instead of NRBH performing the evaluations.
Pam Andrews said that change went in effect during 2004.
Mike Tompkins gave an example of ways the program has worked in the past.
Mike Tompkins said that they are only dealing with the people that are sent to them.
Mike Tompkins continued to review the grant application.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked how this grant money is compared to last year.
Mike Tompkins stated that it is the same as last year. He explained the history of the money.
Mike Tompkins explained the most served by the CJPP has been 28.
Pam Andrews stated the new requirements would allow a maximum of $7,000 on the administrative side.
Pam Andrews said yes they would.
Pam Andrews explained that they will continue to offer the services but can’t handle the administrative portion.
Pam Andrews and Mike Tompkins talked about guidelines for fees to be charged. He talked about people being responsible for their services.
Pam Andrews stated that NRBH will continue to provide the service.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked if the CJPP Board approved to send in the application.
Pam Andrews stated that the State may approve the money but come back and request to work on the billing side.
Linda Hash, Soil and Water Office Manager, handed out information about bids received for a vehicle. She explained the need for a vehicle in the Soil & Water office. She explained why the Federal vehicle was reassigned to another county and the chances of the Federal position being filled. She talked about David Tucker from Ashe County is coming over to Alleghany to help with the workload with one person from Wilkes County coming one day a week to help, also. She explained the department’s current workload. She reviewed the money coming to the County for the farms. She reviewed the quotes from three dealers. She talked about the Soil & Water Board decided to provide ½ of the purchase price with $4,000 payable this year and $2,000 per year for the next 2-3 years. She described problems they experienced in driving the 1994 Ford Bronco.
Linda Hash talked about the quotes she has received, people going with them on the job site, pickup price would increase by $200 for a tool box and the need to get close to the job site.
Board, County Manager
Ken Richardson made a motion to appoint Jimmy Church and Bryan Edwards to serve
on the LEPC. Commissioner
Ashley, Social Services Director, presented the annual Community Child
Protection Team/Child Fatality Prevention Team report for 2004. She reviewed the highlights of the
report. She stated that they are asking
the Board to advocate on the State level for additional child-daycare funds and
consider a request for funding from the
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the challenges of serving on these teams.
Sandy Ashley presented the annual Social Services report. She reviewed the accomplishments for 2004 and goals for 2005.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated his appreciation for Sandy Ashley’s efforts.
Ken Richardson talked about changes in
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the resolution as presented by the
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he thinks it should be a separate meeting like the Board of Equalization and Review.
Commissioner Warren Taylor agreed with Commissioner Richardson and expressed his opinion on the time factor during a regular meeting.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about setting a precedent.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked if the decisions on variance requests have to be unanimous or majority. He stated that he thinks it is a good idea for the Board to refresh themselves about the issues before the meeting.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the first consideration of variances, and the Board must be very careful about not setting a precedent.
Warren Taylor stated that he thinks the variance meetings should be evening
hours like Board of Equalization and Review.
He asked the
The Board of Commissioners discussed dates to hold the meetings and decided on the second Tuesday or Thursday, preferably Tuesday.
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor called for a brief recess at .
Ken Richardson informed the Board that he spent Friday in
Scott stated that starting next month on the second Sunday each month there
will be a community concert at the
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor called for a lunch recess at until .
Warren Taylor stated that after further discussions with the
Commissioner Graylen Blevins joined the meeting at .
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor stated that no action was taken during closed session.
Board talked about the number of students at
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the financing side of the school facilities and the decision must be placed on a bond referendum.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Commissioner Ken Richardson continued talking about their support for the bond-referendum idea.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked if this Board needs to decide which option is the best.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he thinks that it is the School Board’s decision.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about our Board is where we want to be and the Commissioners part is the financing.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about they think the high school construction was on a bond in the mid-1960’s. Commissioner Richardson talked about the two bonds that he remembers; Jail Bond and Sparta Elementary School Bond.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the bond referendum is a one-shot deal for whatever option is chosen by the Board of Education. He stated that the bond should get the school situation fixed for several years instead of coming the Commissioners every couple of years with construction needs.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the comments from the audience last week being they wanted the best thing for the children. He talked about the difference in the tax rates for the different options.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the previous project at the high school was thought to fix the needs for a long time, but the meeting last week the Board heard comments otherwise about not planning correctly.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about this needing a secure plan before placing anything on a bond. He further talked about trying to make sure everyone is happy before going to the bond.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins stated that the Commissioners are elected to serve the public and will the Commissioners have to market the bond.
Graylen Blevins and County Manager
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about if the General Assembly would give the counties the additional cigarette tax revenues that might be able to finance with an installment-purchase plan.
Ken Richardson talked about the $5,000,000 package for
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about when changing plumbing, heating, et cetera more problems are created.
Commissioner Ken Richardson reminded everyone that the high school had bathroom issues during the last renovation.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the drawing shown for additional property showing the parking on land that hasn’t been purchased or optioned.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked for a status on the bus garage.
The Board talked about school-owned property on the drawing, optioned property, the drawing of the proposed school property.
Warren Taylor and Commissioner
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked about additional programs and having free space.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the ADM numbers from the low wealth funding.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the needs are for more programs instead of school-population growth. He further talked about the bond that was passed for the State community colleges/universities a few years back for construction financing. He thinks this is the place for the extra cigarette tax revenues.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked where ABC money goes.
Ken Richardson discussed a letter from the NCACC entitled “Understanding County
Governance in Our Public Education System” on April 6 in
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the architect money spent on the gym project being fronted by the school and then came to the County for reimbursement. He talked about bills being introduced every year for schools to have taxing authority.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that he thinks it needs to be a joint effort between both groups regarding the architect fees.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that a decision should be made before spending a lot of money on architect fees.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the last renovations, including the high school, was 3 cents.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the more things you add to the bond; the least likely it will be passed.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that the estimated cost for the library is $1,000,000.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the need, select the best possible plan and market the plan to the community.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about most of the talking from last week’s meeting was about cutting programs from the school system. He further talked about the need to get focused internally and most parents will do the best thing.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins mentioned the traffic problems. He asked if Department of Transportation could get involved with assisting in the traffic problems.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that he isn’t sure if Department of Transportation could do that. He asked does the Town or schools own the road.
Commissioner Warren Taylor mentioned that help might be available from the from Rural Transportation Planning Organization
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the amount of traffic now.
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor asked for public comments. None were received.
Being no further business, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor recessed the meeting at until on Tuesday to meet with the Board of Education.
Clerk to the Board