County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order.
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for April 5, 2004 meeting
Motion on Minutes for March 15 & 29, 2004 meetings
RE: ROAP Grant
RE: Occupancy Tax
RE: Vet Incentive
1. Home & Community Care Block Grant Advisory Board
2. Joint Community Advisory Committee Appointment
3. DANA Lease
4. Map Review Officer Resolution
5. Other Business
6. Public Comments—30 minutes
7. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal
NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (4)—economic development (added)
Chair Eldon Edwards recessed the regular meeting at and opened the public hearing regarding the Rural Operating Assistance Program grant.
April Caudill, Transportation Director, explained the ROAP grant including the funding amounts; EDTAP $35,721, Work First $2,032 and RGP $20,431 totaling $58,184.
Chair Eldon Edwards and April Caudill discussed the EDTAP and Rural General Public (RGP) transportation funds.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments.
Chair Eldon Edwards closed the public hearing at and reconvened the regular meeting.
Leanne Murray, Chamber of Commerce Director, came to discuss occupancy tax with the Board of Commissioners. She displayed ads that are being funded with the current occupancy tax monies collected. She explained that she hasn’t been able to complete the amount of advertising that is needed due to limited funds. She reviewed the occupancy taxes revenues and expenditures for this fiscal year. She stated that the current occupancy tax is collected from accommodation providers with five or more units. She further stated that she is proposing to change the occupancy tax law to require all accommodation providers collect the 3% occupancy tax. She further reviewed their actions on making this change including talking with our State legislation, working on the wording for the bill draft, met with accommodation providers. She reviewed the wording of the proposed changes; money being limited to travel and tourism by giving 100% to the Chamber of Commerce for travel and tourism, not to exceed 6% and to be decided upon by the Board of Commissioners. She talked about the travel and tourism coalition wanting the County to develop a tourism development authority. She explained that the Chamber will set up a separate committee to act as the tourism development authority. She stated that she is asking for the Board’s support for getting this change. She explained that the Board of Commissioners will be able to set the rate between 3% and 6% if the proposed changes are adopted.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Leanne Murray talked about how this change will be fairer across the accommodation providers in the county and the collection process.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that they would like the County to hold a public hearing on this subject.
The Board of Commissioners and Leanne Murray discussed the procedures of collections and expenditures for the occupancy tax.
John Hampton explained that the County needs another full-time veterinarian and is asking for the County’s assistance in help to recruit a new veterinarian to the area by providing a financial incentive to this individual. He explained that he is looking at having $100 per week, $5,200 a year, payable to the loan holder instead of to the individual, as long as this person works as a veterinarian in the County for four years.
Chair Eldon Edwards and John Hampton discussed the new veterinarian.
The Board of Commissioners discussed taking these funds out of economic development.
The Board of Commissioners and John
Hampton discussed this action is a good faith effort on the County’s part to
assist the new vet with her financial situation and the action would be
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that it sounds like the Board’s consensus is to go ahead on this idea and the Board will vote on the matter when all Commissioners are present.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve Council on Aging as Lead Agency for the Home & Community
Care Block Grant for this year and make the following changes to the H&CCBG
advisory board; Danny Jacobs replacing Lisa Rogers and removing David Jackson. Commissioner
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve the resolution as presented by the
Commissioner Warren Taylor mentioned that the State is looking at having an exotic animal ordinance for the entire state, and we need be proactive instead of reactive on this issue.
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned a letter
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned a
Canadian prescription program and
Chair Eldon Edwards passed around a copy of the jail inspection report.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about our dues for NCACC for next year is $1,856.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that no action was taken during closed session.
Being no further business, Commissioner
Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at . Commissioner
Clerk to the Board
WHEREAS, S.L. 1997-309 (S875) makes a number of significant changes in the procedures for recording maps and plats; and
WHEREAS, the main purpose of the law is to transfer the responsibility for reviewing plats to determine whether they meet recording requirements for the Register of Deeds to a Review Officer; and
WHEREAS, NCGS 47-30.02 requires the Board of Commissioners in each county, by resolution, to appoint a person to serve as Review Officer to review each plat before it is recorded and certify that it meets the statutory requirements for recording; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners to insure an expeditious review of all maps and plats as required by NCG S 47-30.2 before they are presented to the Register of Deeds for recording.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED effective January 6, 2004, that Kaynita L. (Wendy) Williams and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution designating the Review Officers be recorded in the Alleghany County Register of Deeds Office and indexed in the name of the Review Officer.
Adopted this 5th day of April, 2004.