The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners held a budget workshop on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at 1:30pm in the Conference Room of the County Office Building, 90 South Main Street, Sparta, NC.
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order at 1:30pm.
Chair Eldon Edwards called for a 5-minute recess at 2:11pm.
The Commissioners met with Randy Blankenship, Chief Building Inspector, to discuss the Building Inspections budget request for FY 2004-2005 including requests for the part-time administrative assistant to be re-classified as a full-time position and increasing the fee schedule. He gave examples of how the work is increasing for the inspections department due to the increased number of new permits. He reviewed the additional amount of money needed for the full-time administrative assistant. He talked about how the change in personnel would help the efficiency of the office.
The Board of Commissioners and
Dr. Gordon Burns, Wilkes Community
College President, presented an overview of activities during this year at the
Alleghany Campus of the
Morgan Francis, Wilkes Community College Finance Director, reviewed the updated budget request for the Board of Commissioners including a 5% salary increase for employees paid from county funds, a new phone line due to the increased usage, the additional costs of utilities that the County has been paying and the replacement of floor cleaning equipment.
Walt Plexico, Wilkes Community College
Dean of Instruction, discussed keeping enrollment up and curriculum classes. He talked about marketing strategies to
promote the Alleghany Campus and the creation of a Student Government
Association, with no costs to
Walt Plexico stated that a grant has been applied for concerning the assistance in the vocational technology area.
Commissioner Warren Taylor, Dr. Burns and Walt Plexico discussed offering an associate’s degree that will transfer to a 4-year college and students going to Surry Community College rather than Wilkes Community College.
Walt Plexico talked about vocational classes at the college.
Walt Plexico and Morgan Francis talked about the high number of Pell grants received, majority of students qualifying for grants and scholarship funds available based on need or types of classes.
Dr. Burns and Walt Plexico talked about the restrictions that a satellite campus faces.
Dr. Burns stated that they have shared the new initiatives that they think will greatly benefit the Alleghany Campus.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated his appreciation to Dr. Burns and his staff for the efforts at the Alleghany Campus.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and County
The Board of Commissioners and County
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned that he couldn’t attend the budget meeting on Thursday.
The Board of Commissioners discussed the time to have a public hearing on June 21. They decided to have the public hearing at 6:30pm on the 21st of June. They further discussed additional dates for more meetings.
Chair Eldon Edwards recessed the meeting at 3:50pm until June 3, 2004, at 2:00pm.
Clerk to the Board