The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners reconvened the
recessed budget meeting from Thursday, June 1, 2006, on Friday, June 2, 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, CountyManagerDon Adams and Clerk to the Board Karen Evans.Commissioner Graylen Blevins and County Attorney Donna Shumate were absent.
Chair Eldon Edwards reconvened the recessed meeting at .
Kate Cosner, Elections Director, came before
the Board requesting a personnel change to change the administrative assistant
to full-time.She explained the
additional work load due to the new voting machines and the new voting
laws.She gave the Board Jenny Billings’
background.She talked about this year’s
salary line item versus next year’s.She
further talked about saving money on the software for the machines.She read letters from Ed Adams and Jane
Cirulis-McSwaim showing support for making the position a full-time position.
Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon and Kate Cosner talked about the workload during
off election years.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Kate Cosner talked about the budget request for
making the position full-time.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Kate Cosner talked about the election software.
Kate Cosner thanked the Board for allowing her
the opportunity to present this request.
CountyManagerDon Adams explained the amount needed for
this position change is $6,754.
CountyManagerDon Adams explained the Library’s request of
$153,676 for next year, and he is recommending $130,633.
John Hedrick came before the Board to discuss the Library’s
request.He stated that they are asking
for a 20-hour employee to be moved to a 40-hour employee.He further stated that change will costs
$14,366.He explained the need for the
Joan Sherill talked about this person has been an employee
for over 20 years off and on.
Debbie Brewer talked about the benefits of having the
employee full-time and his knowledge.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that he understands this
request and thanked the Library staff for the presentation.
Frances Buckle stated her appreciation for the Board’s time.
The Board of Commissioners and County Manager Don Adams talked about the library’s budget.
Linda Edwards, EMS Administrative Director, came before the
Board to discuss EMS
rates.She explained that she recommends
the base rates stay the same because they are inline with surrounding
counties.She further explained she is
recommending increasing the mileage rate by $2 per mile.
CountyManagerDon Adams explained what is included in the
budget regarding EMS
Linda Edwards explained the number of transports
last year and rates that Wilkes and Ashe counties charge for mileage.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Linda Edwards talked about needing a new ambulance
and the condition and mileage of the existing ambulances.
CountyManagerDon Adams and Linda Edwards explained that they are researching
the costs for remounting the patient box onto a new truck.
Commissioner Ken Richardson and County Manager Don Adams talked about EMS revenues versus the EMS budget and how much the County
Commissioner Ken Richardson and Linda Edwards talked about increased
transportation to Winston-Salem.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about two things that the
citizens wouldn’t want to give up is EMS and Alleghany in Motion.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to increase the EMS mileage rate from $6 to $8.Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon seconded the motion.Vote 4:0.
Commissioner Warren Taylor thanked Linda Edwards for her efforts at EMS.
CountyManagerDon Adams asked if the Board still agrees to
hold the public hearing on June 19 at .
The Board agreed.
The Board of Commissioners talked about when to have other
budget meetings.They decided on June
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about taking the departments’
requests one at a time to discuss them.
Commissioner Ken Richardson recommended having round-table
discussions to allow each Commissioner to speak and then vote on each issue.
The Board of Commissioners and County Manager Don Adams discussed ways to offer incentives
regarding the Hospital’s request.They
further discussed ways to help the Hospital.They talked about inviting Ralph Castillo to come to another meeting to
answer the Board’s questions.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about the WellnessCenter’s request.He stated that they have requested $100,000
and the CountyManager has recommended $25,000.
Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon stated her concern about
closing the doors and what will the employees, citizens and agencies do.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the County’s
investment of $30,000 for a $2,000,000 facility.
CountyManagerDon Adams stated that Council on Aging has
requested $132,330, and he has recommended $129,726.
Janis Fender came before the Board to discuss Council on
Aging’s request.She gave the Board a
handout detailing her request.She
explained the items on the paper and how they will impact Council on Aging.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about he thinks the mileage reimbursement
rate increase in appropriate and explained why he thinks so.
The Board of Commissioners, County Manager Don Adams and Janis Fender talked about the
State raising the minimum wage, the costs associated with it, the impact to
Council on Aging and funding structure for in-home aide program.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about if minimum wage
goes up then it must be addressed.He
further talked about he isn’t opposed to a mileage increase but thinks everyone
needs to be treated equally.
The Board of Commissioners and County Manager Don Adams talked about the costs of raising
everyone’s mileage reimbursement rate to 48¢ and the area mileage rates.
Janis Fender stated that they need $6,382 to make ends meet
CountyManagerDon Adams reminded everyone that he
recommended a 3% across the board increase.He talked about the need to look at all special appropriations because
others have needs but decided not to come before the Board.
Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon talked about the need to be
fair across the board.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about if the minimum wage
is raised, then it would have to be reviewed.He also talked about looking at mileage reimbursement rates.He asked Janis Fender to calculate how much
additional monies would be needed for raising the mileage rate and increase in
minimum wage and give it to the CountyManager.
Chair Eldon Edwards thanked Janis Fender and Karon Edwards for
attending this meeting.
Chair Eldon Edwards called for a brief recess at .
Ralph Castillo with AlleghanyMemorialHospital joined the Commissioners meeting at
CountyManagerDon Adams summarized some of the questions from
the prior conversations this morning with the Board about the Hospital’s budget
request regarding incentives for a surgeon and physician recruitment.
Ralph Castillo explained the types of agreements that are
typically done in the medical community; traditional monthly income guarantee
and flat fee guarantee.He further
explained the differences in the guarantees and how the money is paid out.
The Board of Commissioners, County Manager Don Adams and Ralph Castillo talked about how
the incentive money is paid, profit from the physician’s practice, breakdown of
the Hospital’s funding request, the Hospital’s financial shape and timeline for
recruiting a surgeon and an internal-medicine physician.
The Board of Commissioners stated their appreciation for
Ralph Castillo coming to this meeting.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to adjourn this
meeting at .Commissioner Warren
Taylor seconded the motion.Vote 4:0.