Alleghany County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor,
Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Commissioner
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Warren Taylor opened the meeting with a prayer.
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for
Motion on Minutes for
RE: Tax Releases and Refunds
RE: Dispatch Operations
RE: FY 2006/2007 Budget
RE: Recycling Contract
RE: Subdivision Plats
1. Year-End Budget Amendments
2. Other Business
3. Public Comments—30 minutes
4. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal
NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (6)—personnel
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the minutes for the
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the May 2006 real property requests in the amount of $498.41 for refunds and $2,405.47 for releases.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a motion to approve the May 2006 real property requests in the amount of $498.41 for refunds and $2,405.47 for releases. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Mary Walker presented the May 2006 automobile requests in the amount of $126.26 for refunds and $1,782.48 for releases.
Mary Walker presented a motor-vehicle appeal. She explained that the NADA value is $14,100, the vehicle was purchased for $14,000, and she recommends the value to be $14,100.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve Mary Walker’s recommendation of $14,100. Commissioner Ken Richardson seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that
Sheriff Caudill is on his way to the meeting.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a
motion to approve the preliminary plat for Jose Leon. Commissioner
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve the preliminary plat for Elk Ridge. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
The Board of Commissioners agreed to meet as the Planning Board on July 11 at .
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned that the Planning Board needs to look at changing the make-up of that Board and the issue could be discussed at the July 11 meeting.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that each Commissioner should bring one name to the Planning Board meeting.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a
motion to approve the budget amendments presented by the
Mike Caudill, Sheriff, stated that now that everyone has had an opportunity to look over the information, does anyone have any questions.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for an explanation on the project.
Sheriff Caudill talked about this is in regards to moving dispatch from the reception area to the old magistrates’ office. He reviewed the information that was provided to the Commissioners; wall coverings and console quotes. He talked about communication equipment. He further talked about the possibility of leasing the equipment. He explained that with leasing the equipment, they will maintain and update the equipment for the duration of the lease.
Sheriff Caudill stated that floor coverings aren’t included in these numbers. He talked about wanting to create a room that will provide for dispatch during the next 25 years.
Sheriff Caudill explained construction problems regarding a bathroom in the dispatch area.
Sheriff Caudill reminded everyone that doesn’t include floor covering or console radio equipment.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the need to have the dispatchers working in the best environment possible.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Sheriff Caudill talked about not having a price for the lease today.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he recommends making motions to get the items ordered. He talked about the accessories should be considered on the Watson quote.
Ken Richardson made a motion effective
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve $13,900 for dispatch and to consider the carpet pricing later. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards opened the public hearing at regarding the FY 06/07 budget.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments.
Jack Cahn talked about
John Miller thanked the Commissioners for listening to the Hospital. He talked about the Hospital is a huge economic item in the county. He further talked about the importance of having a strong hospital. He thanked the Commissioners again for the consideration of the Hospital’s request.
Linda Smith stated that she is a 40-year employee of the Hospital. She talked about how difficult it is to make these decisions. She thanked each and everyone for what has been done.
Dorothy Lord talked about changing technology. She encouraged the Board to look at leasing the dispatch equipment instead of purchasing it.
George White stated on behalf of the Hospital and as the finance committee chairman, he is encouraging the Board to vote for the funding for the Hospital.
Dr. Jeff Cox thanked the Board for their commitment to the schools. He stated that they appreciate the funding provided. He talked about he understands that this is the first time they have received full funding for their capital request. He further talked about the pie chart showing the percentage spent on schools, and that he has seen larger percentages in other places. He stated that he applauds the Commissioners for the work done during this tough budget year.
Ralph Castillo thanked the Board for what they have done for the Hospital, and thanked every citizen in the County for the support.
McKnight thanked the Board for their consideration of the
Duane Davis stated that he supports the 2006/2007 budget ordinance as presented. He talked about Alleghany Group Homes and the services they provide. He explained their financial problems. He reiterated that he supports the budget ordinance and Alleghany Group Homes.
John Hedrick thanked the Board for the staffing increase at the Alleghany County Library.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for further public comments. None were received.
Chair Eldon Edwards closed the public hearing at .
Eldon Edwards stated that there are issues in the budget that he supports in
principal but cannot support providing funding for the
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about according to the rules of the procedures abstaining from voting is an affirmation of the vote.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that up until this point Chair Eldon Edwards hasn’t discussed the Veterans Service budget request.
Warren Taylor talked about raising taxes to this level and a lot of things
compounding at one time. He further
talked about the impact of putting these decisions off until later. He gave an example of safety capital projects
at the schools. He talked about he would
have liked to have had a lower tax rate.
He asked the
Commissioner Graylen Blevins agreed that no one likes a tax increase. He talked about supporting each other in the community like a community. He further talked about the citizens’ reactions, and he tries to spend County money like it is his money.
Ken Richardson stated that he wanted to congratulate the
Eldon Edwards stated his appreciation to
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the FY 2006/2007 budget ordinance. Commissioner
Chair Eldon Edwards declared a brief recess at .
Roger Brady stated that he doesn’t have any problems with the contract, and he would like to leave it as it is.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about Section 3. He further talked about citizens’ complaints regarding the facility.
Roger Brady talked about reasons the recycling piled up. He further talked about now he has to bale the loose paper. He explained that he has been working on cleaning out the building and will continue working on cleaning up the facility.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked about the usage of the word promptly in the contract.
Roger Brady talked about working with trucking companies to get service for picking up the recyclables.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked if everyone could verbally agree about what the word promptly means.
Roger Brady stated that the shipping schedule depends upon how everything can be worked out. He explained how often recyclables are picked-up.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked if Mr. Brady has done any type of promoting recycling in the community.
Roger Brady stated that he hasn’t been to the schools. He further stated that he doesn’t really know what he is supposed to do.
Eldon Edwards, Commissioner
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the agreement for a period of two more years. Chair Eldon Edwards seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Chair Eldon Edwards called a recess at .
Chair Eldon Edwards reconvened the meeting at .
Tom Terrell joined the Board during closed session.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to adjourn the closed session at and reconvene the regular meeting. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that no action was taken during closed session.
Being no further business,
Clerk to the Board
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