Alleghany County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor,
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that a discussion about a proposed asphalt plant needs to be added to the agenda.
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the amended agenda for this
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for
Motion on Minutes for July 18, 2005 meeting
RE: 911 Road Names
Planning Committee Annual Report
Alleghany Connections Annual Report
Emergency Management Annual Report
RE: Preliminary Major Subdivision Approval
Land-Use Committee Discussions
1. Fairgrounds Citizen Request
2. Annual Conference Voting Delegate
3. Budget Amendment—EEP Program
4. Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee Appointment
6. Asphalt Plant Discussions (added)
7. Other Business
8. Public Comments—30 minutes
9. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (6)—Personnel
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the minutes for the
Commissioner Graylen Blevins arrived at .
Chair Eldon Edwards recessed the regular meeting at and opened the public hearing regarding the E-911 Road Names.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Chair Eldon Edwards closed the public hearing at and reconvened the regular meeting.
Agnes Joines with the Planning Committee came before the Board to present a report regarding their history and activities including fundraisers like the Hillbilly Comedy Show. She explained that they donate money for two scholarships, emergency food and fuel, lending library, Prom Promise, Alleghany Cares Medical Mobile, Alleghany Connections and Boy Scouts of America food drive.
Lisa Edwards with Alleghany Connections came before the Board to present a report regarding how Alleghany Connections operates including helping at least eight children per month. She talked about their fundraising activities and things they do to help the children. She stated that they have 14 children on the waiting list. She reviewed the criteria for volunteers, and volunteers mainly help the children by being a positive adult role model.
Commissioner Ken Richardson thanked
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve the preliminary plat. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about the lawnmower race that was recently held as a fundraiser for Mike Choate. He stated that Mike Choate has requested that this request be dropped and the proceeds go to the fairgrounds.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that Mike’s request will be honored unless the Board has problems with the request.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to appoint Ken Richardson as the voting delegate. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a
motion to approve budget amendment General Fund #4 in the amount of
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to appoint Mary Mabe to serve on the Long Term Care Advisory Board. Commissioner Ken Richardson seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a motion to deny the request. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about
receiving information last week regarding an asphalt plant locating in the
County Manager Don Adams reviewed the options that the Board has; no action or if concerns exist, adopt a moratorium. He explained the two types of moratoriums, regulating the industry and zoning the industry. He stated that the zoning moratorium must have a public hearing with proper notice in the newspaper and a regulating moratorium can be passed tonight with a unanimous vote.
The Board of Commissioners, County
Commissioner Warren Taylor and County
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about adopting a moratorium for 90-days to allow for more time to discuss this issue.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a motion for a 10-minute recess.
The motion died due to lack of a second.
Chair Eldon Edwards declared a brief recess at .
Chair Eldon Edwards reconvened the meeting at .
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked for public comments before any action is taken on the moratorium.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about following the order of the agenda.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about getting the public’s opinion before voting and his concerns about voting without both parties present.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about representing more than the people in the audience here and wanting to be as well informed as possible when making decisions.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a
motion to accept the moratorium ordinance however it may impact the
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about a news release from Virginia Foxx regarding $1,000,000 for the water treatment plant for the joint water authority.
Commissioner Warren Taylor mentioned a meeting he will be attending on August 24 at the Broyhill Inn in Boone.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked about the water authority.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that they have been meeting for about a year. He gave the Board an update on the project.
Commissioner Ken Richardson mentioned that he attended a meeting to welcome the new district NCDOT Board member and the Secretary of Transportation was in attendance, as well.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments.
Tom Burgiss introduced speakers concerning the asphalt plant; Sid Miller, Bruce Cook, Mickey Hall and Rick Profitt.
Sid Miller talked about this is a health hazard to the entire county. He quoted an EPA report regarding the health hazards. He further talked about a survey of residents near an existing plant with health problems. He stated that the asphalt company regulates themselves, and they won’t do it. He gave examples. He further stated that this will have a negative economic impact on the County. He talked about companies take advantage of the County and then leaves.
Bruce Cook talked about the economic
impacts of an asphalt plant. He further
talked about the amount of tourism in
Mickey Hall thanked the
Rick Profitt stated that he wanted to thank everyone for the work that has been done so far. He gave the Board information regarding the farming community. He talked about not knowing the effect from the plant on trees, livestock, wildlife and streams. He stated that everyone needs to write letters to try to keep this community healthy.
Tom Burgiss stated that this ends their presentation. He expressed his appreciation to the Board for listening to them. He reminded the Board to talk to the people who can help them during this process.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that closed session can wait until the next meeting.
Mickey Hall asked about the
Mickey Hall talked about the need to educate the public about the zoning and regulatory aspects of this project.
An unidentified man asked about the regulatory jurisdiction and how far can the regulations go.
County Manager Don Adams talked about these are the things that the Board will review.
A member of the audience asked when the next meeting is.
The Board stated that the next meeting is the third Monday at .
Being no further business, Commissioner
Graylen Blevins made a motion to adjourn at . Commissioner
Clerk to the Board