Alleghany County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August
15, 2005, at in the Conference Room of the CountyOfficeBuilding, 90
South Main Street,
Sparta, North Carolina.
Present:Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren
Taylor, Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon, Commissioner Ken Richardson, CountyAttorney Donna Shumate, CountyManager Don Adams and Clerk to the Board Karen Evans.
Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Sandy Carter Herndon opened the meeting with a prayer.
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the agenda for this August 15,
2005, meeting.Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the
August 15, 2005
Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for August
Motion on Minutes for August
RE:Tax Releases & Refunds
RE:Alleghany Citizens for Environmental Safety
RE:EMS Annual Report
RE:WCC Annual Report
1.Reminder Joint Meeting
2.Reminder Labor Day Meeting
3.CDBG Budget Amendments
4.Maintenance Budget Amendment
7.Public Comments—30 minutes
8.Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a)
NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (6)—personnel
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to approve the minutes for the August 1,
2005, meeting.Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the
Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the July 2005 real property requests in
the amount of $1,567.65 for refunds and $4,364.58 for releases.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve the July 2005 real property requests in the amount of $1,567.65
for refunds and $4,364.58 for releases.Commissioner
Sandy Carter Herndon seconded the motion.Vote 5:0.
Mary Walker presented the July 2005 automobile requests in the amount of
$336.06 for refunds and $1,755.00 for releases.
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to approve the July 2005 automobile
requests in the amount of $336.06 for refunds and $1,755.00 for releases.Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the
Mary Walker explained that she had completed a discovery in May on Rufus
and Nedra Barker.She stated that they
own 40.08 acres.She further explained
that the discovery was for 20 of the 40.08 acres that hasn’t had taxes paid on
it from 2000-2004.She stated that the
20 acres was listed on the tax bill and the property record card with no value
listed.She further stated that the
discovery did not have any interest or penalties because it is real property.She said that the discovery is in the amount
Barker joined the meeting.Mary Walker explained to Ms. Barker the information that has been shared
with the Board.Ms. Barker stated that
she didn’t think she should have to pay this bill especially since her tax bill
listed 40.08 acres.
Mary Walker explained that the tax bill included the value for the house
and 20.08 acres.
Warren Taylor and Mary
Walker discussed that
there was no way for Ms. Barker to know she wasn’t paying taxes on the 20 acres
unless she had reviewed the property record card.
Eldon Edwards, County Manager Don Adams and Mary Walker discussed the amount owed and actions by previous boards.
Mary Walker explained the actions that the Commissioners could take and
everyone should check their property record card.
CountyManager Don Adams and Mary Walker discussed the Commissioners being personally liable when
Eldon Edwards stated that this matter should be tabled to allow the CountyAttorney time to review the law to see if the Board can legally
Cook came before the Board to state that their group has formed the Alleghany
Citizens for Environmental Safety and will be joining the Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League.He stated that they are
doing research and informing the citizens of the environmental, safety, health
and tourism impacts of an asphalt plant.He further stated that they are here to show support to the Board
concerning the polluting industries.He
talked about they are having a fundraiser on September 2.He explained their actions and their
mission.He reiterated that they are
coming to let the Board of Commissioners know of their support and will keep
coming to let their progress be known.
Sandy Carter Herndon and Bruce Cook talked about sharing their research
information with the land-use committee.
Cook talked about having tri-fold pamphlets to disperse explaining the effects
of an asphalt plant.
Eldon Edwards talked about the CountyAttorney is researching this issue.He stated his appreciation for everyone’s concerns.
Cook talked about bringing information to the Board to make decisions based on
true accurate facts.He further talked
about the growing tourism business in the County.He thanked the Board for what is being done.
Edwards, EMS Administrative Director, came before the Board to present the EMS annual report.She talked
about the current staffing numbers, number of calls and transport miles.She explained changes that have been made like
offering quicker access to Air Care and having IV pumps so medications doesn’t
have to be stopped when transporting patients.She explained how the State tracks a lot of their information electronically.She talked about meetings that are held
regarding paramedics’ performance, the amount of required continuing education
for paramedics and recognition received for the paramedics going above and
beyond their call of duty.She
explained other highlights during the past year.
Eldon Edwards thanked Linda
Edwards for a good
Sandy Carter Herndon and Linda
purchasing things like IV warmers for EMS.
Warren Taylor stated that his opinion is that when counties contract for EMS it takes away the personal care aspect.
Linda Edwards talked about the number of employees that also volunteer on
the Rescue Squad.
CountyManager Don Adams talked about the medical oversight and the
additional effort and time spent on the EMS department because of their uniqueness in the medical field.
Jane Phipps Boger came before the
Board to present the WilkesCommunity College annual report.She reviewed
their mission statement and accomplishments for the prior year.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Commissioner
Sandy Carter Herndon stated their appreciation for the good report.
Phipps Boger talked about the advantages and disadvantages being at the new
location with the disadvantage being the facility isn’t as visual as it was on Main Street.
Sandy Carter Herndon and Jane Phipps Boger talked about having signs on Main Street for the College.
Warren Taylor, County Manager Don Adams and Jane Phipps Boger discussed the
plans for the walkway between the High School and the College, WCC bringing
estimates to the Board and Blue Ridge RC&D is willing to assist with the
CountyManager Don Adams reminded the Board about the Joint Meeting with
the Town on August 29 at at the CountyOfficeBuilding.
CountyManager Don Adams stated that the next regular meeting falls on
Labor Day.He asked the Board when they
would like to schedule the next meeting.
Board of Commissioners discussed different dates for the meeting and decided on
Tuesday, September 13 at .
Manager Don Adams presented budget amendment General Fund #5 in the amount of
($263,293) and budget amendment CDBG Fund #1 in the amount of $263,293.He explained that this is moving the
Scattered Site housing program monies to its own fund.He further stated that no county money is
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to approve budget amendment General
Fund #5 in the amount of ($263,293) and budget amendment CDBG Fund #1 in the
amount of $263,293.Commissioner Warren
Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
CountyManager Don Adams presented budget amendment General Fund #6 in the
amount of $2,301 for insurance proceeds for repairing lightning damage to an
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve budget amendment General Fund #6 in the
amount of $2,301.Commissioner Graylen
Blevins seconded the motion.Vote 5:0.
CountyManager Don Adams presented a contract regarding telecommunications
with Robert Segal.He reminded the Board
of the sales tax audit discussions previously with Mr. Segal.He informed the Board that the sales tax
information did not involve enough monies to have the audit performed.He explained that the telecommunication audit
will review all of the county’s phone systems and bills.He told the Board about phone billing errors
the BDC has found.He stated that Mr.
Segal retains 50% of any money the County saves from billing errors for a
period of two years.He talked about Mr.
Segal may recommend changes but it is up to the Board to decide on the
Warren Taylor and County Manager Don Adams discussed the time factor involved for
the employees with this audit.
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to approve the contract with Robert
Segal for auditing the telecommunication expenses.Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the
Warren Taylor mentioned a letter received by David Linton asking about the difference
between the lawnmower race track and the asphalt plant and their property
value.He stated that he is recommending
that the CountyManager and the CountyAttorney reply about the difference in these two situations.
Eldon Edwards talked about the differences.
CountyManager Don Adams talked about their recourse concerning their
Sandy Carter Herndon mentioned a letter she received concerning the
Alleghany Youth Football.She stated
that she is proposing that the County fund their request now and put it in the
budget next year.She talked about the
amount of money needed this year.
CountyManager Don Adams and Amy Pardue informed the Board that they need $2,373.The CountyManager explained the Recreation Department can’t take on new programs
without the Board’s approval and the reason for waiting until next budget year
to bring it into the County’s budget.
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to give them $2,373 this year without
the County taking over the program.
CountyManager Don Adams and Amy Pardue discussed the swim team and wrestling.
Warren Taylor stated that budget time is the time to be deciding on additional recreational
Graylen Blevins talked about the recreation program being for all of the
Amy Pardue stated that some of the programs want to keep their
programs in house rather than turning them over to the County for operation.
Warren Taylor seconded the motion on the floor for the $2,373.
Board of Commissioners, County Manager Don Adams and Amy Pardue discussed the recreation department, volunteers operating
the programs, the County assuming personnel when taking over programs and
making the recreation program all it can be for everyone.
Board of Commissioners voted on the motion on the floor.Vote 5:0.
Ken Richardson stated that the NC Council has asked him to be their CountyCommissioner representative.
Eldon Edwards talked about a letter received from NCACC requesting a contribution
from each county for a Ron
scholarship.He stated that he isn’t
sure that this is something the County should fund.
Warren Taylor stated that if the County decides to contribute to a scholarship,
it should be our local scholarships.
Graylen Blevins and Commissioner Sandy
Eldon Edwards asked for public comments.
Phipps Boger talked about the importance of the Recreation Department and their
involvement in ensuring the safety of the children participating in sports.
Scott talked about a letter he gave the Board requesting funding for expanding
the Channel 50 services.He explained
that the channel will be like a public service station.He further explained what they are looking at
Eldon Edwards asked for further public comments.None were received.
Eldon Edwards made a motion to enter into closed session at under NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal and (a) (6)—personnel.Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the
Eldon Edwards declared a 5-minute recess at .
Amy Pardue joined the Board at and left at .
Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn closed session at and reconvene the regular meeting.Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon seconded the motion.Vote 5:0.
Eldon Edwards stated that no action was taken.
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to hold a public hearing on September
13 to consider a 90-day moratorium to allow time to review adopting a polluting
industries zoning ordinance.Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion.Vote 5:0.
Being no further business, Commissioner
Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at .Commissioner
Graylen Blevins seconded the motion.Vote