The Alleghany County Board of
Commissioners and Sparta Town Council held a joint meeting on
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair
Warren Taylor, Commissioner
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order for the County at .
Mayor John Miller called the meeting to order for the Town at .
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the agenda for this
Mayor John Miller stated that the agenda meets the Town’s approval.
Joint County/Town Meeting
Meeting Called to Order
Motion on Agenda
1. Sandy Ashley, DSS Request
2. Water Authority Update
3. Joint Tax Collections
4. Next Joint Meeting
5. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)-legal
Town Manager Bryan Edwards gave everyone a brief summary of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards reviewed
Helen Ruth Almond talked about it is a pleasure to be involved with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Chair Eldon Edwards, Mayor John Miller and Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about the natural dam on Little River, previous discussions about the dam and the limited access.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards stated
his appreciation for Helen Ruth Almond and the other board members and
Helen Ruth Almond talked about the importance of taking one or two of the projects and seeing progress early.
Sandy Ashley, Social Services Director, talked about a letter received from the State concerning recently appropriated monies involving child welfare staffing allocations. She gave the Commissioners statistics on the increased caseload for child abuse/neglect. She talked about how the State monies can be used to match federal money to obtain an additional Social Worker III position at a pay grade 68. She further talked about adding this position will be no additional costs to the County.
Sandy Ashley stated that DSS will comply with all of the Terms and Conditions. She explained the Multiple Response System that is discussed in the Terms and Conditions.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about the $1,000,000 received in federal monies this year for the project. He further talked about the actions by the Ferguson Group in assisting with obtaining these monies.
Mayor John Miller talked about this being a window of opportunity.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and
Mayor John Miller talked about the confusion from the taxpayer when they come to the Town to pay their taxes but have questions about their assessment and has to go to the Tax Office anyway.
Commissioner Ken Richardson and Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about other counties that handle municipal tax collection and vehicle tax collection.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned the next joint meeting is scheduled to be on October 31st.
Mayor John Miller talked about the 5th
Mondays work out good to hold the joint meetings and mentioned having the
October 31st meeting at the new
Chair Eldon Edwards listed out the joint meeting dates in 2006.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about several good things going on in the Town.
John Brady reiterated that a lot of positive things are going on now with more work needed.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about moving forward and is pleased with what is happening in the Town and County.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about serving on
the Rural Transportation Committee with John Brady and
Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about the projects have been moved back due to funding issues. He further talked about pursuing other avenues concerning funding.
Commissioner Ken Richardson mentioned attending the NCACC Annual Meeting and some counties are asking for another local option ½ ¢ sales tax to assist with school construction, each county must request to be added to the list of eligible counties and this being an option if the County wishes to pursue it. He explained the procedures for getting the ½ ¢ sales tax.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that by adding
Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion the motion on the floor. Vote 4:0.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about the Town would be included if the County decides to do so since the Town is receiving a portion of the current sales tax.
Town Manager Bryan Edwards invited everyone to the
Community Visioning Forum on
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Mayor John Miller adjourned the Town meeting at .
Chair Eldon Edwards called a brief recess at .
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to enter into closed session at under NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 4:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that no action was taken.
no further business, Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the
meeting at . Commissioner
Clerk to the Board