The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 2, 2006, at 6:30pm in the Conference Room of the County Office Building, 90 South Main, Sparta, North Carolina.
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor,
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Warren Taylor opened the meeting with a prayer.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked that the Mental Health Interlocal Agreement be added to the agenda.
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for
Motion on Minutes for
RE: Drug Dog
Council on Aging Annual Report
Chamber/Occupancy Tax Annual Report
1. Regional Library Board Appointment
2. Maymead Court Date
3. Veterans Service Officer
4. Mental Health Interlocal Agreement (added)
5. Other Business
6. Public Comments—30 minutes
7. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal
NCGS 143-3188.11 (a) (6)—personnel
Eldon Edwards made a motion to approve the minutes for the
Michael Faulkner informed the Board that he had invited the Sheriff to attend this meeting. He asked the Board if they would wait for the Sheriff before he began his presentation.
The Board agreed.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins arrived at .
Janis Fender stated that she will be presenting the annual report for Council on Aging. She asked the Board if they have any questions about Council on Aging.
Janis Fender reviewed Council on Aging’s programs and services. She explained the services offered and number of clients served through the Home and Community Care Block Grant. She talked to the Board about the minimum wage increase that would affect two of her employees. She requested that they meet to discuss this issue. She talked about fundraising that the Center does to meet their needs. She stated that they raised $10,000 last year and will need approximately $12,000 this year. She further stated that she sees the needs in the county growing. She talked about looking out for the seniors. She further talked about outgrowing their building.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the Commissioners doubled the amount that was budgeted for the roof, which shows the importance of the seniors and the building.
Chair Eldon Edwards thanked Janis Fender for her report.
Michael Faulkner thanked the Board in regards to his request two years ago concerning a band scholarship. He explained that over $2,000 was raised for high school seniors who want to continue their education in the music field. He stated that today he is here talking about the lack of a drug dog. He quoted an Alleghany News article about Sandy Ashley, Social Services Director, talking about the drug problems in the county. He said that he has talked to Mike Caudill about this need. He talked about the need for a drug dog. He stated that everyone must decide if the county needs a drug dog and if not; why the surrounding counties have one and what is the county going to do without one. He talked about the significant increase in the number of warrants without increasing the number of deputies. He said that if the issue is the County needing help buying the dog, he has been talking to people about that. He further said that he asked Mike Caudill to come tonight to talk about his needs. He stated that if the debate isn’t held tonight about the need for a drug dog, then it needs to be soon.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked Mr. Faulkner if he had researched grant monies to be used for the purchase of a drug dog.
Michael Faulkner stated that he hasn’t researched the grant avenue. He talked the need for a good dog and a good deputy to spend time to get drugs off the streets. He stated that he will look for grants.
Sheriff Mike Caudill stated the need for two dogs. He explained there are different types of trained dogs, and they are hard to cross train because they will not focus on just one thing. He reminded everyone that a drug dog isn’t a deterrent to drug use. He stated that a trained dog will cost approximately $5,000 to $7,000. He further stated that does not include the deputy’s time to train with the dog. He talked about a dog needs to be worked constantly to be a good dog. He further talked about reasons to work on the drug problems, and they are in the process of getting a sizeable sum due to their help with a drug bust. He gave reasons for needing a tracking dog and a drug dog. He said the biggest thing to consider is that 50% to 60% of the drug problem is due to prescription drugs.
Chair Eldon Edwards
asked if Michael Faulkner and Sheriff Caudill could get some information
together for the Board and work with the
Sheriff Caudill talked about a law enforcement dog is considered an officer.
Michael Faulkner asked Sheriff Caudill why the surrounding counties have a drug dog and we don’t.
Sheriff Caudill stated that they have a much larger tax base, and we are a small county. He further stated that they will put this together and get back to the Board.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about hiring one deputy to work with both dogs.
Sheriff Caudill stated yes that would work. He talked about dogs having one master and the upkeep of dogs.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked Sheriff Caudill and Michael Faulkner to see what they can put together and get back with the Board.
Chair Eldon Edwards recessed the regular meeting at and opened the public hearing regarding the 911 road name.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Chair Eldon Edwards closed the public hearing on the road name at and reconvened the meeting.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the road name as submitted by the E-911 Coordinator/Mapper. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that the Chamber does a wonderful job.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the excellent graphic design on the map.
The Board of Commissioners thanked
The Board of Commissioners agreed to the October 10th Board of Commissioners’ meeting and changing the October 16th meeting to .
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that the
workload has been increasing over the last two years and will continue to
increase with the number of people serving in the
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a
motion to increase the position to 30 hours a week. Commissioner
The Board voted on the motion on the floor. Vote 5:0.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins thanked Eldon Edwards for his service as the Veterans Service Officer.
Commissioner Ken Richardson
presented Draft #5 of the Mental Health Interlocal Agreement. He explained that a lot of work has gone into
this by five Commissioners, five
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that if there are any significant changes to the agreement, he will bring them back to the Board. He further stated that the changes are so minor that he doesn’t think that it would be a problem for the Board to pass this.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he sees no problem with that.
Pam Andrews read the only recommended changes; page 15, section 1, delete the phase “nor shall it adopt any amendment to the same, which requires an additional allocation of funds by the counties”; page 16, section 2, delete the sentence “allowing for such increase year by year during the term of this agreement as may be reasonably necessary in order for NRSA to carry out its purpose and undertaking hereunder”; and add a couple of sentences about allocating a one time amount for a special project, it can be labeled and identified as a one-time occurrence and it will not be assumed or be an obligation by the County that the one-time allocation will be recurring every year, adding a sentence that reads “not withstanding the obligations stated herein no county shall be required to increase its annual allocation funding contributed without the approval of its respective county Commission in the event the county makes an in-kind contribution, this contribution shall be deemed as a non-recurring one-time appropriation that will be reviewed on a year-to-year basis and is not considered as an annual allocation.” She stated that these changes are the only changes that they are aware of.
Pam Andrews talked about the changes add more protection for the counties.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve Draft #5 of the Mental Health Interlocal Agreement with Pam
Andrews’s proposed changes and reserve the right to examine the final document
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that this agreement creates a 13-member board. He explained the makeup of the Board. He asked the Commissioners to appoint him to this board.
Chair Eldon Edwards made a motion to
approve this request. Commissioner
Pam Andrews stated that a final copy
will be sent to
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked
about a meeting that the
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned that NCACC is asking for people to work a county government booth at the State Fair.
Chair Eldon Edwards mentioned the
listening tour for Tier 1 counties on October 12th in
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that it would be a good idea for someone to be there.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that he cannot attend this meeting.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to enter into closed session at under NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal and (a) (6)—personnel. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards called for a brief recess at .
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the closed session at and reconvene the regular meeting. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that no decisions were made during closed session.
Being no further business, Commissioner
Clerk to the Board