The 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 and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins opened the meeting with a prayer.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve the agenda for this
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for October 18, 2004 meeting
Motion on Minutes for October 4, 2004 meeting
RE: Tax Releases & Refunds
RE: Work First Plan
RE: COA-Green Thumb Funding
1. Workers Comp Budget Amendment
2. Northwestern Regional Library Appointment
3. Medicaid Resolution
4. Wachovia Resolution
6. Other Business
7. Public Comments—30 minutes
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the September 2004 real property requests in the amount of $6,421.32 for refunds and $2,022.56 for releases.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the September 2004 automobile requests in the amount of $248.98 for refunds and $749.85 for releases.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the automobile requests in the amount of $248.98 for refunds and $749.85 for releases. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 4:0.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented a motor-vehicle appeal for a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. She explained reasons for her recommendation being $12,425.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented a motor-vehicle appeal for a 2001 Toyota Corolla. She explained reasons for her recommendation being $6,675.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented a list of documents that the Tax Office would like to dispose of; 1993 and abstracts and listing forms, 1985 and prior collection records, 1993 and prior tax scrolls, 1996 blank property records cards, deed copies and cards for prior years. She explained the reasons for asking the Board to dispose of these records. She asked that the Chairman sign the Tax Administration Records Retention Schedule and have a copy of the signature page included in these minutes.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, discussed the revaluation process including bids received from Cole-Layer-Trumble, Pearson Appraisal and Womplet/Eanes Appraisal. She stated that Pearson Appraisal had the lowest bid. She stated that she has checked on numerous references for them and are satisfied with them to perform the revaluation.
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, discussed the lowest bid does not include a temporary 30-month full-time position. She explained the purpose of the temporary full-time position being the Tax Office employees will be doing the data entry part of the revaluation and will need assistance with the telephone and greeting the public. She talked about how the Tax Office will have a more hands on approach during the revaluation process.
The Board of Commissioners and
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator,
discussed that the revaluation process will start on
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, discussed that Pearson Appraisal will only charge for the number of parcels that the County has at the time of revaluation instead of charging a lump sum amount.
The Board of Commissioners, County
Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion on the floor.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked is it necessary to offer the benefits for this position.
The Board voted on the motion on the floor. Vote 4:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that the
Board needs to wait for the
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, stated
that she will let Pearson Appraisal know that they have the contract contingent
The Board of Commissioners agreed.
Marlene Caudill came before the Board to ask if anyone has any questions on the proposed Work First Plan.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the Work First Plan as presented. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 4:0.
Karon Edwards came before the Board to talk about the Green Thumb; now known as Experience Works, employees working for Council on Aging in the past. She told the Board how the Experience Works employees work during meal time at the Council on Aging. She explained that Council on Aging has lost the Experience Works positions due to Experience Works losing their funding. She further stated that Council on Aging is asking for assistance to help with the lost positions in the form of a part-time position. She explained that this position would be a 20-hour a week position. She further explained that Council on Aging is requesting $4,100 to fund this request.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Karon Edwards talked about how the Green Thumb program has lost their funding.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Karon Edwards talked about the type of a person to hire for this position.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to approve $4,100 for hiring a part-time position at Council on Aging. Commissioner
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve budget amendment General Fund #9 in the amount of $11,446. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 4:0.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins made a
motion to approve the resolution as presented by the
Frank Randel with Hemphill Associates discussed the timing of starting the construction in mid-February.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Frank Randel discussed the process of rebuilding the basement wall.
Graylen Blevins and County Manager
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the proposed contract with Dave’s Construction for the basement wall repair.
Graylen Blevins asked if the
The board voted on the motion on the floor. Vote 4:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about
giving each Commissioner a letter from
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Being no further business, Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at . Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 4:0.
Clerk to the Board
Excerpt of Minutes
of Meeting on
Present: Chairman _________________________ presiding, and
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The following resolution was discussed and its title read:
RESOLUTION CONCERNING FINANCING THROUGH INSTALLMENT FINANCING AGREEMENT
WHEREAS, pursuant to the North Carolina General Statutes, the County of Alleghany, North Carolina (the “County”) acting by and through its Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) is authorized to acquire real or personal property or to construct or repair fixtures or improvements on real property; and
WHEREAS, the County Commissioners acted on October 4, 2004, to (1) refinance a loan with First Union National Bank of North Carolina, now Wachovia Bank, National Association, the proceeds of which were used to finance improvements to Sparta Elementary School and (2) to refund the County’s outstanding Law Enforcement Facility Bonds, Series 1991, the proceeds of which were used to finance improvements to the Law Enforcement Center (collectively, the “Prior Debt”), by refinancing the Prior Debt through the use of an installment contract authorized under North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 160A, Article 3, Section 20; and
WHEREAS, the County intends to enter into an Installment Financing Agreement between the County and Wachovia Bank, National Association (the “Lender”), in the principal amount of not to exceed $2,381,860 (the “Agreement”) and an amendment to a Deed of Trust and Security Agreement granting a security interest in Sparta Elementary School to the Lender; and
WHEREAS, Bond Counsel to the County
has requested the
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board, meeting
in regular session at
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS OF THE
1. The authorized financing term of the Installment Financing Agreement is hereby extended to six years from closing.
2. All other actions of the officers of the County which are in conformity with the purposes or intent of this resolution and in furtherance of the execution of the Installment Financing Agreement and the refinancing of the Prior Debt and the satisfaction of the conditions necessary to the delivery of the Installment Financing Agreement, are hereby ratified, approved and confirmed. The representations of the County made in the Installment Financing Agreement are hereby reconfirmed.
3. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Commissioner ____________________ moved the passage of the foregoing resolution and Commissioner ____________________ seconded the motion, and the resolution was passed by the following vote:
WITNESS my hand and the common seal of said County, this ____ day of October, 2004.
RETENTION OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BENEFITS FOR ELIGIBLE JUVENILE AND ADULT
WHEREAS, currently a person who is eligible for either Medicare or Medicaid benefits loses eligibility upon being charged with a crime and incarcerated while awaiting trial; and,
WHEREAS, currently the cost of medical care for inmates becomes a county responsibility upon arrest and detention; and,
WHEREAS, the cost to counties for medical care for persons incarcerated in county jails, who would otherwise be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, is a significant burden on already-strained county budgets; and,
WHEREAS, many people awaiting trial while charged with crimes are released upon posting of bond, on their own recognizance, on house arrest, or on other alternative means of detention and continue to be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits while awaiting trial; and,
WHEREAS, county taxpayers are forced to bear the full health care costs for Medicaid-eligible persons who would receive assistance, but for their placement in a county correctional facility; and,
WHEREAS, the cost to counties creates an incentive against incarceration; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners for the County of Alleghany requests of the United States Senate and House that all individuals who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid prior to arrest remain eligible until such time as they have been convicted of a crime and become a ward of the state or county; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners for the County of Alleghany calls upon our 5th District U.S. House Representative and both our U.S. Senators to work toward achieving this change in federal Medicare and Medicaid policy to alleviate a substantial burden on the counties of North Carolina and other states; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that
the Board of Commissioners for the
Adopted this the 18th day of October, 2004.