The Alleghany County Board of
Commissioners and Sparta Town Council held a joint meeting on Monday, November 29, 2004, at in the
Conference Room of the CountyOfficeBuilding, 90 South
Main Street, Sparta, NC.
Present: Vice-Chair Warren Taylor, Commissioner
Sandy Carter Herndon, Commissioner Patrick
Woodie, Mayor John Miller, Town Council Members Robert Andrews,
Agnes Joines, Mike Parlier and Lois Sheets, County Manager Don Adams, Town Manager
Bryan Edwards and County Clerk to the Board Karen Evans.
Commissioner Warren Taylor called
the meeting to order for the County at .
Mayor John Miller called the meeting
to order for the Town at .
Joint County/Town Meeting
Monday, November 29th,
Joint Discussion/Updates/Presentation on Major
Videotaping Meetings Travis Sturgill
The Ferguson GroupGeneral
Warren Taylor turned the meeting over to the CountyManager.
CountyManager Don Adams
discussed the Cyber Campus video recording these meetings to be broadcasted on
Channel 50 and the costs for personnel to actually videotape the meetings.
Sturgill with the Cyber Campus stated that they will continue to
provide the camera, tapes and broadcasting services for the meetings, but asked
if the Commissioners and Town Council want to continue this service and also if
the Boards are willing to pay $30 for personnel to video record each meeting.
Board of Commissioners, County Manager Don Adams and Travis
Sturgill discussed the popularity of broadcasting the Commissioners’
John Miller asked that Town Manager Bryan Edwards place this topic on the next
Town meeting agenda.
Sandy Carter Herndon made a motion to
continue with this service and pay the Cyber Campus the $30 personnel expense
Sturgill stated that the Cyber Campus will provide everything free
of charge with the exception of paying the camera operator to record each
Patrick Woodie seconded the
motion on the floor.Vote 3:0.
CountyManager Don Adams reminded
everyone of the background of Alleghany County Economic Development Corporation
(ACEDC) being formed and projects that are going on in AlleghanyCounty currently.He talked about how these projects are trying
to raise funds through grants and other funding sources.He introduced The Ferguson Group by
explaining that they will work with everyone on raising money for the projects.
Mozingo with The Ferguson Group gave the background of the company.She talked about meeting with several of the
different projects today in AlleghanyCounty.She further talked about her experience with
this type of work.
Bryant with The Ferguson Group gave the Boards her background and
expertise.She explained that they would
help to work with our Congressional Delegation to get Federal funds for AlleghanyCounty and will
serve as an extension to our staff in working with the Congressional staff
Mozingo and Debbie Bryant thanked both Boards for allowing them this
opportunity to discuss ways The Ferguson Group can assist AlleghanyCounty’s projects.
Patrick Woodie talked about
his experiences with the AmericanHeritageRiver designation.He further talked about The Ferguson Group
being one of the most respected lobbying groups in Washington, DC.
Warren Taylor stated his thanks for The Ferguson Group spending time here.
Manager Don Adams talked about the purpose of tonight’s meeting is to introduce
The Ferguson Group to both Boards.
Manager Bryan Edwards talked about ways The Ferguson Group can help with
projects that current personnel doesn’t have time or resources to adequately
CountyManager Don Adams
talked about how The Ferguson Group will put together a presentation for both
Boards and a contract showing what services they think they can offer.He reminded everyone that the contract would
include every agency that has an on-going project such as; AlleghanyMemorialHospital, SpartaTeapotMuseum, etc.He further stated that this meeting was
intended to be an informational meeting and to see if there are any objections
from either Board to proceed with discussions with The Ferguson Group.
Patrick Woodie gave everyone
a copy of the fundraising brochure and the executive summary of the research
report for the SpartaTeapotMuseum project.
presented a PowerPoint presentation to the Board regarding the SpartaTeapotMuseum project.He presented the project’s background and
benefits once the project begins.
Woodie stated that the property site is currently under contract
Halsey reviewed a timeline of the project with the opening slated for Spring
Woodie talked about the SpartaTeapotMuseum has added
their second full-time employee today.He further reiterated the fact that no County or Town monies have been
spent on this project.
Warren Taylor thanked Commissioner Patrick
Woodie and Jonathan Halsey for their work on the project.
Woodie stated that this is his last official meeting as a CountyCommissioner, and he has
enjoyed working with everyone and will continue to do so.
Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon
talked about the quality of the brochure that has been produced for the TeapotMuseum and the
opportunity for AlleghanyCounty to get an
identity associated with the Museum.
Miller, Commissioner Patrick Woodie, County
Manager Don Adams and Town Manager Bryan Edwards talked about how The Ferguson
Group could assist with all of the current projects.
Sheets stated that this meeting has been very interesting.
Mike Parlier stated that the Board will miss Patrick
Woodie and wish him luck.He welcomed Ken Richardson back to the Board.
Agnes Joines stated that she thinks more work needs to be done about educating
everyone about the teapot project.
Woodie stated that several things have been planned to show
everyone the benefits of the project.
Robert Andrews stated that the teapot project would greatly benefit the Town
and are behind the project all of the way.
Miller made a motion to adjourn the meeting at .Commissioner Sandy Carter Herndon
seconded the motion.