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, welcomed everyone and opened with a prayer.
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the agenda for this
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for January 23, 2006 meeting
Motion on Minutes for January 10, 2006 meeting
RE: Tax Releases & Refunds
RE: Variance Meeting Procedures
Dr. Jeff Cox
RE: Board of Education Annual Report
1. Joint Meeting Reminder
3. Economic Enhancement Program Budget Amendment
4. Voting Machines Discussions
5. Other Business
6. Public Comments—30 minutes
7. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal
NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (6)—personnel
Graylen Blevins made a motion to approve the minutes for the
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the December 2005 real property requests in the amount of $149.72 for refunds and $5,596.64 for releases.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the Tax Administrator’s recommendation of $15,275. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to adopt the variance meetings rules of procedures. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Tabetha Williams displayed a video showing all of the problems at the pool site. She described the problems as they were viewed on the video.
Warren Taylor and
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about comments made at the public hearing being for the complete renovations, and he agrees.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Tabetha Williams discussed how the pool area will be renovated.
Commissioner Ken Richardson said he is optimistic about the grant but the County should look at complete renovations anyway. He talked about the amount of the quotes and the need for a contract.
Tabetha Williams gave the Board information about a new cost-efficient heat system that uses propane
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated his concerns about opening this season. He said he would close the facility this year and get the work completed.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins mentioned his concerns after seeing the video and the safety of individuals using the pool. He talked about the expense to heat a pool regardless if fuel oil is used or propane.
Commissioner Ken Richardson mentioned starting work in April and hope the grant is awarded.
Chair Eldon Edwards said the best option is not to open this season.
Eldon Edwards and
Eldon Edwards reiterated his concern about opening this season. He suggested contacting the
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about repairing it to the point that the inspector would say it is safe then renovate the facility in the winter. He further talked about his concern about the public not having a facility during the summer.
Ken Richardson said that he recommends
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about getting a contract and having two months to get the work completed.
Warren Taylor made a motion to participate in application with PARTF for complete
Commissioner Graylen Blevins mentioned the maintenance of the facility being between the school system and county maintenance and the need to have more discussions about who is responsible for the maintenance of the pool.
Tabetha Williams stated that the pool won’t be drained at the end of the season and a cover is being provided in estimates.
The Board voted on the motion on the floor. Vote 5:0.
Dr. Jeff Cox, Superintendent, gave the Board booklets concerning the college/tech prep career paths. He presented the Board of Education’s annual report including the highlights of the academic progress of each school, GEAR-UP grant, National Board Certified teachers, new teacher recruitment, all schools having a safe school plan, in process of updating the board policy manual, electronic purchase orders, energy savings contract and e-rate funding. He explained that they had provided 150 palm pilots to teachers and trained the teachers how to use them. He continued reviewing the highlights including they incorporated timekeeper in all schools, CTE courses, new courses, student population, Title 1 reading classes, preschool, $57,000 grant received to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, small schools funding and the highlights for each school. He stated their appreciation for the Commissioners’ support.
Dr. Cox talked about the facilities report that is required every five years. He explained the cost estimates in the report, facility needs and renovations at all of the schools.
Ken Richardson talked about the need to address concerns at
Dr. Cox continued explaining about the facilities report.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Dr. Cox discussed projected school population growth.
Dr. Cox stated that this plan has to be sent to the State showing things as they are projected now. He further stated that the Board of Education needs to have more discussions on the long-range plans.
The Board of Commissioners thanked Dr. Cox for his reports.
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the presented school facilities
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve the appointment of Mike Rowe to the Sparta Board of Adjustment. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Warren Taylor and
Chair Eldon Edwards said that his recommendation is to buy the 28 machines now.
Warren Taylor made a motion to purchase the ES&S system and spend the
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about the letter from the Clerk of Court concerning the court security committee. He reviewed the recommended people to serve on the committee.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments.
Charlie Scott thanked the Board for taking on the pool project.
Susan Reinhardt agreed.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for further 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)
The Board of Commissioners took 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 no action was taken during closed session.
Being no further business,
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at . Commissioner
Clerk to the Board