The Alleghany County Board of
Commissioners reconvened the recessed meeting from
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor,
Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Commissioner
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order at .
Chair Eldon Edwards explained that the primary reason for this meeting is to discuss the Blevins property option. He talked about scheduling conflicts that prohibited meeting between now and the date the option expires.
Charles Joines opened the meeting for the Board of Education and asked for a moment of silence.
Charles Joines reiterated the purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Blevins property option.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked for the drawings from the March 14 meeting to be displayed to provide clarification from yesterday’s Commissioners’ meeting.
Frank Williams displayed the drawings and explained the properties shown on the map.
Frank Williams illustrated the location of the school bus garage. He talked about looking at the school bus garage this afternoon, and there is a lot of possibilities on the amount of land that is there.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins and Frank Williams talked about a location for a future bus garage on the same property as the current bus garage. Mr. Williams explained how the additional property at the bus garage could be graded and used.
Frank Williams explained in detail the pieces of property shown on the map and the need to get the additional land in order to square the property up. He mentioned about possibly getting a right-of-way across the top of the property to provide another exit. He continued explaining the map in more detail.
Charles Joines talked about the larger
piece of property goes to
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Charles Joines discussed the location of the Tilley and Truitt properties.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Charles Joines talked about purchasing the Choate property and owning property all of the way beyond the current bus garage.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked if
the Choate property isn’t purchased, what happens to the proposed
Charles Joines displayed the answer by showing where the road would be placed.
Frank Williams talked about moving the road would work but it would be more expensive because not having enough land to transition it in. He stated that location would be better than it is now.
Charles Joines reminded everyone that this piece of property will be available in the very near future.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about the parking area being a tiered-parking area.
Frank Williams explained the different levels of the parking area. He talked about the parking lots are a nice playing area for the kids if you have gates to close off any traffic. He further talked about the bus parking area and the bus maintenance area being realigned to allow for more access on the bus property. He stated that the Boards should look at buying any property adjacent to the schools that become available because it will be needed sooner or later.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Charles Joines and Frank Williams discussed the current use of the properties shown on the map.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked if anyone has checked on the zoning for the Blevins property. He mentioned that it is zoned residential, neighborhood business, possibly. He talked about it would have to be rezoned.
Duane Davis stated that he had talked to Bryan Edwards about moving the road, and he was very interested in doing that.
Charles Joines and Frank Williams displayed where the road is currently on the drawings.
Charles Joines talked about the insurance carrier’s issues with this street’s location. He talked about moving the road.
Duane Davis stated that he didn’t mention rezoning. He further stated that the conversation was about moving the road.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that any time you take a piece of residential property and make a change; it must go before the Planning Board.
Clarence Crouse mentioned calling Bryan Edwards tonight to get his opinion on the zoning matter.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked what is the price to renew the option.
Charles Joines stated that it is $3,250; the same as the first option.
Commissioner Ken Richardson verified that the option payments are subtracted from the purchase price.
Charles Joines stated yes they are.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he doesn’t think this is an issue but it needs to be raised any time you buy a piece of property in order to explore anything that might be a potential problem down the road.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the zoning process has a lot of time involved.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Commissioner Graylen Blevins discussed that the current owner of the property is who must asked for it to be rezoned.
Chair Eldon Edwards said that the Board needs to decide what to do with the option. He mentioned calling Bryan Edwards to get his opinion on this matter.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins and County
Commissioner Ken Richardson explained that in the future the Board of Education might decide to build a building on the property is the reason to rezone it now. He reiterated that he doesn’t think it is an issue.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked if the motel property and other school-owned properties have ever been rezoned.
Thee Board of Commissioners talked about having all of the properties rezoned if that hasn’t been completed.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins asked about doing a purchase agreement depending on the property being rezoned.
The Board of Commissioners, Board of
Education and County Manager
Charles Joines stated that he would like to see the Commissioners purchase the property because he doesn’t think there will be any rezoning issues.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Chair Eldon Edwards and Charles Joines talked about the water and sewer lines in relation to the Blevins property.
The Board of Commissioners, Board of
Education and County Manager
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a
motion to renew the option with the understanding that the Board will authorize
the purchase of the property assuming that the zoning, environmental, water,
sewer can be resolved then the purchase will be done within the 90-day
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about
issues that the Commissioners talked about at yesterday’s meeting including the
financing must be on a bond referendum and that the Board of Education had
resolved that there will be a middle school at the
Charles Joines stated that he agrees
The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education discussed the reasons for a bond referendum versus a lease-purchase, selling the idea, rooms becoming available at the outlying schools when the upper grades move to the middle school, more architect and design work is needed, getting support and ideas from the outlying schools, educating the public on the plans, looking at all of the options, no options have been decided on, the need to decide to have all elementary schools or combination of elementary and a middle school.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the Commissioners talked extensively about the responsibilities of each board. He further stated that during those conversations it was brought up that the Board of Commissioners shouldn’t be the board to be recommending which direction the educational system follows. He said that he doesn’t think the Commissioners should be involved that in decision.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that he recommends for the schools to formulate a plan or the option that they think is best and then bring that back to the Commissioners.
Charles Joines stated that he has agrees that the Board of Education needs to decide what is needed and bring it back to the Board.
Commissioner Ken Richardson and Charles
Joines discussed the urgency of getting the space-needs issues taken care of at
Clarence Crouse discussed the immediate
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that those issues need to be addressed in the School Board’s budget request.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that the Commissioners will provide assistance in way the Board can.
The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education discussed the use of mobile classrooms.
Joel Souther talked about this was a starting point for the space-needs issues.
Faron Atwood talked about having a meeting at each of the elementary schools in order for everyone to have an opportunity to have input on the space-needs issues.
Duane Davis stated his appreciation to the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education. He talked about issues that have been discussed at this meeting. He further talked about architect fees on the work already completed by the architect. He explained the agreement with the architects.
Commissioner Warren Taylor, Duane Davis and Frank Williams explained the arrangements for architect fees. Mr. Williams talked about ways to build a structure instead of using modular units. He further explained that he would like to have their out-of-pocket expenses covered if a construction project isn’t performed.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Frank
Williams talked about these structures being self-contained. Mr. Williams invited everyone to see one that
is under construction in
The Board of Commissioners and Frank Williams talked about this concept and additional work on the space-need issues.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated the discussion about these fees should have taken place before the accumulation of a $13,000 bill. He talked about the speed of the space-needs issues is left up to the Board of Education.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve paying the architect bill. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked for a study on the remaining costs and put that request in the budget.
Commissioner Ken Richardson retracted his motion.
John Farrelly talked about a meeting
Janice Linker explained that when
the needs at
Susan Murphy explained the reasons
why the Sara Lee building is a good idea for
Charles Joines asked if the other two schools would like to set a date for a meeting at their locations about facility needs.
Phil Howell stated that he will need
to check the calendar before setting a date for the
Faron Atwood stated that everyone is looking for information not necessarily to present anything.
Phil Howell talked about providing parents a little bit of direction about what they need to provide information about.
John Farrelly said that it should really be present status of the schools, programs, needs and then possible options to consider without getting into the dollars.
Gary West talked about the need to reassure the community that the children’s education won’t be comprised.
The Board of Education and Gary West discussed the meeting with the communities.
Judd Starling stated that most of the time it is how the information is presented not necessarily what is presented.
Charles Joines talked about creating a package to send out to everyone.
John Farrelly talked the difference
Charles Joines stated that this has been a good productive meeting.
The Boards talked about having more meetings on this subject.
Being no further business, Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at . Chair Eldon Edwards seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Charles Joines adjourned the meeting at .
Clerk to the Board