|BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
April 6, 1999
Chairman Joel Harbinson call the Peoples Agenda meeting to order at 6:45 P.M. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Alexander County Courthouse. No citizens were present to participate.
Chairman Harbinson called the Regular Commissioners meeting to order at 6:50 PM. Several announcements were mentioned that are of public interest:
Rev. Bill Goble gave the Invocation. Jonathan Watts led the Pledge Allegiance to the flag.
Commissioner John Watts presented Alexander County school winners of the Northwest Regional Science Fair on March 27, 1999, with Alexander County pins. Elementary Division: Jonathan Watts, Taylorsville Elementary School; Senior Division: Mark Doby, Technical 1st Place - West Junior High; Kasie Bowman, Physical 2nd Place - West Junior High; Candace Reese, Earth 3rd Place - West Junior High; Katie Garner, Technical Honorable Mention West Junior High. Candace Reese, Natural Resources Award West Junior High Senior Division.
Chairman Joel Harbinson presented the Alexander County Citizen of the Month Award to Chad Clary, the 1998 winner of the National Handicapped Golf Tournament. Chad made remarks thanking those who had assisted in life.
Chairman Harbinson noted the need to add or move two items, National Prayer Day Observance and Item #9 to be moved to Item #3 on the Regular Agenda. Motion by Commissioner Bolick that the items be moved on the Regular Agenda. Motion seconded by Commissioner Odom and the motion passed unanimously.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER OBSERVED IN ALEXANDER COUNTY
Dr. Al Childress, representing Alexander Countys Ministerial Association, requested May 6, 1999, be observed as National Prayer Day in Alexander County. A Prayer Day service will be held with various representatives participating. The County Secretary will send letters to all of the churches. Motion by Commissioner Bolick and second by Commissioner Odom to approve a proclamation for the National Prayer Day. The motion passed unanimously. (Attachment#9)
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROPOSED SECONDARY ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR 1999 2000 PUBLIC HEARING
Chairman Harbinson asked the Commissioners for comments and then opened the hearing to the public with one citizen responding.
Mr. Jim Rand, District Engineer, accompanied by Clay Lunsford, the new Maintenance Engineer, and Lynn Marshall, Road Maintenance Supervisor, presented the map showing the description and location of the proposed improvements and the Notice of Advertisements that were published on March 24 and March 31 in our local newspaper. Motion by Commissioner Robertson and second by Commissioner Odom to close the Public Hearing and approve the DOT proposals. The motion passed unanimously.
ALEXANDER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD AND EMS, INC APPROPRIATION REQUEST
Mr. Terry Foxx, Captain of the Alexander County Rescue Squad, presented a proposal for Alexander County to increase the current appropriation of $26,000.00 to $50,000.00 in order to expand the current Rescue Squad base to be Handicapped accessible. Their request was to secure a "Letter of Intent" from the county that would be presented to the Taylorsville Savings & Loan as soon as possible.
Commissioner Odom made a motion that the Commissioners provide the "Letter of Intent" for the $50,000.00 appropriation and an additional $50,000.00 Budget Amendment for the next Budget session. Commissioner Watts seconded this motion. The vote of the Board was three (3) Commissioners (Watts, Harbinson, and Odom) for the motion with Commissioners Robertson and Bolick opposing the motion.
PROGRAM CHANGES AND REVISION OF CONSORTIUM CHANGES WPCOG
Sheila Dotson, representative of the Western Piedmont Council of Government, presented to Alexander County a Resolution to join the Western Piedmont Job Training Consortium due to the new Federal legislation that passed in the fall of 1998. This replaces the Job Training Partnership Act with the Work Investment Act and does require additional documentation.
Commissioner Bolick made a motion to adopt a Resolution to Join the Western Piedmont Consortium. Mr. McGinnis, the interim County Manager, is to write the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Odom and passed unanimously. (Attachment#6)
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Chairman Harbinson presented the Resolution to support the legislative clarification of the ability of Electric Cooperatives in North Carolina to operate, invest in, partner with, or own a subsidiary that offers value-added services.
Commissioner Odom made the motion to adopt the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Watts. The motion carried three (3) (Watts, Harbinson, and Odom) in favor and two (2) (Bolick and Robertson) against. (Attachment #7)
APPOINTMENT TO TOWN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS
Chairman Harbinson read the letter received from the Town of Taylorsville appointing three (3) members to Town Board of Adjustments as required by the establishment of a Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, Article XII. The County is requested to appoint three (3) members that live within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction to serve on the Town Board of Adjustments.
Richard Anderson and Lucille Warren were recommended with a third person to be identified at a later date at the discretion of Chairman Harbinson. Upon motion by Commissioner Bolick and second by Commissioner Watts to appoint the persons named, the Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
REQUEST FROM TOWN OF TAYLORSVILLE CONCERNING THE ALEXANDER ANCESTRY ASSOCIATION
Chairman Harbinson read the letter as submitted by the Town of Taylorsville Manager George Holleman requesting that the County waive the County Permit fee for the Old Jail Buildings roofing repair that will be completed by Ingold Roofing. The Town of Taylorsville agreed to waive the Zoning Permit fee if the County would waive the County Permit fee.
Motion by Commissioner Robertson and second by Commissioner Odom to waive the County Permit fee for the Old Jail. The vote of the Board was unanimous in favor of the motion.
RESOLUTION TO APPOINT REVIEW OFFICER
Sylvia Turnmire, Planning Director, requested the appointment to be a Review Officer to the Review Board as required by North Carolina General Statues.
Upon motion by Commissioner Watts and second by Commissioner Odom, the Board voted unanimously to adopt a Resolution to appoint Sylvia Turnmire a Review Officer.
APPOINTMENT TO WATER AND SEWER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Water and Sewer Advisory Committee is requesting Sylvia Turnmire, Planning Director, and Interim Fire Marshall, Russell Greene, be appointed to this committee.
Motion by Commissioner Odom and second by Commissioner Watts with the vote of the Board unanimous in favor of appointing Sylvia Turnmire and Russell Greene to this committee.
Mr. McGinnis is asked to contact Pierson and Whitman, Engineers, to review the Preliminary Water and Sewer report.
ALEXANDER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RESCUE SQUAD BUDGET TRANSFER
Nolan Jarvis, EMS Director, requested a Budget transfer of $30,750.00 to purchase nine (9) Automated External Defibrillators for each fire department in the County and the Rescue Squad as recommended in the work session of the Commissioners and Safety personnel in the county.
Motion by Commissioner Watts and second by Commissioner Odom with the Board voting unanimously in favor of authorizing this Budget transfer.
ALEXANDER COUNTY EMS PERSONNEL REQUEST
Nolan Jarvis, EMS Director, requested the hiring a full-time Billing Specialist that would replace the current vacant part-time position. The hiring of a Billing Specialist would provide increased revenue to EMS in the county.
Motion by Commissioner Robertson to hire someone immediately part-time to work forty (40) hours per week until this position could be added as a full-time position during the 1999-2000 Budget. The motion was second by Commissioner Bolick and the vote of the Board was unanimous in favor of the motion.
LAME DUCK SPENDING ORDINANCE
Commissioner Watts made a motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Odom to adopt the "Lame Duck Spending", Ordinance as reviewed and submitted by the County Attorney. The vote of the Board was three (3) Commissioners for (Watts, Odom, and Harbinson) and two (2) Commissioners against (Robertson and Bolick). (Attachment#1)
PROCLAMATION FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT WEEK
Commissioner Odom presented a proclamation in accordance with the National Association of Counties and the White House Millenium Council that April 18 24 be recognized as National County Government Week.
Upon motion by Commissioner Odom and second by Commissioner Robertson, the Board voted unanimously to proclaim National Government Week as stated. Commissioner Odom will share more information as it is received and the Commissioners will appoint two (2) citizens each to serve on this Millennium Committee. (Attachment #2)
FLAG PURCHASES FOR ALEXANDER COUNTY- RECOMMENDATIONS
Ben Hines, Register of Deeds, and Commissioner Odom submitted a recommendation to purchase various flags for the county.
Commissioner Robertson made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Odom to purchase flags at a total cost of 1729.00. The vote of the Board was unanimous in favor of the motion.
Upon motion by Commissioner Bolick and second by Commissioner Watts, the Board voted to adopt the Consent Agenda.
The Consent Agenda adopted included Commissioners Meeting Minutes for March 2, 1999.
Budget Amendments # 41, #42, and #46. (Attachments #3, #4, and #5)
Tax Refunds for $511.30 and releases for Feb. of $411.65, and Mar. of $693.23 were approved as requested.
Upon a motion by Commissioner Watts and second by Odom, the Board voted unanimously to move to a Closed Session.
Joel Harbinson, Chairman Helen P. Anthony, Clerk