Joel Harbinson, Chairman
John Watts, Vice Chairman
Rick French, County Manager
Charles McGinnis, Management Consultant
Ken White, Finance Officer
Helen Anthony, Clerk to the Board
Chairman Joel Harbinson called the Special meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Commissioner David Odom gave the Invocation. Mr. Ben Hines led the Pledge of Allegiance to
Chairman Harbinson asked if there were any corrections or changes on the Agenda
from the Commissioners. No changes were noted. Motion by Commissioner Watts, seconded by
Commissioner Odom, and a unanimous vote of the Board to accept the Agenda as presented.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM BUDGET WORK SESSIONS JUNE 9, 1999
Odom made a motion to adopt the minutes as prepared by the Clerk to the Board.
Commissioner Watts seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimous in favor of the
- SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT CDBG BELLEVIEW RESTHOME / LITTLE RIVER AREA
Manager, Rick French, announced that Alexander County had been awarded $720,625.00 for the
Community Development Block Grant on June 15, 1999. The County matching funds for this
grant is $150,000.00, $75,000.00 which is included in the proposed 1999 2000
Budget. This grant is to improve homes on Little River Church Rd, Glass Road, Parsonsville
Road, McDuffey Court, part of he Kirby Lackey Road in the Little River Community and along
Wood Road, which will provide water service to the Belleview Rest Home. Six-inch water
lines will be installed throughout the project area. A 100,000-gallon storage tank and
pump station was also funded to stabilize water pressure in the area. The Western Piedmont
Council of Government prepared the grant and will also administer this project.
- PUBLIC HEARING 1999 2000 BUDGET
Harbinson opened the Public Hearing to the citizens of Alexander County for comments on
the proposed 1999-2000 budget. No citizens appeared to make comments at the Public
Hearing. Commissioner Watts made the motion to close the Public Hearing that was seconded
by Commissioner Odom. The Board voted unanimous in favor of the motion.
- CONSIDERATION OF BUDGET AMENDMENT #57 SCHOOL FUNDING (Reference
Budget Amendment #21)
Chairman Harbinson read statements from the November
and December, 1998 minutes. Commissioner Watts acknowledged the Boards release of
the $1.25 million previously appropriated to the Board of Education in 1998 for capital
County Manager, Rick French, stated that this Budget Amendment Ordinance amends
Budget Amendment #21. Commissioner Watts stated that, as liaison for the Board to the
Board of Education, an agreement had been reached to convert the $1.25 million allocation
from capital outlay to current expenses which would be allocated by the Board to the Board
of Education as general allocations during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 budget years.
Commissioner Watts made a motion to adopt Ordinance Budget Amendment #57 and
Commissioner Odom seconded the motion. The Board proceeded to vote with three
Commissioners, (Watts, Harbinson, and Odom) in favor of the motion and three Commissioners
(Robertson and Bolick) opposing the Budget Amendment. Motion carried.
- CONSIDERATION FEES & CHARGES FOR THE 1999 2000 BUDGET
Manager Rick French reported on fees and charges. The County Commissioners had agreed to
increase certain fees and charges by the Health, Fire, Inspections, and EMS departments
during the budget work session. These fees would be more in line with surrounding counties
and counties of similar size.
Commissioner Odom made a motion to adopt the fees as presented that was seconded
by Commissioner Watts. The Board voted unanimous in favor of the motion.
- CONSIDERATION OF THE 1999 2000 BUDGET
Commissioner was given the opportunity to make comments on the 1999 2000 Budget. The
General Fund Budget for 1999 2000 totaled $20,617,343.00. The proposed General Fund
includes a $.06 tax increase.
Commissioner Odom made a motion to adopt the 1999 2000 Budget Ordinance
that was seconded by Commissioner Watts. The Board voted with three Commissioners (Odom,
Watts, and Harbinson) in favor of the motion and two Commissioners (Bolick and Robertson)
opposing the motion. Motion carried.
- OTHER BUSINESS
Rick French, County Manager, presented items that required actions:
1 The Landfill Closure Project was to be followed up by Commissioner
2 - An estimated $6,100.00 cost for a 6" Tap installation by Energy United at
Hwy 64 and Moose Road that required approval that would come from the Water Funds.
Commissioner Odom made a motion to approve this installation. Motion seconded by
Commissioner Watts and the Board voted unanimous in favor of the motion.
3 - Appointments to the WPCOG Council on Aging. Commissioner Watts made a motion
and seconded by Commissioner Bolick to appoint Wanda Reese and Ruth Whitener to the
Council on Aging, representing Alexander County replacing Rebecca Ingram and Lucille
1. Minutes June 15, 1999, Special Commissioners Meeting.
Commissioner Watts made the motion to accept the Consent Agenda. Commissioner Odom
seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimous in favor of the motion.
Upon a motion by Commissioner Bolick and second by Commissioner Odom, the Board
voted unanimously to adjourn to a Closed session to discuss personnel and legal matters.
The next Commissioners' Meeting is July 6, 1999 at 7:00 PM.
Joel Harbinson, Chairman Helen P. Anthony, Clerk to the Board