September 24, 2002
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 in the Commissioners Room of the Alexander County Courthouse, Taylorsville, North Carolina.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Odom called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
DESIGNATION OF INTENT TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Commissioner Robertson explained that the mental health service was changing from a service provider to a management entity and noted that counties had 3 designation options to choose from for mental health service which included:
Commissioner Robertson stated that in order to be designated as a single county, the county was required to have a population of 200,000 which Alexander County did not have. Therefore, Commissioner Robertson suggested that the Board designate Alexander County to be apart of an area program since Alexander County had functioned as part of an area program for the last 35 years along with Caldwell, Burke, and McDowell Counties. Commissioner Robertson noted that this designation would give us the same amount of input into the administration of the new organization as in the past.
Commissioner Robertson asked if Rick French, County Manager, had received a resolution in order to approve the designation. Mr. French replied that there was no resolution available and felt that a letter from the Board would be sufficient.
Commissioner Robertson made a motion to designate that Alexander County would provide mental health services through an area program and to have the County Manager to send a letter to the division stating this designation along with a copy of the minutes from this meeting. Commissioner Harbinson seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Hammer asked about the mental health budget. Commissioner Robertson stated that the budget for Foothills Mental Health had been cut approximately 11% for the 2002-2003 budget year. Commissioner Robertson also reported that by 2007, services would be provided through private providers and the area program would become a local management entity and would provide quality control of the private services.
Chairman Odom conveyed his appreciation to Commissioner Robertson and Rick French for their work on the Foothills Mental Health Board.
REVISED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALEXANDER COUNTY AND THE ALEXANDER ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE
Rick French, County Manager, presented the revised agreement between Alexander County and the Alexander Animal Action League. Mr. French stated that staff had added a few items to the agreement for clarification purposes which included a 60-day required notice for any modifications to the animal shelter and also a possible 7-day required notice if necessary in the case of a controversial modification.
Mr. French noted that the Alexander Animal Action League would be required to have proper insurance including workers compensation and would be required to follow all federal, state, and county laws and regulations.
Mr. French recommended approval of the revised agreement with an effective date of October 1, 2002.
Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to approve the revised agreement between Alexander County and the Alexander Animal Action League. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
ENGINEERING AGREEMENT FOR SEWER FEASIBILITY STUDY
Rick French, County Manager, informed the Board that staff would be meeting with Denny Martin, McGill Associates, on Friday, September 27, 2002 in regards to the sewer feasibility study. Mr. French stated that this item would therefore be discussed at the October 1, 2002 Commissioners Meeting.
The following items were discussed during Other Business:
Mr. French stated that the Board would need to approve another resolution to enact the sales tax and send a copy to the NC Secretary of Revenue by November 1, 2002 in order for the sales tax to take effect on December 1, 2002. Mr. French noted that a resolution would be received in the near future.
There being no further business, Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to adjourn at 7:20 PM. Commissioner Robertson seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
David S. Odom, Chairman Jamie C. Millsaps, Clerk to the Board