|BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS||
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
ABSENT: Wes Bolick
STAFF: Helen Anthony
Chairman Joel Harbinson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Clerk Helen Anthony gave the Invocation and Commissioner Odom led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Chairman Harbinson acknowledged several letters that were of interest to the public:
A letter from Mattern & Craig Consulting Engineering offering their services if needed in the future.
A letter from Steve Mitchell suggesting that Economic Development for the county be returned to the Chamber of Commerce and find funds for the Chamber and Hometown Development Council to develop businesses in town and the county.
House of Representative, John Brown, noted that he would not support legislation for tax increases, even local option sales tax.
Charles Mashburn sent a letter acknowledging the lists of projects for the County and some necessary actions for the Commissioners.
Commissioner Watts reviewed the recent Conference of the Board of Education and the County Commissioners that was held February 5, 1999, at the Hidden Crystal Inn, to discuss ideas of what could be done to help our children. No actions were taken.
Chairman Harbinson stated the County Attorney investigated why the Railroad crossing was closed after
the Commissioners voted to oppose that closing. The road closing was the decision of the Department of Transportation which has jurisdiction over roadways in the county.
ANIMAL SHELTER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Dr. David Linzey stated the persons in the community near the proposed site had been canvassed for any concerns for building the Animal Shelter. The concerns were noise and traffic. The Zone code is 8 and the Town Planning Board and Animal Control League should have a public hearing in reference to this site.
Motion by Commissioner Odom that the Commissioners tentatively approve the site near the National Guard Armory for the Animal Shelter contingent on the Planning Boards zoning and public input from the people that live in this community. Commissioner Robertson seconded the motion. The Boards vote was unanimous in favor of said motion.
G I S CONTRACT
Commissioner Watts gave a brief update of the recent Workshop held February 9, 1999, with G I S and the County Commissioners. The Contract has been forwarded to the County Attorney, Edward Hedrick, for advisement. No actions taken.
CABLE TV FRANCHISE RENEWAL AGREEMENT
Commissioner Robertson stated the current status from the Workshop held February 9, 1999. Charters renewal contract has been forwarded to the County Attorney. Also, the Commissioners requested that we receive copies of other County contract to compare prices. No actions taken.
E S C EXPANSION AND ADMINISTRATION BUILDING OFFICE SPACE ALLOCATION
The County Commissioners felt that this should be tabled until the new County Manager is hired
COUNTY MANAGER RECRUITMENT
Chairman Harbinson announced that an interim County Management team was appointed until a new County Manager is hired which included Nan Campbell, DSS; Sylvia Turnmire, County Planning Officer; Luther Stock, Tax Administrator; and Ken Wike, Chief Finance Officer. Chairman Harbinson noted that 43 applications had been received and seven applicants were to be interviewed beginning February 18 and 24, 1999 for the position of County Manager.
TOWN OF TAYLORSVILLE REQUEST
Town Manger George Holleman requested permission to place a water reservoir on Linneys Mountain
Commissioner Watts made a motion that the County Attorney and the Town of Taylorsville Attorney to review the legal issues and bring a recommendation to the Commissioners. Commissioner Odom seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. Commissioner Robertson is to follow up with Chester West concerning Highway 16 and this project.
APPOINTMENT TO PLANNING BOARD
Sylvia Turnmire requested Rod Watts to be appointed to the Alexander County Planning Board. Commissioner Watts made the motion to appoint Rob Watts. Commissioner Odom seconded the motion.
The motion unanimously passed.
APPOINTMENT TO JUVENILE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
The Department of Social Service asked to designate their Attorney Jim Mock to be their representative on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Commissioner Watts made the motion to accept Jim Mock to represent DSS. Commissioner Odom seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
REQUEST FOR MULTI-DEPARTMENT VAN
Commissioner Odom requested consideration to purchase a multi-department van for the budget year of 1999 2000. Commissioner Robertson made the motion to table this request until the budget planning session to be held at a later date. Commissioner Odom seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Robertson made the motion to accept the Consent Agenda as presented. Commissioner Watts seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
Upon a motion by Commissioner Watts and second by Commissioner Odom, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn to a closed session to discuss personnel.
The next Commissioners meeting is March 2, 1999.
Helen P. Anthony, Clerk Joel C. Harbinson, Chairman