November 17, 2003
The Alexander County Board of
Commissioners held its regular meeting on
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Robertson called the meeting to order at . Chairman Robertson noted that Commissioner Bolick would not be in attendance at the meeting due to the flu.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Harbinson gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The following were recognized:
Centex-Rooney Construction Company
recognized Centex-Rooney Construction Company for the construction of the Alexander County
Correctional Institution. Commissioner Hammer
stated that Centex-Rooney was the third largest domestic company in the world and the
Danny Parks, President of the Brushy Mountain Shrine Club, stated that Centex-Rooney had contributed to this years annual Brushy Mountain Shrine Club Golf Tournament and he noted that the company furnished all of the trophies and door prizes.
Commissioner Keever represented the Hometown Development Council and stated that Centex-Rooney had been very helpful with the Apple Festival. Commissioner Keever extended his appreciation to Centex-Rooney for their contribution.
Steve Bumgarner, ACHS Principal, stated that Centex-Rooney had been very helpful to ACHS by providing the know-how, materials, and labor to improve the press box at the stadium. Mr. Bumgarner also stated that Ross Cooper had been very receptive to the Drafting Class by allowing them to visit the prison site and view architectural drawings of the building. Mr. Bumgarner thanked Centex-Rooney for their contributions to ACHS and the students.
presented a plaque to Ross Cooper and David Craft of Centex-Rooney for their outstanding
community involvement and support. Mr. Cooper
stated that no other county had made him feel as welcome as
Community Grants Awards
stated that 18 applications had been submitted during this years Community Grants
process and he noted that 11 projects had been selected to be funded. Chairman Robertson stated that the total value for
materials to be used in these projects totaled approximately $45,000 and he noted that
The following community grants were awarded:
Ellendale Ruritan Club
grounds improvements to the
Gwaltneys Ruritan Club install a furnace
and air conditioning unit at the
Little River Ruritan Club community building beautification. County grant $500.
Vashti Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary fence at ballpark. County grant $1,000.
Rocky Springs /
Rocky Springs Community Projects, Inc. community building renovations. County grant $700.
Sugar Loaf 4-H and Student Council outdoor classroom project. County grant $1,000.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Chairman Robertson requested the addition of Budget Amendments #15 and #16.
Commissioner Keever made a motion to adopt the agenda as amended. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
PUBLIC HEARING: APPROVAL OF ROAD NAMES
Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development, requested approval of the following road names:
Ms. Turnmire stated that all roads had been advertised and checked for duplication and sound indexing and she noted that staff had not received any calls regarding the proposed road names. Ms. Turnmire also stated that the first 5 road names were for private roads; however, she noted that the last road name was a public road as part of a subdivision.
Chairman Robertson called the public hearing to order and requested any public comment. There being no public comment, Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Keever made a motion to approve the road names as presented. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
CITIZEN COMPLAINT CONCERNING ABANDONED HOUSE
Karen Howell discussed her previous
complaint regarding an abandoned house located on
Ms. Howell presented video tape footage of the property after a recent wind storm which showed trash and debris that had been blown out of the house as well as substantial damage to the roof and porch. Ms. Howell stated that she contacted Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development and Doug Kerley, Building Codes Administrator, who came back out to the property. Ms. Howell stated that the property was a breeding ground for rats and snakes and she noted that the smell around the property was unbearable.
Ms. Howell stated that there was an abandoned car sitting in front of the house that had been there since 1996. Ms. Howell stated that vagrants had been drinking and using drugs in the car in times past, which she felt was inappropriate in a neighborhood where children were present. Ms. Howell also mentioned that there had been a case of indecent exposure on the property. Ms. Howell requested that the Board take action on the matter immediately and have the house torn down by the end of the week.
Commissioner Harbinson asked what would take place if the property owners did not sign the release form. Mr. French stated that the County could proceed with having the property demolished and he noted that the bill would have to be paid by the property owners.
Chairman Robertson assured Ms. Howell that staff would stay in touch with Ms. Coley regarding the release form and proceed with demolishing the property as soon as possible.
CONSIDERATION OF THE 2004 COMMISSIONERS MEETING SCHEDULE
Chairman Robertson presented the 2004 Commissioners Meeting Schedule as follows:
Chairman Robertson suggested removing
Commissioner Keever stated that he would be attending the NACo Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., which would conflict with the March 1, 2004 Commissioners Meeting, as well as the NACo Annual Conference, which would conflict with the July 19, 2004 Commissioners Meeting. Commissioner Keever requested the rescheduling of those meetings.
Chairman Robertson suggested removing
Commissioner Keever made a motion to approve the 2004 Commissioners Meeting Schedule as amended. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
CONSIDERATION OF THE 2004
Chairman Robertson presented the 2004 Alexander County Holiday Schedule as follows:
New Years Day
Martin Luther King
Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26, 2004
Christmas Friday & Monday, December 24 & 27, 2004
Commissioner Keever made a motion to approve the 2004 Alexander County Holiday Schedule as presented. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENT TO THE 2003
Chairman Robertson discussed the
County holidays for Christmas scheduled for December 24th and 25th,
2003. Chairman Robertson requested the Board
allow a one time holiday for County employees for
Commissioner Harbinson made a motion
to approve the extra County holiday for
BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS #13, #14, #15, & #16
Budget Amendment #13 To allocate monies received from Sedgwick James for an insurance reimbursement.
Budget Amendment #14
To provide for additional revenue due to a Library grant from Walmart and
Budget Amendment #15 To provide for additional revenue from State funds for Family Planning, Health Promotion, and Child Health.
Budget Amendment #16 To provide for additional revenue from State aid for DSS.
Commissioner Keever made a motion to approve Budget Amendments #13, #14, #15, and #16. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to allow staff to proceed with the Highway 127 water line. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
There being no further business for the regular meeting, Commissioner Keever made a motion to adjourn a to reconvene in the work session. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
W. Darrell Robertson, Chairman Jamie C. Millsaps, Clerk to the Board
November 17, 2003
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a work session following the adjournment of the regular meeting.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Robertson called the work session to order at .
MINIMUM HOUSING ORDINANCE - DRAFT
Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development, distributed copies of the proposed Minimum Housing Code, which reflected the latest changes made during the Boards last review of the document. Ms. Turnmire stated that the most significant revision to this particular document was Subsection 158.011 where the Board discussed creating a specific section for unsafe conditions and that priority would be given to residential structures within that category. Ms. Turnmire also noted that Section 258.026 would also give authority to place a lien on property for costs incurred by the County.
Ms. Turnmire informed the Board that
she had finally spoken with Rich Ducker with the
Chairman Robertson stated that the problem that he had with the old ordinance was that it allowed staff to enforce specific standards on homes that citizens paid taxes on. Chairman Robertson stated that if the home wasnt bothering anyone then the County only had a responsibility to inform the citizens that upgrades needed to be made, not force them out of their home.
Commissioner Harbinson felt that the Board should not enforce a minimum housing code unless it enforced one worth doing. Commissioner Harbinson stated that the previous Board had considered this and could not find a good medium.
Commissioner Keever stated that he was not happy about adopting a minimum housing ordinance but felt that some type of regulations were needed to deal with dilapidated and abandoned homes. However, Commissioner Keever felt that the County would possibly make people homeless if the ordinance was too restrictive.
Chairman Robertson pointed out that the Minimum Housing Code stated that standards shall meet the state building code; however, Chairman Robertson stated that older houses would probably not meet the current code and he suggested changing the wording to read that the home shall meet the code in affect at the time of construction. Chairman Robertson gave an example of a 100 year old home sitting on a field rock foundation, which would not pass current building code.
Doug Kerley, Building Codes Administrator, stated that most of the complaints he received were from renters with complaints against a landlord or a citizen upset at a neighbor. Chairman Robertson asked how many complaint calls were received within a month. Mr. Kerley replied that he received an average of 3 calls per months. Mr. Kerley stated that staff did follow up on complaints but he noted that staff didnt go out looking for something to pick out.
Commissioner Hammer inquired about
surrounding counties minimum housing codes. Ms.
Turnmire replied that Catawba, Caldwell, and Iredell counties had minimum housing codes in
place and she noted that their codes had come from the model ordinance that had originally
been presented to the Board. Ms. Turnmire
stated that she was not familiar with
Commissioner Harbinson asked if Ms.
Turnmire was aware of any problems that
Chairman Robertson asked Ms. Turnmire
to look into applicable codes for all homes and also to contact
DIVISION 12 TRANSPORTATION
Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development, presented a list of improvement priorities for Division 12, which was drafted as a result of several meetings with Commissioner Hammer, Rick French, David Robinette, Lynn Marshall, John Tippett, John Marshall, Jon Pilkenton, and herself. Ms. Turnmire stated that John Tippet and John Marshall had asked for the County and the Town to indicate their priorities for road improvements, excluding items such as the widening of pavement, traffic signals, or other safety issues that could be afforded through other programs.
Ms. Turnmire stated that after
drafting priorities for our 2 jurisdictions, they were combined and reprioritized with
Highway Division 12 Priorities
John Marshall, WPCOG, explained that
the reason that
Chairman Robertson inquired about the chances of these projects being funded. Mr. Marshall replied that there was a very slim chance of these projects getting funded in the next 10 years.
Ms. Turnmire noted that the N.C. Department of Transportation would be holding a public hearing for Division 12 TIP on November 25, 2003 fro 2:00-4:00 PM at the Lincoln County Office Building Auditorium if any Board or staff member wished to attend and voice their opinions regarding the list.
Mr. Marshall presented another list
of other needs in
US 64-90 Widen to a five-lane curb and
gutter section from NC 127 to the
NC 16 Widen to a four lane section from the
NC 127 Widen to a four lane section, five-lane in more developed areas from SR 1147 to US 64-NC 90.
SR 1002 SR 1165 (
SR 1409 Widen and curb and gutter
NC 90 Upgrade to three lane from SR 1600 (
Mr. Marshall stated that these were projects that staff would like to see on the priority list eventually.
The Board thanked Ms. Turnmire and Ms. Marshall for presenting the information.
ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE
Terry Foxx, Emergency Management /
Animal Control Director, reviewed the changes to the Animal Control Ordinance suggested by
the Board at the
Chairman Robertson requested any comment from the Board on the revised Animal Control Ordinance.
Commissioner Keever stated that the first draft ordinance had included a section concerning nuisance dogs; however, he noted that this draft did not. Commissioner Keever felt that some wording needed to be included in the ordinance to handle this issue, without going to a full-fledged leash law, to allow Animal Control a way of dealing with the problem. Mr. Foxx stated that he would include that specific section in the ordinance and he noted that he would also check with other counties to see what type of wording they used in their ordinances.
Mr. Foxx discussed the citation process and he stated that Animal Control had not been enforcing citations unless a dog bite occurred. Mr. Foxx explained that the citation process currently read that allowing a dog to run at large at night was a citable offense and he asked the Board if they wished to enforce this section of the ordinance. Commissioner Keever felt that this would go along with the nuisance section of the ordinance.
Chairman Robertson suggested removing all fines and civil penalty figures, adoption fees, and costs from the ordinance and including them in an appendix so that the ordinance would not have to be revised when the fees changed, only the appendix.
Mr. Foxx discussed the section
regarding the destruction of wounded or diseased animals discussed at the
Commissioner Hammer stated that he had received a phone call today from Kip Clyburn, who was present at the work session, regarding his concerns with not enforcing a leash law. Mr. Clyburn stated that he had been bitten by dogs on 3 occasions while riding his bike and he urged the Board to consider enforcing a leash law.
Chairman Robertson asked Mr. Foxx to revise the ordinance once more to include the changes suggested tonight and email the revised ordinance to each commissioner. Chairman Robertson noted that the ordinance would be placed on the agenda for a regular meeting once the Board had reviewed the ordinance.
Mr. Foxx informed the Board that
Clara Church had been posting animals on Pet Finder.com and he noted that many animals
were being adopted by individuals as far away as
COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION PROJECT
SOCIAL SERVICES EXPANSION
Mr. French informed the Board that staff could contact Stan Winstead to get an estimate for an 8,700 square foot expansion similar to the one proposed in the drawings. Commissioner Keever also suggested getting an estimate for a shell building expansion that would allow for the interior to be completed a little at a time. The Board agreed.
CLOSED SESSION N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1) TO PREVENT THE DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to enter into Closed Session at to prevent the disclosure of confidential information pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1). Commissioner Keever seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
There being no further business, Commissioner Hammer made a motion to adjourn at . Commissioner Keever seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
W. Darrell Robertson, Chairman Jamie C. Millsaps, Clerk to the Board