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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 

ALEXANDER COUNTY

REGULAR MEETING

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

November 15, 2004

PRESENT: W. Norris Keever, Chairman
William L. Hammer, Vice-Chairman
Wesley E. Bolick
W. Darrell Robertson
John F. Watts
STAFF: Rick French, County Manager
Jamie Starnes, Clerk to the Board
MEDIA: Gary Herman, The Taylorsville Times

 

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, November 15, 2004 in the Catawba Valley Community College / Alexander Center Multipurpose Room, Taylorsville, North Carolina.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Keever called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

INVOCATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Rev. Mickey Moree, Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Conover, NC, gave the invocation and Commissioner Wes Bolick led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

The Board held a moment of silence for David Ellis who passed away today following a long battle with cancer.  Chairman Keever noted that Mr. Ellis had been a fireman with Wittenburg and Ellendale Volunteer Fire Departments and asked the members of the Board and staff to keep Mr. Ellis’ family in their prayers.

***SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS***

Chairman Keever recognized several individuals that recently received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.  Plaques were presented to the following individuals on behalf of the Board to acknowledge these awards:

Alfred Lex Johnson in appreciation of dedicated service as founder of the Wittenburg Volunteer Fire Department and for 37 years of service in many different capacities such as active fireman, treasurer, and board of directors member.  Commissioner Hammer stated that he had known Mr. Johnson for 30 or more years and he pointed out that Mr. Johnson was a leader in the community.  Commissioner Hammer conveyed his appreciation to Mr. Johnson for his service and loyalty to his community.

J.C. & Betty Julian in appreciation of 15 years of volunteer service to the Stony Point Ruritan Club, 40 years dedicated service to Stony Point Baptist Church, and a lifetime of caring concern for the Stony Point community.  Commissioner Robertson stated that Mr. & Mrs. Julian could not be present at the meeting tonight because Mr. Julian had recently had surgery.  Commissioner Robertson stated that Mr. & Mrs. Julian could always be counted on to help out in any way and he noted that they were the strength of the community.  Commissioner Robertson asked Phil Addison, Stony Point Baptist Church Associate Pastor, to accept the plaque on their behalf.

Habitat for Humanity in appreciation of humanitarian service for Alexander County citizens.   Matt Cooksey accepted the plaque on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.  Mr. Cooksey informed that Board that a Habitat home was built every 20 minutes somewhere in the world.  He noted that Alexander County was unique because Habitat homes were still built almost entirely by volunteer labor.  Mr. Cooksey stated that the volunteers needed to be congratulated and he thanked the Board for the recognition.

Wesley Bolick in appreciation of services as a counselor for Forgiven Ministry.  Commissioner Bolick stated that he would accept the plaque on behalf of Forgiven Ministry and Founder Scottie Barnes.  Commissioner Bolick explained that the Forgiven Ministry organization provided shelter to families visiting loved ones in prison as well as organized camps for inmates to spend weekends with their children.  He stated that Forgiven Ministry was becoming known worldwide and he noted that Ms. Barnes received phone calls every week from individuals and groups requesting information about services provided.   He also mentioned that the group recently visited Angola prison in Louisiana.  Commissioner Bolick announced that a child care center called “Ezekiel’s Room” was opened 2 weeks ago at the Alexander Correction Institution, where bible study, crafts, etc. would be offered to families visiting inmates.

Anna Ferguson in appreciation of volunteer service in numerous organizations in Alexander County such as Sugar Loaf Elementary School, First Baptist Church, and the American Heart Association.  Commissioner Watts stated that Ms. Ferguson had been his star short stop in a girl’s softball team he helped organize in high school.  Commissioner Watts stated that he knew Ms. Ferguson as a coach, a friend, a colleague, and a fellow church member and he noted that she was very dedicated to her profession and her community.

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT***

David Icenhour, Economic Development Director, informed the Board that a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) had been approved to install water and sewer lines for Advantage Wood Products. 

Mr. Icenhour gave a brief update of the project.  He stated that Advantage Wood Products would be housed in the former Leviton building located on White Plains Road and he noted that the new industry would create at least 29 jobs.  Mr. Icenhour stated that 12,800 feet of water line would be installed with the grant as well as 2,500 feet of sewer line.  He also mentioned that the wastewater would be treated by the Town of Taylorsville and the water would be provided by EnergyUnited Water Corporation.

Mr. Icenhour stated that the total cost for the water and sewer project was $440,200 and he noted that the CDBG would provide $337,649.  He stated that the remaining $102,551 would normally be the amount required as the 25% local match; however, he explained that the Town of Taylorsville had received a N.C. Rural Center grant in the amount of $298,500, part of which would be used to pay the matching funds for the Advantage Wood Products water and sewer project since the project involved the Town’s wastewater treatment facility.

Mr. Icenhour stated that the CDBG application was completed in-house.  He thanked Town Manager David Odom as well as Nancy Coley and Sherry Long with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments for their help with the project.

Commissioner Bolick thanked Mr. Icenhour for his work on the project.  Chairman Keever also conveyed his appreciation to Mr. Icenhour and to those who assisted in the grant application process.  He also noted that the Board hoped more grants could be done in-house.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented.  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

PUBLIC HEARING:  REZONING CASE 04-8:   CHILDERS

Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development, presented Rezoning Case 04-8 submitted by James and Gilda Childers.  Mr. & Mrs. Childers requested rezoning of property located on Millersville Road from R-20 (Residential) to RA-20 (Residential-Agricultural).  The size of the property is 1 acre and the existing land use is a single-family site-built home and accessory buildings.  Ms. Turnmire stated that zoning within 100 feet of the property was R-20 to the north and west, RA-20 to the south, and L-I (Light-Industrial) to the east.  There are single-family site-built homes to the north of the property, a non-conforming manufactured home park and singlewide manufactured homes to the south as well as industrial property (Mitchell Gold Company) to the east and a single-family modular home to the west.

Ms. Turnmire stated that the applicants wished to rezone the property in order to place one singlewide manufactured home on the property for their daughter and granddaughter.  Ms. Turnmire informed the Board that Michelle Childers, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Childers, had obtained construction approval through the Environmental Health Department to place a second septic system on the property.  She also stated that the secondary structure would abide by the accessory manufactured home regulations.

Ms. Turnmire stated that the Alexander County Zoning Ordinance identified RA-20 (Residential-Agricultural) as a zoning district for low-density residential and agricultural purposes including single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, individual manufactured homes, and related uses necessary for a sound neighborhood.  She pointed out that this district was designed to stabilize and encourage a healthful environment for family life in areas where neither public nor community water or sewer facilities were available.

Ms. Turnmire informed the Board that uses allowed in the RA-20 district included but were not limited to single-family site-built and modular homes, manufactured homes, two-family dwellings, multi-family apartments, and duplexes.  She noted that all of the uses allowed in RA-20 should be considered, not only the use of which the applicant was applying.  Ms. Turnmire also mentioned that the subject property and surrounding area was not classified in the future land use section of the Land Development Plan.

Ms. Turnmire informed the Board that Planning & Development staff recommended approval of the rezoning request.  She also stated that following a public hearing held on October 7, 2004, the Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the request.

Chairman Keever called the public hearing to order and requested any public comment.  There being no public comment, Commissioner Watts made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Robertson seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve Rezoning Case 04-8.  Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

PUBLIC HEARING:  FY 2006 COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM GRANT

Patti Foster, Transportation Director, informed the Board that a public hearing was only required for the FY 2006 Community Transportation Program Grant if requested by November 12, 2004.  She informed the Board that no request for a public hearing had been received and she therefore recommended that the public hearing be closed.

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR THE FY 2006 COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM GRANT

Patti Foster, Transportation Director, presented a resolution to apply for the FY 2006 Community Transportation Program Grant due November 19, 2004.  Ms. Foster explained that the intent of the program was to enhance the provision of rural human service and general public transportation in N.C.  She stated that the application consolidated the Administrative, Employee Development, Capital, Technology, and Facility Renovation/Repair Funding grant programs into one application package.

Ms. Foster stated that Administrative funding was reimbursed at 85% federal share with a local match of 15%.  She also mentioned that Employee Development funding was reimbursed at 85% federal share with a local match of 15% and she noted that Capital, Technology, and Facility Renovation/Repair funding were reimbursed at 90% federal and/or state share with a 10% local match.

Ms. Foster stated that the amount of funding to be applied for by Alexander County for the FY 2006 Community Transportation Program Grant, Administrative, and Employee Development was $83,151 with a local match of $12,472.65.  The amount to be applied for Capital, Technology, and Facility Renovation/Repair was $105,000 with a local match of $10,500.  Ms. Foster noted that the total funding to be applied for was $188,151 with a local match of $22,972.65.

Ms. Foster informed the Board that 3 vehicles would be replaced with the $105,000 for Capital, Technology, and Facility Renovation/Repair funding.  She also noted that office furniture and extra tie down straps would also be purchased.

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve the resolution to apply for the FY 2006 Community Transportation Program Grant.  Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

Commissioner Watts suggested that a line item be established in the County budget specifically for local matches of grants.  Commissioner Watts felt that a line item would provide a more accurate reflection of those monies from a budgetary standpoint.  Rick French, County Manager, stated that this specific topic had been in discussion.

PRESENTATION OF 2003-2004 AUDIT

Paula Hodges, Audit Manager for Martin Starnes & Associates, presented a Power Point Slide Show Presentation to the Board for presentation of the 2003-2004 Audit Summary, which was as follows:

            Audit Results

        Unqualified opinion

        Unreserved fund balance $2,186,737

        Increase in fund balance $282,728

        Unreserved fund balance is 10% of general fund expenditures

Fund Balance History

        $2,784,527 in 2002

        $4,275,486 in 2003

        $4,558,214 in 2004

Property Valuation History

        $1,379,047 in 2001

        $1,443,743 in 2002

        $1,995,247 in 2003

        $1,995,114 in 2004

Comparative Averages for N.C. Counties with Population of 25,000 to 49,999

                                                                        Alexander County               Average

Available General Fund- fund balance                 $2,186,737                    $7,213,250*

Property tax rate                                                        0.465                       0.6186*

Appraisal adjusted rate                                             0.4605**                   0.5115*

Collection percentage                                                 95.51%                     95.15%*

Collection percentage:

            Excluding motor vehicles                                96.63%                     96.35%*

            Motor vehicles                                               87.35%                    84.93%*

* Reference:  LGC memos #1012 & 1014 (6/30/03 averages)

** 6/30/03 appraisal adjusted rate

Note:   Alexander’s figures are as of 6/30/04, except as noted above

Net Cost of Services Provided – General Fund

        Education – 41%

        Public Safety – 23%

        Human Services – 18%

        General Government – 10%

        Cultural & Recreation – 3%

        Environmental Protection & Economic Development – 2%

        Interest & Fees – 3%

General Fund Revenues 2003 & 2004

        Ad Valorem Taxes - $9,373,507 in 2003 & $9,408,256 in 2004

        Other Intergovernmental - $3,833,255 in 2003 & $4,010,537 in 2004

        Local Option Sales Tax - $5,281,617 in 2003 & $5,726,289 in 2004

        Sales & Service - $2,087,171 in 2003 & $2,087,792 in 2004

        Permits, Fees, & Other Revenue - $572,836 in 2003 & $583,326 in 2004

        Investment Earnings - $34,173 in 2003 & $32,233 in 2004

        Other Taxes & Licenses - $99,780 in 2003 & $100,867 in 2004

General Fund Expenditures 2003 & 2004

        Human Services - $7,551,965 in 2003 & $8,089,925 in 2004

        Education - $4,675,185 in 2003 & $4,534,261 in 2004 (decrease due to pass through capital outlay from PCBCB)

        Public Safety - $3,843,692 in 2003 & $4,102,973 in 2004

        General Government - $2,078,496 in 2003 & $2,183,321 in 2004

        Debt Service - $1,191,112 in 2003 & $2,328,462 in 2004 (increase due to first full year of debt service for classroom project related debt)

        Environmental Protection & Economic Development - $366,985 in 2003 & $437,352 in 2004

        Cultural & Recreation - $542,895 in 2003 & $531,912 in 2004

Solid Waste Fund Overview

                                                                           2003                             2004

Cash from operations                             $(87,666)                      $117,247

Budgetary net income                            $  78,069                      $  19,546

GAAP net income                                 $  95,197                      $  46,472

            Water Funds Overview

                                                                       Hwy. 16 S          Bethlehem        Sugar Loaf

                        Cash from operations                 $   245,239       $ 309,210         $ 100,418

                        Budgetary net income                $     64,178      $   45,565         $    47,386

                        GAAP net income                     $1,419,807      $   95,157         $ 172,412

Commissioner Robertson felt that the property values for 2004 were less than those in 2003 because of the many industrial and commercial properties that had closed.  Commissioner Watts asked Ms. Hodges if this was a trend seen in other municipalities.   Ms. Hodges replied that the downturn in the economy over the past several years had affected many other municipalities.

Commissioner Robertson stated that the Alexander County property tax rate was 15 cents lower that the average property tax rate in counties similar in size.  He pointed out that there were only 6 counties with a lower property tax rate than Alexander County.  Ms. Hodges agreed and stated that Alexander County had a very low property tax rate when comparing to counties similar in size.

Commissioner Watts asked how many counties fell into this comparative group.  Jennifer Herman, Finance Director, replied that there were 20 to 25 counties in this grouping.

Commissioner Watts inquired about comparative data regarding Alexander County’s debt service compared to other counties comparable in size.  Ms. Hodges replied that she did not have any comparable data but noted that Alexander County’s debt was low compared to other counties its size.

Ms. Herman informed the Board that the percentage that debt bore to the County’s total assessed property evaluation was .87%, which was very low.

Ms. Hodges pointed out that the Solid Waste Fund, as well as the Water Fund, was able to support the cost of operation within the fund for 2002.  Commissioner Robertson stated that this was the first consecutive year that the Solid Waste Fund had achieved this in its history.

Commissioner Watts inquired about the final payment on the Solid Waste Transfer Station.  Ms. Herman replied that the final payment had been made in October 2004 and she noted that the garbage truck would be paid in full in June 2005.

Ms. Hodges thanked County Manager Rick French, Finance Director Jennifer Herman, and the Finance Department staff for their assistance with the audit.

Chairman Keever thanked the Martin Starnes & Associates staff as well as Mr. French and Ms. Herman for the work they did during the audit process.

Commissioner Robertson conveyed his appreciation to Ms. Herman for looking after the County budget and also to Martin Starnes & Associates for the report.

Commissioner Hammer stated that the Finance Department staff always did an outstanding job.  He also thanked Chairman Keever and Commissioner Robertson for serving on the Finance Committee.

Commissioner Bolick made a motion to approve the 2003-2004 Audit Summary as presented.  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

EQUIPMENT FINANCING FOR REGISTER OF DEEDS

Jennifer Herman, Finance Director, discussed the need to replace some imaging equipment in the Register of Deeds Office.  Ms. Herman stated that staff received 3 informal bids for new imaging equipment which included a bid of $45,138 from Realstar Solutions, $38,869 from InterNet Technologies, Inc., and $34,000 from Parker-Lowe & Associates.  She also noted that staff mailed information to 5 banks requesting bids for financing of the project.  Those 5 banks included First Citizens Bank, BB&T Governmental Finance, Bank of America, Peoples Bank, and Wachovia Bank.  Ms. Herman stated that First Citizens provided a bid with the lowest rate of 3.15% for 5 years.

Ms. Herman presented a Resolution Authorizing the Finance Officer to Execute an Installment Purchase Contract for the Purchase of Imaging Equipment for the Register of Deeds.  Ms. Herman recommended that the Board accept the bid of $34,000 from Parker-Lowe & Associates for the imaging equipment as well as the bid from First Citizens Bank.  Ms. Herman pointed out that the annual payment would actually be reduced from the current $8,900 to $7,500 per year.

Ben Hines, Register of Deeds, introduced Keith Parker Lowe and Phil Prescott, Parker-Lowe & Associates, who traveled here from Ocracoke, N.C.  Mr. Hines stated that the Register of Deeds Office had worked with Parker-Lowe & Associates since 1993 which had resulted in deeds being made available for viewing on the Internet at www.alexanderrod.com.  Mr. Hines explained to the Board that the new imaging equipment would immediately place documents scanned and indexed on the Internet instead of the current operation of placing them on a disk and sending them to Ocracoke to have placed on the Internet.  Mr. Hines also informed the Board that 30 counties worked with Parker-Lowe & Associates.

Commissioner Robertson asked if the workstation required for the new imaging equipment was included in the bid.  Mr. Lowe replied that the workstation was included.

Ms. Herman stated that First Citizens Bank would have to be notified in writing by December 8, 2004 in order to keep the rate of 3.15%.  She also stated that the closing on the loan would have to occur by January 8, 2004.

Commissioner Bolick made a motion to approve the Resolution Authorizing the Finance Officer to Execute an Installment Purchase Contract for the Purchase of Imaging Equipment for the Register of Deeds with First Citizens Bank at a rate of 3.15%.  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

Chairman Keever presented a Resolution in Support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which declared the belief that marriage was a union between a man and a woman.

Commissioner Bolick asked if this resolution would be forwarded to any particular person or organization once approved.  Greg Barefoot, Pastor of Stony Point Baptist Church, stated that he was requesting every county commission board in N.C. to consider this resolution to be presented to the N.C. General Assembly.  Mr. Barefoot stated that the goal was to have every county in N.C. approve the resolution to show the General Assembly where each county stood on the marriage amendment issue.

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve the Resolution in Support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.  Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS #12 - #15

Rick French, County Manager, discussed the purpose of Budget Amendments #12 - #15, which included the following information:

Budget Amendment #12 – To budget for a technology grant from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).  To transfer budget amounts for the Homeland Security Grant from the 911 Communications Department to the Emergency Management Department.  To budget for a replacement of the Home Health vehicle that was wrecked.  To budget for a Wal-Mart community grant for audiovisual materials.  To adjust the budget for changes in funding from the Division of Aging.

Budget Amendment #13 – To increase a transfer from the General Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund for technology needs.  To repay the General Fund for a portion of the transfers to the Solid Waste Fund in prior years.

Budget Amendment #14 – To increase a transfer from the General Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund for technology needs.

Budget Amendment #15 – To repay the General Fund for a portion of the transfers to the Solid Waste Fund in prior years.

Commissioner Watts requested clarification in regards to the Homeland Security Grant line item included in Budget Amendment #12.  Jennifer Herman, Finance Director, explained that this money was from the 2003 Homeland Security Grant that was carried over into this fiscal year.  She stated that the grant funding had originally been budgeted in the 911 Communications department; however, she stated that the purpose of the budget amendment was to simply transfer the remaining funds into the Emergency Management Department budget for 2004-2005.

Commissioner Robertson discussed the HAVA grant and conveyed his appreciation to the Board of Elections and staff for the tremendous job they did during the recent election.

Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve Budget Amendments #12 - #15.  Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS & REAPPOINTMENTS

Commissioner Hammer presented the following appointments:

A.      FUTURE FORWARD

Appoint Dr. Librado Gonzalez as public sector member

B.      PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

Appoint Donna Fincannon as county representative

C.      AMIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD

Appoint rural area member

Appoint veterinarian

Appoint public health member

Appoint law enforcement member

Appoint hunter

Appoint urban area member

Appoint member at large

Commissioner Hammer stated that he would be working on recruiting members for the Animal Control Advisory Board before the next meeting.  He requested anyone with recommendations for the advisory board to contact him or Jamie Starnes, Clerk to the Board.

Commissioner Bolick suggested that Gary Herman advertise the Animal Control Advisory Board in The Taylorsville Times.

Commissioner Hammer made a motion to approve the other appointments.  Commissioner Robertson seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

OTHER BUSINESS

Rick French, County Manager, discussed the following issues during Other Business:

A.         Chairman Keever and Mr. French will be attending a Medicaid Reform Commission Meeting on November 16, 2004.  Mr. French stated that Chairman Keever would be making a brief presentation on how Medicaid impacted Alexander County.

B.          Commissioner Watts, David Icenhour, and Mr. French will be attending a Future Forward Leadership Summit on November 17, 2004.  Mr. French stated that the meeting would be held in Boone at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

CONSENT AGENDA

A.       Tax Release Requests for October $1,120.60 and Tax Refund Requests for October $1,340.85.

B.       Minutes from October 18, 2004 Regular Commissioners’ Meeting.

C.       Alexander County Rescue Squad Agreement.

D.       ACHS Vocational Classes Improvements for the Courthouse Lawn.

E.        Resolution for Designation of Applicant’s Agent.

Commissioner Hammer made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

COMMENTS FROM OUTGOING COMMISSIONER

Commissioner Watts stated that although he had only served in this seat for 4 months, he appreciated the opportunity to serve as well as the legacy that David Odom started with his second term.  Commissioner Watts congratulated the winners of the recent election and advised them to govern wisely and govern fairly.  He asked the Board to remember that they served all the people all the time regardless of whether or not those people voted for them.

Commissioner Watts stated that he had no intention of serving in the public capacity; however, he noted that he had never been one to adopt any absolutes in his life.  He mentioned that there was currently a need for him to care for some family members, specifically his mother. 

Commissioner Watts wished the Board nothing but the best for the governing of Alexander County.  He felt that the county’s government was in very good hands with Rick French as the County Manager and the staff he had put together.  Commissioner Watts stated that there were many people serving the county that did not get the recognition they deserved for the hard work they did, whether under a democrat or a republican administration.  He also stated that he felt that sometimes people got too caught up with labels and worried about what party someone belonged to instead of worrying about who would do the best job for the citizens of Alexander County.  Commissioner Watts stated that Alexander County needed to progress and move forward and he believed that education would be the key to that progress.  He again wished the Board good luck in the future.

Chairman Keever stated that he appreciated Commissioner Watt’s service and his interest to the betterment of the county.

Commissioner Robertson stated that he had served with Commissioner Watts longer than anyone on the Board and he noted that he greatly respected Commissioner Watts.  He pointed out that when he and Commissioner Watts were on opposite sides on an issue they always disagreed without being disagreeable.  Commissioner Robertson conveyed his appreciation to Commissioner Watts for serving on the Board as well as the Board of Education and he noted that Commissioner Watts’ primary focus was and always had been education.  Commissioner Robertson also thanked Commissioner Watts’ family for their support and for allowing him to serve.  Commissioner Robertson thanked Commissioner Watts for his service and dedication and he wished him the very best.

Commissioner Hammer also stated that he knew education was dear to Commissioner Watts’ heart and also that his family came first.  Commissioner Hammer conveyed his appreciation to Commissioner Watts for serving on the Board.

Commissioner Bolick stated that he had served with Commissioner Watts as a fellow commissioner and also when Commissioner Watts was serving as chairman of the board.  He noted that Commissioner Watts was a very fair chairman.  Commissioner Bolick also noted that Commissioner Watts and his son Jonathan had volunteered at the very first Habitat for Humanity House that was built and he thanked him for that.

Commissioner Watts thanked the members of the Board for their comments.

***RECOGNITION OF ACHS COUGARS***

Larry Yoder was proud to announce that the Alexander Central High School football team defeated Olympic High School on Saturday, November 13, 2004 with a final score of 17 to 6.  Mr. Yoder stated that the Cougars defensive team shut down a very powerful quarterback from Olympic High School and did a tremendous job.  He also commended the coaching staff for leading the team to victory.  Mr. Yoder urged everyone to attend the game on Friday, November 19, 2004 at Waddell High School.

Commissioner Robertson recognized the ACHS Varsity Cheerleaders who competed in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Competition in Raleigh on Saturday, November 13, 2004.   Commissioner Robertson stated that his daughter, Elizabeth Robertson, worked with the cheerleaders and he noted that they left Saturday morning to compete but were back in time for the game.  Commissioner Robertson stated that 27 cheerleading teams competed.   He mentioned that the ACHS cheerleaders would have tied for 7th place if it had not have been for a 15 point scoring penalty.  Commissioner Robertson stated that he was very proud of the football team as well as the cheerleaders and he felt that they both represented the county well.

CLOSED SESSION – N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1, 5, & 6) TO PREVENT THE DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, CONTRACTUAL, & PERSONNEL

Commissioner Bolick made a motion to enter into Closed Session at 7:10 PM to prevent the disclosure of confidential information as well as to discuss contractual matters and personnel issues pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1, 5, & 6).  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, Commissioner Watts made a motion to adjourn at 7:40 PM.  Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion.  The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

 

                                                                                                                  

W. Norris Keever, Chairman                Jamie M. Starnes, Clerk to the Board