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Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Regular Session
November 7, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA
MITCHELL COUNTY

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on November 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC. Those present for the meeting were: Bill Slagle, Chairman; Lee Roy Ledford; Vice-Chairman, Ken Hollifield, Keith Holtsclaw, Member; Joe Street, Member; Charles Vines, County Manager and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board. Also present were: Hal Harrison County Attorney; Mitzi Moody, Editor of the Mitchell Gazette and Corey Hoilman, Reporter with the Mitchell-News Journal.

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Slagle called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

  2. INVOCATION – Commissioner Street gave the invocation.

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Commissioner Ledford lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

  4. ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO THE AGENDA – Commissioner Hollifield moved to delete Item 8 A. and to add the Resolution Concerning No County Liability or Operational Funding as Item 11. C. to the agenda. Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  5. ADOPTION OF AGENDA – Commissioner Ledford moved to adopt the agenda. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Minutes for Regular Session October 3, 2011. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  7. PUBLIC COMMENTS - None

  8. REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS

    1. Update on Senior Tar Heel Legislature – Norma Duncan thanked the Board for their support for her and Charles as Senior Tar Heel Legislators. She stated that the Senior Tar Heel Legislature priorities for 2012 were: 1) Restore funding to sustain Project C.A.R.E.; 2) Maintain funding for the Home Care and Community Block Grant by $5 million; 3) Maintain funding for Senior Centers; 4) Provide Dental Care for North Carolina’s Adult Special Care population; and 5) Mandate pre-employment and random drug testing for employees of nursing and assisted living facilities. Ms. Duncan informed the Board they were currently working on establishing a veteran’s clinic for health services. She updated the Board on the Reauthorize the Older Americans Act.

      Chairman Slagle asked Ms. Duncan to work with County Manager Vines on developing a resolution on the Reauthorize the Older Americans Act and for it to be placed on the December Agenda.

    2. Economic Development Update – Becky Anderson, EDC Director told the Board that there were several projects going on in Mitchell County. She stated that in August, East Carolina University announced that Mitchell County would be recipient of a $3 million Dentistry School at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital to train their fourth-year dental students. They are currently in the process of completing their site analysis.

      EDC Director Anderson informed the Board that the Mitchell House construction was underway and they expected them to accept their first patients early next year. She stated that a minimum of forty-six jobs would be added when the project is completed and they are open for business.

      EDC Director Anderson told the Board that Wanda Proffitt had attended the last EDC meeting and she stated the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s project that will widen Hwy. 19E to four lanes from U.S. 19/23 in Madison County to Spruce Pine was getting ever closer. She said that the construction from Madison County to Jacks Creek was ahead of schedule. The NCDOT is starting the process of purchasing the necessary right-of-way from Micaville to Spruce Pine. The construction is slated to start in 2014 and finish in 2017. Director Anderson stated that would be a major advantage to Mitchell County.

      EDC Director Anderson stated that she has been working with two green energy companies interested in setting up solar operations in Mitchell County. She informed the Board that both companies had met with John Boyd, Mayland Community College about the school providing the training needed to prepare workers for the emerging industry. Ms. Anderson also cautioned the Board that the companies wouldn’t be hiring in large numbers if they decided to locate their company in Mitchell County.

      EDC Director Anderson told the Board that Mitchell County was finally getting the infrastructure in place to attract businesses, but the one piece still missing was a professional looking business park with water, sewer, landscaping and signage to house companies looking for an existing building to move into rather that start from scratch.

      Commissioner Holtsclaw asked the Board if they were ready to move forward and provide the type of facility that EDC Director Anderson stated that Mitchell County needed. Chairman Slagle stated that this Board had to make the commitment to recruit jobs and it would not be inexpensive, but he thought the public would understand the expense.

      By consensus the Board agreed for EDC Director Anderson to come back to the Board with concrete plans for a business park.

  9. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

    1. Mitchell County Transportation Drug and Alcohol Plan – Commissioner Ledford moved to adopt the Mitchell County Transportation Drug and Alcohol Plan (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    2. 2011 Joint Resolution Among the Boards of Commissioners of Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties – Commissioner Hollifield moved to approve the 2011 Joint Resolution Among the Boards of Commissioners of Mitchell Avery and Yancey Counties (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Ledford seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    3. Toe River Health District Fee Schedule – Commissioner Ledford moved to approve the Toe River Health District Fee Schedule for 2011-2012 (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  10. APPOINTMENTS

    1. Economic Development Commission – Commissioner Street moved to appoint Commissioner Holtsclaw to the Economic Development Commission. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  11. CONSENT AGENDA

    1. Releases/Refunds/Discoveries for October 2011

    2. Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Grant Award for PROJ00810

      Commissioner Ledford moved to approve the Consent Agenda Items (a copy of the Consent Agenda Items are hereby attached and become a part of the minutes). Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  12. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT – County Manger Vines told the Board he had their Retreat set up for January 5, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in Board Room at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. He stated that McDowell County had not meet concerning the joint meeting with Mitchell County on the county lines, but they would be discussing it tonight at their meeting. Assessor Hyder will be contacting the Assessor Renfro to make the arrangements for the meeting on Tuesday morning. County Manager Vines informed the Board he had left a copy of the Holiday Schedule for the Convenience Centers and the Mobile Unit for them. He stated the schedule would be in the news- paper and on our website. County Manager Vines told the Board that Jeff Vance would be on the agenda in December to discuss the Toe River Aggregation Center and Training Organization. He reminded the Board of the Advantage West Economic Summit to be held on November 14, 2011.

  13. BOARD COMMENTS – Commissioner Ledford stated he had a couple of items he would like to be discussed at the Retreat. He asked if he needed to get them to County Manager Vines before the Retreat. County Manager Vines stated he would send out an e-mail tomorrow asking all the Board members for any items they would like to be on the agenda for the retreat.

    Commissioner Hollifield stated he felt this had been a very productive meeting.

    Commissioner Holtsclaw told the Board the more information that they have prepared for them on the items on the agenda for the Retreat the better the Retreat would be. He said planning is a very hard thing to do and the more information provided the better the outcome would be.

    Chairman Slagle informed the Board he had attended a meeting with Jeff Vance to discuss the regional approach to an Aggregation Center. He stated he felt the project had legs and a lot of potential.

  14. ADJOURNMENT – Commissioner Hollifield moved to adjourn the meeting.

    Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

MITCHELL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Bill Slagle, Chairman

Lee Roy Ledford, Vice-Chairman

Ken Hollifield, Member

Keith Holtsclaw, Member

Joe Street, Member

ATTEST:

Kathy Young, NCCCC Clerk to the Board