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Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Regular Session
December 3, 2012


The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on December 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC. Those present for the meeting were: Bill Slagle, Chairman; Joe Street, Vice-Chairman; Ken Hollifield, Member; Keith Holtsclaw, Member; Rickey McKinney, Member; Charles Vines, County Manager and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board. Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Officer; Hal Harrison, County Attorney and Corey Hoilman Reporter with the Mitchell-News Journal.

  1. CALL TO ORDER – County Manager Vines called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

  2. INVOCATION – Commissioner Hollifield gave the invocation.

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Commissioner Holtsclaw led the Pledge of Allegiance.

  4. ADDITTIONS OR CHANGES TO THE AGENDA – County Manager Vine stated that Item 10 E. needed to be removed from the Consent Agenda to Items For Discussion.

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

  6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Minutes for November 5, 2012. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


  8. Mitchell County Community Transportation Program Application –County Manager Vines called the Public Hearing to order at 6:05 p.m.

    No public comments were received.

    Commissioner Street moved to close the Public Hearing. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


    1. Election of Chairman – Commissioner Holtsclaw nominated Commissioner Slagle as Chairman. Commissioner Street seconded the nomination and it carried unanimously.

    2. Election of Vice-Chairman – Commissioner Hollifield nominated Commissioner Street as Vice-Chairman. Commissioner McKinney seconded the nomination and it carried unanimously.

    3. Organizational Appointments

      1. County Manager

      2. Clerk to the Board

      3. Finance Officer

      4. County Attorney

        Commissioner Hollifield made a motion to appoint Charles Vines as County Manager, Kathy Young as Clerk to the Board, Mavis Parsley as Finance Officer and Hal Harrison as County Attorney. Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



    1. Krantz Documentation – Lloyd Hise, Attorney for the Mitchell County
      Foundation stated that in March of 2008 Mitchell County appropriated $450,000 to the Mitchell County Development Foundation as an Economic Development Incentive Grant to be loaned to Krantz Industries to fund the purchase of the Lexington Furniture building. The Mitchell County Development Foundation, Inc. loaned the money to Krantz Industries, Inc. The loan was secured by a promissory note and deed of trust with the Lexington Furniture property as collateral. The loan was re-payable in forty-eight (48) monthly installments of $3,558.60 first applied to interest at 5% and a final payment of all remaining principal due in full on or before April 27, 2012. The balloon payment amount was $360,744.

      Before the payment was due Krantz Industries requested a re-structure and re-amortization of the balance. It and the Mitchell County Development Foundation agreed to amortize the $360,744 over ninety-six (96) months at an interest rate of 5%. Payments are $4,566.99 per month and they began on August 1, 2012. The entire amount is again secured by a first deed of trust and promissory note on the Lexington Building.

      At the time the balloon payment was due Krantz Industries was expanding and adding several new employees and could not afford to pay the full payment and expand. Mitchell County and the Foundation both desired not to obstruct the expansion and recognized that the return on the money over eight (8) years at 5% interest was a good investment.

      Krantz Industries is current on all payments. The Foundation now wants to assign and deed of trust to Mitchell County. Mitchell County has been repaid through November $189,440.76 and under the terms of the secured note and deed of trust will receive an additional $420,163.07. The total repayment of the original $450,000 grant will be $609,603.83 and the grant will have provided well in excess of one hundred (100) full time employment positions.

      A copy of the Promissory Note, recorded Subordination Agreement and Recorded Deed of Trust for Krantz Industries is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes.


    1. Board and Committees for 2013

    2. FY 2014 Community Transportation Program Application Package

    3. Western Highlands Area Authority’s Fiscal Monitoring Report

    4. Resolution to Support the 2013-2015 Funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund

    5. Releases/Refunds/Discoveries for November 2012

      Commissioner Hollifield moved to approve the Consent Agenda (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.

  13. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT – County Manager Vines reminded the Board of the Employee’s Christmas Dinner on December 12th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Bakersville Baptist Church.

  14. BOARD COMMENTS – Chairman Slagle asked the Board to review the list of committee appointments and submit a list of names for the committees. He stated he wanted to ensure there was good representation from Mitchell County. County Manager Vines is to provide the list to the Board.

    Commissioner Street welcomed Commissioner McKinney to the Board. He also asked about the GIS going live. Assessor Hyder stated it was live and on Mitchell County’s website. County Manager Vines stated the Board would be having a special meeting in January for Highland Mapping to provide the Board with a complete update on the project.

    Commissioner Hollifield congratulated Commissioner McKinney. He stated that County Manager Vines, Clerk to the Board Young and Finance Officer Parsley did an excellent job.

    Commissioner McKinney stated he was looking forward to serving on the Board.

    Commissioner Holtsclaw reminded the Board of the Local Government Luncheon on December 14, 2012 at noon at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. He stated he was glad to have Commissioner McKinney serving on the Board.

    Chairman Slagle reminded the Board of the Legislative Breakfast on Monday, December 10th at 8:00 a.m. and the work session the Board would hold immediately following the breakfast.

  15. ADJOURNMENT – Commissioner Hollifield moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.


Bill Slagle, Chairman

Joe Street, Vice-Chairman

Ken Hollifield, Member

Keith Holtsclaw, Member

Rickey McKinney, Member


Kathy Young, NCCCC Clerk to the Board