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Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Regular Session
February 4, 2013


The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on February 4, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC. Those present for the meeting were: Bill Slagle, Chairman; Ken Hollifield, Member; Keith Holtsclaw, Member; Rickey McKinney, Member; and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board. Commissioner Street and County Manager Vines were absent from the meeting. Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Officer; Hal Harrison, County Attorney 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 Hollifield gave the invocation.

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – County Attorney Harrison led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    In accordance with the State Government Ethics Act, it is the duty of every Board member to avoid both conflicts of interest and appearance of conflict. Does any board member have any known conflicts of interest or appearances of conflict with respect to any matters coming before the Board? If so, please identify the conflict or appearance of conflict and refrain from any undue participation in the particular matter involved.

  5. ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO THE AGENDA – Chairman Slagle stated that the MOU Between NCEM and Mitchell County – Grant No. 2011-SS-00119-S01 needed to be added to the Consent Agenda as Item 11. I.

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

  7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Minutes for January 7, 2013. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  8. PUBLIC COMMENTS/ BOARD COMMENTS – Linda Dahl invited the Board to attend the Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nu Wray Inn in Burnsville.

    Bonnie Sagan read the Board a Resolution to Preserve and Defend the United States Constitution and North Carolina Constitution (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).


    1. EDC Program of Work – Becky Anderson, EDC Director provided the Board with the following update:

      Program of Work- July 2011- December 2012

      GOAL 1: To Support Existing Industry

      • Over 30 site visits were made to existing business to determine business needs and to demonstrate appreciation for their presence in Mitchell County.
      • Introduced potential customers and new markets ranging from an international green energy company connecting with a local metal working firm to a baby clothes designer for a sewing operation.
      • Assisted Quality Plus in obtaining an energy audit from the Land of the Sky Regional Council’s waste reduction program.
      • Assisted BRP in securing over $355,000 in funding from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and North Carolina Rural Center for a plant expansion.
      • Secured assistance from the North Carolina Department of Commerce International Division to assist a local manufacturer with international tax issues for a potential customer.
      • Currently working with PRC on future expansion plans at Krantz Industrial Park.
      • Partnered with the Mayland Manufacturers Association on quarterly educational meetings for local industries, Mayland staff and EDC directors.

      GOAL 2: To Attract and Support New Business

      • Currently assisting North Carolina Renewable Energy, LLC and Nationwide Renewable Energy, LLC on the establishment of solar fields in the county to include over 20 meetings with investors and technical assistance providers.
      • Assisted Key Chemical in securing a site to provide trucking and storage services for mining sector.
      • Assisted Mitchell House with a feasibility analysis, community overview and ribbon cutting event.
      • Currently working with a franchise lodging developer on a feasibility analysis and financing of the project.
      • Assisted First Care Medical with an open house for their new practice.

      GOAL 3: To Develop a New Industrial Site

      • Currently working to develop the county’s first Certified Industrial Site for the recruitment of new businesses.
      • Contracted with McGill Engineering to provide technical assistance for the project to include due diligence at the site of the former Lexington Furniture plant on Henredon Road.
      • Completed a Phase 1 Environmental Study to include soil borings, threatened and endangered species studies, site survey and infrastructure mapping.
      • Contracted with Western Carolina Metal and Iron Recycling to demolish the building with a finish date of June 30, 2013 at which time the property will be transferred from Mayland Community College to Mitchell County.

      GOAL 4: To Market the County’s Assets

      • As a member of the Carolina West marketing organization and the Advantage West Economic Commission, Mitchell County data and promotional materials have been distributed to 35 site selection and consulting firms and to 4 national and international trade shows in 2012.
      • The EDC participated in the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s annual Southeastern Site Consultant Conference at the Biltmore Estate.
      • The EDC participated in Advantage West site consultant lunches in Charlotte and Greenville, South Carolina.
      • The EDC website: is updated with 2011-12 data and linkages to the county’s GIS mapping system. In 2012, the web site had 3,330 visits through November with 1,814 visits that lasted from 4 to 30 minutes.

      GOAL 5: To advocate and inform elected officials, community leaders and the public about economic development activities and opportunities

      • The EDC is represented locally on the Spruce Pine Main Street board, TRACTOR board, Hospital Advisory Council, BIG and Mayland Community College Foundation.
      • The EDC is represented regionally on the CEC program of Advantage West, Carolina West, Economic Developers Association, High Country COG, and AT&T Consumer Advisory Council.
      • The CEC Youth Entrepreneurship program was featured at the December Local Ventures conference in Asheville.
      • The EDC was represented at the High Country Council of Government Future Forward Program.

      GOAL 6: To Enhance Mitchell County’s Quality of Life

      • Administered Entrepreneurial Communities program with a focus on youth entrepreneurship to include quarterly meetings of the Mitchell County committee and regional “Lunch and Learn” sessions sponsored by Advantage West.
      • Assisted the Mitchell High School Ag. Science program, FFA and 4-H in a business plan competition and establishment of a business on site at Mitchell High School. Currently the students manage a chicken and egg and rabbit production business with future plans for pig production.
      • Currently assisting with securing funds for the development of a farm at the high school.
      • Served on the Our Town grant committee to secure funds from the NEA and to establish a Cultural District for Mitchell and Yancey counties.
      • Completed a Scenic Byway application for the Highlands of the Roan Scenic Byway from Micaville to Roan Mountain to help create a tourism venue and increase a customer base for businesses along the byway.

      EDC Director informed the Board that the building on the proposed industrial site would be removed by June 30th and they needed to consider during the budget process this year, the cost to keep the site bush hogged and to add appropriate signage for the site.

      Chairman Slagle stated that Ms. Anderson had submitted her letter of resignation and had agreed to continue to work during the transition period. He thanked Ms. Anderson for her hard work and her representation of Mitchell County.

    2. Parks & Recreation Update - Greg Hoilman, Recreation Director provided the Board with an update of the status of the Recreation Department. He discussed the issues he was having with the YBOA program.


    1. Mark Ingram – Penalty and Interest Tax Appeal – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to waive the penalty on parcel 0864-00-33-3025 in the amount of $105.42. Commissioner McKinney seconded the motion and it carried unanimously (a copy of the request is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).
    2. Dates for Board of Equalization & Review – Commissioner Hollifield  moved to set April 4th and April 11th as the dates for the Board of Equalization and Review. Commissioner McKinney seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


    1. Sheriff’s Department Drug Overtime Grant

    2. Appointment of Denise C. Clougherty as the Trustee appointed by County Commissioner for Spruce Pine Fire & Rescue

    3. MOU Between NCEM and Mitchell County – Grant no. 2010-SS-T0-0075

    4. MOU Between NCEM and Mitchell County - Grant No. 2012-SS-00100

    5. Appointment of Reid Duncan to the MAY Coalition

    6. Southern Software Annual Software Agreement for Sheriff-Pak

    7. Southern Software Annual Software Agreement for Rambler

    8. Releases/Refunds/Discoveries for January 2013

    9. MOU Between NCEM and Mitchell County – Grant No. 2011-SS-00119-S01

      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 Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


  13. BOARD COMMENTS – Commissioner Holtsclaw informed the Board that he was meeting with Dr. North concerning the Clinic at Tipton Hill School. He suggested the Board learn all they could about the Sequestration

    Commissioner Hollifield stated it was very important to have an industrial site in Mitchell County and he asked the Board to keep an open mind about this during the budget process to ensure the landscaping and signage is done on this site.

    Commissioner McKinney agreed with Commissioner Hollifield.

    Chairman Slagle asked Recreation Director Hoilman about the lease at Mine Creek ball field. Recreation Director Hoilman stated he had planned on meeting with them this month to discuss the lease and try to get it back to a three or five year lease versus the current one year lease.

    Chairman Slagle asked EDC Director Anderson about the status of the Dental School. Ms. Anderson stated that Blue Ridge Regional had transferred the property and they hoped to have a groundbreaking ceremony within the next six weeks or so.

    Chairman Slagle informed the Board that the Affordable Health Care Act would be a major issue in the upcoming budget.

  14. TOUR OF COMMUNICATIONS & SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENTS - The Board toured the Communications and Sheriff’s Departments. By consensus  the Board agreed for Mark Pitman, Maintenance Director and Keynan Phillips, Building Inspector to do an assessment of all of Mitchell County’s buildings  and to make a full report of their findings to the Board.

  15. ADJOURNMENT – Commissioner McKinney moved to adjourn the meeting

    Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 7:55 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