Subjects

    Mitchell County Greenways Master Plan

    Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Update

    Tax Appeals

     

Home >> Minutes >> 2013
Printable Versions: PDF Version Icon PDF

Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Regular Session
September 3, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on September 3, 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; Joe Street, Vice-Chairman; Keith Holtsclaw, Member; Charles Vines, County Manager and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board.   Commissioner Hollifield and Commissioner McKinney were absent from the meeting.   Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Officer; and Andy Mundhenk, Reporter from the Mitchell-News Journal.

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

  2. INVOCATION – County Attorney Harrison gave the invocation.

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

  4. ETHICS AWARNESS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST REMINDER:  
    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 - None

  6. ADOPTION OF AGENDA – Commissioner Street moved to adopt the agenda.

    Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Commissioner Street moved to approve the minutes for August 5, 2013.

  8. PUBLIC COMMENTS/BOARD COMMENTS - None

  9. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

    1. Mitchell County Greenways Master Plan – Starli McDowell, Executive Director of Spruce Pine Main Street, Inc. stated she wanted to discuss a proposal from the High Country Council of Governments for the North Toe River Greenway Mapping Services.  The mapping is the first step in creating a Mitchell County Greenways Master Plan.  The proposal includes deliverables that will give the Greenways Committee the data needed to move the greenway project forward.  Ms. McDowell informed the Board that the Town of Spruce and Spruce Pine Main Street are committed to this project.  She would like to see Mitchell County and the Town of Bakersville commit to this project as well.  If the cost is split among the partners rather than expecting Mitchell County to cover the entire cost.  The expenditure for the project would be in the next fiscal year.  The cost for each partner would be $750.

      Commissioner Street moved to approve the $750 expenditure for FY 2014-15 budget.  Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    2. Update on Blue Ridge Regional Hospital – Oscar Weinmaster, CEO of Blue Ridge Region Hospital System informed the Board they would be opening a new medical office complex next year. He stated that they should start breaking ground on the East Carolina University Dental School next week.  They brought in a construction  trailer in last week.  The contracts have been signed and they should have residents by August 2014.   Mr. Weinmaster informed the Board that East Carolina preferred to have a ribbon cutting ceremony instead of a ground breaking ceremony.

      Mr. Weinmaster informed the Board that Blue Ridge Regional Hospital had been in the process of installing a new computer system.  He stated the go live date was set for September 28, 2013.

      Mr. Weinmaster briefly discussed the fact that Mission had announced layoffs.

      Chairman Slagle stated that last week he had read about the possibility of Mission placing a medical helicopter either in Mitchell or Yancey Counties.  Mr. Weinmaster discussed the benefits of having MAMA located closer to the area.

    3. Phyllis Canipe Tax Appeal – Commissioner Street moved to compromise the
      penalty of $693.22 on the discovery bill for Phyllis Canipe.  Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    4. Phillip Snyder Tax Appeal – Commissioner Street moved to compromise the penalty of $288.84 on the discovery bill for Phillip Snyder.  Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    5. Altapass Church of God – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the late Property Tax Exemption application from Altapass Church of God.  Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    6. Tru Kelly – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to compromise the penalty of $334.83 on the discovery bill for Tru Kelly.  Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    7. Deer Park Lake Property Owners Association – Tax Assessor Hyder stated there seems to have been a miscommunication between the Assessor’s Office and Mr. Baucom regarding the 2012 tax bills for Lot 15 and Lot 16.  He stated it was his understanding that Mr. Baucom had requested the Board release or compromise the 2012 tax bills.  The Deer Park Lake Property Owners Association purchased Lot Lot 15 and Lot 16 from the Village of Penland in June 2012.  The 2012 bills are a valid tax billed to the Village of Penland.  He explained that any release or compromise of the bills would carry the risk of the Board assuming personal liability for those taxes.

      Commissioner Holtslaw moved to deny the request from the Deer Park Lake Property Owners Association.  Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  10. CONSENT AGENDA

    • Releases/Refunds/Discoveries
      Commissioner Street 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.

  11. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT – County Manager Vines informed the Board that the guardrails were being installed on the Iron Mountain this week. He stated the bridge at Harrell Hill would be completed this week and DOT had delayed the start of the repair on bridge 29 until the spring of 2014.  He reviewed the State Budget highlights with the Board and provided them with an update on Western Highlands.

  12. BOARD COMMENTS – Commissioner Street stated that BRP was expanding their Facility and the EDC was moving forward with the Certified Industrial Site. He said that EDC was receiving a lot of inquiries. 

    Chairman Slagle stated that he and Commissioner Street would be going to Washington this week for an economic summit.  He told the Board he had been involved in several meetings with the Plant Manager and HR Director of PRC.  Chairman Slagle stated that he had received a number of inquiries from franchise hotels and eating establishments.  He stated he had received a letter from DOT stating they had let the contract for the improvements to 226 and 226A in Marion and this would be a significant benefit to shipping in Mitchell County.  Chairman Slagle informed the Board that ARC has funded the Mitchell County EDC with a grant to develop a Mitchell County Economic Development Planning Guide.  He stated that the Town of Spruce Pine had purchased the PNC Bank and the NCDMV would be looking for an office in Mitchell County.   He said that the Employment Security Office and Job Link had entered into an agreement for a permanent office and they should be relocating to that office sometime in October or November.

  13. ADJOURNMENT - Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to adjourn the meeting. 

    Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

MITCHELL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Bill Slagle, Chairman

Joe Street, Vice-Chairman

Ken Hollifield, Member

Keith Holtsclaw, Member

Rickey McKinney, Member


ATTEST:

Kathy Young, NCCCC Clerk to the Board