Subjects

    Tax Collector Report of Unpaid Real Property 2013

    2014 Audit Contract

    Resolution to Set the Salary for the Sheriff

    Surplus Property

    Transfer of Surplus Property to the Mitchell County Board of Education

    Proclamation of Mitchell County as a "Purple Heart County"

    Non-Emergency Transportation Services Agreement

    County Attorney

    Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee Appointment

    Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee Appointment

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Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Special Session
February 3, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA

MITCHELL COUNTY

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on February 3, 2014, 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; Ken Hollifield, Member; Charles Vines, County Manager and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board.  Commissioner Rickey McKinney was absent from the meeting. Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Officer and Andy Mendhenk, Reporter with the Mitchell-News Journal.

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Commissioner Slagle called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

  2. INVOCATION – County Manager Vines gave the invocation.

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Commissioner 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 – County Manager stated the
    Board needed to add County Attorney as Item 10. H to the agenda. Commissioner Street moved to add Item 10. H. County Attorney to the agenda. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  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 Hollifield moved to approve the Minutes for January 6, 2014 and January 21, 2014. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  8. PUBLIC COMMENTS/BOARD COMMENTS – John Ferlazzo addressed the Board about the winter hours of the Convenience Centers. He stated that it was hard for people who work to get there by 5:30 p.m.  He stated he had arrived at the Snow Hill Convenience Center at 5:25 p.m. and it was already closed. Mr. Ferlazzo suggested that they be open later one day a week. County Manager Vines stated the reason for the changing of the hours were a safety issue. Finance Officer Parsley explained there wasn’t sufficient lighting at the centers and there were issues with the removal of snow and ice.

  9. REPORT/PRESENTATIONS

    • Tax Collector Report of Unpaid 2013 Real Property – Tax Collector Garland provided the following report to the Board on the total amount of unpaid taxes for fiscal year 2013.

      General Tax                                      $ 932,532.99
      Fire Tax                                             $ 117,393.17
      Interest                                             $   31,048.93

      Total                                                 $1,080,975.08

      Commissioner Hollifield moved to order the tax collector to advertise the tax liens in accordance with N.C.G.S. 107-369. Commissioner Holtsclaw seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  10. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

    • Young, Miller & Gillespie 2014 Audit Contract – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Young, Miller & Gillespie 2014 Audit Contract Documents (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Resolution to Set the Salary for the Sheriff– Commissioner Street moved to adopt the Resolution to Set the Salary for the Sheriff (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Surplus Property – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to declare the 2005 Chevrolet Impala VIN: 2G1WF55K359384720 as surplus property. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Transfer of Surplus Property to Mitchell County Board of Education – Commissioner Hollifield moved to approve the transfer of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala VIN: 2G1WF55K359384720 to the Mitchell County Board of Education. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Proclamation Proclaiming Mitchell County as a “Purple Heart County” - Michael Davis thanked the Board for considering such a proclamation for the Veterans of Mitchell County. Commissioner Hollifield moved to adopt the Proclamation Proclaiming Mitchell County as a “Purple Heart County” (a copy of the Proclamation is hereby attached and it becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Resolution Authorizing Lease of Property to Mayland Community College – Dr. Boyd stated the purpose of the lease was for the continuation of the lease for EnergyXchange. He stated they would be building an observatory for public use. Dr. Boyd stated that they had received designation as part of the Dark Sky area. Commissioner Hollifield moved to adopt the Resolution Authorizing Lease of Property to Mayland Community College (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Non-Emergency Transportation Services Agreement between Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation and Mitchell County Transportation Authority – MCTA Director Sheila Blalock reviewed the purpose of the agreement with the Board. Discussion was held regarding the federal requirements of the Agreement. Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Non-Emergency Transportation Services Agreement between Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation and Mitchell County Transportation Authority (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously..

    • County Attorney – County Manger Vines informed the Board that he had received an e-mail from Hal Harrison resigning as County Attorney.

      Commissioner Street said that he wanted to thank Hal for all that he has done for Mitchell County. He said that Hal had done a great job while serving as County Attorney. Commissioner Street stated that Mitchell County has to have an experienced attorney to serve as Mitchell County’s Attorney. Commissioner Hollifield stated that Mitchell County had to have an attorney. He suggested Lloyd Hise. Commissioner Holtsclaw ask if anyone knew if Lloyd would be available to serve as our attorney. He stated that Hal had done a very good job and had served Mitchell County well. County Manager Vines agreed that Hal had done an excellent job as County Attorney.Chairman Slagle stated that either he or County Manager Vines would contact Mr. Hise as see if he would be willing to serve as County Attorney. If he is available we will ask him to serve as Interim County Attorney until our meeting in March.Commissioner Hollifield moved to accept Hal Harrisons’ resignation and to contact Lloyd Hise to see if he would be available to serve as County Attorney.

      Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  11. APPOINTMENTS

    • Appointment of Kathy Garland to the Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee – Commissioner Hollifield moved to appoint Kathy Garland to the Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    • Appointment of Patricia Morris to the Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee – Commissioner Hollfield moved to appoint Patricia Morris to the Mitchell County Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee. Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  12. CONSENT AGENDA

    1. Annual Report of the Child Community Protection Team and Child Fatality Prevention Team
    2. Vehicle Refunds/Releases
    3. Releases/Refunds & Discoveries for January 2014

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

  13. COUNTY MANGER COMMENTS– County Manager Vines informed the Board
    there were two areas of concern in our current budget. He said that was inmate housing and inmate medical costs.

  14. BOARD COMMENTS– Chairman Slagle reminded the Board of the Planning Session on March 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. He stated there was a group going to Raleigh on February 10th to make a presentation to the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Mitchell County. Chairman Slagle said they would be making the Same presentation to Duke Energy later on in Charlotte.

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

    Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:40 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