May 7, 2019 – Regular Session

NORTH CAROLINA – MITCHELL COUNTY

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on May 7, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC.  Those present for the meeting were: Danny Burleson, Chairman; Vern Grindstaff, Vice-Chairman; Jeff Harding, Member; Steve Pitman, Member; Jacob Willis, Member; and Kathy Young, County Manager.  Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Director; Lloyd Hise, County Attorney; and Cory Spiers, Reporter with the Mitchell News Journal.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER– Chairman Burleson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
  2. INVOCATION – Commissioner Grindstaff gave the invocation.
  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE– County Attorney Hise led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. ETHICS AWARENESS 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– Commissioner Harding moved to add a Closed Session as Item 9; a Superintendent Update as Item 10 B; to add an appointment to TRHD as Items 12; and to add Vaya Health Quarterly report and Idemia Maintenance and Support Agreement to Item 12 A. Consent Agenda.  Commissioner Pitman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  6. ADOPTION OF AGENDA– Commissioner Grindstaff moved to adopt the Agenda. Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES– Commissioner Grindstaff moved to approve the minutes for April 4, 2019 DSS Regular Session, April 4, 2019 Regular Session and the Board of E&R Minutes.  Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  8. PUBLIC COMMENTS/BOARD COMMENTS– Matt Mozzuckelli informed the Board on ramp poaching.
  9. CLOSED SESSION – Commissioner Grindstaff moved to enter into Closed Session in accordance with N.C.G.S. 143‑318.11(a)(4) which reads as  follows: To discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body, including agreement on a tentative list of economic development incentives that may be offered by the public body in negotiations. The action approving the signing of an economic development contract or commitment, or the action authorizing the payment of economic development expenditures, shall be taken in an open session.  Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    Commissioner Willis moved to go out of Closed Session. Commissioner Grindstaff seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    Closed Session was held from 7:38 p.m. until 8:25 p.m.

  10. REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS
    1. Tax Collector – The Tax Collector’s Report for April is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes.
    2. Superintendent Update Superintendent Calhoun provided the Board with the latest drawings of the proposed new school (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).  Commissioner Harding stated he would like for Chad to be on every agenda.
  11. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
    1. Proposed Transportation Fare Increase– Sheila Blalock reviewed the proposed fare increase with Board.  She stated the last increase in the fares was in 2017. Discussion was held concerning the Charlotte airport shuttle. County Manager Young stated the reason for dropping the shuttle was because it was losing money.

      Chairman Burleson asked Director Blalock to review the total cost for this shuttle and update the Fare Increase and the Board would consider adopting the new Fare Increase at another meeting.

    2. Recycling & Disposal Contract between Mitchell County and U.S. Tire Recycling – Finance Officer Parsley reviewed the Recycling & Disposal Contract with the Board. She stated there was a 1.3% increase over last year.

      Commissioner Grindstaff moved to approve the Recycling & Disposal Contract between Mitchell County and U. S. Tire Recycling (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Pitman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    3. MOU FY 19-20 between NC DHHS and Mitchell County– County Manager Young review the MOU for FY 9-20 between NC DHHS and Mitchell County.

      Commissioner Grindstaff moved to approve the MOU FY 19-20 between NC DHHS and Mitchell County (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).  Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    4. Mitchell News Journal Info. Guide and Leaf looker Ad– Commissioner Grindstaff moved to place an add in both the Information Guide and Leaf Looker Ad. Commissioner Harding seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
    5. 911 Center Change Order #4– County Manager Young reviewed Change Order #4for the 911 Center with the Board.

      Commissioner Willis moved to approve Change Order #4 for the 911 Center (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Grindstaff seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  12. APPOINTMENTS
    1. Toe River Health District Board – At Large Member– Commissioner Harding moved to appoint Norma Duncan to the Toe River Health District Board.Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  13. CONSENT AGENDA
    • Home & Community Care Block Grant FY 19-20
    • Surplus Property
    • Vaya Health quarterly report ending March 31, 2019
    • Idemia Maintenance & Support Agreement
    • Property Releases/Refunds/Discoveries for April 2019
    • Vehicle Releases/Refunds for April 2019

    Commissioner Grindstaff moved to approve the Consent Agenda Items (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes). Commissioner Harding seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  14. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT – County Manager Young gave the following report the Board:

    COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT APRIL 2019

    • Worked on Bradshaw Fire Department Hazard Mitigation Grant
    • Letters and right of reversion have been sent to all the children of Mary Eva Hughes and husband, Raymond Hughes
    • Held Monthly Conference Meeting on the 911 Center
    • Monitored progress of 911 Center Building
    • Worked with NC Department of Administration on Locust Knob Tower Road
    • Letter have been sent to French Broad Electric, Ham Radio Operators and Skyrunner notifying them to remove their equipment from the tower
    • Met with Richard Canipe and James Daugherty concerning Community Appearance Committee
    • Attended EDC meeting
    • Visited AppHealthCare – Met with Jennifer Greene and David Triplet
    • Met with Kelley Hiemstra, Regional Cooperative Extension Director and Eve Kindley, Interim Cooperative Extension Director
    • Attended/Presented at the NCACC District meeting held in Wilkes County
    • Attended the Workforce Development Meeting
    • Worked on the budget
    • Held bid opening on the Radio System for the 911 Center
  15. BOARD COMMENTS– None.
  16. ADJOURNMENT– Commissioner Grindstaff moved to adjourn the meeting.

    Commissioner Harding seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.