The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at in the Commissioners'
Conference Room of the
Those present were: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman Charlie Messer, Commissioner Larry Young, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin, Commissioner Chuck McGrady, County Manager David E. Nicholson, Assistant County Manager Justin Hembree, Acting County Attorney Russell Burrell, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.
Also present were: Planning Director Karen C. Smith, Budget and Management Director Selena Coffey, Public Information Officer Chris S. Coulson, Fire Marshal Rocky Hyder, County Engineer Gary Tweed, and Finance Director J. Carey McLelland. Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley was present through nominations.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Baldwin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
David Nicholson gave the invocation.
INFORMAL PUBLIC COMMENTS
They followed the guidelines and upon finding a desecrated cemetery, called the Sheriff’s Department as they have been advised to do. They have been very helpful, thoughtful, even interested; however, when assigned to a detective a stone wall appears to go up. On two separate instances detectives have denied any knowledge of the Cemetery book or the Cemetery Advisory Committee. He informed the Board of a complaint he had with a Detective and a cemetery.
As Co-Chair of the Committee he made some suggestions:
· Have someone from G.I.S. go with the person to the cemetery to visit the scene.
· Have alternating members of the Sheriff’s Department sit in on all of the Cemetery Advisory Committee meetings to get a grasp of the severity of the problem and understand what the Committee members are trying to do.
· Since the problem usually arises when the Detectives are involved, make sure when a Detective goes to the scene, he has a copy of the Cemetery book.
the property owners in
Mr. Miller showed a form, “NC Cemetery Survey Form” and stated that we should be using the form here.
He stated that it has become evident that we can’t save all the cemeteries. The Black community has lost an astounding number and they are willing to come on board and help with the cleanings, etc.
Mr. Baldwin thinks the Board needs to revisit the Charter of the Cemetery Advisory Committee to perhaps expand their scope.
Mr. Baldwin also stated “I’ve got, as a Commissioner, working with you guys having appointed this Committee to do this job – I’ve got an issue with a member of this Committee having to be a complaining witness or the one that files the papers when we find that the law has been broken… There is a violation of public law. Why is it that an individual has to go, make a complaint and file the papers? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Mr. Baldwin stated that he would like to add Revision of the Charter for the Cemetery Advisory Committee to review this issue to the Board’s agenda. He also felt that we should begin to G.I.S. these sites immediately.
DISCUSSION/ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA
There were no adjustments.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board approve the agenda as presented. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board approve the consent agenda as presented. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
The Consent Agenda consisted of the following:
Tax Collector’s Report
Terry F. Lyda, Tax
Collector, had provided the Tax Collector’s Report dated
A list of 10 tax refund requests was presented from the Tax Assessor for the Board’s consent approval.
A list of 91 tax release requests was presented from the Tax Assessor for the Board’s consent approval.
A list of 5 discovery requests was presented from the Tax Assessor for the Board’s consent approval.
Contract for Engineering Services for Transfer Station
As previously discussed
with the Board, it has been planned to improve the Solid Waste Transfer Station
by adding a second bay and make repairs to worn concrete surfaces in the first
bay. The Board authorized the
preparation of contracts for engineering services with Camp Dresser & McKee
A copy of the proposed contract and preliminary engineering costs estimate of the project was presented for the Board’s review. A summary of the preliminary costs follows:
Transfer Station 2nd Bay $1,195,888
1st Bay Restoration 250,321
Engineering Services 116,600
Total Project Estimate $1,562,809
administration services will be provided by the
Staff recommended that the Board approve the contract with CDM for the design of the 2nd Bay.
Presented for the Board’s consideration was a resolution (Exhibit A) declaring the prepared list (Exhibit B) of vehicles and equipment no longer used by the County as surplus property. The resolution also authorizes staff to advertise for sale and dispose of this surplus property by electronic public auction at www.govdeals.com.
Also presented for the Board’s information was a copy of NCGS 160A-270 (Exhibit C), which authorizes electronic public auctions and information on governmental only auction services provided by GovDeals (Exhibit D).
A number of
Refund request for transfer tax overpayment
Attorney Michael M.
Thompson has requested, on behalf of Steven Harenlip and Beth M. Siegel, the
refund of the sum of $470.00 in real property conveyance excise tax (“deed
stamps”). The deed in question
represented real estate located in
Pursuant to N.C. Gen.
Stat. 105-228.37, a request for refund of overpayment of real property
conveyance excise tax must be made within six months of the date of
payment. The payment was made
Under N.C. Gen Stat. 105-266.1, the Board of Commissioners has the following responsibilities:
1. It must “grant a hearing on each timely request for refund”.
2. The taxpayer must be notified of the hearing date within 60 days of the date of the request, and at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing.
3. The hearing must be held within 90 days of the request for refund, unless otherwise agreed.
4. A decision must be given within 90 days of the hearing.
Any refund granted must include the tax paid plus interest until the date of payment.
Request for quitclaim deed
Attorney Porter W.
Staples, on behalf of his client, Dora Womack, seeks a quitclaim deed from
Doral Womack states that she received title to the property from Golightly. She seeks your approval for the execution by the County of a quitclaim deed granting her all the interest the County presently has, if any, in the property acquired by Morgan in Deed Book 604, at Page 193, which is incorporated herein by reference. Womack’s attorney has stated in conversation with staff that Womack needs this in order to obtain title insurance on the property (which is required in order to obtain financing for construction on the property).
Under a quitclaim deed, the County would not warrant any title to this property whatsoever.
Settlement of lawsuit
EDWARD AUDIA GILLIAM By and Through His Guardian ad Litem, LEAH BROKER, Plaintiff v.
COUNTY HOSPITAL CORPORATION d/b/a
on behalf of the Henderson County Emergency Medical Service.
A tentative settlement
has been reached whereby Safeco Insurance Company is to pay the sum of
$598,000.00 in full and final settlement of all claims against
N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-318.11(a)(3) requires that a settlement of a claim against the County be publicly reported and entered into the Board of Commissioner’s minutes within a reasonable time after the settlement is concluded. The Board was requested to confirm this settlement and enter it into the minutes of this meeting.
Apple Country Greenways Commission Annual Report
John D. Antrim, Chairman, Apple Country Greenway Commission had provided the ACGC Annual Report for 2004. The report was submitted as specified in the Interlocal Agreement.
Worth noting for 2004 were the completion of the construction of Phase One of the Oklawaha Greenway, no damage to the greenway due to the flooding caused by hurricanes Frances and Ivan, and a well attended Phase One dedication ceremony in October.
Their major goal for
2005 is to participate in a November 2005 regional greenway conference which
will be held in
The Commission will be
No action was required at this time.
1. NC Public Library Directors Association – Outstanding Adult Program Award for
Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend
Notification of Vacancies
The Board was notified of the following vacancies which will appear on the next agenda for nominations:
1. Equalization and Review Board – 2 vac.
Chairman Moyer reminded the Board of the following vacancies and opened the floor to nominations:
1. Cable Franchise Renewal Advisory Committee – 6 vac.
Chairman Moyer nominated Henry King.
Commissioner Young nominated Richard Waters.
Previous nominations (
Following discussion, Commissioner Baldwin made the motion to limit representation from the radio stations to one person from each station. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
The Clerk polled the Board and the vote follows:
Commissioner Baldwin: Molton, Houston, Ledbetter, Waters, King, and Hutto.
Commissioner McGrady: Rhodes, Zwicker, Hutto, Houston, Jarvis and King.
Chairman Moyer: Rhodes, Hutto, Houston, Ledbetter, Jarvis, and King.
Commissioner Messer: Rhodes, Zwicker, Hutto, Houston, Jarvis, and King.
Commissioner Young: Blackwelder, Hutto, Molton, Houston, Ledbetter, and Waters.
The (6) nominees were: Richard Rhodes, David Hutto, Randy Houston, Tom Ledbetter, Doug Jarvis, and Henry King.
2. Criminal Justice Partnership Program – 5 vac.
Commissioner McGrady nominated the incumbents as listed:
#10 Randy Eggen
#15 Diane Satterfield
#16 Tracy Howell
#17 Ray Simpson
#18 Jessica Wagner
Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept the 5 nominees by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
3. Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee – 1 vac.
Chairman Moyer informed the Board that the Committee has met and has nominated Richard Barnwell to fill this vacancy.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to appoint Mr. Barnwell by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
4. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council – 2 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
5. Mountain Area Workforce Development Board – 1 vac.
The Chamber of Commerce has recommended Barry Brown to fill this position.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to appoint Mr. Brown by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
6. Nursing/Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee – 10 vac.
Commissioner McGrady moved the appointment of Suzanne Camp-Goodman and Pat Strickland for positions # 4 and # 10 respectively. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner Baldwin moved the appointment of Janice Aho to this position. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
7. Recreation Advisory Committee – 3 vac.
Commissioner Messer nominated Terry Maybin to position # 3, Ralph King to position # 4, and Gary Eblen to position # 5.
Commissioner Baldwin nominated Frank Edney to position # 3, Vance Calbert to position # 4, and Virginia Bailey to position # 5.
These nominees will be voted on at the next meeting.
HENDERSON COUNTY HOSPITAL CORPORATION REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT AMENDMENT
Russ Burrell informed the Board of a request from the Henderson County Hospital Corporation (“the Corporation”) seeking the Board’s approval of certain modifications to the Letter of Credit and Reimbursement Agreement concerning the “$15,300,000 County of Henderson, North Carolina, Hospital Revenue Bonds (Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital Project) Series 2001”.
There are two effects of the proposed changes:
1. Allows substitution of each actual year’s expenditures on capital expense for the pro forma
Projection of the same used in the original, as the basis for determining each year’s maximum
Capital expenditures by the Corporation; and,
2. Excludes expenditures for capital and operating leases from the expenditure calculation.
The Corporation seeks
these modifications, which have been approved by Branch Banking and Trust
Company, in order to bring calculations in line with actual expenditures,
rather than with a projected budget prepared when the bond issue was first
approved. The Corporation’s Board of Directors
approved this language on
Chairman Moyer stated that this has already been approved by the Corporation and it is necessary.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve the request, the modifications to the letter of credit and reimbursement agreement as presented. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, PHASE I –
Understanding that the Board will have opportunities for additional input throughout the remainder of the planning process, staff recommended that the Board endorse the Preliminary Highway Map with the following comments:
1. Overall, the Preliminary Highway Map compliments the County Comprehensive Plan.
of the proposed
3. Other comments agreed upon by the Board.
Once the Board agrees upon comments, staff will draft a formal letter for the Chairman’s signature that outlines the Board’s endorsement and comments. Letters will be forwarded to the TAC, NCDOT, and the MPO.
Much discussion followed, pro and con. Basically the Board wishes to keep the process moving along and receive public comments. The Board doesn’t want to lose this project.
Commissioner Baldwin made the motion that the Board offer their general support that would not lock them into the specific lines on the map but say that the Board supports the plan provided to the Board, subject to the staff conditions and agree to send it out for public comment in accordance with the recommendation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner Baldwin stated that the Board recognizes that NCDOT is the umbrella organization that knows how to move traffic and understands traffic flow and movement and the Board should support NCDOT and their plan in general.
NCDOT UPWARD ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Chairman Moyer stated
that this was discussed at the last Board meeting. It was also discussed at the LGCCA meeting
yesterday. He asked
first one and the most important one the Board identified at that time was a
traffic signal at
Board also indicated the possibility for a light at
about traffic lights at Crest and
concern was the intersection of Upward Road Extension and
5. Leave the project as proposed by NCDOT from Ballenger to the end of the project area. DOT has done that. There has been some minor change in the area but it’s pretty much the same way it was first proposed.
Mr. Hembree stated it is
apparent that NCDOT has addressed many of the design issues raised by the Board
in August 2004. Furthermore, it is clear
that if the
Chairman Moyer stated
that it is very important to our county to keep this project moving. The Board has tried to accomplish as much as
they can for the landowners on
Commissioner Young stated that he represents the people and he won’t vote for the 4-lane divided highway because that’s not what the people want.
would support NCDOT’s proposal for 4 lanes.
He expressed a problem with the
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve NCDOT’s proposal for a 4-lane divided highway for Upward Road but request that DOT look at the McMurray interchange and consider allowing left turns off of McMurray and access across the four-lane divided highway at that point.
Following more discussion, a vote was taken and the motion carried four to one with Commissioner Young voting nay.
2005 STRATEGIC PLAN & IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Mr. Nicholson explained that in the agenda packet were two different documents. First are a couple of affected pages from the Strategic Plan – these are changes the Board made at the last meeting. The changes are highlighted in yellow.
In addition, staff had included the Strategic Plan Implementation Schedule, which includes responsibility charting, scheduling, and resources necessary to implement the Strategic Plan over the next two years.
Mr. Nicholson recommended that the Board approve the Final Draft of the Strategic Plan, including the implementation Plan, at this meeting. Should the Board approve the Plan, staff will provide a final copy of the approved Plan and Implementation Schedule for inclusion in the previously distributed binders.
Chairman Moyer stated
that he had found it hard to work through the resources section. He asked if the
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adopt the Strategic Plan as presented and the Implementation Schedule and the Resource section, the entire package. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer requested for next month’s agenda that staff develop a procedure of how to deal with issue changes. Following discussion, staff was directed to bring back a recommendation, a process for amending the plan. It was suggested to get the Planning Board involved.
distributed copies of the
Mr. Nicholson reviewed briefly the make up of the report.
Mr. Nicholson reviewed the big projects underway now:
On going. Architect is preparing the bid package.
We’re in the final phases of looking at the design. Plan to bid the project on March 7 and receipt of the proposals is scheduled for March 23.
We’re hoping to occupy the station the week of February 21 with an Open House scheduled for late February.
Mr. Nicholson has spent a lot of time looking at the Federal Money issue. Our main contact with Congressman Taylor’s office on this issue of Federal Money has been Dr. George Jones. Funding and design issues are yet to be resolved. He is also working with Tom Orr on the Historic Courthouse Centennial Celebration.
We are finalizing the
design documents and the financing package.
The City of
We are working with the
Relocation of Administration to
The County appraisal came back at $782,100. We are awaiting the City appraisal. We will begin negotiations with the City after receipt of their appraisal. Staff plans to seek Board approval to purchase the property by utilizing funds from the sell of the Mud Creek District. The completion date is largely dependent on the City’s appraisal timeliness and negotiation progress.
Relocation of Sheriff’s Department to
We are awaiting the
Administration relocation to the
Solid Waste Transfer Station 2nd Bay
We are currently in the planning and design phase of the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2005 and expected to last 6 months.
It is the
Phase I is currently
underway. They are averaging over 200
feet of installation of pipe every day.
To date, 1,000 feet of pipe has been installed. Phase II plans are in
Cane Creek Advisory Committee
The Cane Creek Water
& Sewer District currently has an extension policy. It is confusing because it has not been
updated since we sold Mud Creek to the City of
CIP Financing Calendar
developing the official financing calendar for the
Mr. Nicholson briefly reviewed the new organizational chart. Some of it was clearly associated with bringing in animal control under his organization structure as well as setting up the enforcement and permitting section.
followed. Commissioner Baldwin made the motion that the Board show support for
the new Organizational Chart on page 25 of February’s
UPDATE ON PENDING ISSUES
David Nicholson had prepared a draft charter for the committee which he briefly reviewed with the Board.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion for this Board to
Meeting with Chamber of Commerce Board
Mr. Nicholson informed
the Board that the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce would like to
invite the Commissioners to a luncheon meeting on
The Board was in
agreement to attend such a meeting. The
Mr. Nicholson informed the Board that staff had set the following dates, times, and locations for the public drop-in sessions for property owners and residents regarding the study area for US Highway 25 North zoning:
Set Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing on
Karen Smith informed the
Board that Mr. Harold K. Timmons, agent for Pegasus Tower Company, has
submitted an application for a variance (application #CTV-05-01) from Henderson
County Communications Tower Ordinance Section 81-6B(2)(a), Easement
Acquisition Documents. The variance
application was submitted on
Before taking action on
the application, the Board of Commissioners must hold a quasi-judicial public
hearing, in accordance with Section 91-10 of the Henderson County
Communications Tower Ordinance. In order
to comply with public notice requirements, Staff recommends that the Board hold
the public hearing during the
recommended that the Board schedule a quasi-judicial public hearing concerning
Communications Tower Ordinance Variance Application #CTV-05-01 for
Chairman Moyer made the motion to set the hearing for
Public Hearings re: 64 West
LGCCA Update by Chairman Moyer – How to handle requests for extensions
Chairman Moyer reported that there was an LGCCA meeting yesterday. There were some items that came up that will require future action of this Board. They brought LGCCA up to date on where the county stood on many issues, particularly in the area of sewer. All the municipalities approved the Master Water & Sewer Plan as did the County. Now they’re looking at what steps to do next.
One of the issues was how to handle requests for sewer and water extensions in the county and the municipalities. At the next meeting we plan to review the City’s Plan and the County’s Plan for how we’ll handle these extensions, try to finalize a process so that everyone is in agreement, and then we’ll come back to this Board for recommendation. Currently, if the City is going to extend a water line they send the County a notice, it comes to Gary Tweed but eventually the Board does take a look at it. We’ll see if we want to continue that process or go to some different process.
More importantly, we also then talked about prioritization of major sewer lines so we can get them added to our 2-year plan. In the next several months this Board is going to be asked to take a look at these issues, come up with prioritization of water and sewer issues and the hope is that we will have a meeting (August) to determine how to go forward, what’s the future role of the Waster & Sewer Advisory Committee, and how we would begin to get these projects done. There will be plenty of discussion at the Board level.
Chairman Moyer also explained that yesterday Fletcher did announce that they are going to join the Cable Renewal Process so every municipality will be involved. Everyone will work towards a common franchise and work together.
Chairman Moyer made the motion for the Board to go into closed session as allowed pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 for the following reason(s):
1. (a)(3) To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in
order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and
the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged. To consult
with an attorney employed or retained by the public boy in order to
consider and give instructions to the attorney with respect to the
Henderson County Hospital Corporation d/b/a Margaret R. Pardee
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,
Division of Facility Services, Certificate of Need Section,
Brevard MRI at
In the Office of Administrative Hearings
04 DHR 1555
All voted in favor and the motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING – Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – 2005 Scattered Site Housing Program
Commissioner Messer made the motion for the Board to go into public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public comment on the 2005 CDBG Scattered Site Housing Program Grant application ($400,000). A copy of the public hearing notice was offered for review.
Grant applications are
due to the Division of Community Assistance (DCA) on
The 2005 Grant cycle is
different from the 2002 cycle in that the projects must be chosen prior to
submitting the application. The
Selection Committee met on
The Grant application, which is submitted to DCA, will be provided to the Board upon completion for signature.
Selena Coffey introduced Carol Keena to give an overview of the application and selection process. Ms. Keena informed the Board that the Selection Committee met last week. There are nine units in total that are being proposed to be rehabilitated or relocated on site. Relocation on site is a process of removal of the existing structure that is uninhabitable or has deteriorated beyond the program’s guidelines for rehabilitation. Those two units will be cleared and then relocate new modular units on site to replace the units and then the additional seven units will be rehabilitated. The total cost of the project is $400,000 to the penny
There was none.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion for the Board to go out of public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion for the Board to adopt the prepared resolution approving submission of an application for 2005 Community Development Block Grant Scattered Site Housing Program, as presented. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
JOINT MEETING WITH BUNCOMBE
To discuss Legislative Goals
Chairman Moyer welcomed
our guests from
Nathan Ramsey, Chairman of the Board introduced the other attendees: County Manager Wanda Greene; Commissioner Bill Stanley, Commissioner Carol Peterson, Commissioner David Young, Vice-Chair David Gantt, John Craighton, Assistant County Manager, Keith Snyder, Assistant County Attorney, and Clerk to the Board Kathy Hughes.
Legislative Goals Process
Chairman Moyer stated that the Legislative Goals Process this year was a very good process. Nathan Ramsey was Co-Chair of the group. He felt the process went far better than it has in the past. He felt that they have come up with a good list of legislative goals. Commissioner Messer is on the Board. David Young is going through the chairs of being an officer of the association. Mr. Moyer felt that there has been very good involvement.
David Young stated that Medicaid Relief has been the #1
issue, one that we want to highlight and promote. There have been two bills introduced: HB#132 and HB#149. A lot of our local delegation has co-signed,
co-sponsored on HB#132. The association and our counties would feel great about
either one of these bills.
David Young explained that the goal is simply:
1. To cap Medicaid costs to counties. Our costs have been going up between 10-30%
every year for as long as Mr. Young could remember. It is a goal that they feel is
attainable this year.
2. They want to see a phase-out of all the county’s share of the Medicaid costs. We are
of two states in the country that share in the cost at all.
Wanda Greene stated that we have seen several bills introduced
where they’ve added a percentage here, most of the bills are saying if 25% of
your population is Medicaid eligible, there will be even more support to bring
those costs down quicker.
David Nicholson stated that this year
Someone from Buncombe explained that if this was taken away we could lower the tax rate in Henderson County 5 cents and in Buncombe County 6 cents and still have the same services we have now.
Nathan Ramsey explained that this fall there is a unique opportunity regarding Medicaid. We would like to phase out the costs over several years. Medicaid is a $400 million plus cost for local governments and counties. With the budget challenges the state has, it’s unrealistic to expect them to pick up $400 million in one year. But we can do a cap and that’s a realistic number, along with aid to counties that have a certain percentage of Medicaid eligibles, that would be helpful as well.
Nathan Ramsey said that this year it was decided there would be three main goals:
#1 Medicaid Relief – Cap the cost and over 5 years phase out the county cost share of Medicaid.
#2 More Revenue Options – NC would like the same options other counties have.
#3 School Construction Bonds – Support sales tax for school construction. In many areas of the state, local governments are having trouble meeting the demands for school construction, school capital needs.
Overall there were over 50 goals but they were narrowed down to these three.
Charlie Messer added his hats off to the committee for taking on these 3 goals. Mr. Messer serves on the State Association Board.
David Young suggested a letter of support from both our Boards for Medicaid Relief to our Legislative Delegation might be quite effective. He doesn’t feel that we’ll see relief on this until really late in the legislative session. We need to keep the pressure on throughout the session.
He discussed house bills
introduced due to the Blue Ribbon Committee and stated that for
Nathan Ramsey felt we should encourage our federal
representatives to get this burden off the backs of counties.
Discussion followed in support of the previous comments. Local officials need to work closely with their state and federal legislators and continue to have open communications like were expressed here today.
Charlie Messer explained that the preliminary state budget is $1.2 billion in the hole and will likely increase by the time everything is included in the budget. He stressed the need to speak to your legislators and express your concerns and your endorsement. One of the big issues state-wide is a lottery. Our legislators have a big input on where we’ll go with that.
Chairman Moyer expressed that
Wanda Greene stated that crisis services are by far the
greatest unmet need that we’ve had.
Right now there is a proposal being drawn to redo a facility on
David Nicholson stressed that the big issue here is rates. This system is primarily funded by Medicaid. He stated that when we went out to bid on our Maintenance of Effort Funds, the Board put an emphasis on dealing with emergency issues.
We need those rates from the State.
discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to send a letter of support for
the #1 goal, Medicaid Relief, one letter signed by both Boards. Chairman Moyer asked both
David Gantt expressed
that the Buncombe County Board is in total favor of getting a seat for
Nathan Ramsey expressed that he hopes the seat will ultimately
be a full voting member for
David Gantt apologized to
Chairman Moyer said that
he distributed to the Henderson County Commissioners the letter that the
Buncombe County Board signed and sent to the City of
Nathan Ramsey stated that
There is an offer on the
table. If it is not the best solution
then someone should come up with a better way and show why it’s not good for
the people in the City of
Mr. Ramsey expressed
that he felt the right policy choice was made back in 1994 when they located
the Mills River Plant.
Larry Young expressed that if we want to be an equal partner we need to accept equal burden. We’re willing to accept whatever we need to do to help make the water plant productive, make it profitable and go from there.
David Gantt stated that
Both Boards clearly wanted input regarding the water agreement from their citizens. They stressed openness. To get the cost down, we must get the production up.
There was some mention that the Water Authority is not a true authority, truly has no authority.
Nathan Ramsey expressed tremendous respect for Mayor Worley
and Council members of the City of
Chairman Moyer expressed that the Henderson County
Commissioners are certainly committed to working with
David Young invited everyone in attendance to their water meeting on March 14 at their chambers at It is a public forum to hear citizen input regarding the water agreement. He further stated that water is not something we should use as a demanding tool but should be something that is a right for everybody to have. In the future, it has the potential to be used as a hammer against people, and not for people.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to adjourn the meeting. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
CANE CREEK WATER & SEWER DISTRICT – no business
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman