The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at in the Commissioners' Conference Room
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, County Attorney Russell Burrell, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.
Also present were: Budget & Management Director Selena Coffey, Finance Director J. Carey McLelland, Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley, Fire Marshal Rocky Hyder, Planning Director Karen C. Smith, Zoning Administrator Natalie Berry, and Planner Lori Sand.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He explained that there was a need for the Board to go into closed session and asked that it be added to the agenda as item #5. Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve the revised agenda. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
JAIL DEMOLITION – Withdrawal of Bid
Russ Burrell explained that we received a request on June 21 from D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co., Inc. to withdraw its bid for the demolition/construction project concerning the former Henderson County Jail structure. Under N.C.G.S. 143-129.1, when receiving such a request, the County “shall promptly hold a hearing thereon. The agency shall give to the withdrawing bidder reasonable notice of the time and place of any such hearing.”
Upon review of the proposal for the referenced project, D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co., Inc. determined that they had mathematically omitted from their calculations an entry in the amount of $80,000.00 for the new construction as required by the bid documents. They phoned the county the next morning to notify of their intent to withdraw their bid.
The Board was requested to set a hearing on the request. Since the stature has no iron-clad requirements regarding notice, the hearing could be held as early as the Board’s scheduled June 23 special called meeting. A motion to that affect (or to some other day as the Board may desire, so long as it fits the statutory requirement of “promptness”) would be appropriate.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to set the hearing for
FISCAL YEAR 2005-06 BUDGET
David Nicholson distributed a hand-out which was entitled “Alternative A-Revised FY 2005-06 Budget”. This is the same format that was used at the last budget workshop to review additions and reductions to the budget. The Board had suggested some changes in the “Additions” at the last meeting and staff had made those changes/additions.
Chairman Moyer suggested that the Board run down the list of “Additions” and vote on each one. The Commissioners had reviewed all these items earlier in budget deliberations. Following is the list with the vote count for each one:
Agriculture Project $ 40,000 5-0 unanimous
Schools: Class Size Reduction Plan 305,035 4-1 Young - nay
Schools: Positions 111,709 5-0 unanimous
BRCC 74,204 5-0 unanimous
Alliance Non-Profits 30,000 5-0 unanimous
DSS: 1 Community Social Services Assistant (9 mos.) 11,818 5-0 unanimous
DSS: 1 Income Maintenance Caseworker (9 mos.) 14,205 5-0 unanimous
Sheriff: 1 Position (9 mos.) 48,124 5-0 unanimous
Sheriff: 5 Patrol (9 mos.) 240,621 4-1 Young - nay
Sheriff: 2 Drug Investigators (9 mos.) 132.787 5-0 unanimous
Sheriff: 1 Telecommunicator (9 mos.) 24,167 5-0 unanimous
Library: 2 Tech Positions (9 mos.) 47,723 5-0 unanimous
IT: 1 Computer Tech (9 mos.) 28,348 5-0 unanimous
Health: Interpreter (9 mos.) 22,362 5-0 unanimous
Assessor: Laptops and data projector 9,000 5-0 unanimous
Mills River Watershed Program 15,000 5-0 unanimous
Rescue Squad 21,240 5-0 unanimous
Total Additions: Alternative A $1,176,342
Balance of Alternative A (6,123)
IT Department Savings (21,488)
Upper Broad River Watershed Program 10,000 5-0 unanimous
Additional ECO/VWIN Funding 1,600 5-0 unanimous
Library Video Surveillance Equipment 7,200 5-0 unanimous
New Balance (8,811)
Following much discussion, The Board wished to add additional money to three items, as follows. This also would balance the budget.
Agriculture Project +3,811
Chairman Moyer made the motion to increase the Agriculture
Project to $43,811, Increase the
regarding the old
A community meeting is scheduled for September to get input from the residents in the Tuxedo community.
Commissioner Baldwin mentioned the need for some type of service agreement with the Mills River Watershed Program and the Upper Broad River Watershed Program with a reporting structure.
Chairman Moyer made the motion for the Board to go into closed session as allowed pursuant to NCGS 143-311 for the following reason(s):
1. (a)(6) To consider the performance, character, physical conditions, and employment of an individual public employee or officer.
All voted in favor and the motion carried.
FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION ORDINANCE
Chairman Moyer explained that he did not expect the Board to make a decision about the ordinance tonight but that concerns and issues should be brought up and discussed. The Board will plan to discuss this further after finalizing the budget on Thursday night.
Russ Burrell stated that he had been contacted by several people with issues that they would like to see different.
The current draft allows fill only on 20% of the lot within the flood fringe area and only on existing lots.
The Beeker document allows fill but as an alternative suggests that fill could be done on a lot if compensatory storage is also done on the same lot with the acquisition of a no-rise certificate.
Staff’s position is in order to get a no-rise you have to demonstrate something like that anyway. Staff’s draft from May 24 did not take it that far according to Karen Smith.
The Planning Board’s recommendation would allow 100% fill.
Karen Smith stated that our variance covers that already. It doesn’t require a variance, it is clearly allowed in either draft.
“The Board is about to make an important decision concerning a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO). On behalf of staff, I am submitting this memo to point out several key issues which should be considered. As you are aware, the activities within the floodplains will affect adjacent upstream and downstream properties, infrastructure (e.g. roads, water and sewer systems, etc.) and public health and safety. The FDPO will set the course for how this community will be affected by future flooding including our ability to mitigate the flood or to create flood damage problems.
Staff is concerned about an ordinance that would permit development and fill in floodway fringe areas which amounts to only approximately 3,233 acres in our jurisdiction. The floodway fringe is the area within the 100-year floodplain but outside of the floodway.
The staff’s revised draft of the FDPO does not permit development within the floodway fringe unless: (1) the development is related to agriculture, recreation, infrastructure, accessory structures or expansion and additions to existing structures; and (2) a no-rise certification is provided. The reasons that staff recommended this level of regulation are outlined below.
Fill and development in the floodway fringe:
Relationship of Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to the CCP
The CCP states through its recommendations, action strategies and supporting text, including public input summaries, that land use planning should protect sensitive natural areas such as floodplains and direct growth away from them. The CCP recommends the adoption of a FDPO and states that the County should manage land uses according to the Growth Management Strategy and Future Land Use Map. The CCP’s Future Land Use Map establishes the “Conservation” land use category for areas that are intended to remain largely in their natural state with only limited development such as most, if not all, of the 100-year and 500-year floodplains.
While several staff members are more knowledgeable in this area that I am, my bottom line is that the County’s position in the past of not participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) did not necessarily prevent filling in floodplains. However, it did keep the 100-year floodplain relatively free of structures due to the inability of property owners to obtain conventional financing for projects because they were unable to purchase flood insurance. Staff has recommended an ordinance that allows limited development in floodways and floodway fringe areas that would allow the county to join the NFIP and would help maintain the “status quo” established by the County’s past position on floodplain management.
You are in a unique
position of considering several ordinances.
I recommend that you should adopt an ordinance that has a goal of
limiting development in the floodplain.
While just adopting the minimum standards would make flood insurance
available in the unincorporated areas of
I acknowledge the input
that the Board of Commissioners has received from various groups and
individuals concerning a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and your need to
seek a compromise between yourselves and the community. While I support the staff’s revised
ordinance, the Board may want to consider adopting the standards in the City of
Regardless of the standards that the Board of Commissioners decides to adopt in a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, staff would request that a no-rise certificate be provided for any allowable fill or development in order to confirm that such actions will not impact others.
After the Board has a
chance to discuss and reach an agreement on the outstanding issues related to
floodplain management, I recommend that the Board provide direction regarding
any specific issues it wishes to adopt and allow staff to bring back a revised
draft for your final action. At that
point, the Board can adopt an ordinance, the fee schedule which was included in
Following the adoption,
There was much discussion regarding the items covered in this memo.
Chairman Moyer stated that his idea was to get issues on the table and discuss them today but not to vote on the Ordinance at this meeting. The Board was in agreement, feeling that all the necessary wording was not there yet.
Staff had developed a matrix comparing the ordinances. The Board had given some new ideas to add to the matrix at this meeting. Chairman Moyer asked that staff remove the Fletcher document from the matrix, leave the State minimum, remove the Beeker document, and add the compromise document. The Board also wanted the redevelopment concept added and the 10% or 20% concept. The Board agreed that they may not be ready to vote on the issue at the meeting on Thursday night but may be ready to resolve the key issues and direct staff to come up with an ordinance to bring back to the Board that the Board could then adopt and set an effective date.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adjourn the meeting at All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman