OF NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF HENDERSON NOVEMBER
The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the
Commissioners’ Conference Room of the Henderson County
at 100 North King Street,
Those present were: Chairman
Bill Moyer, Commissioner Larry Young, Commissioner Chuck
McGrady and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth Corn.
Absent were: Vice-Chairman
Charlie Messer and Commissioner Shannon Baldwin.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called
the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance. Carolyn Newman explained
that the 22 students present were attendees at the four high schools, and
members of Junior Leadership Development of Henderson County - Class of 2005/2006.
The students introduced themselves and stated which school they attended.
Chairman Moyer explained
that Henderson County
had a County Manager form of government. He stated
that counties are created by the State in North Carolina, and only have the powers
given by the State. Municipalities on the other hand are formed by the people
in a certain area. The primary responsibilities
of the Board of Commissioners are budgeting, taxing, planning for the county’s
needs and enacting local ordinances.
explained that funding for County services comes from a variety of different sources,
but the largest source of funding comes from property taxes. He discussed some
of the things the County does with that funding. He explained that the Board
adopts a balanced budget for the County each year, which covers general
services and capital projects. Current capital projects include the Human Services
Building, the Animal Services
Building, and new
schools. He also discussed some of the volunteer boards that he served on in
his role as a Commissioner, such as Social Services and the Planning Board.
Commissioner Young discussed
some of the services provided by the County. He briefly explained the roles of the
Solid Waste Department, Planning, Schools, the Sheriff’s Department, Pardee Hospital,
Travel and Tourism, and the Health Department. He discussed economic development
and some of the tools used to attract businesses to the area, and how the Board
of Commissioners works with the School Board to provide the best possible
The Board also discussed
how roads are handled in North
Carolina, public health issues, the role of Social
Services, libraries and animal services, and the terms of service for
Commissioners. The Board then answered several questions from the students regarding
topics such as the flood plain ordinance, traffic issues, tobacco use, the
Historic Courthouse, what Commissioner’s meetings are like, and why people
should want to live in Henderson County versus other counties.
Chairman Moyer thanked
the students for coming and adjourned the meeting.
W. Corn, Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman