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
Also present were: Finance
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He stated that the purpose of this meeting was two-fold. One item was a continuation of our proceeding on a vested rights matter and then second will be a public hearing on the proposed FY 2007-2008 budget. Those are the only two matters on the agenda for this meeting.
Commissioner Messer made the motion to approve the agenda. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
VESTED RIGHTS HEARING – Biltmore Farms,
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to continue the vested rights proceeding. All voted in favor and the motion carried
Commissioner Williams reminded the Board that he was not present for the original hearing and asked to be excused from voting on the issue. Chairman Moyer excused Commissioner Williams.
Chairman Moyer stated that the
Board had the hearing, the record has been closed on this matter, the Board has
had a couple of discussions and a draft order was circulated for Board
review. The Commissioners have discussed
the draft order and asked for some revisions.
Russell Burrell stated that he believed the new draft included the changes that Commissioner McGrady had requested at the last meeting. Some language changes were made at the request of Biltmore Farms that were not substantive to the decisions that the Commissioners made but are important to the long-term validity of the order. He reviewed the changes with the Board and recommended Board approval at this meeting.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adopt the order granting the
vested right for #VR-2007-03 for Biltmore Farms, Inc. (
Before a vote was taken,
Commissioner McGrady spoke to the motion stating that he supports the order
granting the vested rights. Some folks
have suggested that the Board should take the position to just say no to the
development. Commissioner McGrady’s view was that he wasn’t sure that gets us
anywhere. By his evaluation the proposed
subdivision would probably meet most, if not all, the requirements of the new
ordinance as it is being put forward. The only difference is the use of
quadplexes versus triplexes and duplexes.
He felt that really isn’t a substantial matter, it’s more about how many
people the development will include, not how they will configure them. Commissioner McGrady felt that what we get
with the vested rights order is a number of things but for this developers
willingness to agree to them we might not get. First and most important is the
provision that says that no structure will be allowed in the flood plain or
flood fringe. Under our present ordinance
and under our future ordinance they could build in the flood plain and flood
fringe. We have a limitation on the
number of structures, we’ve got consensus as to what’s going to be built along
A vote was taken and the motion was approved four to one with Commissioner Williams abstaining.
Commissioner Messer made the motion to terminate this proceeding. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING – proposed FY 2007-2008 budget
Commissioner Williams made the motion for the Board to go into public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Steve Wyatt stated that the Board had been given a synopsis of the changes that the Board had requested throughout the budget process.
Selena Coffey reviewed the changes with the Board:
Strategic Plan Initiatives
Energy Efficiency Study $2,000
Community Services Study 500
E-911 Improvement Study 15,000
Watershed Coordinator – Additional revenue (20,000)
Community College – Reduction to capital expenses (50,000)
Community College – Increase to operating expenses 74,278
Public Schools – Increase to current/capital expenses 800,000
Partnership for Economic Development
Increase to contribution 25,000
Dues & Non-Profits (Hands On! – Gallery) (5,000)
Fund Balance Appropriated
Additional fund balance appropriated ($841,778)
Selena Coffey also informed the Board that the fund balance over 12% would be $1,917,032 and the fund balance available over 12% after the proposed budget and amendments would be $75,254.
Some discussion followed. Chairman Moyer suggested that the Board cut the Board discussion short in order to have ample time for public input. He asked those who had signed up to speak to limit their comments to three minutes each.
Maria Chavez & Juan Carlos Chavez - Maria & Juan are siblings and students
Marisssa Burrelson – Marissa is also a
Cody Justus – Cody is a fifth grader at
Katie King – Katie is a student at
Oscar Martinez – Oscar is a third grade
CayCee Justus – CayCee is a fourth grade
Eva Ritchey – Ms. Ritchey stated that not
only are the schools not as big as they need to be but they are not as healthy
as they could be as well. She addressed
the issue of LEED (green) schools. She asked the Board to please include enough
funds in the budget so that the two new schools can be built as LEED certified
schools, utilizing solar day lighting, healthy interiors, and they won’t shake
when the wind blows. She also asked that
enough funds be in the budget to at least build one soccer field in
8. Angela Fernandini – Ms. Fernandini also requested increased funding for additional county planning employees.
Commissioner Williams made the motion for the Board to go out of public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Board Discussion/Direction to staff
Chairman Moyer reminded the Board that technically the Board is set to have a vote on the budget on Monday, June 4.
Commissioner Williams addressed
the issue of
There was some discussion
regarding the schools, evidently the school board had asked their architects to
bring forward a proposal that is a little more expensive than the proposal that
the Board of Commissioners is agreeing to but would be
Chairman Moyer asked the County Manager to respond to a couple of items that had been raised during public input at this meeting: staffing of the planning department; ability to complete what is in our comprehensive plan and strategic plan; and money for soccer fields
Commissioner Williams thanked the children who bravely got up and spoke at the meeting. He stated that the Commissioners are concerned about schools and want to make sure that the children are getting a good education.
Steve Wyatt addressed the above items, as requested:
1. Mr. Wyatt stated that he is extremely confident of the capabilities of our planning department. He has had the opportunity to work closely with Anthony Starr on a daily basis, stating that Mr. Starr has brought a great deal of leadership and knowledge to that department. We currently have five professional level planners making us comparable to other counties our size and some larger.
2. Mr. Wyatt reminded the Board of the community listening sessions that staff held back in August and how high parks facilities, and in particular soccer facilities were on the list brought forward from citizens. In January the Board of Commissioners decided to do a needs assessment (community based) working with the recreation advisory board. Mr. Wyatt stated that our goal is to begin that process this summer and bring the Board a draft as early as possible but at least by late fall. Direction could then be given to staff to include in the next budget process.
Some discussion followed regarding
green schools. Commissioner Young stated that the Board of Commissioners
increases the funding to the schools every year in
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