The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at 9:00 a.m. in
the Commissioners' Meeting Room of the Historic Courthouse on
Those present were: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman
Also present were: Finance Director Carey McLelland, Tax Assessor Stan Duncan, Planning Director Anthony Starr, Senior Planner Autumn Radcliff, Social Services Director Liston Smith, Environmental Health Supervisor Seth Swift, Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hopkin, Engineer Marcus Jones, Associate County Attorney Sarah Zambon, Deputy Clerk to the Board Terry Wilson, Research/Budget Analyst Amy Brantley and Public Information Officer Pam Brice.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Mark Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
recognized the birthdays of Commissioner
Chairman Moyer noted
that on the previous Saturday Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler
attended a program by Commissioner Mark Williams and Bob Danos featuring local
growers, producers, and packers. This
was not a political gathering but a gathering with respect to the agricultural
On March 12, Governor Perdue was in the Western part of the state and had a meeting with the chairs of the various counties along with industry people. The purpose of the session was to talk about how to generate jobs in the present economy. Governor Perdue basically said that she thought she was looking at a $2.2 million budget deficit for this year; a million of which she hopes will be taken up by the economic stimulus program which remains to be seen. There would need to be cuts in many other areas to make up the difference. Her budget for next year features new spending mainly in the area of education and job growth but she also predicts a deficit next year of about $3 million. Ms. Purdue has directed departments to look at possible decreases of 9 – 10% next year with the hopeful exclusion of economic development and education. Often these decreases are passed on to the counties and we are either asked to make up the services that were provided or somehow make up the cost. A number of the chairs attempted to discuss issues of concern such as taking the education ADM and lottery monies, issues of mental health and they were put aside as not the purpose of the meeting. It continues to be a concern of the chairs that they have heard no information in regards to money being put into mental health.
Chairman Moyer complimented the Board of Education as Governor Purdue had received a letter from the Board of Education opposing the taking of the lottery & ADM money and the implications that would have for education. At this time no clarification has been received as to what the long term answer will be in that area.
INFORMAL PUBLIC COMMENT
Chairman Moyer asked each person who had signed up for informal public comments to please limit their comments to about 3 minutes each.
McKibbin – (Hand’s On! A Child’s
Gallery) Mr. McKibbin spoke in regards to a request from Hand’s On for funds
from the County. He realizes that there
is a budget short fall. Hand’s On is
Freeman – (
3. David Adams – (County Employee Salary Freeze) Mr. Adams is the chair of the Department of Social Services Board. The Board met and had their regular monthly meeting the day before and they were particularly concerned with the recent vote by the Board of Commissioners to freeze all adjustments to current year salaries effective March 15, 2009. This issue affects fifty-six (56) of one hundred and eighty-nine (189) Department of Social Services employees. Issues were considered such as management consistency, supervisory complexities, and employee moral, both for not only the fifty-six (56) employees denied their approval and anticipated salary adjustments but also for the awkward feelings of the one hundred and thirty-three (133) employees who received their pay increases while their co-workers did not. The Social Services Board recognizes the financial constraints faced by the county and understands why freezing salaries for all county employees may be necessary. However to implement a partial year freeze creates hardships not only on a select group of employees but can cause perplexing management issues. Applying personnel policies on a twelve (12) month budget cycle treats and affects all employees the same way. At the Social Services board meeting a motion was made and passed, with Commissioner McGrady abstaining, to request the Board of Commissioners to reconsider the decision for a partial year freezing and implement the freeze affective July 1, 2009 rather than March 15, 2009. He thanked the Board for any consideration they may give to the request.
Chairman Moyer stated that he understood from Commissioner McGrady that this letter had been sent to Mrs. Corn and she would share the letter with each Commissioner.
DISCUSSION/ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA
There were no adjustments to the agenda. Commissioner Williams made the motion to approve the agenda as submitted. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer requested the addition of item M – Extension of appeal deadline for Quality Rubber Manufacturing Company and Grace IV, SA. Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adopt the consent agenda with the addition of item M. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Consent Agenda consisted of the following:
Draft minutes were presented for board review and approval of the following meetings:
February 18, 2009 Regularly scheduled meeting
February 18, 2009 Budget workshop
Tax Collector’s Report
Deputy Tax Collector Carol McCraw had presented the Tax Collector’s Report to the Commissioners dated March 6, 2009 for information only. No action was required.
A list of 54 tax release requests was presented for the Board of Commissioners review and approval.
I move the Board approves the Tax Release Report as presented.
A list of 3 refund requests was presented for the Board of Commissioners review and approval.
I move the Board approves the Tax Refund Report as presented.
Noise Ordinance Update
Lieutenant Ben McKay provided an update to the Board regarding the status of the Noise Ordinance for 2008.
Barking Dogs Other Noise Citations
1st quarter 132 144 3
2nd quarter 176 251 22
3rd quarter 133 301 15
4th quarter 114 140 11
Total 555 836 51
HAC Contract Amendment
I move the approval of the amendment to the 2007 HOME funds contract with the Housing Assistance Corporation to allow them to reincorporate repayments into future HOME funds activities.
CDBG Small Business and Entrepreneurial Assistance, Funding Approval, Resolutions, Policies, and related Grant Acceptance for Warm Company Project
Planning Staff and the Partnership for Economic
Development proposes the acceptance of grant award for a Small Business &
Entrepreneurial Assistance (SBEA) grant from the N.C. Division of Community
Assistance in the amount of $200,000.00. The Warm Company located on
No County funds are required. The project is 100% CDBG funded.
The Planning Staff and Partnership for Economic Development request approval of the provided resolutions, policies and documents.
I move that the Board approve the acceptance of the $200,000 Division of Community Assistance Small Business & Entrepreneurial Assistance grant for the Warm Company Project on Sunset Hill Road and that the Board approve all attached documents. I further move that the Board authorize the Chairman and Planning Director to sign and submit required documents for proper grant administration.
Water Line Extensions – Pained Woods/Old
The City of
Details for each request were provided and both requests are consistent with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
Action by the Board of Commissioners is needed to either grant or deny these requests.
I move that the Board approve the Painted Woods & Old
A resolution (Exhibit A) was provided for the Board’s consideration declaring the provided list (Exhibit B) of Equipment no longer used by the County as surplus property. The resolution also authorizes staff to advertise the surplus equipment for sale by electronic public auction at www.govdeals.com after the required advertisement of the sale.
I move that the Board approve the resolution provided declaring the list of equipment presented as surplus and authorizes Staff to sell the surplus equipment via electronic public auction using GovDeals auction services.
RESOLUTION DECLARING PERSONAL PROPERTY AS SURPLUS
BY ELECTRONIC PUBLIC AUCTION
WHEREAS, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners is desirous of declaring the equipment as surplus and selling at a public auction as authorized by NCGS 160A-270; and
WHEREAS, it is the intent of the County to sell said surplus equipment by electronic public auction at www.govdeals.com.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners as follows:
1. The equipment itemized on the attached Exhibit B is hereby declared to be surplus property.
2. The Finance Director is hereby authorized to sell by electronic auction at www.govdeals.com the surplus property described above to the highest bidder.
All surplus property will be sold “as is”, all sales final, cash,
certified check or money order only.
4. A notice summarizing this Resolution and the sale of the surplus property by electronic public auction shall be advertised by the Finance Director on the County’s website at www.hendersoncountync.org at least ten (10) days prior to the public auction.
THIS the 18th day March, 2009
List of Surplus Equipment
/ Make /
(A.R.E) Truck Bed Cap 00-N52933 None
Plat Storage Cabinets (3) w/400 Storage Envelopes 74, 75, 1045
Goodyear Tractor Tires (2), rear, wheel size 14.9-24 N/A
Firestone Tractor Tires (2), rear, wheel size 12.4-24 N/A
Firestone Tractor Tires (2), front, wheel size 7-14
Petition for Addition to
Petition for Portion of
It has been the practice of this Board to accept road petitions and forward them to NC Department of Transportation for their review. It has also been the practice of the Board not to ask NCDOT to change the priority for roads on the paving priority list.
I move that the Board approve the petitions and forward them to NCDOT for action.
Western Highlands Area Authority – Quarterly Fiscal Monitoring Report (FMR) for the period ended December 31, 2008
G.S. 122C-117(c) requires the staff of the local area mental health authority to provide the County Finance Officer with the quarterly Fiscal Monitoring Report (FMR) within 30 days of the end of the quarter. The County Finance Officer is then required to provide the FMR to the Board of Commissioners at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board. The provided FMR for Western Highlands Area Authority was received by the County Finance Officer on March 5, 2009
I move that the Board of Commissioners approve the
of Support for the
The Board of Commissioners was requested to
adopt a resolution in support of the Blue Ridge Book & Arthur
Showcase. The inaugural Showcase, in
celebration of authorship, creative writing and the joy of reading is scheduled
for Saturday, May 9, 2009 in the new Technical Education and
I move the Board of Commissioners adopts the
Resolution of Support for the
Extension of appeal deadline, Quality Rubber Mfg Co. and Grace IV, SA
Grace IC, SA, on behalf of itself, Quality Rubber Mfg. Co., Inc., Landforce, LLC, Highflight Management, LLC and ChW Enterprises, LLC seeks an individual extension of the listing period for property taxes until 15 April 2009. A correspondence between the applicants’ attorney and the Assessor’s office was provided.
Under N.C. Gen. Stat. §105-307(c), the Board may extend an individual listing time until 15 April of each year if the Board finds “good cause shown”.
I move that the listing period for the applicants in this agenda item be extended to April 15, under the terms of Section 05-307 of the General Statutes.
Notification of Vacancies
The Board was notified of the following vacancies which will appear on the next agenda for nominations:
Chairman Moyer reminded the Board of the following vacancies and opened the floor to nominations:
1. Child Fatality Prevention Team – 1 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting
2. CJPP (Criminal Justice Partnership Program) – 2 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
Equalization and Review,
Commissioner McGrady nominated John Bell for reappointment to position #7. Commissioner Young nominated Tommy Thompson for appointment to position #3. Commissioner Williams nominated Don Dalton for appointment to position #5. It was the consensus of the Board to roll the election of a Chairperson until all people on the Board have been considered. Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept the reappointment of John Bell to position #7, the appointment of Tommy Thompson to position #3, and the appointment of Don Dalton to position #5 by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
5. Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority – 1 vac.
Commissioner Young nominated Ronnie Edwards for appointment to position #1. Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept the appointment of Ronnie Edwards to position #1 by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
6. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council – 9 vac.
Commissioner Messer recognized that Erik Summey works for the Fletcher Police Department as a detective and could possibly fill position #2, Chief of Police in the County as a designee. He further felt that the two other applicants on file may be considered for the two at large positions 24 & 25. There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
7. Nursing/Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee -– 1 vac.
Chairman Moyer noted that Chair Nuala Fay recommends the appointment of Lesley Ann Jones for position #22. Commissioner McGrady made the motion to appoint Lesley Ann Jones to position #22. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
8. Senior Volunteer Services Advisory Council – 1 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
9. Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) – 5 vac.
Chairman Moyer stated that a response had been received from Katie Breckheimer and that she was willing to serve again if reappointed. Commissioner nominated for reappointment Stan Kumor to position #3, Katie Breckheimer to position #4, Joseph McGuth to position #7 and Terry Lee Maybin to position #8. Chairman Moyer made the motion that the reappointments be accepted by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer noted that a citizen had asked when the County would have another toxic chemical and electronics collection.
Engineer Marcus Jones stated that he had been notified by phone the previous day that the County had been awarded a $25,000 grant to purchase a permanent HHW building. They anticipate getting this facility up and running and hold the first regularly scheduled HHW event soon.
Alan House, Kris Hose, of
Kris Hose referred to Tab 1, Section A (Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization) of the
Chairman Moyer noted that this was not as a result of any problems with the Joint Commission.
Mr. Hose then referred to Tab 1, Section E (Patient Satisfaction Scores by Year) and a graph was shown which detailed the improvement in patient satisfaction over the last three years in five areas; ambulatory surgery, emergency department, inpatient, outpatient and home health.
Tab 2, Section A (Henderson County Hospital Corporation 2009 System Goals) These goals have been developed from a thorough review of the proposed Strategic Plan 2009-2012 for HCHC. The System Goals also include specific measures that will facilitate the Board’s oversight on the execution of key Strategic Initiatives in the Strategic Plan.
Tab 2, Section B (Healthcare Needs) From the analysis completed during the development of the Strategic Plan the following five (5) healthcare priorities were identified for 2009: Mental Health, Primary Care Physicians, Medical Specialties, Uncompensated Care and Information Technology.
Tab 2, Section C (Physician Integration) Pardee will continue to dedicate resources to insure the community has the appropriated number of providers to meet our healthcare need.
Chairman Moyer stated that in respect to the Information Technology and in light of what is being put out on the stimulus program we have to move forward with this as it can help with errors and quality of care. Chairman Moyer stated that in the past there were issues of individuals being brought to the hospital and dropped off without any type of protection (i.e., sheriff or hospital staff) and this again seems to be a problem.
Tab 3, Section A - Pardee serves Henderson County Community that consists of:
· Proportionately more Medicare, Medicaid and Uninsured patients than the state average:
77.1% - for Pardee
67.4% - for
· Proportionately more Bad Debt than the state average:
7.3% - for Pardee
3.9% - for
Section B – Community Benefits and Accountability
Hospitals, their associates and their physicians
positively affect almost every aspect of community life. Hospitals provide the funding for nursing
educators which enables people in our community to step toward careers in
healthcare. Hospitals loan executives
and staff to lead worthwhile community causes such as
Alan House discussed the financials and pointed out that in spite of all the difficulties in 2008 it was a very positive year.
Mr. House was questioned if there were any capital improvements near term in which the hospital would have to borrow. He responded that they have no plans of any new borrowing. The hospital has kept their options open on retroactive potential financing of the approximate $3 million worth of building with the Commissioners support if interest rates would make this meaningful.
Mr. Hose explained that in their long term strategic plan process issues were identified on the facility side that go out in the next four or five years but nothing in the next three to five years that would require outside funding.
PROPOSED INTAKE ON THE
Anthony Starr stated the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) Division of Water Quality (DWQ) is considering a new proposed surface water
intake for the City of Hendersonville on the French Broad River north of the
confluence of Mills River (refer to attachments 1). The proposed intake will allow the City to
continue to supply water to customers during drought conditions that might deplete
the amount of surface water available on
In addition to this expansion, the DWQ has discovered an error with the existing Water Supply Watershed boundary based on the location of the existing intakes. The boundaries are set by the DWQ. As a result, the boundaries of our current WS-II watershed will need to be corrected. We are waiting on GIS layers to determine the parcels that may be impacted by this correction. Staff anticipates that these corrections can be adopted by the Board at the same time the expanded reclassification area for the new proposed intake is adopted. Both of these amendments require a public hearing by the Board of Commissioners upon approval by the State.
The Environmental Management Commission (EMS) approves any new intakes and reclassifications. Once approved by the EMC, the Rules Review Commission reviews the document. At that point, the State is complete and the local jurisdictions have 270 days to adopt the watershed map and regulations. It is uncertain what the expected timeframe for adoption is at this point. The State requests that the Board provide a resolution for support, opposition, or neutral stance for the State to proceed to the Water Quality Committee. A resolution for the Town of Mills River will also be needed before the State can proceed with the request.
Staff is actively working to contact the State in regards to the timeframe of adoption and obtain additional information on the existing WS-II boundaries to be corrected.
If the Board supports the proposed intake on the
City of Hendersonville Utilities Director Lee
Smith stated the reason for the request is because it has been determined that
Mills River will not be an adequate supply under abnormal (drought) conditions
and an additional intake will be necessary in order for a supply to be built to
adequately supply Henderson County in the future. A letter received by the Board of
Commissioners from the Town of Mills River was discussed. Mr. Smith commented that the only property
owner between the confluents of the two rivers and the proposed intake was the
Assistant County Manager Selena Coffey stated that several years prior the Board of Commissioners’ determined that there should be a policy regarding the assessment of recreation fees.
Recreation Director Tim Hopkin stated that staff had been asked to present information regarding how fees are assessed to the various athletic programs managed by the County Recreation Department, as well as those programs managed by other organizations.
Purpose – To evaluate Board fee policies for facility use
Policy on Supplementing Programs
§ BOC policy to subsidize youth programs
§ Revenues / fees for adult sports programs are assessed to assist with expenses for the programs
Programs managed by Recreation
§ Youth Soccer (fall / spring program)
§ Youth Basketball (winter program)
§ Adult Softball (spring / summer / fall program)
§ Senior Games (spring program)
Programs not managed by Recreation
§ Youth Baseball
§ Youth Softball
§ USTA Team Tennis
§ Soccer Association
§ WNC Lacrosse
§ Senior Men’ Softball
§ WNC BMX
Youth Baseball & Youth Softball
§ Youth Baseball and Youth
Softball use the fields at Jackson Park and
§ Both organizations collect their own fees and administer their own programs
§ Both organizations are assessed a $10/player/season fee for field usage by the County
What’s included in the fee?
§ Fields reserved for exclusive use by Youth Baseball and Youth Softball for practices and games
§ Fields prepared and maintained f or optimal play daily
§ Game cancellation phone line provided
§ Lights provided for night time practices and games
§ Assistance provided with scheduling
§ Programs promoted by the County via e-mail, website, mailers, etc.
Sr. Men’s Softball / Team Tennis / Soccer Association / Lacrosse / Others
§ Fields and courts reserved for exclusive use and guaranteed time slots
§ Fees charged for reservations
§ County maintains and provides equipment for fields and tennis courts (i.e. bases, tennis nets, fences, lights, mowing, preparing and maintaining fields)
What are other jurisdictions charging?
§ City of
§ Town of
Chairman Moyer stated that there have been issues over the years and requested Commissioner Messer to provide an overview followed by a presentation by the Youth Baseball League.
Commissioner Messer stated that discussions had been held concerning youth league in the County and he recommended that all involved with the league continue because with the economic situation the County could not do so. The Recreation Advisory Board had been involved and was aware of the concerns of the league.
Mike Wood, VP for the
Henderson County Youth Baseball League provided an overview of the league’s
history and requested that the Board consider fully recognizing concession monies
made at Jackson Park field two (2) concessions stand in lei of payment for
Henderson County Parks & Recreation uses fees. In addition HC Youth Baseball League would be
recognized as part of the HC Parks & Recreation Department. Currently boys' baseball, girls' soccer, boys'
basketball, girls' basketball and mens’ softball are recognizably supported by
HC Parks & Recreation Department. HC
Parks & Recreation Department vision is to provide an environment for quality,
wholesome, leisure and recreation activities that will benefit
Chairman Moyer questioned “If you get the concessions back at field two (2) will that enable you to pay the fees and operate your league going forward?”
Mr. Wood responded that it would.
Commissioner Messer inquired that HC Youth Baseball League had the concessions up until 2006.
Mr. Wood responded yes.
Commissioner Messer stated that the revenues from the concession were somewhere between $8-10 thousand.
Mr. Wood responded that this figure was correct. The HC Youth Baseball League, prior to 2006, had an excess and have now gone into their coffers.
Commissioner Messer was in favor of allowing the HC Youth Baseball League to run field two (2) concessions as an income measure to pay user fees for a one year trial period.
Mr. Wood responded that if they received concessions from field two (2), they would run concessions and add additional items for additional fund raising (i.e. chick filet, t-shirts, etc). They have folks Monday through Friday from 5:00 on that can run the concession stand and they are willing to take it over.
Chairman Moyer asked how they would distribute the revenues.
Mr. Wood responded that someone from their board would be over the concession area and they would take the profit and invest it back into the Youth Baseball League and possibly even consider lowering the costs to families.
County Manager Steve Wyatt stated that the Youth Baseball League would basically be “leasing the facility for that limited part of time” transferring the liability to them.
Chairman Moyer made the motion with respect to the Youth Baseball League that for the period of the season, the County will turn over concessions at field two (2) to the League and it will be their responsibility to run, manage and carry the liability and further be responsible for paying the fees associated with the field usage which are currently on record of $7,000 (or $10 per participant) for this year and that any additional profit monies would be reinvested in the Youth Baseball League and/or the field as they deemed appropriate to the benefit of the youth of the county. Chairman Moyer further motioned that an agreement between the County and the Youth Baseball League be prepared incorporating the terms discussed for execution by the parties. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board waives the 2008 fall season usage fee of $2990.00 billed to the Youth Baseball League. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION PROGRAM ORDINANCE
A copy of the ordinance is hereto attached and
incorporated as a part of the minutes.
The ordinance is a model ordinance proposed for local governments who
fall under the Red Flags Rule. It has been adapted for
Chairman Moyer made the motion that the Board adopts the Identity Theft Protection ordinance as presented. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING – TO CONSIDER OFFIER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES TO MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, LLC
Commissioner Messer made the motion for the Board to go into public hearing with respect to economic Development incentives for Morris Communications. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
To be heard are public comments on a proposal for the award of economic development incentives to Morris Communications Group, LLC, for the location of a call center in Henderson County, for the company’s Cable television operations. The proposed call center would bring 41-46 new jobs, with average annual wages of $29,180.
Proposed are an award of
incentives for three years, at $6,652.80 per year (total award $19,958.40). The award of incentives would likely be
contingent during the period of incentives on no sale of the operation of the
cable system by the recipient, and on the call center serving cable operations
At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board may choose to take action, delay action to a subsequent meeting, or take no action.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §158-7.1 that the Henderson County Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) will hold a public hearing on 18 March 2009 at 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the Board can consider the matter, to consider the request of Morris Communications Group, LLC (“the Company”), for economic development incentives to assist in investment resulting in the location of a call and customer service center in Henderson County, expanding its current operations in the County, and the addition of new jobs.
The Company owns a cable television operation
serving areas of Western North Carolina, including most of
The Board will consider granting assistance toward actual expenditures incurred in the Company’s plan to construct its operation up to a maximum payment of Nineteen Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty-Eight Dollars and Forty Cents ($19,958.40), to be paid over a period of three (3) years. Each year’s incentive payment would be no greater than Six Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Two Dollars and Eight Cents ($6,652.80).
If approved, the request would be funded through
the general property tax revenue. The hearing will be held in the Meeting Room
President of the Partnership for Economic
Development Andrew Tate spoke on behalf of the project. He stated that the 41-46 jobs would be in
addition to the current 54 employees with Morris Communication. The taxable investment associated with the
project is $1.8 million which is primarily in facilities and upgrades to
accommodate an operations and call center.
Those operations and call center would employ a variety of different
positions including network operating, customer service dispatch, supervisory,
and sales positions with Morris Broadband.
This project is consistent with one of the primary target markets of the
Lockwood Greene economic development master plan identified with
Randy Hughes, General Manager of Morris
Communications thanked the Board for consideration of the incentive. Morris Communications looks forward to the
growth of the company and with the Board’s support of incentives it will be
easy to bring the jobs to
Commissioner Messer inquired the timeframe of the project.
Mr. Hughes stated that the architect is already on board and has started the design. He anticipated having the call center up in place by August, 2009.
Commissioner Young questioned if this would be
strictly new jobs within
Mr. Hughes stated that they would try to fill the positions locally and did not feel that they would have a problem doing so.
Customer Service Supervisor Maggie Blythe - “just certainly want to let you know that that is indeed our intention. Certainly from our prior history with these operations we felt very strongly that it was important to bring that call center here to Henderson County…so I look forward to heading up the customer service operations hopefully bringing some good, solid, convenient service to our customers and getting through those issues that I know that you know that have been issues in the past. That’s certainly our goal and we look forward to doing that and certainly appreciate the support that the county is considering giving us. If there are any questions specific questions, I’ll try to answer those.
Chairman Moyer – “Well if either you are Randy…I think you know…and this is certainly not anything with respect to Morris but there have been questions and issues with respect to the handling of calls in the past and the promptness etc. and I don’t really want to go back over that but obviously the issues will be raised by the citizens of if we are going to give incentives, what have we built into this to be sure that we do get to sees improved service for our citizens. Do you have any suggestions with respect to that?”
Maggie Blythe – “Of course under the new legislation…recent legislation in the state we are operating under a state franchise. Those do of course require you to meet FCC standards. Now is there anything the county can do…I guess certainly Morris does plan to be very community oriented. I think that you will find that they are more specifically involved in the community and much more likely to listen to what customers are saying. I guess I can tell you from your past experience with me, you know that I try to meet customer demands. I’ve always treated all of my government officials as my customers. I look forward to bringing that same level of service to all of our customers. We have spent many weeks now going through the call volumes and looking at what staffing needs we would have to ensure that we can meet those FCC standards and I guess I can give you my personal word that that is our goal, that I have put together a plan that I think will enable us to do that and that I’m looking forward to the day that we’re kind of like the Maytag repair man and we’re sitting back wondering you know who we can call today to talk to. So…is there anything specific that you can do…certainly I think open communications is the best thing. When you hear issues are going forward that aren’t getting resolved…you know give us a call and let us know and we will make every attempt we can to meet that as quickly as possible.”
Chairman Moyer – “It is a tricky area because as the Board knows and you people certainly know we do not grant the franchise anymore, Maggie’s one hundred percent right. A lot of the complaints go directly to the state or to the FCC but on the other hand we are granting the incentives and we are putting out the county money to do that and how we bring those two things together is a tricky issue.”
Commissioner Chuck McGrady – “Well I found the Times-News editorial this morning to be an interesting one; raising that issue. I guess I’m a little bit surprisingly averse to going there for two reasons. One, the incentive here is really rather small. I mean we’re not paying a massive amount, again it’s our funds but it’s not like (in size) some of the incentives that we have elsewhere so it’s what do you get for a relatively small investment. Then I think it sort of puts us on a bed of a slippery slope…I mean I’m an environmental leader…if we were to try to mix job incentives with service incentives with respect to this company, why wouldn’t we mix job incentives with respect to environmental improvements with respect to the next company. I’m just concerned about getting into social policy through what is strictly a jobs program. I guess I’m glad we asked the question and I’m glad we got the response we and Maggie I thoroughly enjoyed working with you for the short period of time and found you personally very responsive and if our customers (one of which is me) gets that level of service then we’ll be in a better place than we have been at some points in the past. I’m hopeful that having this call center right here as opposed to somewhere else is going to help us be there. I mean you’re going to be talking to people that actually know where Kanuga Road is as opposed to talking to somebody that you’re trying to describe on a map where they live. I’m hoping that just the geography is going to work in our favor. I glad we had the discussion but I don’t want to go any further other than the contingencies that Russ had appropriately pointed out in the proposed motion.”
Chairman Moyer – “I guess I would like to go a little further. I would like to see a paragraph in there along the lines of what Maggie has said…that they are committed to quality service, that they are going to work to improve the service to the best of their ability, and that if there are issues that arise that there will be communications between the Commissioners and the company to resolve those issues in a constructive manner.”
Commissioner Chuck McGrady – “I think that is on the record here but I don’t know that you know how we would resolve an ambiguity between what one of our citizens think about service and the incentive that we’ve got here…and I just think that…”
Chairman Moyer – “I certainly understand that but I think it’s something that we can show in the agreement that we’ve addressed the issue and we’re trying to do with it to the extent we can. I agree with you, we can’t go too far but I think they’ve offered that and I think that would be a good thing for us to have in the agreement with respect to granting incentives. How would you feel about that Maggie?”
Maggie Blythe – “I will let Randy, as the General Manager, speak to that issue.”
Randy Hughes – “I don’t think I would have a problem with it because we intend to provide an excellent service and meeting all the FCC specifications. So…language of that sort wouldn’t bother me at all.”
Chairman Moyer – “Alright…if it’s the Board’s pleasure…let us write up (you would have to see the wording obviously and see whether you’re okay with it)…other questions or comments from the Board.”
Commissioner Young – “I think that creating a
local…for three or four county or whatever…is going to increase service and
provide better service. I think you’re
going to be as Mr. McGrady said you’re going…the geography is just that much
better than calling
Commissioner Williams – “I think we have to be cautious…I mean we don’t want to associate you with past problems…I mean you’ve got an opportunity now. Our concern is largely protecting citizens who feel like they’ve not got very good service in the past and that’s the biggest concern I here publicly. We’re giving you that chance and we don’t want to accuse you of bad service from the starting point. You’ve not had the opportunity to prove yourself. We’re just letting you know kind of what the expectations are of the community.”
Commissioner Messer – “I commend the
Chairman Moyer made the motion that the Board offers the economic incentives to Morris along the lines set forth in our resolution with the addition of a paragraph as indicated before and that Mr. Hughes indicated subject to seeing the wording would be acceptable to them and further authorize proceeding with preparation agreement and entering into it on behalf of the County. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
There was none.
Commissioner Messer made the motion for the Board to go out of public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING – DEBT REFINANCING; SERIES 1999
Commissioner McGrady made the motion for the Board to go into
public hearing with respect to debt refinancing; Series 1999
A public hearing to hear
comments on the proposed financing documents is required by the State of
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of Commissioners of the
Present: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman
The Chairman announced that this was the hour, day and place fixed for the public hearing for the purpose of considering whether the Board of Commissioners for the County (the “Board”) should: approve a proposed installment financing contract and certain related documents under which the County would obtain financing pursuant Section 160A‑20 of the North Carolina General Statutes, as amended, to provide for the refinancing of the acquisition, construction, installation and equipping of the County detention facilities located at 375 First Avenue, East in Hendersonville, North Carolina (the “Detention Facilities”), which includes the refunding of the outstanding $9,065,000 Certificates of Participation, Series 1999 (Henderson County Project) Evidencing Proportionate Undivided Interests in Rights to Receive Revenues Pursuant to an Installment Financing Contract with the County, as described in the notice of public hearing that was published on March 6, 2009 in the Times-News and under which the County would secure the repayment by it of moneys advanced pursuant to such installment financing contract by granting a security interest in the Detention Facilities and certain related property.
The Finance Director then described the Detention Facilities and presented a draft of an Installment Financing Contract between the County and Branch Banking and Trust Company, as well as certain other related documents, including a draft of a Deed of Trust and Security Agreement between the County and a deed of trust trustee. Copies of these and other related documents have been on file with the Finance Director. The Finance Director presented a refunding analysis that showed the County realizing approximately $240,000 in net present value savings.
The Chairman then announced that the Board would immediately hear anyone who might wish to be heard on such matters.
[Attached hereto is a summary of the comments of anyone who appeared, either in person or by attorney, to be heard on such matters.] [The Clerk to the Board of Commissioners announced that no written statement related to such matters had been received.]
Thereupon, the Chairman asked for a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner McGrady moved that the public hearing be closed and the installment financing approved. The motion was adopted by the following vote:
There was none.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board approves the installment re-financing of the Series 1999 Detention Center Certificates of Participation (COPs) with Board action to approve the final financing documents to be taken at the April 6, 2009 regularly scheduled meeting. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board go out of public hearing. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
There was nothing further at this time.
Steve Wyatt reminded the Board that April 6th a third quarter comprehensive financial report would be available for the Board. The Board had received two days prior the latest sales tax information; December proved to be an improvement in the receipts over November. We remain cautious however as one of the issues is accuracy of the information we’re receiving from the state, as other counties have voiced also.
Chairman Moyer reminded the public that on March 26, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., the Board of Commissioners will be holding a special meeting, a workshop with no public input at that time, on the Etowah / Horse Shoe Community Plan. All citizens interested are welcome to attend to hear the discussion. At some point in the future there will be a meeting for public input / public comment before the Board.
Commissioner McGrady informed the Board that a function was being held this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at a local restaurant and each Commissioner had received an invitation. The invitation had the incorrect date of May instead of March. This relates to youth housing and unemployment. Please respond to Mary Murray as soon as possible.
CANE CREEK WATER & SEWER DISTRICT - no business
Commissioner McGrady made the motion for the Board to go into closed session as allowed pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 for the following reasons:
3. Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §143-318.11(a)(6), to discuss issues concerning personnel.
Chairman Moyer noted that the Board may possibly return to open session.
All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to go out of closed session. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer noted that the Board was back in open session. There was an issue that the Board wished to address in respect to the wage and salary freeze that was instituted by the Board at the last meeting. The DSS Board and others have raised a couple of issues particularly with respect to certain classification of people that are hired on a probationary period that would step up into a full position automatically and they get their wage adjusted; were these intended to be frozen. Also in Planning or certain areas people are at a certain grade and if they meet certain qualifications they would step to the next higher grade; were these intended to be frozen. Finally the issue with respect to the fairness of implementing the freeze mid year affective March 15, 2009 rather than July 1, 2009; Chairman Moyer felt this should be re-opened for discussion. When the Board took a look at this at the last meeting Chairman’s Moyer projections based on the affect on the budget for the remainder of the year was roughly $700-750 thousand. Since then Selena Coffey working with Jan Pritchard under Steve Wyatt took a closer look at this based on each individual and what it might mean. Because of the way people are hired through the year and the different weighting of the people it appears that the figure would be more in the range of $150,000 if the freeze were taken off and implemented July 1, 2009. The figures still do not quite add up with the budget, $300-400 thousand is still missing but assuming this figure is right one of the things the Board can do as a Board is lift the freeze for the remainder of the year on the basis that the total of all additional payments through that period do not exceed $160,000 and implement the freeze affective July 1, 2009.
Commissioner McGrady explained that this had been a concern of his as the Commissioners did not know the actual financial impact, had he known the financial impact was $150 thousand versus the $750 thousand he would have voted differently. He did not feel that the motion was meant to catch probationary period or changes in grade based on experience.
Commissioner Williams stated that the Board had acted rightfully with a sense of urgency. We are facing very uncertain economic times and drastic measures had to be taken. He feels it is appropriate to remove the freeze during the last quarter of the year and start the freeze affective July 1, 2009.
Commissioner Young was in agreement and felt good about making the correction. He felt it had been a mistake to cut it off before July 1, 2009. This would be fair to all county employees.
Chairman Moyer stated that at a procedural standpoint, he made the motion that the Board reconsiders the previous resolution. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer made the motion that the Board approves the resolution that lifts the freeze from now until the end of the year, June 30, 2009 or the first pay period going into July and would continue in affect for next years budget for all aspects of the salary plan for the next fiscal year and that for the remainder of this year people on probation or in-grade movement are not affected. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
There being no further business Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adjourn at 1:20 p.m.
Teresa L. Wilson, Deputy Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman