COUNTY OF HENDERSON                              July 21, 1999


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building.


Those present were:  Chairman Grady Hawkins, Vice-Chair Bill Moyer, Commissioner Renee Kumor, Commissioner Don Ward, Commissioner Marilyn Gordon, County Manager David E. Nicholson, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.


Also present were: Interim Planning Director Karen C. Smith, Staff Attorney Jennifer O. Jackson, and County Engineer Gary Tweed.


Absent was: Assistant County Manager/Interim County Attorney Angela S. Beeker.



Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.



Commissioner Gordon led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.



David Nicholson gave the invocation.



Chairman Hawkins asked that item AD@ under staff reports be deleted - AAbandonment of Mud Creek Cemetery Road (SR #1165). The petition had been withdrawn.


Chairman Hawkins stated that two Public Hearings scheduled for 11:00 had been canceled, Creekside and Charlestown.  They were rescheduled during AImportant Dates@ on the agenda.


Chairman Hawkins stated that two items listed under ADiscussion Items@ were to be presented by County Assessor, Robert Baird. He received a phone call from Robert Baird=s sister this morning stating that Mr. Baird had been hospitalized and would not be present at the meeting; therefore, those two items will not be discussed at length.  Chairman Hawkins stated that he would like to briefly discuss the property addressing item and postpone the other item.


Chairman Hawkins asked that two items be added under Pending Issues: VWIN reporting as #2 and discussion of a letter received from Mayor Parrish as #3.


David Nicholson asked that Phase IV be changed to Phase VI on AE@ under the Consent Agenda.


Commissioner Moyer asked that two items be added to Pending Issues: ABHWA by-laws as #4 and Update on the Jail Project as #5.


Commissioner Moyer expressed concern regarding the two canceled public hearings. This is twice that the public hearings have been canceled.  These applications were filed in April. He felt that the delay creates a hardship on the developers. He also stated concern regarding citizens who had planned to attend the meeting to address these issue.


It was the consensus of the Board to approve these changes to the agenda.



Chairman Hawkins made the motion to approve the Consent Agenda as revised.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


The CONSENT AGENDA included the following:



Minutes were presented for review and approval of the June 15, 1999 special called meeting.


Notification of Vacancies

The Board was notified of the following vacancies which will appear under ANominations@ on the next agenda:


1. Downtown Hendersonville, Inc. - 1 vac.

2. Alliance for Human Services - 1 Commissioner


Capital Improvements Project Reports

The Capital Improvements Project Reports for the month of June were presented for the Board=s review.


Resolution Concerning Financing of Voting Machines

At its meeting on July 6, 1999, the Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of thirty (30) voting machines for the Board of Elections and authorized the financing of the purchase through Branch Banking and Trust Company (ABB&T@). A resolution is needed to memorialize the terms that the Board agreed to with respect to the financing.


Staff had prepared a Resolution for consideration by the Board. It states that the Board is financing the amount of $149,850 with BB&T at an annual interest rate of 4.79% over a term of five (5) years with payments being made quarterly. It also authorizes the appropriate Staff to take such actions as are necessary to complete the transaction.


Adoption of the Resolution would allow Staff to continue finalizing the paperwork associated with this financing.


Improvement Guaranty for High Vista Falls Subdivision, Phase VI Corrected Preliminary Plan

At its July 6, 1999 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved the application for Improvement Guaranty for High Vista Falls, Phase VI, a major subdivision located off NC Highway #191 in Henderson and Buncombe Counties.  As a reminder, the improvement guaranty that was previously approved was in the form of a letter of credit issued by Peoples Bank in the amount of $196,562. This letter of credit guarantees the completion of the road and drainage, water, and sewer improvements by July 1, 2000.  A copy of the original application and supporting documentation, the Agreement and the Letter of Credit were submitted for the Board=s review.


The preliminary plan provided at the July 6 meeting, upon which the Board took action, showed incorrect phase numbers.  The original preliminary plan that was submitted to the Board showed a 50 unit phase as Phase VI and an 18 unit phase as Phase V.  These two phases were inadvertently switched on the plan. A corrected plan was submitted today to the Board correctly showing the 18 unit phase as Phase VI.


Staff had brought this correction to the Board=s attention and asked that the Board approve the Performance Improvement Guaranty Agreement based upon the corrected preliminary plan. The Board  noted that none of the provisions of the Agreement or of the Letter of Credit had changed. The Planning Department recommended the approval of this improvement guaranty and the Staff Attorney was willing to certify the Agreement as to form.


Staff=s request was for the Board to approve the application for improvement guaranty for the corrected Phase VI of High Vista Falls.


Tax Collector=s Report.

Terry F. Lyda, Tax Collector, had provided the Tax Collector=s Report as of July 5, 1999 for the Board=s information.



Henderson County had been awarded two Achievement Awards for 1999 by the National Association of Counties.  These Awards were for the Sheriff=s Citizens Academy and the Community Parks Program.


Chairman Hawkins presented the plaque to Sheriff Erwin for the  Sheriff=s Citizen=s Academy in recognition of an innovative program which contributes to and enhances county government in the United States, a program that on the initiative of the Sheriff=s Department has made many citizens in our community more aware of the activities of law enforcement and public safety.  


He presented the plaque to Tim Hopkins for the Community Park Partnership Program in recognition of an innovative program which contributes to and enhances county government in the United States.  This program is within our Parks and Recreation Department that has worked hand in hand with the community at large, particularly in East Flat Rock and Etowah for development of parks.


Both of these programs have contributed significantly to our community. Duplicate copies of the awards will be displayed in the Commissioners= Meeting Room as are several previous awards.

The Commissioners congratulated both departments on such fine programs.


Commissioner Kumor stated that when the Sheriff started the Sheriff=s Citizens Academy, he sent a request over to the Commissioners to include a section on the agenda so that as they discuss law enforcement he makes sure that he gives the citizens an opportunity to understand how law enforcement fits into the county budget and county operations.  She felt that the Board has gained by being able to make that presentation and expressed her appreciation for that opportunity.



Commissioner Moyer asked for action on this item which was listed under the Consent Agenda.  The Alliance will have their reorganization Board Meeting on July 28 and he asked that the Board name their representative today so that they may attend that reorganization meeting.


Chairman Hawkins nominated Commissioner Moyer to succeed himself on this Board.  He was appointed by acclamation.



The County Engineer, Gary Tweed, had obtained pricing for use of private trucking companies to provide equipment and driver for the transport of recyclable materials from the County=s Recycling Center to FCR, Inc., located in Greenville, S.C. 


Two proposals were reviewed with the Board by Mr. Tweed, one from STS, Inc. and one from Charlie Walker.  STS, Inc. provides the current transport of solid waste and has made a proposal. 


The proposals differ in that STS, Inc. will charge a per load rate along with a weekly equipment rental rate.  Charlie Walker proposed only a per load rate.  Therefore, the total cost would be dependent upon the number of loads required to operate the program. Currently, we are handling approximately 150 tons per month of recyclable materials.  It is estimated that we will average approximately 15 tons per load or 10 loads per month.  On that basis the following cost comparison was made:


STS, Inc. 10 loads per month @ $200/load    $2,000

Equipment Rent @ $225/week           900

Total Cost/Month   $2,900


Walker    10 loads per month @ $300/load    $3,000


Based on the above, as the program grows, STS, Inc. will provide the lower cost.  Should the County go to a County wide ABlue Bag@ program, we would expect the volumes of recyclables to increase substantially. Since STS, Inc. per load rate is the lowest, then their charges would be the lowest for increased volume.  He recommended that STS, Inc. be used for the transport of the recyclables.


Following much discussion, Commissioner Moyer made the motion to proceed with the contract with STS, Inc. on an interim basis but to take another look at this in six months.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 


Part of the discussion was the Board=s concern to be fair with local companies and allow them the same opportunities of larger companies.  There was some discussion regarding the format of the proposals.  It was felt that if we get into this program for six months and see exactly what we are dealing with, then we could bid it again and Mr. Walker would know what he would have to deal with and other proposals could be accepted.  This would also give the County the most flexibility. 


Commissioner Kumor raised the issue of qualifying bidders.



The Board had directed Staff to prepare an Agreement to outline the various matters that the Board of Commissioners and Blue Ridge Community College have agreed to with respect to the property located on South Allen Road and College Drive.  A draft Agreement was submitted for the Board=s review and Jennifer Jackson reviewed same with the Board. Parts of the Agreement were discussed in detail. 


Jennifer Jackson stated that it would be appropriate for the Board to approve the Agreement for execution either as proposed or as the Board may wish to revise.  It would also be appropriate to authorize the Chairman and the Clerk to the Board to execute the deed upon Henderson County=s receipt of the fully executed Agreement from Blue Ridge Community College.


Because of several questions that were raised, Mr. Nicholson gave some background as follows: The Board=s discussion with Dr. Sink at a budget workshop at the library is what brought this about.  The Board asked Staff to draft up an Agreement stating that this land was being used for a match for a Grant for the Auditorium.  The Board informed Dr. Sink that they may want to build a county building on the property in question and wanted an agreement drafted so that the college would clearly understand that at some point in time the County Commissioners may want to use that property for other purposes. 


Commissioners Moyer and Gordon had some real concerns with the Agreement as drafted feeling that if the Community College uses the piece of property as a match to obtain a grant and then Henderson County wished to use the piece of property for county purposes (construction of a county building) then the county would have to reimburse the Community College or substitute another piece of property for the grant purpose.


Following much discussion, Chairman Hawkins asked staff to do some more research on this item (requirements for the match) and bring this back on the next meeting agenda.



This item had been withdrawn. The Village of Flat Rock and NC Department of Transportation are working on this item.



Inspection Staff

Mr. Nicholson stated that currently we have staffed and budgeted for two temporary employees within the Inspection Department.  Mr. Laughter=s request was for an additional full-time employee and funds for one temporary position.  Mr. Laughter explained that the two persons who are currently working in temporary slots are no longer able to work for him. 


Mr. Nicholson recommended the Board consider approving Mr. Laughter=s request for the creation of this permanent position and funding for one temporary part-time position. The new Inspection fees schedule should cover any additional costs.


Commissioner Gordon made the motion to change the position to full time with one temporary.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Mayor Parrish letter - add-on by Chairman Hawkins

On July 8 he received a letter from Mayor Parrish(copied to each Commissioner). Mayor Parrish suggested that in lieu of hiring a part time Executive Director for the Greenway Commission that we utilize some of the resources from Land of Sky.  Mayor Parrish is the current Chairman of Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments. He also offered office space, phones, copying machine and other staff members, etc. 


It was the consensus of the Board that the Chairman send a letter to the Greenways Commission supporting Mayor Parrish=s proposal.


VWIN reporting - add-on by Chairman Hawkins.

Chairman Hawkins spoke briefly about an editorial in this morning=s newspaper and corrected two errors in that editorial regarding the silent transfer of monies to the Health Department and Commissioner control of the Board of Health.  He stated that there was nothing silent about the transfer of money and stated that the insinuation about having a report delivered that satisfies the Board versus whatever the report actually is was also blatantly incorrect. 


The Commissioners stated that the VWIN program and the corresponding funding were being placed under the Board of Health because the Health Department was in a better position than the Commissioners to evaluate the VWIN, the reports we are receiving concerning water quality and the other water quality programs administered by the State.  The Board of Health could then make recommendations to the Commissioners concerning the program and how the County should proceed.  This approach is identical to what has been done with respect to Human Services funding with the Alliance for Human Services and several other areas.


ABHWA by-laws - add-on by Commissioner Moyer.

He attended an ABHWA (Asheville, Buncombe, Henderson Water Authority) Board meeting yesterday morning. He had distributed a draft of the revised by-laws of ABHWA. Changes have been drafted to include Henderson County in accordance with the agreement entered into some time ago.  An issue was raised concerning Henderson County=s representation on the Board.  Henderson County has two people on a nine person Board, one of which may be a member of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.  Mr. Moyer expressed to ABHWA that Henderson County wished to have one of the Commissioners as an active member of the ABHWA Board but if that person ceases to be a Commissioner for any reason, then the Board should have the right to appoint  a replacement.  This has raised a lot of controversy at the ABHWA Board level.  There is a strong feeling by several Board members that the term should be three years, including the designated representative from each of the Boards and should not be changed even if that person is no longer a local Board member. Commissioner Moyer expressed that was not what Henderson County wanted and he requested a change in the by-laws.  It was voted down yesterday but he moved to have it deferred and reconsidered at the meeting next month.


Mr. Moyer brought this up to be sure he was expressing the consensus of the Board and asked if the Commissioners wished him to pursue this change in the by-laws of ABHWA.


It was the consensus of the Board that they did indeed wish to have a current Commissioner serving as an active member of the ABHWA Board.  There was some discussion that if this change did not occur in the bylaws that Henderson County could make a change in their Policies and Procedures to accomplish the same thing. Henderson County could request an undated resignation from their Commissioner appointee to the ABHWA Board in advance stating that when their term ends their resignation would be effective. 


It was the consensus of the Board that Commissioner Moyer continue to pursue the change in by-laws of ABHWA.


Update requested

Commissioner Gordon stated that while on the subject of ABWA, the deed is in process for the property that was a part of that agreement at Bent Creek.  She asked that Staff give the Board some type of update on whether this deed complies with the terms of the agreement as it was originally made.  She requested this within the next week or so.


Jail update

Commissioner Moyer requested someone report what is currently happening with the Jail Project. 


David Nicholson thanked Mr. Moyer for placing this on the agenda. Last week County Staff (Sheriff Erwin, Bill Byrnes, Carey McLelland, David Nicholson, and Commissioner Kumor) met with the Local Government Commission (LGC) Staff which was a positive meeting. They reviewed the county=s financial position and went through the need for the project.  After seeing pictures of our current Jail the LGC quickly understood the need for the new Jail.  The purpose for the meeting was to obtain an application to apply to the LGC for the right to obtain funds. Henderson County did get an application and will begin to process it.  The LGC suggested that this project and the schools projects be considered under an installment contract to save the County some money in administrative costs.  Staff will research this to see if it would be cost effective for Henderson County to pursue.  Mr. Nicholson stated that our Bond Council from New York and our Financial Advisor from Charlotte will both be in Asheville this Friday and he plans to meet with them and discuss all options.


There was some discussion of a Resolution which would allow the Board to recapture some of their expenses and the School Board=s expenses for these projects, reimbursement for up-front expenses.  David also plans to discuss this with the Bond Council on Friday.


He discussed briefly the zoning issue - Hendersonville changed its Zoning Ordinance a few years ago.  Even though the City approved our master plan for the new jail facility several years ago, we still have to go through a change in zoning and a special use permit.  We have currently been through 2.5 steps of a 3 step process: neighborhood compatibility meeting, meeting with the City Planning Board.  Mr. Nicholson suggested that the Board of Commissioners hold a workshop on the Jail next Monday before the City Planning Board meets again.  This would give the Commissioners an opportunity to look at the drawings and the elevations of the project. 


Henderson County is currently moving dirt on the site.



Chairman Hawkins stated the need to reschedule the Safety Net Zoning Workshop.  This was set for 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 26. The Jail Workshop will be brief and will be the first item on the agenda.


Chairman Hawkins made the motion to set Public Hearings at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9 for:


Special Use Permit Application #SP-99-02 by Mr. Maxie Small  for Creekside - A Proposed Residential Open-Space (R-O)



Special Use Permit Application #SP-99-01 by Joe Crowell

Construction, Inc. for Charlestown Place - A Proposed

Planned Unit Development (PUD).


Commissioner Kumor made it known that she could not be present for the Public Hearings as she would be out of town.  Chairman Hawkins asked if she had a problem with the Board holding the Public Hearings in her absence.  She did not.  She felt that due to the fact that they had already been canceled twice, that the Public Hearings should be held as soon as possible.


All voted in favor and the motion carried.


There was discussion of scheduling a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic development guidelines. It was the consensus of the Board to schedule this meeting tentatively for August 23 at 3:00 p.m.  David Nicholson was asked to check with the Chamber to see if this would be a suitable date for them.


There was discussion of setting a workshop with the Tax Collector and the Tax Assessor.  Chairman Hawkins informed the Commissioners that he had received the Tax Collector=s preliminary report and it is on the desk in the office.  He asked them to take time to review the thick document.  After some discussion, it was decided to wait to schedule this meeting at the August 2 meeting.  


Chairman Hawkins scheduled a Budget Workshop for August 24 at 3:00 p.m.


Chairman Hawkins made the motion to hold the Public Hearing on Habitat for Humanity CDBG on August 9 at 3:00 p.m. All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Commissioner Moyer stated that he had gotten a letter on Mud Creek and no one had gotten to attend the meeting on July 12.  A follow up meeting will be on July 28.  It was the consensus of the Board to have someone attend from the Planning Department as well as Commissioner Moyer to represent the Board.



There were none.



Commissioner Kumor made the motion for the Board to adjourn as Henderson County Board of Commissioners and convene as Cane Creek Water & Sewer District Commissioners.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 


Commissioner Kumor made the motion for the Board to adjourn as Cane Creek Water & Sewer District Commissioners and reconvene as the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Commissioner Kumor made the motion for the Board to go into Closed Session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 for the following reasons:


1. (a)(1) To prevent disclosure of information that is privileged or confidential pursuant to the law of this State or of the United States, or not considered a public record within the meaning of Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, in accordance with and pursuant to NCGS 143-318.10(e) and Article II of Chapter 11 of the Henderson County Code.

2. (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 body in order to consider and give instructions to the attorney with respect to the following action:


BellSouth Carolina=s PCS, LP d/b/a Bell South

Mobility DCS vs. Henderson County;

Henderson County File No. 98-CVS-639.


3. (a)(6) To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee.


All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Commissioner Ward made the motion for the Board to go out of Closed Session.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 


There was no action taken due to the Closed Session.


PUBLIC HEARING - Special Use Permit Application #SP-99-02 by Mr. Maxie Small for Creekside - A Proposed Residential Open-Space (R-O) Development.

This Public Hearing had been canceled and rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on August 9.


PUBLIC HEARING - Special Use Permit Application #SP-99-01 by Joe Crowell Construction, Inc. For Charlestown Place - A Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD)

This Public Hearing had been canceled and rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on August 9.


PUBLIC HEARING - On Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance for Manufactured Home Parks and Proposed Companion Amendments to the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance

Chairman Hawkins made the motion to go into Public Hearing.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Karen C. Smith stated that after sending a final draft of the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance to the Board of Commissioners, the Henderson County Planning Board began working on some proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The intent of the Zoning amendments was to make the standards in the Zoning Ordinance compatible with those in the newly adopted Manufactured Home Park Ordinance.  In drafting the Zoning amendments, Staff and the Planning Board found that we also need to touch up a few places in the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance.  In addition, the Planning Board looked at two specific amendments the Board of Commissioners had requested, namely exempting migrant housing from the requirements of the ordinances and setting a limit on the number of pre-1976 manufactured homes or mobile homes allowed in new parks or expansions to existing parks.


This public hearing is on both sets of amendments to both ordinances, Zoning and Manufactured Home Parks.  The hearing has been advertised in accordance with the requirement of those ordinances as well as State law. 


Karen then reviewed briefly the proposed amendments.  There are four proposed amendments to the Henderson County Zoning Ordinance regarding Manufactured Home Parks:


1. Amendment #1 - Definitions

Redefines manufactured home, manufactured home park and mobile home and deletes the definition of mobile home park to conform with definitions in the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance.


2. Amendment #2 - Standards for Manufactured Home Parks

Replaces the current standards for manufactured home parks in the Zoning Ordinance with the standards in the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance so that the same standards apply to zoned and unzoned areas.  Exceptions and points of clarification are noted as necessary for compatibility between the two ordinances and for legal reasons.


3. Amendment #3 - Revising Site Conditions for Manufactured Home Parks in the RM-1 District removes the note from the site conditions for manufactured home parks in the RM-1 district so that the standards in Section 200-34 will apply.


4. Amendment #4 - Deleting Off-Street Parking Requirements

Removes the parking requirement for manufactured home park from the off-street parking standards section of the Zoning Ordinance because parking is addressed in the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance.


There are eight proposed amendments to the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance:


1. Amendment #1 - Jurisdiction

Changes the jurisdiction of the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance so that it can be applied in zoned areas.


2. Amendment #2 - Compatibility with the Zoning Ordinance

Ties the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance to the Zoning Ordinance for application in zoned areas.


3. Amendment # 3 - Certificates of Completion

Clarifies that developers may obtain zoning permits for manufactured homes and other buildings in a manufactured home park once a Certificate of Completion is issued.


4. Amendment #4 - Migrant Housing Exemption

Exempts migrant housing, as defined in the Migrant Housing Act of North Carolina, from the requirements of the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance.


5. Amendment #5 - Manufactured Home Park Ordinance Administrator

Specifies that in zoned areas, the Zoning Administrator shall serve as the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance Administrator for consistency in administering the Zoning Ordinance.


6. Amendment #6 - Review of Variances by the Board of Adjustment

clarifies that the Board of Adjustment is the review authority for variances from manufactured home park standards in zoned areas because the Board of Adjustment handles all variances from standards in the Zoning Ordinance.  The amendment also provides a time frame for action on Manufactured Home Park Construction Permit application following issuance of a variance.


7. Amendment #7 - Review of Appeals by the Board of Adjustment

clarifies that the Board of Adjustment is the review authority for appeals of denials of Manufactured Home Park Construction Permit applications because the Board of Adjustment handles all appeals from decisions related to the Zoning Ordinance.


8. Amendment #8 - Unit Type

Sets a limit on the number of Amobile homes@ (pre-1976 units) allowed in new manufactured home parks and expansions to existing parks.


Karen C. Smith informed the Board that the Planning Board has made a recommendation on both sets of amendments on May 25, 1999.  They recommended in favor of all four of the amendments  to the Zoning Ordinance; however, they wished to note that they would like the Board of Commissioners to reconsider the number of units that constitute a park.  Whatever the Board decides, the Planning Board wants both Ordinances to be consistent.  As for the proposed amendments to the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance, the Planning Board voted unanimously to send a favorable recommendation on the first seven amendments. Regarding amendment # 8 on the pre-1976 units, the Planning Board felt that older units and their regulation should be a park owner decision.   Karen then reviewed briefly with the Board some Staff comments regarding the proposed amendments for the Board=s consideration prior to the scheduled July 27 workshop.


The Manufactured Home Park Ordinance gave Staff six months from the date of adoption to complete an inventory.  The Planning Department has started that inventory.  They have sent notices and registration forms to all the park owners and those are coming back in en mass.  However, they will be hiring some temporary staff to go out and verify the information in the field and that may take longer than the six months the Ordinance allots.  She asked the Board to consider extending that another three months.  A work session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27 on both of these ordinances. 

Public Input

There was none.


Commissioner Kumor made the motion for the Board to go out of Public Hearing.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


PUBLIC HEARING - Community Development Block Grant for the Mountain Home Industrial Park Sewer Project.

Commissioner Kumor made the motion for the Board to go into Public Hearing.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Jim Erwin informed the Board that grant regulations require a public hearing be held to receive citizen input in the performance of project activities associated with the County=s 1994 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Project.  Funds in the amount of $292,000 were awarded to Henderson County to be used to assist with the construction of sewer facilities to serve Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation and Printpack Inc., two manufacturing plants located in the Mountain Home Industrial Park in Henderson County, North Carolina.  The budget for the project was $382,830 with $292,000 being the grant and $90,830 being county funding.  The total actual cost of the project was $380,855, making the project $1,975 under budget.  The facilities constructed included 511 feet of 8" diameter gravity sewer line, 9,880 feet of 6" diameter force main and a wastewater pump station.  The pump station is located in front of the Kyocera Plant and the force main was installed along the Mountain Home Industrial Park road to US Hwy #25 and then along US Hwy #25 to Berkeley Road.  A portable generator was purchased to provide back up electric power for the pump station. 


Jim Stokoe, Assistant Director of Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments made some comments about the CDBG and discussed the required creation of jobs.  The companies made a formal commitment to create 22 new positions between the two of them during the two year hiring period of September 22, 1994 to October 16, 1996.  They actually created 62 jobs.  Fourteen of the positions were committed to be filled with low to moderate income persons but actually 40 were filled with low to moderate income persons.  They far exceeded their total job creation commitments and also far exceeded their low and moderate income hiring commitments over the two year period.


Public Input

1. Ray Cantrell - Mr. Cantrell spoke on behalf of the Committee of 100 of the Greater Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and thanked the Board for following through on this project.  It saved jobs and created new jobs in Henderson County.


Mr. Erwin stated for the public record that this public hearing was advertised on July 11, 1999.


Chairman Hawkins made the motion for the Board to go out of Public Hearing.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Chairman Hawkins stated that due to Mr. Baird=s absence, the Board will revisit this issue.


The E-911 Ordinance set the county in motion for some property readdressing to deal with a variety of issues, i.e. duplicate street names and streets with no names assigned. Staff has been working on these issues.  The next problem that came up dealt with county-wide distance based addressing and how that related to the municipalities.  Some of the municipalities indicated that they did not wish to follow the county=s addressing system.    During the recent NACo Conference in St. Louis, Chairman Hawkins talked with a company who indicates that they have the software capability of marrying up distance based addressing with the municipalities addressing systems. 


It was the consensus of the Board to have our Information Technology staff contact this company to see what they have to offer. 






There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Hawkins adjourned the meeting at approx. 11:30 a.m.






Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk              Grady Hawkins, Chairman