STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                           BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON                                                                                APRIL 11, 2000


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioners= Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building at 100 North King Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina.


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


Also present were: Finance Director J. Carey McLelland, Budget Analyst Selena Coffey,  and

Sheriff George Erwin.



Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.  He stated that the purpose of the meeting was a budget workshop to review the Sheriff=s Department budget , Jail budget, JWAN budget, E-911 Fund budget, the School Budget requests, and General Fund Revenues. 


Chairman Hawkins started the meeting by informing those in attendance that the Supreme Court turned down the appeal in the Asheville Citizen Times lawsuit against Henderson County concerning a Closed Session about the proposed racetrack.


Sheriff=s Department

Sheriff Erwin reviewed his budget with the Board in some detail explaining that personnel was the biggest expense in his budget. He requested four new positions as Community Resource Officers who would be assigned to the desk providing 24 hour coverage, four shifts.  He also requested four School Resource Officers for the middle schools.  His other personnel requests were as follows:


Crime Scene Investigator



Civil Process/Victim=s Services


He requested a total of 25 vehicles, 13 for new positions and 12 replacements.



Captain Pruett presented the Jail budget.  He requested nine new positions.  He thinks they will experience cost savings in some areas but they are still in negotiations.  Their current per meal cost is $2.78 and their new per meal cost will be $1.81. 


He explained that the jail is like a small city that would be operational 24 hours a day.  There was considerable discussion regarding the transition period for the jail. 


JWAN, E-9-1-1, and Information Technology

David briefly explained these budgets to the Board.


School Budget Requests

Selena Coffey distributed a hand-out (I did not get).  Selena reviewed the School requests with the Board and explained that the submitted budget by the Board of Education was very clear this year and easy to understand, complimenting them on a job well done.


General Fund Revenues

Carey McLelland reviewed revenue sources briefly. 


Commissioner Gordon excused herself at approx. 6:10 p.m.  She had a Board of Health meeting that she needed to rush to.



David Nicholson explained that this year=s budget was about 6% above last years.  There were no large growths in the Health Department and DSS this year. 


He discussed briefly some fee structures and stated that there might be some proposed increase in some fees for the Planning Department. 


The County Manager plans to submit his balanced budget to the Board at the May 1 Commission Meeting.


There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Hawkins adjourned the meeting at 6:32 p.m.







 Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board             Grady Hawkins, Chairman