STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF HENDERSON MAY 23, 2000
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 7:00 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, and County Manager David E. Nicholson.
Also present were: Finance Director J. Carey McLelland, Budget Analyst Selena Coffey, and Fire Marshall Rocky Hyder as well as all three members of the Henderson County Fire Commission: Martin W. Harris, Dr. Howard B. Norton, and Phil Hyder.
Absent was: Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn. Mr. Nicholson prepared notes in Mrs. Corn=s absence.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone including the members of the Fire Commission and expressed the Board=s appreciation for their role in reviewing the fire departments= budgets. They began the review.
FY 2000 - 2001 BUDGET
Fire Department Budget Review
Blue Ridge Fire Department was represented by Joe Swain and Glenda Nix. They requested a 1 cent increase to assist with the purchase of an additional truck and other equipment. They also informed the Board that they are requesting a ruling on overtime for their paid staff from the federal government. The Board agreed to the requested increase.
Dana Fire Department was represented by Chief Ron Godman. They requested an increase from 7.5 cents to 10 cents (2.5 cent increase). They plan to use these additional funds for a new facility and improvement of their rating. The Board concurred with this request.
Edneyville Fire Department was represented by Chief Lowell Griffin. They requested a 0.5 cent increase to offset the loss of valuation through many more properties within their district being placed under Land Use. The Board agreed to this increase.
Fletcher Fire Department was represented by President Jay Scheinier and Chief Greg Garland. They requested an increase from 8 to 10.5 cents (2.5 cent increase) for one year to assist with the loss of funds from their Buncombe County contract, which has been canceled. The Board agreed to fund this request.
Green River Fire Department was represented by Chief Todd Capps and President Bryan Capps. They requested an increase of 0.5 cent to assist with their five year plan to improve their rating. The Board concurred.
Mills River Fire Department was represented by Dr. Norton of the Fire Commission. They requested a 0.5 cent increase to assist with the building of a substation near the new elementary school and Broadpointe Industrial Park. The Board agreed to fund this request.
Valley Hill Fire Department was represented by Al Hill and Chief Wayne Banks. They requested a 1 cent increase for District I and no increase for District II. This increase will assist them with additional personnel and facility improvements. The Board agreed.
Chairman Hawkins thanked the representatives from the fire departments and the Fire Commission for their service to the community and for attending this meeting. He then reviewed the list of outstanding issues from the Board=s previous discussions. The Board agreed to continue the review of the budget on June 1, 2000.
Addition to Agenda - Medical Transportation/Apple Country Transportation
Commissioner Moyer made the motion to add an additional item to the agenda concerning medical transportation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner Moyer explained that he had been informed that Apple Country Transportation had eliminated medical transportation because they had run out of money. The cost to continue this program until the end of the current fiscal year was $10,000. Following discussion with Rochelle Miller of Apple Country Transportation, Commissioner Moyer made the motion to appropriate $10,000 for medical transportation for Apple Country Transportation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board Grady Hawkins, Chairman