STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                          BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON                                                                          NOVEMBER 6, 2001


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a continuation of the regularly scheduled meeting of November 5 at 4:30 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 Bill Moyer, Vice-Chair Marilyn Gordon, Commissioner Grady Hawkins, Commissioner Don Ward, Commissioner Charlie Messer, County Manager David E. Nicholson, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.


Also present were: Public Information Officer Chris S. Coulson, Assistant County Attorney Jennifer O. Jackson,  and Finance Director J. Carey McLelland.



Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.



The Board had held this item open for some input from the County Manager.  JCPC had a $5,000 shortfall. Commissioner Messer had made a recommendation that the County pick up some of the shortfall.


Mr. Nicholson explained that the $5,000 cut is part of the State Budget Cuts.  Youth Services is the largest area that JCPC funds so they took $4,000 from them.  Trend will take a $1,000 hit and will take it from unused salaries.  Part of the problem is lack of planning.  Mr. Nicholson had spoken with Commissioner Messer and proposed to the Board that the $4,000 come out of contingencies to make up that amount in the Youth Services budget.  Without that help, the Youth Services would have to look at decreasing staff at the Youth Shelter. 


Chairman Moyer made the motion to cover the $4,000 but to find it in the current budget, not to take it out of contingencies. 


Much discussion followed. Commissioners Gordon and Hawkins expressed that they would like to see the Youth Services budget for the year and places where David would trim the county budget to get the needed $4,000. They felt this would be setting a precedence because we may see many more budget cuts before this is over.  Will Henderson County be expected to cover each one.  It may take months before we see the full effect of the State Budget.


Chairman Moyer reminded the Board that under the Budget Resolution, the County Manager has the authority to move money from line item to line item to cover necessary expenses.


The question was called on the motion.  A vote was taken and the motion carried three to two with Commissioner Gordon and Hawkins voting nay. 



Chairman Moyer made the motion for the Board to go into closed session as allowed pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 for the following reason:


1.(a)(1)            To prevent the 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)(4)            To discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body.


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 hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee.


All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Commissioner Hawkins made the motion for the Board to go out of closed session.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Moyer adjourned the meeting at 4:50 p.m.






                                                                                                                                                              Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board                      William L. Moyer, Chairman