STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF HENDERSON JUNE 27, 2002
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at West Hendersonville High School, Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Those present were: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chair Marilyn Gordon, Commissioner Grady Hawkins, Commissioner Don Ward, Commissioner Charlie Messer, Assistant County Attorney Jennifer O. Jackson, Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy R. Brantley, County Engineer Gary Tweed and Utilities Director Jim Erwin.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance, stating that the Public Hearing was being held to give citizens an opportunity to comment on the proposed annexation into the Cane Creek Water and Sewer District.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to go into public hearing to consider the expansion of the Cane Creek Water & Sewer District. All voted in favor and the motion carried .
PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER THE EXTENSION OF THE CANE CREEK WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
Gary Tweed presented the map of the proposed new boundaries. He stated that there are no projects planned at this time, but it sets up a governing body to control future projects. He stated that the district does have the ability to tax, but has never done so. The district is funded by those who pay to be connected to the system.
Jennifer Jackson explained that the Board had been presented with a proposal to extend the boundaries of the Cane Creek Water and Sewer District in accordance with NCGS 162A-87.1. The Cane Creek Water and Sewer District was first established by the Board of Commissioners on February 26, 1981 as a county water and sewer district. The boundaries of the District were expanded in 1994 and again in 2000. The proposed extension of the District that is the subject of this hearing would include approximately 7,333 properties in the north-central area of Henderson County. The Town of Fletcher had reviewed this proposed extension and, as evidenced by a resolution adopted on April 8, 2002, supported the proposed expansion of the boundaries. If approved at this meeting, the expansion of the District would become effective July 1, 2002.
In light of the proposal and in accordance with law the Board approved a Report, directed that the Report be filed with the Clerk, scheduled a public hearing for tonight at 7:00 p.m., and directed Staff to proceed with the annexation process. In accordance with the Board=s direction and applicable law, the County Engineer filed the required Report with the Clerk on April 22, 2002 and caused the Notice of Public Hearing to be published in the Times-News on June 13, 2002. On May 15, 2002, letters were mailed to all properties that would be affected by the proposed expansion. Ms. Jackson filed with the Clerk at this meeting a Certificate of Mailing
and an Affidavit of Publication. These documents are attached to the June 27, 2002 Cane Creek Water and Sewer District Minutes.
She explained that the Board of Commissioners can establish and expand a district, but that they also serve as the Cane Creek Water and Sewer District Board of Directors. Tonight=s hearing will be held with the Board sitting in both roles.
Commissioner Hawkins stated that he did not believe it had been publicly stated that the district could be a taxing district. He was concerned that the people understand that the tax was a possibility. Mr. Tweed stated that he had mentioned the possibility of a tax levy, but again stated that the option had never been used. All past projects had been completed without a tax levy with the assistance of grants, loans and user fees.
Mr. Tweed showed a slide of the Master Plan for sewer projects. We are currently working on a line in Mills River. If that project is successful we would proceed to build an interceptor line up Highway 25.
1. Howard Simpson - Mr. Simpson lives in Haywood Knolls and was concerned about how long it would be before improvements would begin to cost.
Chairman Moyer answered that it is a long term project, and Mr. Simpson should not have to worry.
2. Randy Vaughn - Mr. Vaughn also questioned whether he would have to make any change in the future and if a tax would affect him.
Mr. Tweed answered that there is no mandatory hookup policy, and no plans for that area in the future.
3. Terry Lyda - Mr. Lyda stated that he lives in Beechwood Lakes, and questioned whether there was a plan to move water and sewer into that area, and what the cost would be.
Mr. Tweed stated that water was a function of the city, but again there would be no mandatory hookup. Chairman Moyer stated that the Comprehensive County Plan should recognize areas that are in need of water and sewer services.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to go into Cane Creek Water & Sewer District. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to go out of Cane Creek Water & Sewer District. All voted in favor and the motion carried .
Chairman Moyer made the motion to go out of public hearing to consider the expansion of the Cane Creek Water & Sewer District. All voted in favor and the motion carried .
Chairman Hawkins made the motion to adopt the resolution to extend the boundaries of the Cane Creek Water and Sewer District. All voted in favor and the motion carried .
Mr. Nicholson informed everyone that this was Jennifer Jackson=s last meeting as Assistant County Attorney. He thanked her for her work with the County and wished her luck in the future.
Commissioner Messer made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. All voted in favor and the motion carried .
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Amy R. Brantley, Deputy Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman