STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                          BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON                                                                        NOVEMBER 13, 2003


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 9:00 a.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, Commissioner Bill Moyer, Commissioner Charlie Messer, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin and Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley. 


Attached as a part of these minutes is the list of 20 students who attended from the four high schools, members of the Leadership Development of Henderson County - Class of 2003/2004.



Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance. He explained that the purpose of this meeting was to meet with local High School students, answer questions from them and explain about local government.


Commissioner Baldwin discussed the role of county government in relation to the state, planning, and the purpose and scope of the Comprehensive County Plan community meetings. Chairman Hawkins discussed the structure and operation of county government in general, the relationship between counties and municipalities, and the expanded services municipal governments could offer.  Commissioner Messer spoke about parks and recreation facilities, and the changes currently going on with mental health services in the county. Commissioner Moyer spoke to the complicated organizational structure within the county as related to other entities such as schools, DSS, the Sheriff and Tax Collector. The Commissioners responded to several questions from the students about land use planning, homeland security, the local apple industry, the historic courthouse, expansion of schools, parks and recreation facilities and balancing the budget.



At approximately 10:00 a.m., Chairman Hawkins thanked the students for coming and adjourned the meeting.






                                                                                                                                                                Amy R. Brantley, Deputy Clerk to the Board                     Grady Hawkins, Chairman