STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                            )           OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

)           STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                         )           DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

)           JANUARY 13, 2003

 

 

Meeting Highlights

 

General Government-Governing Body-Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments

General Government-Governing Body-Approval of Minutes

General Government-Governing Body-Appointments

General Government-Governing Body-Sale of Cherry Park

General Government-Sheriff’s Dept – Budget Amendment #29

General Government-Solid Waste - Budget Amendment #30

General Government-Finance - Budget Amendment #31

General Government-Economic Development - Update

Public Hearing – General Obligation Refunding Bonds

General Government-Wildlife/Hunting Issues

General Government-Sheriff’s Dept.-Safe Schools/Healthy Students Officer

General Government-Governing Body-Budget Cuts

General Government-Governing Body-EMS Liquidation

General Government-Governing Body-Proposed Abandonment of a portion of SR 1437, Lum Hall Road

General Government-Governing Body-February Planning Meeting

General Government-Health Department-SWII Position

General Government-Governing Body-Proposed Planning Retreat

General Government-E911-Communications Director

General Government-Governing Body-Commissioner’s Schedule

 

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met in regular session at the

Collinstown Community Building, Westfield, North Carolina, on  Monday, January 13, 2003, at 7:00 pm with

 the following members present:

 

                                    Chairman Sandy McHugh

                                    Vice-Chairman John Turpin

                                    Commissioner Howard Mabe

                                    Commissioner Leon Inman

                                    Commissioner Joe Turpin

 

                                    Craig Greer, County Manager

                                    Darlene Bullins, Clerk to the Board

 

Chairman McHugh called the meeting to order.

 

Rev. Ricky Rogers, Westfield, NC delivered the invocation.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Chairman McHugh opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

The following citizens spoke to the Board:

 

John Whitworth

Asbury Community

Westfield, NC  27053

Topic:  Greenbox Site –Francisco-

 

Mr. Whitworth expressed concerns on the number of days that the Francisco Greenbox Site is opened

and the need for the site to be opened five days a week.

 

Ms. Lori Hedgecock

Walnut Cove NC  27052

Topic:  County Budget

 

Ms. Hedgecock expressed concerns on the county budget and the need to continue to find ways to

balance the budget.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT –GOVERNING BODY-APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve or amend the minutes of the December 12th, December 16th,

and December 30th meetings.

           

Commissioner Inman moved to approve the minutes of the December 12th, December 16th, and December 30th  meetings. 

 

Commissioner Mabe seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-APPOINTMENTS

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion for the following appointment that were submitted at the December 16th meeting:

 

Stokes County Board of Health:  Chairman Sandy McHugh

Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments: Vice Chairman John Turpin

Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments (RPO):  Commissioner Joe Turpin

 

Commissioner Inman moved to approve the following appointments:

           

Stokes County Board of Health:  Chairman Sandy McHugh

Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments: Vice Chairman John Turpin

Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments (RPO):  Commissioner Joe Turpin

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-SALE OF CHERRY PARK

 

County Manager Craig Greer submitted information for Mr. Danny Stovall who was unable to attend the meeting. 

Manager Greer informed the Board that Mr. Stovall had two  quotes from surveyors for Cherry Park - Norman Scott $2100 and Marvin Cavanaugh  $2500;  one surveyor responded that he was not available at the present time; and one surveyor who did not respond. 

 

The Board had approved the survey contingent upon the cost not exceeding $1500.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to survey Cherry Park.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to approve the surveying of Cherry Park by  Norman Scott for $2100 to make it available

for public sale. 

 

Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-SHERIFF’S DEPT.-BUDGET AMENDMENT #29

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #29, which is necessary appropriate funds from insurance

claim of damaged vehicles.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #29.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve Budget Amendment #29.  Vice Chairman

 

John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

   Insurance Claims

100.3839.850

$           2,803.00

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

   Sheriff's Department

 

 

 

      Maint. & Repairs Auto

100.4310.351

 $          2,803.00

 

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-SOLID WASTE-BUDGET AMENDMENT #30

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #30, which is necessary to appropriate funds from

White Goods for repairs to front end loader.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #30.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve Budget Amendment #30. 

 

Commissioner Inman  seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

   White Goods

100.3329.330

 $          5,500.00

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Solid Waste

 

 

 

   Maint. & Repairs Equipment

100.4720.350

 $          5,500.00

 

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-FINANCE-BUDGET AMENDMENT #31

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #31, which is necessary to re-appropriate funds from the budget adjustments approved by the Board of Commissioners and savings from other line items.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #31.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve Budget Amendment #31. 

 

Commissioner Mabe seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

 

 

 

 

REVENUES

 

 

 

Investments

100.3831.450

 

 $     (235,000.00)

Solid Waste Fees

100.3472.000

 

 $         (8,000.00)

Elections

100.3714.450

 

 $         (5,000.00)

Sale of Materials

100.3835.820

 

 $         (7,000.00)

Senior Citizens Misc. Revenue

100.3839.004

 

 $       (15,000.00)

Sale of Equipment & Buildings

100.3839.820

 $        25,000.00

 

State Funds-Hold Harmless

100.3327.100

 

 $       (35,204.00)

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Governing Body

 

 

 

   Travel

100.4110.310

 

 $         (3,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Administration

 

 

 

   Maint. & Repairs Equipment

100.4120.350

 

 $           (500.00)

 

 

 

 

Finance

 

 

 

   Departmental Supplies

100.4130.260

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Travel

100.4130.310

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Maint. & Repairs Equipment

100.4130.350

 

 $           (300.00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

Tax Administration

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.4140.000

 

 $       (34,500.00)

   Social Security

100.4140.090

 

 $         (3,000.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.4140.091

 

 $           (900.00)

   Retirement

100.4140.100

 

 $         (1,600.00)

   401K Plan

100.4140.101

 

 $           (400.00)

   Telephone & Postage

100.4140.320

 

 $         (5,000.00)

   Misc. Contractual Services

100.4140.330

 

 $         (3,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Mapping/GIS

 

 

 

   Departmental Supplies

100.4141.260

 

 $           (500.00)

   Maint. & Repairs Equipment

100.4141.350

 

 $           (500.00)

 

 

 

 

Superior Court

 

 

 

   Utilities

100.4160.330

 

 $         (2,000.00)

   Rental on Office Space

100.4160.410

 

 $         (1,800.00)

 

 

 

 

Election

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages-Part Time

100.4170.020

 

 $           (900.00)

   Social Security

100.4170.090

 

 $           (500.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.4170.091

 

 $           (100.00)

   Travel

100.4170.310

 

 $         (2,000.00)

   Printing

100.4170.340

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Maint. & Repairs Equipment

100.4170.350

 

 $         (4,500.00)

   Precinct Officials

100.4170.390

 

 $       (12,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Register of Deeds

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages-Part Time

100.4180.020

 

 $         (6,800.00)

   Social Security

100.4180.090

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.4180.091

 

 $           (250.00)

   Retirement

100.4180.100

 

 $           (450.00)

 

 

 

 

Public Buildings

 

 

 

   Travel

100.4190.310

 

 $           (500.00)

   Auto Supplies

100.4190.250

 

 $           (300.00)

   Departmental Supplies

100.4190.260

 

 $         (3,031.00)

 

 

 

 

Information Systems

 

 

 

   Professional Services

100.4210.180

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Departmental Supplies

100.4210.260

 

 $         (1,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Maintenance

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.4250.000

 

 $         (6,500.00)

   Social Security

100.4250.090

 

 $           (500.00)

   Retirement

100.4250.100

 

 $           (300.00)

   BB&T 401K

100.4250.101

 

 $           (400.00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

Emergency Communications

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.4325.000

 

 $         (8,000.00)

   Social Security

100.4325.090

 

 $         (2,500.00)

   BB&T 401K

100.4325.101

 

 $           (500.00)

 

 

 

 

Fire & Rescue

 

 

 

   Departmental Supplies

100.4340.260

 

 $         (1,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Solid Waste

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages Part Time

100.4720.020

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Social Security

100.4720.090

 

 $         (1,500.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.4720.091

 

 $           (400.00)

   Retirement

100.4720.100

 

 $           (250.00)

 

 

 

 

Planning

 

 

 

   Social Security

100.4910.090

 

 $           (900.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.4910.091

 

 $           (300.00)

   Departmental Supplies

100.4910.260

 

 $           (800.00)

 

 

 

 

Economic Development

 

 

 

   Travel

100.4920.310

 

 $         (1,000.00)

   Advertising

100.4920.370

 

 $         (1,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Cooperative Extension

 

 

 

   Departmental Supplies

100.4950.260

 

 $         (3,000.00)

   Misc. Contractual Services

100.4950.440

 

 $         (5,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Natural Resources

 

 

 

   Travel

100.4960.310

 

 $         (1,000.00)

 

 

 

 

Health Department

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.5100.000

 

 $         (9,200.00)

 

 

 

 

Social Services

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.5310.000

 

 $       (85,660.00)

   Social Security

100.5310.090

 

 $         (4,398.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.5310.091

 

 $         (1,700.00)

   Retirement

100.5310.100

 

 $         (1,300.00)

   BB&T 401K Plan

100.5310.101

 

 $           (200.00)

   Group Insurance

100.5310.110

 

 $         (7,700.00)

   Local General Assistance

100.5310.391

 

 $         (1,700.00)

   Auto Supplies

100.5310.250

 

 $           (578.00)

 

 

 

 

Public Assistance

 

 

 

   IV-E Special Foster Care

100.5440.002

 $        20,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

Senior Citizens

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.5860.000

 

 $       (24,000.00)

   Social Security

100.5860.090

 

 $         (1,200.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.5860.091

 

 $           (200.00)

   Retirement

100.5860.100

 

 $           (700.00)

   BB&T 401K Plan

100.5860.101

 

 $           (100.00)

   Group Insurance

100.5860.110

 

 $         (1,250.00)

 

 

 

 

Arts Council

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.6150.000

 

 $       (17,000.00)

   Social Security

100.6150.090

 

 $           (900.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.6150.091

 

 $           (200.00)

   Retirement

100.6150.100

 

 $           (900.00)

   BB&T 401K Plan

100.6150.101

 

 $           (150.00)

 

 

 

 

Contingency

100.9910.000

 

 $       (10,987.00)

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - UPDATE

 

Economic Development Director Ron Morgan presented a comprehensive report entitled “Stokes County Economic Development Business Plan.  (Plan available in the Clerk’s Office) 

 

Director Morgan spoke to the Board concerning the Economic Development Business  Plan, health care occupations,

need for satellite community college in Stokes County, and what impact the proposed Federal Express Hub in Guilford

County could possibly have for Stokes County.

 

Director Morgan expressed one of the most critical needs in Stokes County  right now is the improvement of our work force.

 

Director Morgan commented on the following grants obtained during fiscal year 2002/2003:

 

Successful Projects

 

Fiscal Year 2002-2003

 

§        Secured $10,000 Planning Grant for e-stokes initiative with the Rural Internet Access Authority (www.e-nc.org)

 

§        Secured $20,000 Digital Literacy Training Grant with FTCC to offer two Basic Computer and Internet Skills Training Courses, free of charge to any Stokes County resident, at the Danbury Library.  Both classes were full within three days of opening registration.  One participant ha gained employment as a result of taking the course.

 

§        Secured $12,000 Public Access Grant to replace outdated Public Access Internet Access computers at all three Stokes County Libraries.

 

§        Secured $63,000 Implementation Grant, in conjunction with Stokes County Schools TechPrep Grant, that will provide all new Distance Learning Centers with North Carolina Information Highway accessibility at North and West Stokes High Schools.

 

§        Drafted Stokes County Center Report that detailed FTE population, facility size, cost and location analysis for use in securing adequate funding.

 

§        Assisted in securing $75,000 Duke Endowment Grant to expand facilities and capabilities of Stokes County Growers Co-op.

 

§        Finalized contractual arrangements for Architectural and Engineering Services for Stokes County Welcome Center Project.

 

§        Actively served on Executive Committee with the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments and Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce to secure $400,000 Community Economic Development Strategy Grant.  Grant will produce for Stokes County:

§        Workforce Development Plan

§        Entrepreneurship Plan

§        Marketing and Public Relations Plan for Business Recruitment and Retention

§        Community Development Plan

§        Metrics for Measuring Success

 

 

Director Morgan concluded with comments on the Projects in Planning:

 

Projects in Planning

 

Improve existing, establish and market new image for Stokes County on the web, in pre-printed form, and local and regional articles.  Effort should be focused on building pride both internally and externally.

 

Continue development of Stokes County Welcome Center with staffing by Stokes County Arts Council.

 

Pursue development of Stokes County Center in vicinity of proposed new hospital, with satellite facilities located at

Meadows site.

 

Establish strong, positive, professional relationship with Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine, City of

Winston-Salem and Forsyth Technical Community College.

 

Determine market and potential marketing efforts to businesses that would find location near new hospital and

Stokes County Center attractive.

 

Promote new Distance Learning Centers as community asset.

 

Champion, with focus and direction from Stokes County Commissioners, latest technologies to deploy affordable hi-speed Internet access through out Stokes County.

 

Redesign www.stokescounty.org with primary focus of supplying up to date information useful to site location

consultants,  and (may require establishment of new website) tourism and tourism amenities.  Expand this with

more details.

 

Establish organization that could function as Internet based clearinghouse for products made in Stokes County.

Stokes County Arts Council and Stokes County Growers C0-Op would be strong allies in this effort.

 

Develop a Comprehensive Stokes County Recreation Plan focused upon making Stokes County competitive for

PARTF funding.

 

Secure signage along US Highway 52/I-74 identifying Stokes County Business Park.

 

Secure “Certified Site Status” with the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the Stokes County Business Park.

 

Continue efforts to assist expansion of Stokes County Growers Co-Op program both with products and with presence

on the Internet.

 

Secure directional signage to Hanging Rock State Park from US Highway 52 / I-74.

 

Develop an on-line “Homeowners Handbook for Living In Stokes County”, providing information about how new

and existing citizens can make informed choices that will minimize their impact on the natural and cultural resources

of Stokes County.

 

Establish periodic visits with statewide economic developers.

 

Host hospitality event for site selection community.

 

Participate in Piedmont Triad Partnership marketing events and sales calls.

 

Encourage maximum participation from Stokes County stakeholders in Community Economic Development

Strategy (www.northwestnc.com) Program.

 

 

Chairman McHugh requested Director Morgan to return to the Board after the Board has had time to review the submitted Economic Development Business Plan.

 

McDonald Building-Newsome Road

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin requested Director Morgan to explain the lease pertaining to the McDonald Building-Newsome Road.

 

Director Morgan explained a market study performed in 2000 (for the previous five  years) indicated that 90% of those who

had been interested in Stokes County during that five year period had a need for 20 to 30 thousand square foot of space and

would possibly employ  15 to 50 people.  This led to the development of the McDonald Building.  The building and 10 acres is

owned by Mr. Wayne McDonald.  The Stokes County Development Corporation, Inc.  owns the adjoining 10 acres.  Mr.

McDonald developed the property and constructed 20,000  the square ft. building, which could be divided into two 10,000

square ft. sections. The building was available September 2001.  The County’s obligation is to pay the lease from  September

2001 until the building is leased or August 31, 2004, which ever comes first. 

 

Director Morgan noted that even though the building has not been leased, it has brought traffic to Stokes County with the

leasing of other vacant buildings.  Director Morgan commented that incentives had been offered, ads have been done, but felt that visibility from Highway 52 could have a favorable impact on the Stokes Industrial Park.

 

PUBLIC HEARING –GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS

 

Chairman McHugh called the Public Hearing to Order.

 

Public Comments

 

Steve Carroll

King, NC  27021

 

Mr. Carroll expressed comments concerning the opportunity to adjust the tax structure by January 1, 2003 to help pay

for these bonds.  Mr. Carroll expressed concerns over borrowing Funds to pay off such debts and offered the better

proposal to invoke the 2/3 rule which would allow the Board to borrow funds up to $2 million to pay off 2/3 of a note with

financing from five to ten years.  Spreading the payment would allow the County time to build up the fund balance.

 

Chairman McHugh adjourned the Public Hearing.

 

The Board reconvened to the regular meeting.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion on the Bond Order Authorizing the Issuance of $1,300,000 General Obligation

Refunding Bonds of the County of Stokes, North Carolina.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to approve the Bond Order Authorizing the Issuance of $1,300,000 General Obligation

Refunding Bonds of the County of Stokes, North  Carolina.  

 

Commissioner Inman seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin expressed concerns over the possibility that the Governor  might take more funds next year and the possibility of not having to borrow as much.

 

County Manager Greer confirmed that there was no prepayment penalty and that the 2/3 Bond mentioned by Mr. Carroll was

the County’s first option, but the County confirmed with LGC (Local Government Commission) and County ‘s Bond Council

that the County was not eligible for the option.

 

Commissioner Mabe noted that even though this is not the best solution, this will allow the County to make it until next year’s

budget giving time to plan and evaluate.

 

The motion carried (3-2) with Vice Chairman John Turpin and Commissioner Joe Turpin voting against the motion.

 

Bond Order Authorizing the Issuance of $1,300,000

General Obligation Refunding Bonds

Of the County of Stokes, North Carolina

 

WHEREAS, the County of Stokes, North Carolina has issued its General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1996

 and its General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, North Carolina deems it advisable to refund

(1)     $400,000 in aggregate principal  amount of the General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1996 maturing on

 June 1, 2003 and (2) $850,000  in aggregate principal amount of the General Obligation School Bonds, Series

1998 maturing on June 1, 2003;

 

WHEREAS, an application has been filed with the Secretary of the Local Government Commission of North

Carolina requesting Commission approval of the bonds hereinafter described as required by the Local Government

 Bond Act, and the Secretary of the Local Government Commission has notified the Board of Commissioners that

 the application has been accepted for submission to the Local Government Commission.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, North Carolina

as follows:

 

Section 1.The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, North Carolina has ascertained and hereby

determines that the  County should refund (1) $400,000 in aggregate principal amount of the General Obligation

School Bonds, Series 1996 maturing on June 1, 2003 and (2) $850,000 in aggregate principal amount of

the General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998 maturing on June 1, 2003, in order to obtain restructure

 the debt service thereon.

 

Section 2.In order to raise the money required to pay the costs of refunding (1) $400,000 in aggregate principal

amount of the General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1996 maturing on June 1, 2003 and (2) $850,000

 in aggregate principal amount of the General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998 maturing on June 1,

 2003, in addition to any funds which may be made available for such purpose from any other  source,

 General Obligation Refunding Bonds of the County of Stokes, North Carolina are hereby authorized and

 shall be issued pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act of North Carolina.  The maximum

aggregate principal amount of such General Obligation Refunding Bonds authorized by this bond order

shall be $1,300,000.

 

Section 3.A tax sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on said General Obligation Refunding Bonds

when due shall be annually levied and collected.

 

Section 4.A sworn statement of the County’s debt has been filed with the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners

and is open to public inspection.

 

Section 5.This bond order shall take effect on its adoption.

READ, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 13th day of January, 2003.

 

________________________________

Sandy McHugh, Chairman

Adopted at a regular meeting

this 13th day of January, 2003.

 

Attest:

 

 

_________________________________

Darlene Bullins, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners

 

Approved As To Form:

 

 

_________________________________

J. Tyrone Browder, County Attorney

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-WILDLIFE/HUNTING ISSUES

 

Ms. Georgie George, Westfield, NC requested the Board to review and reintroduce the local hunting laws to the NC House

for ratification changing the offense from a Class I Misdemeanor to a Class III Misdemeanor, which would increase the fines.

 

Ms. George presented the Board with a copy of the NC  Inland Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Regulations Digest –NC Wildlife

Resources Commission.  

 

Ms. George expressed concerns involving illegal hunters who trespass and the response time from local/wildlife officials during

a recent incident.  Ms. George concluded that adding Pasquotank County’s  local law:  Discharge a centerfire rifle on another’s

land, or on or across such land from a public road, without have in possession written permission of the owner or lessee would

benefit landowners in Stokes County.

 

Staff Attorney John McGrath informed the Board the Wildlife Commission has total authority for wildlife laws and that the Board

of Commissioner does not have the authority to pass local laws.

 

Anthony Rogers, concerned citizen, also spoke concerning the problems local landowners incur with hunters using dogs to

run deer, hunters trespassing, and wildlife officials not being available when needed.

 

Chairman McHugh noted the possibility of a town meeting with wildlife officials in order address the problems.

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-SHERIFF’S DEPT.-SAFE SCHOOLS/HEALTHY STUDENTS OFFICER

 

Lt. Junior Palmer, Sheriff’s Dept. requested the Board’s approval to establish a  School Safety Officer position.  Lt. Palmer

explained the Stokes County Public Schools had obtained a Federal Grant which includes a School Safety Officer which will

spend time in eleven elementary schools and Meadowbrook School.  The grant is for a (3) three-year  period which has no

County funding. At the end of the grant period, if there is no other grant funding, the position will be eliminated.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion for the School Safety Officer.

 

Commissioner Inman moved to approve the School Safety Officer. 

 

Commissioner Mabe seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-BUDGET CUTS

 

Chairman McHugh noted the following proposed budget cuts for Social Services:

 

Social Work Supervisor III                     100%                Services Supervision                                         $35,080

Income Maint. Caseworker II                    90%               Medicaid/Admin10% Special Asst/Admin            $25,174

Income Maint. Supervisor III                   100%                Income Maintenance Superv.                             $37,423

Income Maint. Supervisor I                     100%                Income Maintain Admin.                                     $32,948

Income Maint. Caseworker II                  100%                Food Stamp Prog. Admin.                                  $24,505

Office Support III                                   100%                Administration                                                   $17,021

 

Freeze Open Positions.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to the proposed budget cuts for Social Services.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to eliminate the Social Services’ positions in order to help balance the budget. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner Mabe noted this information was not available when agenda was delivered and should not be included in this agenda.

 

The motion carried (3-2) with Commissioners Mabe and Inman voting against the motion.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to make the eliminated positions in Social Services  effective January 31, 2003 and as

well freeze all open position that are currently available in that department.

 

 Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded the motion. 

 

The motion carried (3-2) with Commissioners Mabe and Inman voting against the motion.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-EMS LIQUIDATION

 

County Manager Greer requested the liquidation of EMS Invoice #0204768 in the amount of $355.47, which was incurred

by John O. Lee who was incarcerated at the Stokes County Jail.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to liquidate EMS Invoice.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to liquidate EMS Invoice #0204768 in the amount of  $355.47. 

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PROPOSED ABANDONMENT OF A PORTION OF SR 1437, LUM HALL ROAD

 

County Manager Greer presented a proposal submitted by NC Department of Transportation to abandon a portion of

SR 1437, Lum Hall Road, from the Secondary Road System. 

 

Manager Greer noted the recent problems incurred when abandoning a secondary road. 

 

Marvin Cavanaugh expressed concerns in abandoning any portion of a road referring to the recent abandonment of a portion

of Old Sheppard Mill Road.

 

Chairman McHugh moved to take no action this at present, advertise a Public Hearing  for the January 27th meeting to receive citizen input concerning the proposed abandonment of a portion of Lum Hall Road, and to obtain any additional information available from DOT.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-FEBRUARY PLANNING MEETING

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins requested the Board’s approval for the February 4th Planning Meeting to be held at the Stokes Rockingham Vol. Fire Department in Pine Hall, NC.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to hold the planning/zoning meeting on February 4th at the Stokes Rockingham Vol. Fire

Department at 7:00pm. 

 

Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-HEALTH DEPARTMENT-SWII POSITION

 

County Manager Greer submitted a request from Health Director Steve Smith to  unfreeze the Social Worker II position for the Family Care Coordination program which includes Child Service/Maternal Care.  This position has no county funding and is supported entirely from the reimbursements associated with the services.

 

Chairman McHugh moved to postpone consideration of this request until discussion with the Health Department concerning budget cuts and how this position would be effected.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PROPOSED PLANNING RETREAT

 

County Manager Greer requested input from the Board concerning a Planning Retreat for the Board.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve February 1st beginning 8:30 am for a Planning Retreat for the Board. 

 

Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-E911-COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

 

County Manager Greer submitted a proposal to establish a temporary position titled  Communications Coordinator to help

provide the needed services for this vital position in the Communications Department.  The position would be under the

Sheriff’s Dept. and would exist until July 1, 2003.  This proposal would save county funding, provide day-to-day needed

supervision, and provide a contact person for the radio systems upgrade project currently underway.  At the end of this

period, a permanent Communications Director would be named.

 

Sheriff Mike Joyce noted the job would be posted and hired by the Review Board in the Sheriff’s Department.  Major

James Joyce would oversee this position.

 

Christi Fulp, E911 Supervisor, requested that the Board allow the Communications Department to stand alone as one

department, save County funding by not creating a temporary position, and allow the department to continued as it has

in the past.

 

Lucille Wall, Telecommunicator, requested that the Board allow the Communications Department to remain a separate

department.

 

Tammy Whitner and Terri Isbell, Telecommunicators, spoke in favor of the Communications Department being able to

remain as a separate department.

           

Marvin Cavanaugh, concerned citizen, requested that instead of using the Sheriff’s Dept. Review Board, use a panel

that consist of one member from EMS, Communications, Sheriff’s Dept., the County Manager, and another person.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion concerning the proposal.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to deny the request submitted by County Manager Greer and leave the department as is.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded the motion. 

 

The motion carried (4-1) with Chairman McHugh voting against the motion.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve the supervisor in the Communications Department to serve as Interim

Director and allow the position to be posted and hired by the County Manager. 

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to adjourn the meeting. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin withdrew the motion.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-COMMISSIONERS’ SCHEDULE

 

Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins requested the approval for the July 14th  Commissioners’ meeting to be held in the

Lawsonville area.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve the July 14th meeting to be held in  the Lawsonville area.

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to approve the July 14th meeting to be held in  the Lawsonville area with the place

to be designated at a later date. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin  seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Inman moved to adjourn meeting. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

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Darlene Bullins                                                        Sandy McHugh

Clerk to the Board                                                 Chairman