STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                  )           OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                              )           STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                               )           DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                                              )           FEBRUARY 10, 2003

 

 

Meeting Highlights

 

General Government-Governing Body-Pledge Of Allegiance

General Government –Governing Body-Approval Of Minutes

Public Comments

General Government-E911 Communications - Update

General Government-Senior Services - Update

General Government-Vehicles Maintenance - Update

General Government-Health Department-Budget Issues

General Government-Health Dept-Budget Amendment #34

General Government-Health Dept-Budget Amendment #35

General Government-JCPC-Budget Amendment #36

General Government-Finance-Budget Amendment #37

General Government-Health Dept-Budget Amendment #38

General Government-Governing Body – Resolution Support Support of Villias on Main

General Government-Governing Body – Resolution Supporting State Assumption of Local Share of Medicaid

 

 

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

of the Administrative Building, located in  Danbury, North Carolina, on Monday, February 10, 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.

 

John Whitworth, 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.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT –GOVERNING BODY-APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve or amend the minutes of the  January 27th meeting and February 1st   Board Retreat. 

          

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve the minutes of the January 27th meeting and  February 1st Board Retreat. 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

The following citizen spoke to the Board:

 

Brad Newsome

1055 Pine Ridge Road

King, NC  27021

 

Topic:  Tax on Chicken House

 

Mr. Newsome expressed concerns over the recent discovery that taxes had not been levied on

chicken houses during the past two years (taxes had been levied on the equipment inside the chicken houses). 

Mr. Newsome stated the main concern was not the issue of paying the taxes on the chicken houses, but receiving a tax bill

stating that it must be paid within 30 days. 

Mr. Newsome requested the Board allow the chicken house owners to be allowed to have until December 31, 2003 to pay

the additional taxes without penalties and interest.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-E911 COMMUNICATIONS - UPDATE

 

Interim E911 Communications Director Christi Fulp updated the Board concerning the day-to-day operation of the E911 Communications Center.

 

Ms. Fulp reported that there were 35, 978 (911 calls) ran during 2002.  There has been 2,512 (911 calls) during  January 2003.

Ms. Fulp noted that since January 13th, communication with Sheriff Mike  Joyce, Fire Marshal Brad Cheek, Fire Association,

EMS Director Ricky Tuttle, Walnut Cove  PD, and King PD to discuss any concerns or suggestions to help better serve the

citizens of Stokes County.

 

An update on the Radio System by RCS revealed today (2-10-03) that FCCA has approved the sharing of frequencies and estimated

to be up and running within 90 days.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-SENIOR SERVICES - UPDATE

 

Accounting Technician II Lynn Martens updated the Board concerning Senior  Services, which has been operating in Stokes County for

26 years.  Ms. Martens expressed the importance of 55 volunteers who help delivered the following services:

 

q     Congregate Meals Program (Walnut Cove, Francisco, & King)

q     Home Delivered Meals Program  (traveled 51,273 miles since July 1, 2002)

q     Transportation Program

q     Information & Assistance Program

q     Senior Health Insurance Information Program

q     Walnut Cove Senior Center

 

Other Services:

o     Senior Information Day (Health & Wellness)

o     NC Senior Tar Heels Cards

o     Elderly Legal Referrals

o     Piedmont Plus Senior Games

o     Operation Heat Relief

o     Health Promotion Activities

o     Volunteer Opportunities

 

Ms. Martens concluded that the Senior Services’ mission is to provide comprehensive and timely services to the seniors of Stokes County to ensure they remain independent for as long as possible and to improve or maintain their quality of life.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-VEHICLE MAINTENANCE - UPDATE

 

Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor Elwood Mabe and Support Service Supervisor  Danny Stovall discussed vehicles that are assigned to each specific department within the  County; outside agencies that purchase fuel/tires from the County; seized vehicles; and vehicle maintenance/fuel records. 

 

Mr. Mabe concluded with information concerning the  impoundment lot; the value of the rollback maintained by the department; and routine

preventive maintenance inspection/repair done on vehicles.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-HEALTH DEPARTMENT-BUDGET ISSUES

 

Health Director Steve Smith informed the Board that the February 6th Board of Health meeting adjourned prematurely due to inclement weather conditions.  The Board is scheduled  to meet again on March 20th to further discuss possible budget reductions.

 

The Board of Health voted unanimously on the 6th to revert the Board’s stipend for Board of Health meetings back to the County for the remaining of this fiscal year.

 

Director Smith also noted the vacancy on the Home Health Advisory Committee.   The vacancy requires the appointment to be a member from the Board of Commissioners.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-HEALTH DEPT.-BUDGET AMENDMENT #34

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #34, which is necessary appropriate funds from insurance claim of damaged vehicles.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #34.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve Budget Amendment #34.  

 

Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

   Insurance Claims

100.3839.850

 $          141.00

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Health Department

 

 

 

   Maintenance & Repairs Autos

100.5100.351

 $          141.00

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-HEALTH DEPT.-BUDGET AMENDMENT #35

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #35, which is necessary to unappropriate funds in the Health Department for the reduction of two staff from 80% to 60%.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #35.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve Budget Amendment #35.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

  Fund Balance

100.3991.000

 

 $       (4,099.00)

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Health Department

 

 

 

   Salaries & Wages

100.5100.000

 

$        (3,706.00)

   Social Security

100.5100.090

 

 $          (233.00)

   Medicare Tax

100.5100.091

 

 $            (53.00)

   Retirement

100.5100.100

 

 $            (70.00)

   BB&T 401(k)

100.5100.101

 

 $            (37.00)

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-JCPC-BUDGET AMENDMENT #36

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #36, which is necessary to inappropriate funds due to a cut Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funds and a transfer of funds.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #36.

 

Commissioner Mabe moved to approve Budget Amendment #36. 

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

  Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

100.3301.263

  $      1,665.00

 

  Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

100.3301.263

 

 $     (7,420.00)

  Fund Balance

100.3991.000

 

 $        (383.00)

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Special Appropriation

 

 

 

   Juvenile Services

100.5830.692

 

 $       (1,660.00)

   Step One

100.5830.691

 

 $       (1,071.00)

   Stokes/Friends of Youth

100.5830.690

 

 $       (1,072.00)

   NWPCOG

100.5830.694

 

 $       (4,000.00)

   Stokes/Friends of Youth

110.5830.690

 $        1,665.00

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-FINANCE-BUDGET AMENDMENT #37

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #37, which is necessary to appropriate funds from insurance claims for damaged vehicles and lightning damage.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #37.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to approve Budget Amendment #37. 

 

Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

   Insurance Claims

100.3839.850

 $      19,839.00

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Department

 

 

 

   Maintenance & Repairs Autos

100.4310.351

 $        1,871.00

 

Vehicle Maintenance

 

 

 

   Maintenance & Repairs Equipment

100.4250.350

 $           108.00

 

Emergency Medical Services

 

 

 

   Maintenance & Repairs Autos

100.4370.351

 $      17,310.00

 

Solid Waste

 

 

 

   Maintenance & Repairs Equipment

100.4720.350

 $          550.00

 

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-HEALTH DEPT.-BUDGET AMENDMENT #38

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards submitted Budget Amendment #38, which is necessary to inappropriate funds for the Board of Health meeting.

 

Chairman McHugh entertained a motion to approve Budget Amendment #38.

 

Chairman McHugh moved to approve Budget Amendment #38. 

 

Commissioner Mabe  seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 INCREASE

 DECREASE

REVENUES

 

 

 

   Fund Balance

100.3991.000

 

 $        1,650.00

 

 

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Health Department

 

 

 

   Travel

100.5100.310

 

 $        (1,650.00)

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY – RESOLUTION SUPPORT OF VILLAS ON MAIN

 

Commissioner Inman requested the Board’s approval to adopt the Resolution to  support the Villas on Main Housing Project, which was

rejected by the Surry County Housing  Consortium due to miscalculation of figures.  

 

Commissioner Inman noted the housing project is a $250,000 low interest loan @2% which would be in the proximity of the Walnut Cove

Senior Center.

 

County Manager Greer noted the Board had supported this project last year.

 

Commissioner Inman concluded that there would be no County obligation for funding.

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to adopt the Resolution to Support Villas on Main.

 

Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried (4-1) with Vice Chairman John Turpin voting against the motion.

 

Commissioner Inman read the Resolution:

 

RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
FOR THE COUNTY OF STOKES
IN REGULAR SESSION ASSEMBLED
IN SUPPORT OF VILLAS ON MAIN

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners for the County of Stokes is aware that affordable housing for Seniors within our county is much

   needed; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board further acknowledges that Walnut Cove and the proximity to the Walnut Cove Senior Center is a desirable location for

                  such housing; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the Villas on Main project and finds it to be a highly attractive and extremely functional plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board understands that a $250,000 low interest loan @ 2% from the Surry County Housing Consortium would allow a

                  $4,300,000 project to continue and save on reduced financing costs for the project,

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Stokes County Board of Commissioners does hereby lend its wholehearted support

                                 and requests that  the Surry County Housing Consortium approve the request from the Rural Initiative Project, Inc. for the

                                 Villas on Main project.

 

ADOPTED by THE STOKES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS this 10th day of February, 2003.

 

 

___________________________                                                            Sandy McHugh                                                                                  Chairman

 

___________________________

 Darlene Bullins

            Clerk to the Board

 

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY – RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE ASSUMPTION OF LOCAL SHARE OF MEDICAID

 

Chairman McHugh introduced and read a Resolution submitted by Michael Bennett Supporting State Assumption of Local Share of Medicaid. 

 

Finance Director Julia Edwards noted that this year’s budget amount of $1,550,000  had already expended $783,313.31 as of December 31, 2002.

 

Chairman McHugh moved to adopt the Resolution State Assumption of Local Share of Medicaid. 

 

Commissioner Mabe seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

RESOLUTION

 SUPPORTING STATE ASSUMPTION OF

LOCAL SHARE OF MEDICAID

 

WHEREAS, the Counties’ share of Medicaid reimbursements in North Carolina has increased tremendously in the past few years; and

 

WHEREAS, forty-eight states do not require County contributions to Medicaid; and

 

WHEREAS, local budgets have been adversely affected by recent decisions by the Governor to withhold reimbursements due to cities

                  and Counties, effectively depleting fund balances; and

 

WHEREAS, demands on local governments to fund County infrastructure, public schools, community colleges and other public facilities

                  and services have grown, thus creating an increased burden on ad valorem taxes; and

 

WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation to allow Counties to raise sales taxes by one- half cent, but this

                  was, at best in most cases, revenue neutral; and

 

WHEREAS, the increase in ad valorem taxes discourages the location of new business and industry to North Carolina.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes does hereby petition the General

                  Assembly of the State of North Carolina to support a plan to phase out County contributions to Medicaid for all Counties in

                  the State of North Carolina.

 

Adopted this 10th day of February 2003.

 

 

                                                                               _________________________

                                                                               Sandy McHugh

                                                                               Chairman

 

___________________________

Darlene Bullins

Clerk to the Board

 

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.

 

 

_________________________                                  _____________________________

Darlene Bullins                                                           Sandy McHugh

Clerk to the Board                                             Chairman