STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                 )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                             )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                            )                    JUNE 17, 2004








The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for scheduled budget work session for the proposed Fiscal Year 2004/05 County Budget in the Council Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building (Administrative Building, located in Danbury, North Carolina, on Thursday, June 17, 2004, at 6:00 pm with the following members present:


                                    Chairman Sandy McHugh

                                    Vice-Chairman John Turpin

                                    Commissioner Howard Mabe

                                    Commissioner Leon Inman

                                    Commissioner Joe Turpin


                                    County Manager Richard Morris

                                    County Attorney Jonathan Jordan

                                    Darlene Bullins, Clerk to the Board


                                    Others in Attendance:

                                    Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                    Assistant Finance Director Lisa Lankford

                                    Mr. Jack Veit  - Stokes Intern



Chairman McHugh called the budget session to order.     


County Manager Rick Morris delivered the invocation.    




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


Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC)

Jack Moore – Juvenile Services

Clyde Stewart – Surry/Stokes Friends of Youth

Bert Wood – Step One

Robin Testerman – Scan



Mr. Moore presented a brief overview of the services provided by the funding administered through the JCPC.  Mr. Wood also commented on the need of the services provided by the funding and the cost of $51,000 a year for a youth to stay in a training facility.


County Manager presented information concerning surrounding counties and similar counties compared to reclassifications and salary classification schedule.


Animal Control

Chief Animal Control Officer Sarah Shumate


Chief Animal Control Officer Shumate noted the following areas in the proposed Animal Control Budget:


Vehicles – 4 wheel drive in this year’s budget and one in next year (debt service)

            Training – Cruelty Investigator for entire staff/state convention

            Replacement of roof – damaged by wind (deductible in budget)

            Separation of travel and training this year’s budget

            Vaccinations as a possible revenue item

            Possible spay and neuter program for the future

            Reclassification of Animal Control Attendant to Deputy Animal Control Officer

            Reclassification Animal Control Officer II

            Reclassification Deputy Chief Animal Control Officer

            Rabies Clinic

            Adoption Fees and Procedures

            Veterinarian Contractual Services for court cases



Forest Ranger Mr. Michael Pell


Mr. Pell explained the forestry services provided to citizens of Stokes County.


Arts Council

Arts Council Director Eddy McGee


Director McGee noted the following areas in the proposed Arts Council Budget:


Upcoming Events for Fund Raising-  Fund Drive ,Seven Island Bridge Portrait Raffle, Fund Drive, Stokes Stomp (Rubber Duck Regatta, Canoe/Kayak Race,  Auditions for “Outdoor Channel”), Wonderful Adventures of Brer Rabbit children’s plays, Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle, Fall Motorcycle Ride for the Arts.

Other upcoming events – NC School of the Arts Summer Concert Series, Stokes

Veterans Photography Exhibit, Public Art Classes at the Park, Patriot Day

Upcoming Website – estimated to be finished in July

Corporation Sponsorship Participation

Possibility returning the Living Storybook

Working with Walnut Cove Events Committee

            Reorganization of Arts Council Board     





There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Mabe moved to adjourn the budget work session.


Commissioner Inman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.



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Darlene Bullins                                                      Sandy McHugh

Clerk to the Board                                                 Chairman