STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                             )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

)                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                         )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

)                    JUNE 21, 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 Monday, June 21, 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 meeting 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.


King Fire District Fund

Mayor Jack Warren

City Manager Lane Bailey

Fire Chief W. Lail

Interim City Manager Jerry Rothrock


City Manager Lane Bailey (who will be leaving June 30th) noted that there were no concerns with the budget proposed by the County Manager.


The Board had no questions concerning the King Fire District Fund.


Walnut Cove Fire District Fund

Board Member James White-Rescue Officer


Mr. James White noted the following concerning the proposed Walnut Cove Fire District Fund’s Budget:


The use of $91,422 of their fund balance


           Requested the Board increase the fire tax a little each year to reduce the amount being use

           from the fund balance


           Requested more funding from the County instead of using so much from fund balance


Rural Hall Fire District Fund

Fire Chief Eddie Horn

Deputy Fire Chief Ronnie Johnson

Town Manager Frank James (unable to attend)


Fire Chief Horn had no concerns with the County Manager’s recommendations.


Chief Horn indicated the additional funding from the fund balance will be used to make needed improvements.  Chief Horn also noted the Department of Insurance had inspected last July and unless specific changes were done, the fire rating would go from a 5 to a 7. Re-inspection from DOI will be done in September or October of this year.


Senior Services

Senior Services Program Director Lynn Martens

Office Assistant III Darlene Nelson


Director Martens noted the following concerning the proposed Senior Services





§         EDTAP Transportation Program


County Manager Morris noted that requirements for transportation services were changed before the RFP were sent out.  The change reflects that vendors will only bill mileage when a Stokes County Client is in the vehicle and Ms. Martens will approve the routes.  No mileage will be billed to and from the pick up destination.


The Board discussed the proposed changes for the upcoming fiscal year Transportation Program.


Senior Service Center Fund

Senior Center Director Vicki East


County Manager Rick Morris noted the following correction:


County Manager Morris had stated that Ms. East had not requested an additional $30,000 as indicated by a citizen at the Public Hearing; however, Ms. East did request the $30,000 for professional services. Upon discovery of this discrepancy, County Manager Morris supported the addition of the $30,000 for professional services. A corrected copy of the proposed Senior Center Fund which included the requested $30,000 was submitted and approved by the Board at the June 18th Budget Work Session. Director East noted the following concerning the proposed Senior Service Center Fund Budget:


§         Decrease in rent $600 to $300

§         Lack of free services for seniors

§         Need for funding for programs for seniors

§         Block Grant funding for Director’s salary be paid by County

§         Block Grant funding will be used for programs

§         Possible programs for seniors to help school children



There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Inman moved to recess the budget work session until Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 6:00 pm.


Vice Chairman John Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.



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Darlene Bullins                                                      Sandy McHugh

Clerk to the Board                                                 Chairman