STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                   )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                        )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                  )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                                        )                    MARCH 8, 2005

 

 

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a Board Retreat in the Council Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building (Administrative Building), located in Danbury, North Carolina, on Tuesday,  March 8, 2005 at 6:00 pm with the following members present:

 

                                                Chairman John Turpin

                                                                Vice-Chairman Leon Inman

Commissioner Sandy McHugh

Commissioner Joe Turpin

                                                                Commissioner Jimmy Walker

                                                               

                                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                                County Manager Richard Morris

                                                                Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins

                                                                Assistance Finance Director Lisa Lankford

                                                               

                               

 

Chairman John Turpin called the Board Retreat to order.

 

Vice Chairman Inman delivered the invocation.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

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

 

REVIEW OF 2003 BOARD RETREAT

 

County Manager Rick Morris presented the following information concerning the 2003 Board Retreat:

 

               

Progress on Top 5 Goals Set at the

2003 Board Retreat

 

No Property Tax Increase

No increase since 1999

 

Increase Fund Balance

Fiscal year ending 02/03  = $2,283,000

Fiscal year ending 03/04  = $2,588,736

Fund projected to meet LGC 8%

fiscal year ending 04/05

 

Job Creation - Private Sector

Rental of McDonald Building

 

ZBB - Zero Based Budgeting

Currently used by county

 

Satellite Community College

FTCC located in Government Center Complex

 

Reduced Debt Service

Debt Service 10% fiscal year 03/04

Debt Service projected 8% fiscal year 04/05

 

Improved the Delinquent Tax Collections

February 2003 = $1,181637.11

February 2005 =   $884,347.43

 

REVIEW OF FUTURE DEPARTMENTAL REQUESTS

           

County Manager Rick Morris presented the following highlights from Department Heads’ Brainstorming Session for the Board Retreat:

 

                Animal Control

 

 

Arts Council

 

Communications

 

District Resource Center

 

DSS (Social Services)

 

Economic Development

 

Elections

 

Emergency Management

 

Emergency Medical Services

 

Environmental Health

 

Fire Marshal

 

Health Department

 

Information Technology

 

Jail

 

Mapping/GIS

 

Planning And Zoning

 

Procurement

 

Public Buildings

 

Register of Deeds

 

Senior Services

 

Soil And Water Conservation

 

 

 

Solid Waste

 

Tax Administration

 

Vehicle Maintenance

 

Other Various Items

 

The Board discussed the following ideas:

 

·         Increase Economic Development

·         Incentives for a small business to include deferring taxes

·         Web site for helping to start a small business

·         Economic Development target small businesses

·         Good governing and user friendly government

·         One stop permitting

·         Overcome county sectionalism

·         Present and future schools for the County

·         Work with municipalities on managed growth

·         Plan for future growth

·         Expand scope of quarterly intergovernmental meetings

·         Continue to promote Tourism in Stokes County

·         Schools

·         ETJs within the County

The Board discussed the following departments:

 

·         Administration

·         Animal Control

·         Arts Council

 

 

CLOSED SESSION

           

Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to enter closed session to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the County pursuant G.S. 143-318.11(a)(4).

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to enter into closed session to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the County pursuant G.S. 143-318.11(a)(4). 

 

Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board re-entered the regular session of the March 8th Board Retreat.

 

Another meeting for the Board Retreat is scheduled for March 15, 2005.

               

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman John Turpin entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to adjourn the meeting.   

 

Commissioner McHugh  seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

_________________________                                  _____________________________

Darlene M. Bullins                                                    John M. Turpin

Clerk to the Board                                                    Chairman