STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                   )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                        )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                                  )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                                        )                    JUNE 9, 2005

 

 

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a budget work session in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Building (Administrative Building) located in Danbury, North Carolina on Thursday, June 9, 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

                                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                                                Assistant Finance Director Lisa Lankford

                                                                Assistant Tax Administrator Cheryl Hill

                                                                Chairman James Booth – Soil/Water District Board

                                                                District Admin. Education Specialist Janice Pack

                                                                Planning Director David Sudderth

                                                                GIS/Mapping Administrator Jake Oakley

                                                                Health Director Don Moore

                                                Environmental Specialist Supervisor Kim Sutton

               

Chairman John Turpin called the budget work session to order.

               

County Manager Rick Morris 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.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT –GOVERNING BODY-PROPOSED 2005/06 BUDGET WORK SESSION

 

Departmental and Outside Requests Review of Proposed F/Y 2005/06 County Budget

 

Chairman John Turpin allowed each Department Head or outside requester to request or expressed concerns pertaining to the County Manager’s recommendation.  The Board discussed the following noted items listed below with each department or outside requester:

 

Rural Hall Fire District Fund

Fire Chief Eddie Horn  (Town Manager Frank James unable to attend)

Request: Fire Chief Horn requested No additional funding

§         Fund Balance

 

Library

Northwestern Regional Library Director John Hedrick

Request: Director Hedrick requested No additional funding

 

Library – Bookmobile

Danbury Librarian Nora Lankford

Assistant/Bookmobile Librarian Rhonda Wilkins

Request:  Librarian Lankford requested full funding for the bookmobile in this year’s budget.

 

Forsyth Tech.

Interim Director Deanna Ray

Request:  Interim Director Ray requested No additional funding.

§         Utilities

§         Increase telephone usage

 

Tax Administration/Revaluation

Assistant Tax Administrator Cheryl Hill

(Tax Administrator Wren Carmichael was unable to attend)

Request:  Ms. Hill requested reinstatement of $5000 in departmental supplies for the purchase of supplies for color printer.  It is highly used in both Tax Administration and Revaluation.

§         Part Time Staff

§         Software upgrade

§         Collection percentages

§         Salary Increase for Tax Administrator not included in County Manager’s request

 

Walnut Cove Fire District Fund

Fire Chief Barry Conaway

Treasurer Sharon Conaway –Board of Directors

Request:  Fire Chief Conaway requested the Board’s support of the fire tax increase from .017 cents to .05 cents

§         Sources of other revenue

§         Possible substation

§         No longer receiving inventory tax revenue

§         Possible revaluation of department for insurance purposes for lower premiums for homeowners

 

Natural Resources

Chairman James Booth – Soil/Water District Board

District Admin. Education Specialist Janice Pack

Request:  Mr. Booth requested No additional funding.

§         Training funding for Agricultural Advisory District

§         Possible health and dental insurance for elected official

§         Equipment

§         Travel

 

Planning Community Development

Planning Director David Sudderth

Request:  Director Sudderth requested the Board consider reclassifications for Code Inspectors that was not included in the County Manager’s proposed budget:

§         Impact on departmental with possible loss of experienced inspectors

§         Need for competitive salaries for inspectors

§         Auto Supplies

§         Possible need of only one computer

 

GIS/MAPPING

GIS Administrator Jake Oakley

Request:  Administrator Oakley requested No additional funding.

§         Possible change in equipment request which would save funding

§         GIS/GPS Spatial Data Collector to Full Time

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to decrease Equipment line item (100.4141.510) from $5,535 to $0.00 and increase Equipment – Non Capitalized line item (100.4141.511) from $4,910 to $5,679. 

 

Commissioner McHugh seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

YVEDDI

Director Jo Ann Larkin

Board Chair Hassel Brown

Request: Ms. Larkin requested that all funding be allocated to transportation if only receiving $16,001. 

§         Informed Ms. Larkin of funding allocation = $18,277

§         Headstart Program

§         Legal Aid for Seniors

§         Transportation

§         Domestic Violence allocation

 

Chairman Brown (YVEDDI) praised the hard work and dedication of the YVEDDI staff.

 

Ms. Larkin requested that the initial request to allocate only to transportation be reconsidered since being informed of funding of $18,277.

 

Health Department

Health Director Don Moore

Request:  Director Moor requested additional compensation for nurses in order to stay competitive and for the ability to recruit.

§         Presented handout – Salaries comparisons for RN-State, RN-Surry, RN-Rockingham

RN-Yadkin, RN-Forsyth, and RN-Guilford for the last five years

§         Recommended increase in salaries for nurses

§         Proposed increased fee schedule

§         King Clinic if reopened should be self supporting

 

Home Health Department

Health Director Don Moore

Request:  Director Moor requested additional compensation for nurses in order to stay competitive and for the ability to recruit.

§         Competitive salaries for RN’s

 

Environmental Health

Environmental Specialist Supervisor Kim Sutton

Request:  Supervisor Sutton requested that the vacant Environmental Specialist be allocated in this year’s budget.

§         Need for additional staffing

§         Compensation for specialist in order to remain competitive

§         New mandates from the State

§         Increased fee schedule

§         Possible expedite fee for permits

 

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

 

Vice Chairman Inman moved to adjourn the budget work session.   

 

Commissioner Walker seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

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Darlene M. Bullins                                                    John M. Turpin

Clerk to the Board                                                    Chairman