) JANUARY 20, 2007
Board of Commissioners of the
Chambers of the
Chairman Leon Inman
Vice-Chairman Jimmy Walker
Commissioner Ron Carroll
Commissioner Stanley Smith
to the Board/Interim County Manager
Chairman Leon Inman called the meeting to order.
Chairman Inman delivered the invocation.
Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to
join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Inman welcomed those in attendance to the Board Retreat.
Commissioner Smith presented the following brief overview from the Regional
Tourism Initiative meeting on January 19th.
· Steering Committee meeting (which Commissioner Smith and Interim Manager Bullins serve on) discussed the current $7500 allocated from the participating counties
· Projected allocation from each county for the 2007-08 fiscal year will probably remain $7500
· Regional website is under construction – when website is developed all Boards of participating counties will be invited to a regional meeting for the presentation of the website before releasing the website to the public
The meeting was designed
for branding a name for the Regional Tourism Initiative – first choice “Rocking
“Crossing Borders” – Branding names will be submitted to the Steering Committee for further consideration
Interim Manager Bullins noted the
need for a definite direction of where the Initiativeis headed, how many
counties are going to belong in the Initiative, and to determine if the Initiative
Tourism Committee member Sam Hill who also attend the January 19th meeting noted the need to know exactly who will be included in the Region and that most counties have a Tourism Director along with the Economic Development Director.
The Board discussed the need to know exactly who will be included in the Region,how will the Initiative help Stokes County, will the Region have something in common with Stokes County, and what is Stokes County actually getting for its allocation.
Commissioner Smith concluded that the Board’s concern would be presented to the Steering Committee.
Chairman Inman iterated the need for
a motel/conference center in
Vice Chairman Walker presented the
vision from the Angelo Study pertaining to
District Plan for Electing Commissioners and School Board Members
Carroll noted that
Commissioner Carroll noted the following concerns regarding a District Plan for Electing Commissioners and School Board members:
· Timing is right – issue has been on the table – citizens have been discussing the issue
Very important step
telling everyone in
· Blue Ribbon Commission need to be formed and charged with the responsibility to talk to the citizens, gather citizens’ input, and make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners
Chairman Walker expressed concerns with a District System for
Commissioner Lankford noted the need to pull all areas together and to have some representation from all parts of the County.
Chairman Inman expressed the need for public hearings possibly in each precinct in the County, citizen input, informative information available for citizens, and would support a Blue Ribbon Commission to study.
Commissioner Smith expressed concerns with a
District System for
The Board continued discussion of a District System in Stokes County, development of a unbiased Commission to study the issue, opportunity for the voters to decide on a reasonable plan, and communication with Board of Education for input in the formulation of the commission.
Chairman Inman noted the need to take agenda issues that impact specific parts of the County to that particular area when possible and holding Commissioners’ meeting in different parts of county.
School Facilities, Bond Referendum, Schools Funding
Commissioner Lankford submitted the following information from the Stokes Schools Construction and Renovation Cost Summary dated February 14, 2005:
· Estimated Construction and Renovation Cost Summary = $53,690,761 which includes new construction, additions, renovations, furniture/equipment, and land to meet the present needs for the next five years
Commissioner Lankford noted the need to identify the county’s position at this point, and collectively discuss with the school board a plan on where we need to be six months from now, a year from now, ten years from now, etc.
Inman noted the continuous growing population in
The Board discussed the five-year plan prepared by the Stokes County Schools, statistical information from the OrED Study, the county’s financial status, Local Government
Commission’s approval for a Bond Referendum, other financial avenues to investigate, and the need for both Boards to work together to develop a plan.
Commissioner Lankford noted the need
to know what the County’s financial statusis currently and where
Chairman Inman suggested possibly setting up a conference call during a regularafternoon meeting to discuss the County’s financial status with the Local Government Commission.
Commissioner Lankford noted the School Board would be receiving a report in February from a committee detailing the schools’ need at this time which could enable both Boards to begin a planning process. Commissioner Lankford also noted the top three 2007-08 Legislative goals are: (1)Medicaid relief, (2) School construction and (3)Revenue options. Eliminating the County’s Medicaid cost, could increase revenues by $2 million dollars if sales tax were not affected.
The Board agreed the need for school construction is a top priority.
Community College Facility in the County
Inman noted that
The Board discussed the need for
Chairman Inman directed the Interim County Manager to provide the Board with information regarding the two mobile units that had been previously sold and should have already been moved.
Vice Chairman Walker noted the need
for a facility to represent
Commissioner Carroll noted the
recent facility built in
The Board agreed to further
investigate the possibility of using the Old Prison Camp site as a possible
location for a stand alone facility for a Community College or other possible
County uses, seeking outside funding, and the need for the Forsyth Tech
Community Advisory Council to promote the need for a stand-alone facility that Stokes County can be proud of.
Code of Ethics/Salary Classification Study
Commissioner Carroll noted the need for further discussion regarding the Code of Ethics Policy adopted by the previous Board and the possible need for a Salary Classification Study at a later date.
Chairman Inman noted the need to review the County’s policies regarding the amount of compensatory time and holiday time that employees are allowed to carry forward from year to year. The large amount of pay offs when employees resign or retire causes budgeting issues during the fiscal year.
The Board discussed the current county manager’s vacant position. Chairman Inman noted the cutoff date for the county manager’s position is January 31, 2007.
Chairman Inman noted that he had spoken with Dennis Thompson, who was
last year by
discussed developing a vision for
The Stokes County Government will operate as an effective and efficient local government that will promote a friendly and open environment for its citizens and will provide needed services in an accountable and professional manner.
The Stokes County Government will provide for its citizens an effective and efficiently managed local government that will move our county forward in a friendly and open environment with high quality employees accountable for providing needed services.
Commissioner Walker noted the following statement:
Commissioner Smith noted the following statement:
Commissioner Carroll noted a vision
statement needs to identify what this Board wants
Development of One-year/Four-years Goals – Strategies to Achieve Goals
The Board discussed the need to have another planning session to develop a vision statement, set priorities, establish goals, and set strategies. The Board agreed the need to develop a “road map” to get to those goals and the “road map” continuously monitored to make sure that the County is on the right track to reach that goal.
Vice Chairman Walker requested the Clerk to the Board to prepare a list of priorities and goals from the January 6th and January 20th meetings for the Board’s review.
Chairman Inman suggested that each
member develop his vision for
The Board discussed meeting with all Department Heads to communicate the Board’s expectations.
Chairman Inman directed the Interim County Manager to have all Department Heads at the February 12th meeting.
The Board will schedule another planning session at the next regular meeting.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman
entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Vice Chairman Walker moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was unanimous.
Darlene M. Bullins
Clerk to the Board Chairman