)                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                   )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                            )                    JUNE 9, 2009



            The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met


for a Budget Work Session in the third floor Conference Room of the Ronald Wilson Reagan


Memorial Building (Administrative Building) located in Danbury, North Carolina on


Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm with the following members present:


                                                Chairman J. Leon Inman

                                                Vice-Chairman Jimmy Walker

Commissioner Ron Carroll                                         

Commissioner Ernest Lankford

                                                Commissioner Stanley Smith


                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                County Manager K. Bryan Steen

                                                Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins

                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                                Sheriff Mike Joyce

                                                Captain Craig Carico- Sheriff’s Department                                                                                                                                    

Chairman J. Leon Inman called the meeting to order.


Commissioner Smith delivered the invocation.




            Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to join the


Board with the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Budget Work Session


            Sheriff Mike Joyce and Captain Craig Carico were in attendance for the Budget Work


Session to discuss the Detective position that was not recommended by the Manager.  Sheriff


Joyce and Captain Carico were unable to attend the Public Hearing due to the recent murder case


in the County.


Sheriff Mike Joyce discussed the following:


·         Request consideration for funding the Detective position in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget

·         Offered to hold off on ordering the patrol cars recommended by the County Manager in this year’s proposed budget until the next year budget with cars being ordered in July of the next fiscal year, funding could be used to fund the Detective position and other positions not being recommended for funding (Manager Steen noted that the $200,000 for patrol cars is to be financed)

·         Drug seizure funding can’t be used a second year to fund the Detective position and can’t be used to supplant what is already being funded

·         Crime increased last year and leveled off this year, feeling that the position has help to curb crime

·         Understand the Board’s financial issues this year

·         Very concerned with legislation that may require the County to keep inmates six months instead of 90 days, this will probably eliminate the County housing federal inmates which generates over $100,000 a year


Captain Carico noted the following:


·         Five detectives carrying approximately 675 active investigations, averaging about 135 each

·         City of King’s Detectives carry an average of  11 cases

·         Position affects approximately 12% of the county’s population

·         Before the position, one detective had to carry two separate areas in the county

·         Request the Board consider funding the Detective position


The Board discussed the Detective position with Sheriff Joyce and Captain Carico.


The Board continued reviewing departmental budgets:




The Board discussed the following:


Finance Director Julia Edwards noted that the $6000 revenue from Mapping/GIS fees had not been carried over to the recommended budget, which would decrease the General Fund by $6,000 to $177,000 (General Fund).




The Board discussed the following:


Finance Director Julia Edwards noted that the $1600 revenue from vending machine revenue had not been carried over to the recommended budget, which would decrease the General Fund by $1,600 to $741,554 (General Fund).




The Board discussed the following:


Vice Chairman Walker noted that he had received information that other counties are having problems with the Federally Qualified Health Clinic and to be very cautious.


County Manager Bryan Steen requested direction from the Board regarding bringing job vacancies to the Board.


Commissioner Carroll stated that he was not in favor of doing anything that further reduces access to Mental Health.  Vice Chairman Walker noted the need to make sure someone is answering the calls that are being referred to the Health Department.


The Board discussed the vacant Public Health Educator which performed some of the duties of the Mental Health Coordinator.


The Board discussed the issue with Manager Steen and directed Manager Steen to direct the Health Director to proceed with filling the Public Health Educator position.


Manager Steen noted that vacant positions in the proposed budget are being funded to be filled in October 2009.


The Board directed Manager Steen to bring vacant positions to the Board for approval before proceeding with hiring.




            Commissioner Lankford expressed concerns regarding the billing which has recently


gotten behind.


The Board discussed the following:


County Manager Steen noted that revenues should make budget this year




The Board discussed the following:


Manager Steen noted that he had a meeting scheduled with Sheriff Joyce on July 10th to discuss temporarily transferring the E911 System Coordinator to the Sheriff’s Department and that Sheriff Joyce needs the position for training.




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Commissioner Carroll requested Manager Steen to talk with Director John Hedrick, Northwestern Regional Library System, regarding the libraries operating two hours less each week and provide the Board with an estimated savings.



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            Chairman Inman noted the next Budget Work Session is scheduled for Wednesday,


 June 10th at 2:00 pm.












There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman entertained a


motion to adjourn the Budget Work Session.


Commissioner Smith moved to adjourn the Budget Work Session.   Commissioner


Lankford seconded and the motion carried unanimously.









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Darlene M. Bullins                                                    J. Leon Inman

Clerk to the Board                                                    Chairman