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Henderson County Board of Commissioners
1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville, NC
Monday, February 3, 2014
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION – TOM BRIDGES
RECOGNITION IN APPRECIATION – DAVID WHITSON
Public Hearing on a request to rezone a 5 acre tract from a Residential Two Rural (R2R) to an Industrial (I) zoning district
INFORMAL PUBLIC COMMENTS
DISCUSSION/ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA
A. Minutes: January 6, 2014– Regularly Scheduled Meeting
January 15, 2014– Regularly Scheduled Meeting
Approval of minutes from previous meeting(s)
Routine monthly report on current tax collections
Routine monthly financial report for the County
Routine monthly financial report for the Henderson County Public Schools
Requests the Board approve HOME applications for the Housing Assistance Corporation,
Homeward Bound and Henderson County Habitat for Humanity
Requests the Board adopt a resolution appointing a new list of plat review officers for Henderson County
Requests the Board of Commissioners amend the FY 2013-14 Fee Schedule to incorporate new fees for storage of vehicles
Requests the Board approve the transfer of a truck, the purchase of another, and the associated budget amendment
Requests the Board approve a budget amendment appropriating fund balance for a grant match
Requests the board approve a resolution declaring vehicles as surplus and authorizing their sale by electronic public auction
Routine quarterly report on fuel and energy usage
Routine quarterly report on construction projects
Requests the Board approve road petitions for Sioux Drive and for a portion of both B Street and Jody Street, and direct staff to forward them to NCDOT
Requests the Board approve amended Green River Fire Insurance Districts
Requests the Board provisionally accept the offer of Donald K. Henderson to purchase the parcel described in this agenda item, subject to the procedures required by this Board for tax foreclosure sales and subject to the condition stated in this agenda item
Requests the Board approve the contract between the County and the Tourism Development Authority
Requests the Board approve lease renewals as presented
Notification to the Board of new vacancies on County Boards and Committees
1. Agriculture Advisory Board – 1 vac.
2. Animal Services Committee – 3 vac.
3. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council – 1 vac.
4. Recreation Advisory Board – 3 vac.
Nominations and appointment of citizens to County Board and Committees
Routine annual report on current tax collections
Requests the Board order the advertisement of Delinquent Tax Liens for Tax Year 2013
Requests the Board authorize the County Manager to execute the proposed transit contract extension for public transit services
Requests the Board of Commissioners approve the $500,000 PARTF Grant contract for the Henderson
County Athletic and Activity Center, and the associated Budget Amendment
Discussion of possibilities for Henderson County Flag
Routine Update from the County Manager
The Board is requested to discuss adjusting or cancelling the March 3rdmeeting
Requests the Board schedule the public hearing for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
The Board is requested to go into closed session pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §143-318.11(a), for the following reasons:
Agenda items can be viewed on the County’s website at http://www.hendersoncountync.org/agendas/index.html
The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority hosted its second annual Tourism Conference at Blue Ridge Community College on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
The featured speaker was Berkeley Young, Young Strategies, Inc. He shared information about concerning the tourism industry’s
national trends expected in 2014.
Berkeley also presented an overview of his findings from an eight month study on tourism in Henderson County that was commissioned by HCTDA in early 2013.
More than 150 industry partners attended this daylong conference. Educational sessions, networking and meeting representatives from over fifteen media companies, including Our State Magazine and WLOS, were some of the benefits of this event.
The purpose of the conference is to promote tourism in general...tourism being a major driver of the local economy.
Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after the House passed the final conference agreement to H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.
“This Farm Bill is the first significant reform to mandatory spending in more than three years, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to save our nation more than $16 billion over 10 years,” Meadows said. “Though I encouraged House leadership and the House Agriculture Committee to include more conservative reforms, I do believe this bill is a step in the right direction. The people of the 11th District agree, as constituents polled prior to the vote supported passage of this legislation three to one.
“While closing loopholes in the food stamp program to save $8 billion, the bill also eliminates or consolidates more than 100 U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and replaces outdated direct subsidies for farmers with a strengthened crop insurance program. Of particular importance to Western North Carolina, it also reauthorizes PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) through 2014. Knowing that PILT impacts every county in my district, I went directly to Speaker Boehner and asked him to reauthorize this program when it recently expired. He followed through on my request by including PILT in this legislation, and these annual payments will go out as scheduled in June.
“Our nation must prioritize both national security and food security. Undermining the American farmer and becoming dependent on foreign sources of food can be as dangerous as depending on foreign countries for oil. I will continue to work toward incorporating conservative reforms to our nation’s agriculture and nutrition policy while ensuring that our farmers receive the long-term certainty they deserve.”
H.R. 2642 passed the House in a vote of 251–166.
Owen’s soccer coach who led an Erin Brockovich-style campaign to clean up industrial pollution in his neighborhood is now running for Congress.
A high school social studies teacher, Tate MacQueen said he is seeking the 10th District seat out of a sense of obligation to neighbors, students and fellow teachers.
“What is driving me is the work I’ve done in the community as an advocate and what I have done as an educator,” MacQueen said.
“I think people would say I’m passionate and that I care deeply for other people. I simply want to help where I can help, and accept help where I need it. If there is ever a time when we are in it together, this is it.”
A registered Democrat, MacQueen is the only member of that party so far to declare a candidacy. The 10th District, which includes Asheville, Black Mountain and other parts of Buncombe County, is held by five-term Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lake James.
MacQueen began at Owen in 2007, gaining acclaim as one of the state’s best soccer coaches who emphasized fair play and community service, having his players raise and put on clinics for Special Olympics athletes.
Last year, student athletes voted to give him the Brad Johnson Award for the teacher making the biggest difference in students’ lives.
But his greatest activism was sparked over an issue even closer to home when he and fellow Mills Gap Road residents learned their Skyland-area neighborhood was contaminated by nearly three decades of industrial activity.
MacQueen led a campaign to hold liable CTS Corp. and environmental regulators who he said looked the other way.
That campaign took him to the offices of top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, members of Congress, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court. He and other plaintiffs are now asking justices to force the company to clean up industrial solvent that soaked into their soil and groundwater.
MacQueen said a sense of neglect by federal officials helped push him to run.
From The Asheville Citizen-Times
WLOS TV IS REPORTING...
The treacherous conditions caused a school bus to overturn in Henderson County.
While students were on board, no one was seriously injured. One student was transported to the hospital, school officials say luckily her injuries were only minor.
Students on board when they went off the road say it was a scary experience.
Six students from North Henderson High and Apple Valley Middle were on board for the scary ride.
Michael Waycaster, student, "real scary, I mean cause the whole bus tipped over and I was sitting in the seat on the other side and kind of flew to the other side."
Bill Parker, Henderson County Assistant Superintendent, "from what I understand, minor ankle injury but they have transported that student to the hospital."
Parents rushed to the scene, surprised by what they saw.
Michael Waycaster, parent, "when I got the news they said that they actually just run off the road, and I didn't realize till I walked up that it actually went all the way over. So it was a little scary there at the last second."
Michael's son was shaken up but okay, but a girl sitting across from him wasn't so lucky, "I kind of fell on top of her, like a bunch of people fell on top of her so, she hurt her leg pretty bad."
The bus driver, wrapped in a blanket, drove up Livingston Road with no problems. It was the curve coming down that got tricky.
Harold Hyatt, bus driver, "I just started sliding and it just kept a going." Hyatt goes on to say, "the next thing I knowed I was going off the shoulder of the road."
School officials say speed was not a factor. The highway patrol is investigating.
Henderson County Commissioner J. Michael Edney announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the District 1 seat he has held since 2010.
Edney, who also held the District 5 seat from 1988 to 1996, said his primary reason for seeking another term is to “keep Henderson County at the forefront in Western North Carolina in the areas of emergency services, education, jobs and healthcare.”
“In spite of the economic downturn, we have made great strides in all areas as promised in 2010,” Edney said. “We have accomplished much without increasing taxes or spending the county's savings, and I am ready to embrace the work needed repeat that statement four years from now.”
Edney cited several examples of fulfilled promises during his current term in office:
• Expansion of EMS, reducing emergency response times.
• Updating the 911 call center and system to ensure the best emergency communications possible.
• Funding the public education system “at the highest level in its history, while giving the elected school board broad discretion as to how they spend those funds.”
• Promotion and support of new and existing industries, resulting in over $161 million dollars in new investment and over 600 new, high-paying jobs for Henderson County.
• Creation of the Henderson County Agribusiness Development group, which promotes economic development in the county's farming community.
In addition, Edney said he was proud that during his tenure, county-owned Pardee Hospital developed a management relationship with the University of North Carolina hospital system and medical school, becoming nationally recognized for its quality medical service.
Another point of pride for Edney was the relationship developed between the county and Wingate University, as well as the enhancements to the recreational opportunities available to all ages within the county.
Edney is a Henderson County native, tracing his roots back to the very first settlers in the region in the 1780s. He is married to Lisa Mazzeo-Edney, and they have two children, Mitch and Megan. He graduated from law school in 1985 and maintains his own law practice in Hendersonville.
Sheriff Charles McDonald announced Tuesday that his campaign made an “inadvertent error” concerning a campaign finance rule.
The violation was an unintentional oversight , saod McDonald, by the campaign team, and stemmed from an overwhelmingly successful golf tournament fundraising event. A number of unregistered teams and individuals showed up to play and an error was made with several golfers paying their entry fees with cash.
North Carolina Election law allows cash contributions, but the rules state that no individual can make cash contributions of more than $50.00 to a campaign.
Although every contribution was meticulously documented, said McDonald, this was an honest mistake made by those working the registration table. In fact, it was due to the accurate recordkeeping of the campaign treasurer that the oversight was easily visible when our financial report was taken to the Henderson County Board of Elections for review before its submission.
In a statement this week, Sheriff McDonald said: “I certainly appreciate the staff of the Henderson County Board of Elections and the professionalism and diligence with which they serve the interests of the citizens of Henderson County. I completely understand the State Board of Elections’ ruling and will do everything possible to ensure that no such error occurs in the future.”
Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, local school officials announced that Henderson County Schools and Transylvania County Schools would dismiss its students early at 11 a.m. due to the snow and worsening weather conditions.
Mountain Community School has also announced that it will be dismissing students for the day at 11:30 a.m.
Reports from the National Weather Service say roughly 1 inch of snow accumulation is likely Tuesday in the Hendersonville area. The high is 27 degrees. However, tonight's temperatures will dip down to around 14 degrees.
Before 7 a.m. Tuesday, snow began to fall in parts of Asheville and Buncombe County. Shortly thereafter, school officials cancelled school for Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools. School is also closed today for AB-Tech and UNC Asheville. Other western North Carolina schools canceled today include Haywood County Schools, Madison County Schools and Yancey County Schools.
Roads were white with snow by mid-morning, with NC DOT crews out with plows.
A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Henderson, Transylvania, Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, McDowell, Graham, Swain and Jackson counties through Thursday.
A winter storm warning is out for areas south of the NC-SC state line and for much of the higher elevations of Western North carolina west and north of Asheville.
Valentine’s Party in Saluda to Benefit Amphitheater SALUDA , NC – The Saluda Small Town Main Street Promotions Team will host a Valentine's Party on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department located at 199 Walnut Drive off of Greenville Street in Saluda. Celebrate Valentine's Day with friends or that special person and enjoy a night out with dinner and dancing. You will be supporting the Saluda Small Town Main Street Amphitheater Fund that will be used to construct a new amphitheater at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park, as well as benefitting the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department. “After the success of the Top of the Grade concerts this past summer, it became evident that the old skate board park was an excellent venue for outdoor events. The Saluda Small Town Main Street Promotions Team came up with a conceptual design for a natural amphitheater fashioned after similar amphitheaters in the surrounding towns.
The Saluda City Commissioners approved the conceptual plan and now we need to raise the funds for the materials to start the project. The goal is to have it built by early May. The amphitheater can be used for all kinds of outdoor community events such as school plays, weddings, and other City functions,” says organizer, Cathy Jackson. Dine on a delicious meal of steak or chicken, baked potato, tossed green salad, rolls, drinks, and dessert served from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Enjoy listening or dancing to music from the 60's and Rock & Roll by the band, “R&R” with Rodney Gibson and Rick Gunderson from “Sound Investment.”
Tickets are $25 per person, with $5 per person to be donated to the Saluda Fire Department for their use as needed. You will receive a Donation Acknowledgement for income tax purposes for the $5 donation to the SFD. Children, ages 5 and above, may attend.Ages 5 - 12: $15 each (Entre will be chicken)Ages 13 & above: $25 each (Entre will be steak or chicken) A photographer will be on hand to take your picture with someone you love in front of a Valentine's Day backdrop. You can preview your picture before deciding to purchase, and it will be framed while you wait. Decadent desserts include, "Death by Chocolate", Red Velvet Cake, Valentine's Berry Parfaits, and a Candy Buffet to name just a few. Saluda School children are making special Valentine's for the occasion to decorate the Fire Department space where the party will take place. To observe the holiday of Valentine’s of giving gifts, a long-stemmed red rose will be given to all the ladies present at the end of the party!
If Polk County Schools or Saluda School closes due to inclement weather, the rescheduled Valentine's Party date will be Friday, February 21, 2014. Purchase your tickets at Cathy Jackson Realty, or Historic Thompson's Store, or by calling Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789.
The Town of Fletcherwill host itspopular Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday February 15th at Calvary Episcopal Church.
This is a special opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their daughters enjoying music, dancing and refreshments. Each daughter will receive a flower, photos by a professional photographer and the opportunity to make a valentine craft.
Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. dance have been sold out but there are still tickets available for the 3:30 p.m. dance. Costs for Fletcher Residents are $22 per couple and $6 for each additional daughter. Non-resident ticket prices are $26 per couple and $8 for each additional daughter.
Tickets may be purchased at Fletcher Town Hall while supplies last!
This event is sponsored byMorris Broadband.
For more information on Fletcher’s Father-Daughter Dance, please visit www.FletcherParks.org or call (828) 687-0751.