At the Henderson County Board of Commissioner's meeting Monday night...
Hendersonville’s 9th Avenue, at least that block of it in between Boyd Automotive and Hendersonville High School, will be closed to allow for the future expansion of the high school campus…if the city agrees to a request made by county commissioners Monday night. Boyd’s will be moving to their new Spartanburg Highway location later this year, and the county has purchased the Boyd Five Points property for a new Hendersonville High School. Planning for that new high school campus is getting underway soon, so the commissioners are asking city council to close the street in that block to allow for the expansion.
County commissioners also voted Monday night to have their district lines re-drawn to reflect population changes in the latest census. County officials will be working with the Board of Elections on those new district lines.
Commissioners have also asked the county attorney to explore requiring commissioners to live within the districts to which they are elected throughout their terms. Current law only requires they live within specific districts in order to be elected in those districts.
And Commissioner Grady Hawkins got only a luke-warm reaction to his suggestion that the commission chairman be elected directly by the voters instead of the five commissioners electing their own chairman as it is now. State legislation would apparently be required to change the way the commission chairman is elected. The county commissioners made no decision on that suggestion Monday night.