TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 6:00 P.M. in the Commissioners’ Board Room of the
PRESENT: Nathan A. Miller, Chairman
Robert E. Nelson, Jr.,
Anita J. Fogle, Clerk to the Board
Chairman Miller called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Miller called for additions and/or corrections to the January 4, 2011, regular and closed session minutes.
Commissioner Futrelle, seconded by Commissioner Gable, moved to approve the January 4, 2011, regular meeting minutes as presented.
Commissioner Futrelle, seconded by Commissioner Gable, moved to approve the January 4, 2011, closed session minutes as presented.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Chairman Miller called for additions and/or corrections to the January 18, 2011, agenda.
Commissioner Deal, seconded by Vice-Chairman Blust, moved to approve the January 18, 2011, agenda as amended.
PROPOSED LEASE WITH FARMERS’ MARKET
Billy Ralph Winker, representing the Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA)/Horn In The West, gave a brief history, stating that SAHA leased the property at the Horn In The West from the Town of Boone and in the past has sub-leased the parking area, with the Town of Boone’s blessing, to both the Farmers’ Market and Appalachian State University (for student parking). Eventually the Farmers’ Market grew to a point that their customers had difficulty parking due to the student cars taking spaces in the same lot. At that time, the Town of
Mr. Joe Martin, representing the Watauga County Farmers’ Market, stated that the Market had outgrown its current location at the Horn In The West Parking Lot and presented a proposed lease for the relocation of the Farmers’ Market to the County’s
Discussion was held and concerns shared regarding the proposed lease and its terms.
After lengthy discussion, the Board agreed, by consensus, to table further discussion until the Annual Pre-Budget Retreat which was scheduled for February 25 & 26, 2011.
CITIZENS’ PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE PROGRESS REPORT
Mr. Charlie Wallin, Chairman of the Citizens’ Plan Action Committee (CPAC), gave a report on the Committee’s progress to date. Mr. Wallin stated that the CPAC was charged with reviewing and formulating priorities based on the recommendations contained within the Citizens’ Plan for Watauga.
To date, the CPAC had designated priority to the following projects: 1) The Daniel Boone Parkway highway project which had been discussed for many years without reaching consensus on a route. The benefits to the County included the ease of traffic congestion and the enhancement of economic development and growth possibilities. 2) Multi-laning NC Hwy 105 Bypass and US HWY 321/421 from the Bypass intersection to Vilas. The benefits to the County included were the same as those for the
Mr. Wallin stated that the CPAC also identified economic development, agriculture, and public safety as additional important issues that warranted further discussion.
The Board agreed by consensus, to table discussion regarding the CPAC’s recommendations until the Annual Pre-Budget Retreat which was scheduled for February 25 & 26, 2011.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE MATTERS
A. Bid Award Request for Sheriff Patrol Vehicles – Captain
Bill Smith Ford – no bid received
Bobby Jones Ford – $26,754.24 each totaling $80,262.72
Light-n-up LLC – $26,262.78 each totaling $78,788.34
Captain Redmon recommended the bid be awarded to the low proposal, Light-n-up LLC in the total amount of $78,788.34. Funds were budgeted in the current year’s budget for this purchase.
Commissioner Deal, seconded by Commissioner Gable, moved to award the bid to purchase three Ford Crown
B. Domestic Violence Grant Application Request – Captain Dee Dee Rominger requested authorization to apply for a Domestic Violence Grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. The Sheriff’s Office previously submitted and obtained two similar grants for domestic violence officers. The deadline for grant submission was January 31, 2011. Captain Rominger stated that, if the grant was approved, funding was to begin July 1, 2011 and expire June 30, 2013.
Vice-Chairman Blust, seconded by Commissioner Futrelle, moved to allow the submission of the grant application as presented by Captain Rominger.
LANDFILL GAS TO ENERGY PROJECT MATTERS
A. Requested Acceptance of Grant Award – Ms.
Commissioner Deal, seconded by Commissioner Futrelle, moved to accept the grant award in the amount of $40,930 with a 50% match and appoint Ms.
B. Proposed Contract for Switchgear Installation – Ms. Doty presented the following two bids received to install switchgear for the Landfill Gas to Energy project: Power Secure submitted a bid in the amount of $80,000 and T3 Automation submitted a bid in the amount of $67,484, both for turnkey switchgear and testing/commissioning. Ms. Doty requested awarding the bid to the low bidder, T3 Automation, and presented a proposal which included the installation of the switchgear and performance of the required testing and commissioning needed to get the generators online. The grant funds received were to offset the purchase price.
Commissioner Gable, seconded by Commissioner Deal, moved to award the bid to and approve the contract with T3 Automation, in the amount of $67,484, for switchgear installation for the Landfill Gas to Energy project, contingent upon the
Account # Description Debit Credit
143531-323000 Admin Reimb Fed/State $112,473
145480-438800 Crisis Intervention Payments $112,473
The amendment recognized additional funding allocation for Federal low income energy assistance payments.
Account # Description Debit Credit
103300-341701 NC State Board of Elections HAVA grant $8,633
104170-467001 Election Officials $8,633
The amendment recognized grant funds received from NC Board of Elections Help America Vote Act. These funds are from a Federal grant to assist with expenses for workers at the One-Stop voting locations at Appalachian State University Student Union and the
Commissioner Futrelle, seconded by Commissioner Deal, moved to approve the budget amendments as presented by Ms. Pierce.
MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
A. Town of
The Town of Boone requested the meeting be held in the Countys Commissioners’ Board Room and included the following topics for discussion: an update on the U-4020 project; an update on the Town’s water intake project; and the establishment of shared priorities between the Town of Boone and the County.
By consensus, the Board agreed to schedule the joint meeting with the Town of
The Board also agreed, by consensus, to request that discussions be added to the agenda regarding the Farmers’ Market and the
B. Boards and Commissions – County Manager Nelson stated that the New River Service Authority Board recommended appointment of Dr. Bonnie Walker to a one-year term as an at-large member of their Board. The
Vice-Chairman Blust, seconded by Commissioner Deal, moved to appoint Dr. Bonnie Walker to the New River Service Authority Board for a one-year term.
Vice-Chairman Blust, seconded by Commissioner Deal, moved to appoint Jim West as the District # 4 representative to the Planning Board with his term to run concurrent with Commissioner Blust’s term.
Chairman Miller appointed Reggie Hassler as District # 5 representative to the Boone Rural Fire Protection Service District.
The remaining appointments to the Planning Board and Boone Rural Fire Protection Service District were tabled until a future meeting.
C. Announcements – County Manager Nelson announced that I Have A Dream week in
There was no public comment.
At 7:20 P.M., Commissioner Deal, seconded by Vice-Chairman Blust, moved to enter Closed Session to discuss Attorney/Client Matters, per G. S. 143-318.11(a)(3).
Commissioner Deal, seconded by Vice-Chairman Blust, moved to resume the open meeting at 8:02 P.M.
Chairman Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:02 P.M.
Nathan A. Miller, Chairman
Anita J. Fogle, Clerk to the Board