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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Macon County Board of Health
Regular August 2016 Meeting

Macon County Board of Health



The Macon County Board of Health met Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in the conference room of the Macon County Department of Health at 1830 Lakeside Drive. 


Full video of the meeting and supporting documents are embedded below. Some of these documents were transcribed and clarifying links added to help the reader, and any errors are unintentional.

VIDEO



DOCUMENTATION

Meeting Agenda

Macon County Board of Health

August 23, 2016

Public Comment
Call to Order
Approve Agenda

Welcome

1. Presentation
A. Customer Satisfation Survey Results - Kathy McGaha

2. Approve Minutes of Meeting

3. Old Business
A. Needle Exchange - Lynn Baker
B. Rabie Compendium - Jimmy Villard/JIm Bruckner

4. New Business
A. Flu Plan - Jennifer Garrett
B. Billing Guide and Fee Plan - Diane Keener/Dorota Anthony

5. Board Traming and Announcements
A. Macon County Fair Handout
B. Annual Update of List of Committees
C. BUdget Update

Next Meeting
• Requested Agenda/Discussion Items (General Updates, Emerging Issues, etc)
• 9/27/2016

Adjourn


MEDIA ROLLCALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM


Documents shared during the meeting are posted/embedded below.



HOUSE BILL 972 Needle Exchange Program Authorization
(Ratified during the 2015 session in the "Law Enforcement Recordings/No Public Record" Law)
Full Bill Text 

SECTION 4. Article 5C of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 90‑113.27. Needle and hypodermic syringe exchange programs authorized; limited immunity.
(a) Any governmental or nongovernmental organization, including a local or district health department or an organization that promotes scientifically proven ways of mitigating health risks associated with drug use and other high‑risk behaviors, may establish and operate a needle and hypodermic syringe exchange program. The objectives of the program shall be to do all of the following:
(1) Reduce the spread of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases in this State.
(2) Reduce needle stick injuries to law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel.
(3) Encourage individuals who inject drugs to enroll in evidence‑based treatment.
(b) Programs established pursuant to this section shall offer all of the following:
(1) Disposal of used needles and hypodermic syringes.
(2) Needles, hypodermic syringes, and other injection supplies at no cost and in quantities sufficient to ensure that needles, hypodermic syringes, and other injection supplies are not shared or reused. No public funds may be used to purchase needles, hypodermic syringes, or other injection supplies.
(3) Reasonable and adequate security of program sites, equipment, and personnel. Written plans for security shall be provided to the police and sheriff's offices with jurisdiction in the program location and shall be updated annually.
(4) Educational materials on all of the following:
a. Overdose prevention.
b. The prevention of HIV, AIDS, and viral hepatitis transmission.
c. Drug abuse prevention.
d. Treatment for mental illness, including treatment referrals.
e. Treatment for substance abuse, including referrals for medication assisted treatment.
(5) Access to naloxone kits that contain naloxone hydrochloride that is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a drug overdose, or referrals to programs that provide access to naloxone hydrochloride that is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a drug overdose.
(6) For each individual requesting services, personal consultations from a program employee or volunteer concerning mental health or addiction treatment as appropriate.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the Controlled Substances Act in Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes or any other law, no employee, volunteer, or participant of a program established pursuant to this section shall be charged with or prosecuted for possession of any of the following:
(1) Needles, hypodermic syringes, or other injection supplies obtained from or returned to a program established pursuant to this section.
(2) Residual amounts of a controlled substance contained in a used needle, used hypodermic syringe, or used injection supplies obtained from or returned to a program established pursuant to this section.
The limited immunity provided in this subsection shall apply only if the person claiming immunity provides written verification that a needle, syringe, or other injection supplies were obtained from a needle and hypodermic syringe exchange program established pursuant to this section. In addition to any other applicable immunity or limitation on civil liability, a law enforcement officer who, acting on good faith, arrests or charges a person who is thereafter determined to be entitled to immunity from prosecution under this section shall not be subject to civil liability for the arrest or filing of charges.
(d) Prior to commencing operations of a program established pursuant to this section, the governmental or nongovernmental organization shall report to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, all of the following information:
(1) The legal name of the organization or agency operating the program.
(2) The areas and populations to be served by the program.
(3) The methods by which the program will meet the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.
(e) Not later than one year after commencing operations of a program established pursuant to this section, and every 12 months thereafter, each organization operating such a program shall report the following information to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health:
(1) The number of individuals served by the program.
(2) The number of needles, hypodermic syringes, and needle injection supplies dispensed by the program and returned to the program.
(3) The number of naloxone kits distributed by the program.
(4) The number and type of treatment referrals provided to individuals served by the program, including a separate report of the number of individuals referred to programs that provide access to naloxone hydrochloride that is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a drug overdose."




EMERGING PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES


Unnecessary Exposures to Hepatitis-C THrough Sharing of Needles, Illegal Tattooing and Unregulated Body Art (piercings and Implants)

Hepatitis-C (Hep-C) is classified two ways; Chronic Hep-C and Acute Hep-C. Chronic Hep-C is a slow-progressing disease, with symptoms that may not appear for years, if at all. If left untreated, Chronic Hep-C can lead to liver damage, and potentially even liver cancer. Acute Hep-C is a short term viral infection that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis-C virus. For most people an Acute Hep-C infection will turn into CHronic Hep-C. Hep-C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hep-C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Hep-C is the most common bloodborne infection in the US, and there is no vaccine; however, it is a treatable condition. Today, most people become infected with the Hep-C virus by sharing of needles or other equipment used for injection purposes. Other ways Hep-C can be spread is through contact with dried blood on equipment or surfaces, and/or blood splashes in the eyes, nose or mouth.

The number of acute Hep-C cases is on the rise in North Carolina (NC). Between 2010 and 2015 the number of reported cases of acute Hep-C has tripled (close to a 300% increase). Acute Hep-C is a reportable disease under state law; however, it continues to go under-reported and underestimated. It is estimated that there are approximately 110,000 North Carolinians with Chronic Hep-C. Some facts about Hep-C:

• Hep-C virus in 10x more infectious than HIV;
• 50% of cases are more than likely unaware they've been infected;
• 41% od cases are between the ages of 21 and 30;
• 75% of adults with Hep-C are Baby Boomers (born between 1945 & 1965);
• 37% of those infected reported injection drug use; and
• 75% to 85% of people with Hep-C will develop chronic illness. (ii)

Hep-C in Western North Carolina (WNC):

In Macon County and many surrounding counties, Hep-C has become a significant health concern. A recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study identified five counties in NC, three of which are in WNC: Graham, Clay and Cherokee as being in the top 220 counties in the United States as having a high prevalence of Acute Hep-C infections (iii) Macon County shares a border with these counties.

Tattoos, piercings and other forms of body modifications (all referred to as "body art") are prevalent in today's society including here in WNC. While it used to be uncommon to encounter someone with a tattoo or piercing outside of certain groups, one can hardly go about their day without encountering someone who has been tattooed or pierced.

Research studies show that in the informal, unregulated tattooing and piercing settings, where poor infection-control practices are used that the transmission of Hep-C is possible. iv These same studies show that when tattooing and piercing are properly regulated Hep-C is not spread.

In recent months, we have seen a rise in the number of illegal tattoo artists operating in Macon County. There have been three that we know of. This department has invested a significant number of work hours to ensure that these individuals cease and desist from tattooing. Additionally, we have had to invest significant time in investigating this illegal operation in an effort to identify the people this individual tattooed so as to make sure they were appropriately tested for Hep-C, Hep-B and HIV as these viruses can make them sick and possibly their families sick. This is not just a Macon County problem. As the department has been working to address this issue, we have determined that other county health departments are experiencing a similar problem. Given how common body art is today, and due to the high prevalence of Hep-C in WNC, an examination of the impacts on health and possible further regulation of these industries should be considered.

Tattooing in NC:

The tattoo industry in NC is currently regulated and enforced at the local level by the county health department. These laws are in place to protect the health and safety of both the artist and the client due to the potential ease of transmission of bloodborne pathogens during the tattooing process. Improper (and illegal) tattooing techniques lead to the transmission of diseases (including Hep-C) that are serious and have a lifelong impact on the individual and could create significant increases in cost of health care for everyone. Proper tattooing techniques ensure that those who do receive tattoos do so in a safe manner. In addition to the techniques used, the use of proper equipment (such as autoclave and disposable needles), and the proper treatment of inks are important to prevent bloodborne pathogens/disease from bring spread.

There are consequences to those found to b e tattooing without a permit in NC law. However, these consequences are not proving to be severe enough to discourage those who tattoo illegally (class I misdemeanor), and enforcing these consequences has proven to be difficult (not viewed by the legal system as a significant crime).

Piercings and Body Modifications in NC:

Piercing and other body modifications (such as dermal implants) are currently unregulated in NC; however, there is mention in General Statute 14-400 that body piercing of a minor is prohibited.
ProfessionaL Organizations (such as Association of Professional Piercers) that support safe piercing techniques and practices exist; however, membership is voluntary and uncommon.

Piercing and body modification have their own set of issues in the spread of bloodborne pathogens. The use of equipment similar to what is found in a permitted tattoo establishment along with procedures to minimize the risk of spreading infection such as Hep-C to those who wish to be pierced are lacking or non-existent in most of these establishments.

Piercing and body modification also presents other health risks. For example individuals with diabetes, hemophilia, autoimmune disorders, cardiac issues, skin conditions or who are or may be pregnant may experience serious complications from the procedure (i.e., bleeding, skin rashes or lesions, scars or bacterial infections, etc.)

The following are Areas of Concern Regarding Tattooing, Piercing and Body Modification in Relation to Hep-C:

• Penalties for tattooing without a permit do not discourage individuals from practicing without a permit.
• The act of piercing or body modifications is not regulated or inspected even though many times these procedures require the insertion of a needle and/or in some cases a surgical incision with a scalpel to place rings, plugs, eyelets, gauges, and other articles of jewelry.
• Piercing and tattooing, done improperly, pose a risk for infection; training in prevention of bloodborne pathogens exposure for those practitioners would minimize risk for them and their clients.
• Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bloodborne Pathogens Standards that address accidental needle sticks do apply to this industry and this industry is required to maintain an OSHA Exposure Control Plan for accidental needle sticks, but these standards are generally not followed or enforced.
• Food and Drug Administration recently became aware of tattoo inks that had confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles available for purchase online: neither the inks nor tattoo equipment are regulated by the FDA.
• Non-sterile water used to dilute concentrated inks can contaminate the ink with harmful germs which can lead to infections when deposited under the skin and spread to the bloodstream.
• Though Hep-C is treatable disease, the cost of treatment is extremely expensive and in many cases out of reach for the average person.

Sharing of Needles:

The sharing of needles by intravenous 9IV) drug users is a primary contributor to the spread of HIV and Hep-C in NC. The NC General Assembly passed legislation in 2016 which was signed into law and with an effective date of July 11, 2016. The new law allows any governmental or nongovernmental organization, including health departments, to establish and operate a needle and hypodermic syringe exchange program. The only issue with the new law is that no public funding can be used to support he program. The objectives of the new law are to:

• Reduce the spread of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases in this State
• Reduce needle stick injuries to law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel
• Encourage individuals who inject drugs to enroll in evidence based treatment


This document was prepared by Kyle Jennings, REHS, Jonathan Fouts, REHS, and Jennifer Garrett, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN - Macon County Public Health

i -- Center for Disease Control and Precention: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm 8/5/2016
ii -- NC DHHS, DHP, Communicable Disease Branch, Hepatitis-C in NC 2016 Fact Sheet 05/13/2016
iii -- Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Wiral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, County-level Vulnerability to Rapid Dissemination of HIV/HCV Infection Among Persons who Inject Drugs: 3/8/2016
iv -- Bloodborne pathogen risk reduction activities in the body piercing and tattooing industry. Lehman, EJ; Huy, J; Levy, E; Viet, SM; Mobley, A; McCleery, TZ, American Journal of Infection Control 2010 Mar, 38(2):130-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2009.07.008



§ 130A-39. Powers and duties of a local board of health.

(a) A local board of health shall have the responsibility to protect and promote the public health. The board shall have the authority to adopt rules necessary for that purpose.
(b) A local board of health may adopt a more stringent rule in an area regulated by the Commission for Public Health or the Environmental Management Commission where, in the opinion of the local board of health, a more stringent rule is required to protect the public health; otherwise, the rules of the Commission for Public Health or the rules of the Environmental Management Commission shall prevail over local board of health rules.
However, a local board of health may not adopt a rule concerning the grading, operating, and permitting of food and lodging facilities as listed in Part 6 of Article 8 of this Chapter and as defined in G.S. 130A-247(1), and a local board of health may adopt rules concerning wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems which are not designed to discharge effluent to the land surface or surface waters only in accordance with G.S. 130A-335(c).
(c) The rules of a local board of health shall apply to all municipalities within the local board's jurisdiction.
(d) Not less than 10 days before the adoption, amendment or repeal of any local board of health rule, the proposed rule shall be made available at the office of each county clerk within the board's jurisdiction, and a notice shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation within the area of the board's jurisdiction. The notice shall contain a statement of the substance of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved, the proposed effective date of the rule and a statement that copies of the proposed rule are available at the local health department. A local board of health rule shall become effective upon adoption unless a later effective date is specified in the rule.
(e) Copies of all rules shall be filed with the secretary of the local board of health.
(f) A local board of health may, in its rules, adopt by reference any code, standard, rule or regulation which has been adopted by any agency of this State, another state, any agency of
the United States or by a generally recognized association. Copies of any material adopted by reference shall be filed with the rules.
(g) A local board of health may impose a fee for services to be rendered by a local health department, except where the imposition of a fee is prohibited by statute or where an employee of the local health department is performing the services as an agent of the State. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a local board of health may impose cost-related fees for services performed pursuant to Article 11 of this Chapter, "Wastewater Systems," for services performed pursuant to Part 10, Article 8 of this Chapter, "Public Swimming Pools", for services performed pursuant to Part 11, Article 8 of this Chapter, "Tattooing", and for services performed pursuant to G.S. 87-97. Fees shall be based upon a plan recommended by the local health director and approved by the local board of health and the appropriate county board or boards of commissioners. The fees collected under the authority of this subsection are to be deposited to the account of the local health department so that they may be expended for public health purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act. (1901, c. 245, s. 3; Rev., s. 4444; 1911, c. 62, s. 9; C.S., s. 7065; 1957, c. 1357, s.
1; 1959, c. 1024, s. 1; 1963, c. 1087; 1973, c. 476, s. 128; c. 508; 1977, c. 857, s. 2; 1981, c. 130, s. 2; c. 281; c. 949, s. 4; 1983, c. 891, s. 2; 1985, c. 175, s. 1; 1989, c. 577, s. 2; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 944, s. 10; 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 670, s. 2; 1995, c. 507, s. 26.8(c); 2006-202, s. 6; 2007-182, s. 2.)


2016 NASPHV Rabies Compendium: Proposed Model Board of Health Rule
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016 





MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH FAIR BOOTH


Board of Health at the Macon 2016 County Fair



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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Macon County Board of Education
Regular August 2016 Meeting

Sketch of the Macon County Board of Education 
for August 2016 Regular Meeting

The Macon County Board of Education met on August 22, 2016 for their regular August 2016 meeting at the Central Administrative Offices of the Macon COunty School System. Full video and the supporting documents are embedded below.






The agenda packet is embedded below in the interest of promoting transparency.





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Public Comment Requested on Proposed Elk Depredation Rule Changes






The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission requests public comment on proposed changes to elk management regulations, 15A NCAC 10B .01.6 (Wildlife Taken for Depredations). A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Haywood Community College auditorium, located at 185 Freedlander Drive in Clyde.

The proposed amendment will require a landowner who takes a depredating elk without a Commission-issued depredation permit to report that take to the Commission within 24 hours of the kill. Additionally, a landowner who takes a depredating elk with a Commission-issued depredation permit must report it on the form provided with the permit.

Reports of elk taken in depredation situations will aid Wildlife Commission staff in monitoring the size and composition of North Carolina’s elk herd. Because the elk population in North Carolina is small, it is important to document each mortality to ensure the Commission can base management decisions on the best available data.

The comment period for the proposed regulation will run through Oct. 14, 2016. To see the proposed amendment, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations. Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted at the public hearing, emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed to:

Kate Pipkin
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

After considering public comment, wildlife commissioners will take action on the proposal at the Wildlife Commission’s business meeting on Oct. 18, 2016. If approved, the amendment would take effect Dec. 1, 2016.



Franklin Town Planning Board August 2016 Meeting
Elections and Special Use Permit for Ingles Markets


The Franklin Planning Board met yesterday afternoon in the lower level of town hall. All members except Peter Mosco and Dave Jones were present. The full video, photos and meeting notes are posted below.




The board elected Tom Harris as Chairman and Janet Greene as Vice Chairman for one year terms. The board then took up the Special Use Permit for 1281 Georgia Road. Ingles Markets has proposed an Ingles Markets Grocery Store, Retail Shops and an I-Market with eight gas pumps for the 13.03 acre property.

The building Ingles wants to place a building 88,928 square feet in size, which is larger than the 30,000 square foot allowed by the current c-3 Zoning District.

Engineers have calculated the site will need 3500 gallons of water per day and will produce 3500 gallons per day for sewer services.



STAFF COMMENTS (taken from planning board documents)

Ingles Markets has applied for a special use permit for a 1303 acres off of Georgia Road. The development is to build a 72,128 square foot grocery store, 14,000 square feet of retail shops and an 8 pump gas station on the site. Because of the development size the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) requires developments of 30,000 square feet to be rezoned to PCD (Planned Commercial Development).

Ingles Markets have submitted all required plans as required and have included a traffic impact study has also been included by the request of the Land Use Administrator. Parking on the site under strict enforcement would require 461 spaces per the UDO. Ingles Markets has stated this is too many spaces for this site and has requested that number be relaxed. Under section 152.093 (F) Off-street parking parking in the UDO Flexible Administration states that parking standards can be relaxed it it deemed to be far in excess of the need. Ingles Markets has provided data from other stores comparable to the size of this store with peak parking totals. Ingles would like to provide 341 parking spaces for the development. Staff feels this is in reason and can be accepted.

The site has a landscape plan, storm water plan, utility plan, grading plan and lightning plan. A portion of the site is located in the floodplain for Cartoogechaye Creek which they will be requesting to place fill dirt for the parking areas but will not be affecting the floodway for the creek.

Ingles has approached the NCDOT to install a full movement traffic light on the Georgia Road for main access to the site. The NCDOT has stated they will be installing a light to assist with the exiting of the Robert C Carpenter Community Building as well.

A town water line will need to be relocated since the new structure will be built over the current path of the line.


STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Town Staff has reviewed the preliminary plans and believes it has met all requirements per Town of Franklin UDO


ZONING REVIEW HISTORY

08-08-2016 Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting
08-15-2016 Special Use Permit
09-06-2016 Sept 2016 Town Board Meeting
09-15-2016 Sept 2016 Town Planning Board Meeting
10-03-2016 Oct 2016 Town Board Meeting




FINDINGS OF FACT


The planning board found that the special use permit met all requirements in the UDO. A copy of the Findings of Fact is posted below for your convenience:

In accordance with Section 153.053 (m) Findings of Fact for Special Use Review in the UDO. No special use permit shall be approved by the Board of Aldermen unless each of the following findings is made.

(a) the use or development is located, designed and proposed to be operated so as to maintain or promote the public health, safety and general welfare.

Members voted 5-0 with 2 absent.

(b) There are, or will be at the time they are required, adequate public facilities to serve the use or development as specified in §152.00, below.

Members voted 5-0 with 2 absent.

(c) The use or development complies with all required regulations and standards of this chapter or with variances thereto, if any, granted pursuant to division (8), below, and with all other applicable regulations.

Members voted 5-0 with 2 absent.

(d) The use or development is located, designed, and proposed to be operated so as to be compatible with the particular neighborhood in which it is to be located.

Members voted 5-0 with 2 absent.

(e) The use or development conforms with the general plans for the physical development of the town as embodied in this chapter, the Principles of Growth, the Thoroughfare Plan, and any other duly adopted plans of the town.

Members voted 5-0 with 2 absent.


NEXT STEP

The Town Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing on this special use permit to hear from the public and the developer and hear the recommendation of staff and the planning board. When the date is set, Macon Media will post a notice.


MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with employees at the meeting)

Macon Media
The Macon County News and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press




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Monday, August 15, 2016

Demolition of old Belden Plant Begins


The demolition of the old Belden Plant began today to make way for the new Ingles that is planned at 1281 Georgia Road. The demolition process is expected to take several weeks. 

A short time lapse of the beginning of the demolition and a few photos are posted below. Ingles Markets held a Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting with neighbors who live within 400 feet of the property. Interested members of the public attended also, and video of the meeting can be seen at this link

PLANNING BOARD

A discussion of the proposed plans will be held at a 4:00 pm meeting of the Town of Franklin Planning Board Meeting.

TIME LAPSE








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Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Macon County Commissioners
August 2016 Regular Meeting


The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight for their regular August 2016 meeting. Live video is available beginning at 5:58 pm at the link below. Supporting documents are also placed below that.



Live Video may be viewed at https://livestream.com/accounts/16465545/events/6107359 (recored video will be placed here after the meeting


















Ingles Markets Holds Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting in Town Hall


Preston Kendall, Project Manager at Ingles Markets, presented plans for the proposed Ingles #114 on the site of the old Belden Plant/Whistlestop Mall property. He fielded questions and received comments from the crowd of 70 some people who attended the meeting.

NEXT MEETINGS

The planned development will be discussed at the next Town Planning Board meeting at 4 pm on Monday, August 15th.

A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2016 at 7pm in the town hall during the October 2016 meeting of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen. Aldermen may vote on the development after the public hearing.

Macon Media is awaiting digital copies of the plans, and as soon as they arrive, they will be added to this article.

Here are some of the details of the proposed project taken from the plans:

BUILDINGS

Existing Building is 124,984 square feet
Proposed Building is 72,128 square feet (309 ft 4 inches by 222 feet)

Proposed Retail Shop(s) 14,960 square feet
Proposed I-Market (Gas Station) 2,200 square feet

PARKING

Existing Parking Spots -- 324
Existing Parking Ratio -- 3.64 per MSF
Required parking Ratio -- 1 per 200 square feet
Required Parking -- 448
Proposed Parking -- 341
Proposed Parking Ratio -- 3.83 per MSF

Existing Site Area -- 550,016 square feet (12.63 acres)

Required Open Space -- 55,002 square feet (1.3 acres)
Proposed Open Space -- 55,015 square feet (1.3 acres)

Set Backs will be ten feet all around.

Existing Impervious -- 357,152 square feet (8.2 acres) 65% total area
Proposed Impervious -- 355,181 square feet (8.1 acres) 64% total area




Video and photos from the meeting are posted below.












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Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Daily Weather Briefing for Macon County
Thursday, August 4, 2016


**5:00 am** Facebook is down for some people in the area, so I'm posting this weather briefing here as well.

**WEATHER BRIEFING FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016**

OVERVIEW

A cool and moist wedge of high pressure will persist atop the region today, lingering into Friday. Another frontal boundary is expected to enter the region over the weekend, keeping higher than normal rainfall chances in the forecast through early next week.


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TODAY

(The record high for today is 93°F in 2011 and the record low is 46°F in 1998)


Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Flood Watch in effect until Friday morning.



HAZARDS

A weak surface boundary has settled into the region and multiple shortwaves and areas of low pressure will pass through the region, bringing a chance of enhanced rainfall that may be heavy at times and could lead to flooding in locations that see multiple rain events or are downstream of these locations. The Highlands area of the county has already seen an inch of rainfall since 6 pm last night. These storms will be slow moving and they have the potential to drop copious amounts of rain in a short amount of time. Some may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and clouyd to ground lightning.

If you're out driving in one of these storms, please slow down and watch out for ponding of water on the roadways that could lead to hydroplaning.


FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
358 AM EDT THU AUG 4 2016


... Flash Flood Watch in effect through Friday morning...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northeast Georgia... western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina...

* a very moist air mass should allow numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms to continue across the area... which should be very efficient at producing rainfall at a high rate. The showers and storms will move slowly... which could produce excessive rain in some locations. There is the potential for the heavy rain to cause flash flooding along small creeks and streams.

* Areas are forecast to see 1 to 3 inches of rainfall... a few spots may see up to 5 inches.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.


.WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST ALONG AND STALLED FRONTAL SYSTEM OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES WHILE HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS RIDGED INTO THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA FROM THE NORTHEAST. THIS RESULTS IN VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH TONIGHT. SLOW STORM MOTIONS AND SOUTHEASTERLY LOW LEVEL FLOW WILL KEEP THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE AREA AS WELL. FLOODING OR FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO RESULT AS THE STORMS PRODUCE LOCAL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES... WITH SOME AREAS POSSIBLY RECEIVING UP TO 5 INCHES.




POLLEN COUNT

The pollen count will be low-medium today and low-medium tomorrow. Grasses and Nettle will be the main sources of pollen.


TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


FRIDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


FRIDAY NIGHT


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Hurricane EARL has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Mexico. It is not expected to be a threat to the US Mainland.



HURRICANE EARL DISCUSSION NUMBER 7
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052016
1000 PM CDT WED AUG 03 2016


Earl has been under close surveillance by Air Force and NOAA Hurricane Hunter planes and the Belize Meteorological Service radar this evening. The Air Force Hurricane Hunters found peak 700 mb flight-level winds of 72 kt which converts to a surface wind of 65 kt, and this is used for the advisory intensity. Belize radar imagery shows that the eyewall has been fluctuating between an open and closed structure over the past several hours. There is little time left for Earl to strengthen before the center reaches the coast, and no significant intensification is anticipated before landfall. A steady weakening trend will commence after the tropical cyclone moves inland. Based on the latest track guidance, the center is forecast to only barely emerge into the extreme southern Bay of Campeche on Thursday, and this should limit reintensification at that time. Earl is expected to become a remnant low and dissipate over the high mountains of south-central Mexico by the weekend or sooner.

Earl continues to move slightly north of due west or 280/13 kt. The cyclone remains embedded in a well-defined steering flow to the south of a large and slow-moving mid-tropospheric high pressure system. Little change has been made to the previous official forecast track and the current NHC forecast remains close to the multi-model consensus.

After landfall, the biggest concern with Earl is rainfall. Global models depict the system becoming enveloped within a much larger-scale cyclonic gyre that will cover much of southern Mexico in a couple of days. This weather pattern will likely lead to copious rains, with isolated precipitation totals of 18 inches possible.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 04/0300Z 17.4N 87.6W 65 KT 75 MPH
12H 04/1200Z 17.7N 89.3W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND
24H 05/0000Z 18.2N 91.4W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND
36H 05/1200Z 18.5N 93.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
48H 06/0000Z 18.8N 95.1W 30 KT 35 MPH...OVER WATER
72H 07/0000Z 20.0N 98.3W 20 KT 25 MPH...INLAND
96H 08/0000Z...DISSIPATED



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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Franklin Aldermen
August 2016 Regular Meeting


The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met last night, Monday, August 1st, for the regular monthly meeting. Video, public agenda and press packet are posted below for your convenience. The next meeting of the town board is scheduled for September 6, 2016.








Only one citizen showed up for this meeting.


MEDIA ROLL CALL
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Macon Media 
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM
The Macon County NEws and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press



Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen
Regular Scheduled Meeting
Agenda Monday August 1, 2016 7:00 p.m.


1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Patti Abel

3. Adoption of the August 1, 2016 Town Board Agenda

4. Approval of July 5 and July 19, 2016 Town Board minutes

5. Public Session

6. New Business

A.) Tax Releases- Tax Collector Jessie Wilkins

B.) Budget Amendments- Finance Officer Kyra Doster

C.) Street Closing Request for Candlelight Vigil for Suicide Awareness and Prevention- Town Manager Summer Woodard

D.) Resolution Authorizing Tax Collector to Collect 2016 Taxes- Town Manager Summer Woodard

E.) Update on Town of Franklin Water Treatment Plant Project- Town Manager Summer Woodard

F.) Lakeside Drive Sidewalk Project- Town Manager Summer Woodard

G.) Traffic Calming Solutions- Alderman Barbara McRae



7. Legal

A.) Tyler Technologies Software License and Services Agreement- Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

B.) South Data Services Agreement- Town Attorney John Henning Jr.

C.) Closed Session- Pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11 (a) (5), to establish or to instruct the public body's staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body in negotiating the price and other material terms of a contract or proposed contract for the acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease, being that property located at 196 West Palmer Street.



8. Announcements

A.) Applications for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Non-Profit Funding Pool are available at Town Hall and online at www.franklinnc.com. All applications are due Monday August 22, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

B.) Public Safety Day will be Saturday August 27, 2016 at the Town Gazebo from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

C.) The Town Hall Offices will be closed Monday September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day

D.) The next regularly scheduled Town Board meeting will be Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.



9. Adjourn










Monday, August 1, 2016

Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition holds Town Hall on Opioids


The Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition sponsored a panel discussion entitled: "‎The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community" in the lower level of the Franklin town hall this past Thursday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm. The coalition is composed of Full Circle Recovery Center, LLC and Learn to Cope.

Macon Media recorded the discussion and the video is posted below.



The town hall included a slide show with facts and figures about the Opioid Epidemic and panelists discussed various aspects and problems associated with Opioid abuse, followed by a panel discussion composed of Ronnie Beale, Macon County Commissioner; NC Senator Jim Davis; Randall Williams, MD, Mayor Bob Scott, moderator; Julia Cavender, MSN, PMHNP, Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Erica Williams, in recovery; and Stephanie Almeida, Substance Abuse Counselor.



For more information, please check out the following resources:

Full Circle Recovery Center, LLC
https://www.facebook.com/Full-Circle-Recovery-Center-LLC-289638667803880/

Learn to Cope
http://www.ncparentresourcecenter.org/event/learn-to-cope-support-group/

Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meetings
Tuesdays from 7pm to 8:30 pm
Full Circle Recovery Center
3261 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC

Mommie's and Methadone
fb.com/groups/355103437961003/

My Family and Methadone
fb.com/groups/parentsonmmt/


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Winding Stair with Richard Jones from Lee Fields




Here is an interesting video of ice climbing on the rock cut on Winding Stairs Gap to cool you down on a hot July afternoon.

If you have the bandwidth, view this at full screen and HD resolution.





WEATHER SPONSOR

Today's weather is sponsored by Franklin Glass Service. They specialize in meeting all of your glass and window needs from Commercial Storefront, Insulated Glass

and Mirrors to Beautiful Windows and Doors for your home.

Stop by 401 Wells Grove Road Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM , or give them a call at (828)524-8208.

Their webpage is www.franklinglassservice.com or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Franklin-Glass-Service-340721129403687/


DAY SPONSOR


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. Please check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Carrion-Tree-Service-431936673635460/
Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


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If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia