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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting to Feature Dedication of Memorial Garden



The annual general membership meeting of the Friends of the Macon County Public Library will be held this year on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00pm at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The meeting will be in conjunction with the dedication of the Virginia Ramsey Brunner Memorial Garden. We hope that you will bring your family and friends to this special event. It will be an opportunity to meet members of the Ramsey family and friends. Your presence will help show appreciation for their generous donation, in honor of their loved one, to our library for this lovely space.

Virginia Ramsey Brunner grew up in the Tellico area of Macon County. The garden honors her memory, with the peaceful sound of a running fountain at its center and surrounded by trees, shrubs, and flowers. Visitors to the library can enjoy a quiet place to relax, read, and visit with friends. This garden was made possible by the generous donations of Virginia’s family and friends.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Macon County Public Library at 828-524-3600 or www.fontanalib.org.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Macon County Airport Authority
Regular April 2015 Meeting




The Macon County Airport Authority met today at the airport to hold a public hearing and discuss their recommended fiscal year 2015-2016 budget to the Macon County Commissioners. No one from the public attended the meeting, so no one spoke for against the proposed budget.


Macon County Airport Authority

Budget Request for FY 2015-2016

Legal Fees
$5,000
Contract Services
$2,400
Audit
$6,100
Maintenance Supplies
$500
Operating Supplies
$300
Events
$2,000
Gas/Propane
$4,500
Property/Building Maintenance
$15,000
Postage/Departmental
$100
Travel
$1,600
Telephone expense
$1,000
Electricity
$10,500
Property Insurance
$7,000
Capital Equipment
$0
TOTAL
$56,000

Macon County Board of Education
Regular April 2015 Meeting


The Macon County Board of Education met on Monday, April 27, 2015 in Franklin for their regular April 2015 meeting.

The full video is posted below and excerpts will be posted separately with supporting documentation in the next few days.




MEDIA ROLL CALL

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

Here is the press packet that the Board of Education shares with all media outlets.






Thursday, April 23, 2015

2nd Annual Buckle Up, Baby Scheduled for Sunday at Fun Factory



PRESS RELEASE


Local law enforcement to hold 2nd annual Buckle Up, Baby event this weekend

Just days after bringing a child into the world, you strap them up and put them in a car seat for the journey home. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, making sure you are up-to-date and educated an proper car seat safety will be one of the first responsibilities you have to your newborn.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured in 2011.

The western North Carolina community has come together to help host Buckle Up, Baby!, a free car seat safety clinic, to help battle the alarming statistics.

The Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with the Franklin Police Department and Highlands Police Department have teamed up with Safe Kids of Jackson County to host the second annual Buckle Up, Baby! event to provide families in western North Carolina with the opportunity to get their car seat checked by certified car seat technicians.

The Buckle Up, Baby! event will be held at The Franklin Fun Factory on Sunday, April 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Although the event is being held in Macon County, it is open to all families in western North Carolina.

Even though car seats are proven to be the most effective way to prevent serious automobile injuries, nearly 75 percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly. The certified technicians will help figure out if a seat is right for the child and right for the vehicle.

“This is the second year we have hosted this event and after last year, we realized more than ever how important car seat safety is,” said event organizer, Brittney Raby. "Last year, technicians checked 99 car seats and found that about 90 percent of the seats were installed incorrectly. We also had to replace 18 seats that were either outdated, broken, or had been recalled by the manufacturer."

Buckle Up, Baby! is not just for parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers. Anyone who transports children will have an opportunity to learn how to properly install a seat.

Just for attending the event, participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes such as tickets to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a $50 gas card, a brand new car seat, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Children will be treated to goodies like coloring books from Kaylor Insurance Agency, the local Nationwide Insurance agent, event stickers, and books from Read2Me. Macon Program for Progress will also be on hand providing information about their programs and enrollment.

For every child who attend the event, the Franklin Fun Factory will be providing a free $5 bonus free play card for children's to enjoy games inside the factory as well as other specials going on.

Using a car seat is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (ages less than one year) by 71 percent; and to toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years) by 54 percent in passenger vehicles.

Every state in the United States requires that an infant or small child be restrained. Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury, especially for babies but also for toddlers.

Buckle Up, Baby! will be held April 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franklin Fun Factory. For more information, contact Brittney Raby at brittney051888@yahoo.com or (828)508-3003.







Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Macon County Commissioners
April 21, 2015

Macon County Commissioners

The Macon County Commissioners met on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 after a recessed meeting on April 14th [see coverage of that meeting here]. The next meeting will be at 4 pm at the Iotla Valley School and will be a joint work session with the Macon County Board of Education to handle the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2016.

Here is the public agenda (I did not receive a press packet for this meeting)



MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CONTINUED SESSION
APRIL 21, 2015 - 6 p.m. 


  • Reconvene and welcome - Chairman Corbin
  • Discussion and consideration regarding proposed QZAB funding
  • Update on change order with Penland Contracting
  • Revision to service agreement between Macon County and the Highlands Chamber of Commerce
  • Schedule joint meeting with the town boards of Franklin and Highlands
  • Schedule a work session with the Macon County Board of Education
  • Closed session - Attorney-client privilege
  • Adjourn/Recess



MEDIA ROLL CALL
Macon Media (me)
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM

There were also no members of the general public present at the meeting, with only Dr Chris Baldwin, Superintendent of Macon County Schools and Seth Adams, Director of the Macon County recreation Department being present for items that concerned their departments.


Here is a brief overview of what happened during the meeting:

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT PARKER MEADOWS APPROVED


Prop used by Seth Adams during meeting with county commissioners

Macon County Commissioners heard a presentation by Seth Roland, Macon County Recreation Director, about bids for playground equipment at the Parker Meadows Recreation Facility. Commissioners voted 5-0 to go with the $84,192.00 bid put forth by Playground Safety Services.

QZAB FUNDING APPROVED

Commissioners had a long discussion and took several votes (all were 5-0 in favor) on various aspectes of the $2,985,878.00 QZAB Funding being sought by the Macon County Board of Education.

PARKER MEADOWS CHANGE ORDER APPROVED

Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a change order for the Parker Meadows Project that involved a grant from the North Carolina Community Foundation to Macon County Soil and Water. Penland Contracting will be doing the work.

SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH HIGHLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REVISED

Commissioners approved by a vote of 5-0 a revision to the service agreement between the Macon County Commissioners and the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. The county attorney has juggled and improved the wording of the document.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE JOINT MEETING WITH THE TOWNS OF FRANKLIN AND HIGHLANDS

Derek Roland proposed May 19, 2015 at 6pm at Cowee Heritage Center at the old Cowee School as the annual joint meeting with the Towns of Franklin and Highlands.

COMMISSIONERS TO HOLD JOINT WORK SESSION WITH SCHOOL BOARD

The Macon County Commissioners will hold a joint work session with the Board of Education to tale place at 4 pm on May 7, 2015 at Iotla Valley School. The boards will work on the budget for Macon County Schools for the fiscal year 2015-2016 that begins July 1, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2016.

DEREK TAYLOR APPOINTED TO SERVE ON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

Commissioner Tate informed the board that Derek Taylor of Highlands had been recommended by the Highlands Town Board of Commissioners as the Highlands Representative on the Macon County Planning Board. The county commissioners voted 5-0 to appoint Mr. Taylor to the county planning board.

COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO SEND LETTER TO RALEIGH IN OPPOSITION OF SUNDAY HUNTING BILL

Commissioner Higdon has brought forth a request for the commissioners to forward a resolution opposing House Bill 640 (Hunting on Sundays on Private Land). After some discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 (Commissioner Tate opposing) to have the letter written and sent. 


The bill text and voting history can be seen on the NC General Assembly website.


COMMISSIONERS HOLD CLOSED SESSION

Macon County Commissioners went into a closed session under authority of § 143-318.11 (a) (3) "To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorney and the public body." For further reading, see paragraph three at this link.

This meeting was recessed until May 7th at 4pm at Iotla Valley School.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Macon County Commissioners
April 14, 2015 Meeting Coverage

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The Macon County Commissioners met on April 14, 2015. The meeting lasted over three hours, so I am presenting it as both a full full and as segments.

The entire meeting is not contained in the segments, so if you wish to see all that took place, you'll have to watch the complete video.

FULL MEETING



MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
APRIL 14, 2015
AGENDA

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Corbin

2.Announcements

3.Moment of Silence

4.Pledge of Allegiance

5.Public Hearing(s) - 6:00 p.m. - Proposed names for new roads and assigning a range of road numbers in connection with the same - Angie Kinsland/911

Addressing Coordinator

NOTE: The board will consider an amendment to the county's ordinance regarding approval of the new road names and the range of road numbers

immediately following the hearing.

6.Following the public hearing, the board will sit as a Board of Equalization and Review to hear an appeal from Shawnee Meadow Holdings, LLLP, et. al./Richard Boger

7.Public Comment Period

8.Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9.Reports/Presentations
•Nantahala Hiking Club - Olga Pader
•Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School - Bobby Kuppers
•April Is Public Health Month Proclamation - Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor/Public Health

10.Old Business
•Second reading on the Macon County Nuisance Ordinance
•Update on status of QZAB funding - County Manager
•Discussion of Memorandum of Understanding with Southwestern Community College
•Discussion regarding Highlands track and softball field renovations
•Consideration of lease agreement with the Division of Workforce Solutions

11.New Business
•Highlands Chamber of Commerce agreement with BCF Agency
•Consent Agenda - Attachment #11
All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the

Board of Commissioners.
•Minutes of the March 10 regular meeting and the March 31 continued session
•Budget Amendments -- #163, #164
•Tax Releases
•Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

12.Appointments:
•Highlands Area Tourism Development Commission (2 seats)

13.Closed session (if needed)

14.Adjourn/Recess

Here is the full agenda packet that is used by members of the board and shared with members of the local press. Currently, Macon Media is the only one

who makes this public document available to the public without first making them jump through hoops.

PRESS PACKET



Some of the segments from the meeting are posted below.


Part 1 -- Prayer (Moment of Silence)
Pledge of Allegience
Public Hearing on Road Names
Nantahala Hiking Club


Part 2 -- Memorandum of Understanding with Southwestern Community College


Part 3 -- Board of Equalization and Review

The board sits as a Board of Equalization and Review to hear an appeal from Shawnee Meadow Holdings, LLLP, et. al./Richard Boger


Part 4 -- Public Comment Adjustments and Approval of the Agenda


Part 5 -- Macon County Heritage Center


Part 6 -- Proclamation for Public Health Month


Part 7 -- Parker Meadows Update


Part 8 -- CDC Grant to Macon County Health Department


Part 9 -- Second reading of the Macon County Nuisance Ordinance


Part 10 -- QZAB Funding Discussion and Vote


Part 11 -- Lease Agreement with Division of Workforce Solutions


Part 12 -- Hospice House Foundation of WNC


Part 13 -- Parker Meadows Change Order


Part 14 -- Highlands Chamber of Commerce Agreement with BCF Agency


Part 15 -- Macon Transit Competing with Private Businesses?


Part 16 -- Consent Agenda Highlands Area Tourism Development Commission Appointments

Monday, April 6, 2015

NCDOT Awards 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants
Franklin Among Recepients

The NCDOT has warded a grant to ten municipalities across the state to assist with bicycle and pedestrian planning, and Franklin is one of them. AT the November 2014 meeting fo the town board, the town voted to apply for $36,000 in grant monies at a 10% match. According to the NCDOT, the funds will be awarded in June.

The Franklin Town Board will be meeting tonight for their regular April 2015 meeting. More on that at this link.

Here is video of the segment of the meeting where the vote took place:



Here is the press release:



PRESS RELEASE
NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit
APRIL 6, 2015



RALEIGH- A group of 10 municipalities from across the state are slated to receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Now in its twelfth year, the grant program helps North Carolina cities and towns develop a comprehensive overall strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community.

The municipalities selected are scattered across various regions of the state. Recipients were selected from a pool of 26 applications by an awards committee comprised of transportation planners from across the state, including representatives of regional planning organizations and councils of government, local governments and NCDOT staff from multiple units.

Recipients this year include:
Canton (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)
Fairmont (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)
Franklin (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)
Hendersonville (bicycle plan)
High Point (pedestrian plan)
Lenoir (bicycle plan)
Newport (bicycle/pedestrian plan)
Rutherfordton (bicycle/pedestrian plan)
Wendell (pedestrian plan)
Windsor (bicycle/pedestrian plan)

The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch. To date, approximately $4,332,000 has been awarded to 164 communities through the planning grant program.

Plans funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. These plans address facilities, programs, services and regulations that encourage safe walking and bicycling.

For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative; contact NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation or visit the Planning Grant Initiative website.

April 2015 Regular Meeting
Franklin Town Board of Aldermen
Updated with video of meeting

1:32 am: Here is the video of the full meeting.


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The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen will be meeting tonight at 7pm for their regular April 2015 meeting. It is likely that there will be an additional meeting this month to address the budget for the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year. After tonight's meeting, the video and additional supporting documents will be posted at the top of this article.

Here is the public agenda, followed by the 98 page agenda packet that is shared with members of the media. Currently, neither the town nor the other local media outlets share this information with the general public.


Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 



Agenda 
Monday April 6, 2015 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott
2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis
3. Adoption of April 6, 2015 Proposed Agenda
4. Approval of the March 2, 2015 Board Minutes

5. Public Hearing 7:05 p.m. for Re-zoning Petition for Three (3) Parcels on Siler Rd.

6. Public Session

7. New Business
A.) Board Action on Re-Zoning Petition on Three (3) Parcels on Siler RD.
B.) Proclamation for Public Health Month - Mayor Bob Scott
C.) Proclamation for Neuropathy Awareness Week - Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis
D.) Proclamation for Appalachian Trail Celebration Period 2015 - Mayor Bob Scott
E.) Proclamation for Appalachian Trail Community Partnership Renewal - Bill Van Horn
F.) Presentation from Duke Energy Regarding Hydrilla - Duke District Manager Lisa Leatherman
G.) Discussion on Banners - Larry Hollifield
H.) Set Public Hearing for Special Use Permit Application - Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
I.) Forward Re-Zoning Petition for Watauga St and Dan ST to Planning Board - Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
J.) Re-Appointment of Peter Mosco to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment - Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
K.) Tax Releases - Tax Collector Jessie Wilkins
L.) Town of Franklin Audit Contract with Martin-Starnes - Town Manager Summer Woodard
M.) Budget Amendment - Town Manager Summer Woodard
N.) Agreement for Engineering Services for Water Plant Upgrade and Expansion - Town Manager Summer Woodard
O.) Franklin Main Street Program - Town Manager Summer Woodard
P.) Water Line Easement for Industrial Park RD - Town Manager Summer Woodard
Q.) Application for Wireless Telecommunication Eligible Facilities Request 90 Cunningham Rd - Land Use Administrator Justin Setser

8. Legal
A.) North Carolina Department of Transportation Deed for Highway Right or Way - Town Manager Summer Woodard

9. Adjourn


Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Vietnam Veterans Day in Franklin, NC


On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Chapter #994 of the Vietnam Veterans of America held a parade and ceremony in observance of Vietnam Veterans Day, a holiday that started here in 2009.

Veterans marched in a parade from town hall to the Gazebo at the corner of Main Street and Iotla Street, where speeches and ceremonies were held. Videos and Photos of the complete event are posted below for those of you who either didn't know of the event or could not attend.

Slideshow
View a slideshow of photos either below or on Flickr.






The Parade



Part 1

Welcome -- Gary Shields
Opening Prayer -- Sam Hastings
Pledge of Allegiance -- Sgt Maxwell
National Anthem -- Dwayne Cabe



Part 2

Introduction -- Bob Scott
Remarks -- Ronnie Beale
Remarks -- Jim Davis



Part 3

Introduction of Speakers -- Gary Shields
Guest Speaker -- Nat Henry
Guest Speaker -- Thomas Pyle



Part 4

Awards to the Media for Coverage
Presentation of Awards -- Gary Shields
Award Acceptance -- Michael Parks for The Franklin Press
Award Acceptance -- Betsey Gooder for Macon County News and Shopping Guide
Award Acceptance -- Harry Taylor for series on Vietnam Veterans

Closing Remarks -- Rick Norton


Part 5 End of Ceremony

Wreath Laying -- VVA Chapter #994
Rifle Salute -- VVA Chapter #994
Taps -- VVA Chapter #994
Closing Prayer -- Joe Hastings


Rifle Salute

Here is a view of the rifle salute performed by Chapter #994 of the Vietnam Veterans of America from a different angle.


May we never forget to honor the veterans who served in Vietnam.


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Macon Media currently does not recently thousands of dollars a month in advertising like the other news outlets in Macon County.

Please consider giving a dollar a month to my Patreon Campaign so I can can continue providing this type of news coverage indefinitely and to add significant improvements and will potentially allow me to hire reporters and other personnel to better cover news and events in Macon County.
 
Visit www.patreon.com/MaconMedia to see my current budget and for instructions on how you can support the effort.

By giving a dollar a month, you can gain access to updates that only patreon supporters get to see.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Macon Co School Board -- March 2015


The Macon County Board of Education met in Highlands, NC for their March 2015 meeting. An agenda packet and video of the complete meeting are posted here for your information. The sound has been enhanced so some low talkers may be heard, this has resulted in other sounds being amplified too much. I apologize for the inconvenience.



During the meeting, the board attorney, John Henning, Jr, relayed to the board that another bid has been made on the Cullasaja School property in the amount of $139,700. This opens up an upset bid period from March 20th to March 30th at 5 pm. Minimum bid is $146,735.

The bid history is listed below:


n  Initial bid: $75,000.00
n  By: Jim Bell
n  Date: December 1

n  Upset bid: $80,000.00
n  By: Van’s Electric
n  Date: December 12

n  Upset bid: $84,100.00
n  By: Jim Bell
n  Date: December 22

n  Upset bid: $88,355.00
n  By: Fred Crane
n  Date: January 9

n  Upset bid: $99,000.00
n  By: John Martin
n  Date: January 16

n  Upset bid: $105,000.00
n  By: Jim Bell
n  Date: January 26

n  Upset bid: $110,300.00
n  By: Fred Crane
n  Date: February 9

n  Upset bid: $115,865.00
n  By: Jim Bell
n  Date: February 13

n  Upset bid: $133,000.00
n  By: John Martin
n  Date: March 2

n  Upset bid: $139,700.00
n  By: Fred Crane
n  Date: March 16





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Minor earthquake in Cherokee, NC


A minor earthquake with a preliminary rating of magnitude 2.1 with the epicenter at a depth of 3.2 miles below the surface occurred at 11:14 pm last night 1.9 miles ESE in Cherokee, NC. This information is temporary and may be revised after being reviewed by a seismologist.

The map shows the quake near Cherokee (to the northeast of Franklin) and one that occurred on March 5th in Hiawassee, Georgia (to the southwest of Franklin). The quake registered on the Helicorder at Lake Jocassee, SC and I have included that display in the map.

Franklin Main Street Board Goes Inactive


The Franklin Main Street Program Board of Directors met last night. Macon Media was there and a text play by play of the meeting may be seen on Facebook [LINK].

Here is a video of the entire meeting:



First on the agenda was a presentation by the Chairman of the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Committee on what the organization has been doing. After this, the town manager, Summer Woodard, announced the resignation of four members from the Main Street board.

They are: Bo Bryant (Chair), Janice Cummings (Vice Chair), Jane Hopper (Secretary) and Tommy Jenkins (Macon EDC Director).

The remaining members of the board that were present, Sissy Patillo, Christine Basey (Treasurer), Joyce Handley (Town Alderman), Ken Murphy and Judy Chapman then discussed the future of the board and what steps were necessary to go inactive for a time. Board members Tony Hernandez (Town Merchants) and Donald Holland (Franklin Chamber of Commerce) were not present.

The board voted 5-0 to go inactive and discussed the trip two board members (Judy Chapman and Ken Murphy) were taking to the 2015 Main Street Conference being held next week in Morganton, NC.

Tony Angel, consultant to the board, announced that the town was expanding the July 4th celebration an hour. The festival would be from 10 am to 2 pm and he said he thought it could grow to become a larger festival like Pumpkinfest. He also mentioned that there would be a free concert on the evening of July 3rd in town called "An Evening of Red, White and Blues in Downtown Franklin."

The board then voted to return the remainder of its funds, a little over $18,000, to the town. Summer Woodard, the Town Manager, also discussed with the board the procedure for reactivating the board. 


MEDIA ROLL CALL
Macon Media (me)
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide

I try to include a listing of which media organizations are present at these meetings so you can know which local press organizations are actually attending these meetings or not.

Here is a Press release from the town regarding the decision by the Franklin Main Street Program to go to inactive status:


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Macon County Commissioners March 2015



The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night in a meeting that lasted, minus a break and a closed session, just over two hours and 36 minutes. You can read the text play by play I posted on Facebook [LINK] for the general gist of the meeting if you're unwilling or unable to watch the video posted above.

The public agenda is posted immediately below and the agenda that is shared with members of the press can be read blow that. A copy of the proposed Nuisance Ordinance, aka Noise Ordinance is posted below the agenda that is shared with the press.


The board recessed the meeting until 6 pm on March 31st.

MEDIA ROLL CALL (members of the local press who were present)

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



MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MARCH 10, 2015
AGENDA 

  • Call to order and welcome by Chairman Corbin
  • Announcements
    • NCACC Update Video
  • Moment of Silence
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Public Hearing(s) - None
  • Public Comment Period
  • Adjustments to and approval of the agenda
  • Reports/Presentations
    • Flag Presentation to Paul Carlson of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee
    • Request for update on relocation of buoy and no wake zone at Nantahala Lake- Daniel Lopp
    • Proclamation for Colon Cancer Awareness Month - Michelle Brooks
    • Program Impact Report - County Extension Director Alan Durden
    • Presentation of proposed Noise Ordinance- County Planner Matt Mason, Planning Board Chairman Chris Haners
    • Highlands track and softball field renovation presentation- TBD
  • Old Business
    • Approval of recommended site for landfill expansion - Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl
    • Presentation of due diligence findings - Chris Stahl
  • New Business
    • Resolution regarding Designation of Applicant's Agent - County Attorney and Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe
    • Resolution and renewal of lease with Drawbridge Secure Network Solutions - County Attorney and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins
    • Audit contract for Fiscal Year 2014-15 - Finance Director
    • Request from Macon County Schools regarding use of supplement funds - Finance Director
    • Consideration of Courthouse 4th floor "Attorney Access Procedure" - County Attorney
    • Consideration of Mutual Aid Agreement between Macon County Sheriff's Department and WNC Counties- County Attorney
  • Consent Agenda - Attachment #11
      All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners.
    • Minutes of the February 10, 2015 regular meeting
    • Budget Amendments #127-128
    • Tax Releases
    • Monthly ad valorem tax collection report
  • Appointments
    • Macon County Heritage Center
  • Closed session (if necessary)
  • Adjourn/Recess





Monday, March 2, 2015

Franklin Aldermen March 2015 Meeting

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The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen will be meeting tonight at 7pm in the town hall on East Main Street. The public agenda and the press packet shared with the local media are posted below in the interest of transparency.

After the meeting, the video will be posted here so you can see for yourself what transpired.



Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 

Agenda 

Monday March 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.



    1.    Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott 
    2.    Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis 
    3.    Adoption of March 2, 2015 Proposed Agenda 
    4.    Approval of the February 2 and February 23, 2015 Board Minutes 
    5.    Public Session 
    6.    New Business         
    A.)    Street Closing Request for the Arts Council- Town Manager Summer Woodard         
    B.)    Discussion on Banners- Mayor Bob Scott         
    C.)    Set Public Hearing for Re-Zoning Petition for three (3) parcels on Siler Road- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser         
    D.)    Forward Special Use Permit Application to the Town Planning Board- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser         
    E.)    Update on Various North Carolina Department of Transportation Projects- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser         
    F.)    Update on Town Bridge Design- Town Manager Summer Woodard & Land Use Administrator Justin Setser         
    G.)    Re-Appointment of Candy Presley to the Tourism Development Authority Board- Town Manager Summer Woodard         
    H.)    Set Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Town Budget Schedule- Town Manager Summer Woodard          I.)    Water Line Easement for Industrial Park Road- Town Manager Summer Woodard 

     7.    Legal         
    A.)    Resolution to Appoint Town Manager to the Tourism Development Authority Board- Town Attorney John Henning Jr         
    B.)    Annexation Policy- Town Attorney John Henning Jr         
    C.)    North Carolina Department of Transportation Deed for Highway Right of Way- Town Attorney John Henning Jr.         
    D.)    Minimum Housing Code Violation at 14 Brittany Lane- Town Attorney John Henning Jr 
     8.    Announcements         
    A.)    Town Hall Offices will be closed Friday April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday 
     9.    Adjourn 
 The press packet:


Friday, February 6, 2015

Franklin Aldermen February 2015 Regular Meeting

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Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 


Agenda 


Monday February 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.


1.       Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott
2.     Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis
3.     Adoption of February 2, 2015 Proposed Agenda
4.     Approval of the January 5 and January 24, 2015 Board Minutes
5.     Public Session
6.     New Business
A.)  Proclamation for Hunger Awareness Month- Margaret Freeman
B.)  Presentation of Sufficiency Notification for 44 Lowery Lane- Town Clerk Chad Simons and Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
C.)  Board Authorization for the Advertisement of Real Property Tax Liens for Current Year 2014- Tax Collector Jessie Wilkins
D.)  Budget Amendments- Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.)  Replacement of Town Bridge- Town Manager Summer Woodard
F.)   Town of Franklin Travel Policy- Town Manager Summer Woodard
G.)  Update on State Revolving Loan Fund for Town of Franklin Water Plant Upgrade and Expansion- Town Manager Summer Woodard
H.)  Forward Re-Zoning Petition for three (3) parcels on Siler Road to the Town Planning Board- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
7.     Legal
A.)  License Agreement for Bowery Restaurant- Town Attorney John Henning Jr and Town Manager Summer Woodard
8.      Set Continuation Meeting for February 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met on February 2, 2015 for their regular February 2015 meeting at the town hall. The video and public agenda of the meeting are above and the agenda packet that is shared with members of the media is at the end of this article. The next board meeting will be on February 16, 2015 in the town hall at 5:30 pm.

Immediately below is a video of the License Agreement discussion between the Town Board and the owner of The Bowery restaurant, which has been the source of some controversy. [See Macon County News article]





MEDIA ROLL CALL

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



And here is the agenda packet that is shared with the media. I include it here in the interest of transparency.




Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015
Early Spring, Late Winter or Bitten?


Groundhog Day is here and the groundhogs, and a white squirrel have made their prognostications.

Here is the list of the predictions from several groundhogs in the United States. Canada has several, but I ignored those because it's always winter in Canada.

The most famous goundhog of them all, Punxsutawney Phil, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has predicted 6 more weeks of winter.

Here is a list of the groundhogs who agree with him:

Mount Joy Minnie Lancaster County, PA
Poor Richard York, PA
Chuckles Manchester, CT
Holtsville Hal Holtsville, NY
Malverne Mel Malverne, NY
Chattanooga Chuck Chattanooga, TN
Sir Thomas Hastings Hastings, NE
Queen Charlotte Charlotte, NC



And here are the groundhogs who disagree with Phil and say we're in for an early spring:

Staten Island Chuck Staten Island, NY
Dover Doug Dover, PA
Octorara, Orphie Quarryville, PA
Cocalico Cal Ephrata, PA
Dunkirk Dave Dunkirk, NY
Buckeye Chuck Marion, OH
French Creek Freddie French Creek, WV
General Beauregard Lee Lilburn, GA

There were more ground hogs on a list I found, but I could not find what they've had to say. Brevard, NC has a White Squirrel called Pisgah Pete who agrees with the prediction of 6 more weeks of winter.

And last, but not least, there is the ccontroversysurrounding Jimmy the Groundhog. His handlers say he says 6 more weeks of winter, but the Mayor of Sun Prairie, WI says that Jimmy told him that an early spring is in store. Jimmy also bit the Mayor, so maybe the Mayor lied. LOL

Until next year, stay safe and watch out for those groundhogs....you never know...one of them may be able to forecast the weather next groundhog day


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Macon County Planning Board Continues Work on Noise Nuisance Ordinance


The Macon County Planning Board met on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 to continue work on the proposed noise ordinance. It has morphed into a nuisance ordinance that is concerned with noise.

MEDIA ROLL CALL (Reporters from local media organizations at the meeting)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide

A video of the full meeting is above, and copy a copy of a draft copy of the Nuisance Ordinance the planning board members amended is is below.







The next meeting of the planning board will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4 pm in the Environmental Resource Center, then on the 17th, they will be holding a joint meeting with the Macon County Commissioners at the Macon Bank Corporate center at 6 pm..