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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Macon County Commissioners
Coverage of 09-13-2011 Meeting

**9-15 @5.12am** Here is the full video of the meeting:





**09-14 @8.37am** I have added the tweets I posted during the meeting at the end of this post and am getting ready to edit the video. My aim is to have it ready by sometime Friday. 


**10.03pm** I'm back home after the meeting (a 3 hour marathon meeting) and I can really tell the difference in the level of coverage I was able to provide on Twitter and TwitPic tonight. I was able to tweet more often and in greater detail than I was able to when I was trying to keep BOTH a livestreaming video camera and a recording video camera operating at the same time. I probably won't be livestreaming these local government meetings again unless there is a compelling reason to do so. ~Bobby



I will be at the meeting tonight, but will not be providing a live video feed. All I will be providing live is tweets and occasional photo uploads for the foreseeable future. Read more on that decision by clicking here.


You may follow along using your favorite twitter client by tracking the hashtag #MaconGov or by observing the Twitter Widget I have embedded at the bottom of this post.


The agenda for tonight's meeting is below:




MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
AGENDA


1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman McClellan

2. Announcements
  • Recognition of Commissioner Beale's election as Second Vice President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
3. Invocation

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing[s]

  • 6:00 p.m. 911 Road Names
  • 6:30 p.m. Macon County Transit Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP)
6. Public Comment Period

7. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

8. Reports/Presentations

  • Work First Electing County Plan - Jane Kimsey
  • Retention of part-time magistrate in Highlands - Sheriff Robert Holland and Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell
  • Wells Grove Baptist Church floodplain/fill issues - Jerry Cook
  • Healthcare Access - Jean Jordan
9. Old Business
  • Consideration of adoption of comprehensive transportation plan
  • Exchange of real estate with Donald and Betty Fisher
10. New Business
  • Amendment to county road ordinance
  • Certified statement regarding Rural Operating Assistance Program
  • Diamond Falls Subdivision bonds
  • Consideration of classification and compensation study
  • Release of sewer easement
  • Lease agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas
  • Right-of-way agreements with Duke Energy Carolinas
  • Resolution Encouraging the Citizens of Macon County to Observe Firefighters Week in North Carolina
11. 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
  • Budget revisions
  • Tax releases
  • Tax refund
  • Approval of fee changes at Macon County Public Health
  • Resolution supporting addition of Burningtown Church Road to the state-maintained system
12. Appointments

13. Closed session - Real property

14. Adjournment/Recess 



Twitter Journal


The 77 Tweets I sent from the meeting in reverse chronological order:



 Bobby Coggins 

 I will not be staying to hear them recess the meeting. I will try to have the video by Friday. Goodnight.
9:17pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners have gone into a closed session for attorney client privilege. Will recess afterward to Sept 22 at 5.30pm
9:16pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have passed the Consent Agenda, incl adding 0.19 miles to the  system at Burningtown Church Rd
9:13pm 




 Bobby Coggins 

 State-mandated changes in the fees that the Macon Co Health Dept charges for services is generating considerable back & forth
9:07pm 

 Bobby Coggins 

 This meeting of the Macon County Commissioners is approaching the 3 hour mark. Perhaps 30 mins to go...
8:52pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 all items in the Consent Agenda will be voted on with a single vote
8:51pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners now taking up the Consent Agenda [See ]
8:50pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have scheduled a work session for the next property re-evaluation for 5.30p on Sept 22nd
8:49pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioner Beale said that he & the Co Manager have gained access for the county to 6 juvenile psych beds at Balsam
8:46pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners have voted to approve funding the requests as presented by Commissioners Corbin & Kuppers
8:44pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Chairman McClellan said that these community organizations do a better job of helping people than the Commissioners
8:40pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kuppers said that agencies that directly helped people were favored in receiving funds. Museums, etc lost out
8:35pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kuppers wants the Commissioners to consider upping the Community Funding Pool amount in future years.
8:34pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kuppers said that when the Community Funding Pool was established at $50k ten years ago. It is the same today.
8:33pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners discussing the Community Funding Pool [$50k budgeted] Commissioner Corbin reporting
8:31pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have passed a resolution encouraging the citizens of Macon Co to observe Firefighters week
8:29pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners taking up a resolution encouraging the citizens of Macon Co to observe Firefighters week in NC
8:27pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners have approved the two right of way agreements w Duke Energy Carolinas
8:27pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Discussion of two right-of-way agreements w Duke Energy Carolinas on rebuilding xmission lines around Franklin, NC
8:25pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners have approved the lease agreement on 17.48 acres with Duke Energy Carolinas (4yrs, I believe)
8:22pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Beale said that this negotiation has gone on for 4 years and Duke has come a long way to meet the county.
8:21pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 County Attorney Chet Jones gave a shoutout to former County Attorney Moxley for doing the heavy lifting on this lease agreement
8:19pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners discussing Lease Agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas (4 yrs on 17.48 acres owned by Duke)
8:17pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Easment quitclaim approved by the County Commissioners
8:15pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners discussing the release of sewer easement near Industrial Park [Ramsey Property]
8:14pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The scene outside the Macon County Courthouse during a break in the meeting 
8:06pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners are taking a 5 minute break.
7:58pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have passed a resolution approving a classification & compensation study for the county costing $33,150
7:58pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners now considering a classification & compensation study [by NCACC & Springsted Incorporated]
7:52pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 -  Commissioners have passed ordinance reflecting changes to road names
7:48pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners considering an amendment to the county road ordinance. [List ]
7:47pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kevin Corbin suggests the Commissioners acknowledge receipt of document from the Planning Board
7:45pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 It's approaching 2 hours and we're about 1/2 way through the agenda
7:44pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Beale makes a motion to table the property swap again, investigate further.
7:43pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners Kuppers says he sees no forcing function to drive a property swap at this time. No plans to use.
7:38pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Chairman McClellan says he thinks it is a good swap. The county will eventually need the property anyway.
7:34pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Beale has also spoke out against the swap, for the same reasons, but will roll w the majority
7:33pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kuppers is speaking against the property swap b/c the county could only use 1/3 of the new piece, all of current
7:32pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Brain McClellan, Chairman of the Macon Co Commissioners, is giving the backstory to the property transfer
7:25pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners are now considering an exchange of Real Estate with Donald and Betty Fisher
7:23pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners will now take up Old Business [Agenda Items 9A-B ]
7:22pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 backslapping ensues
7:22pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon Co Commissioners have passed the Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan as amended at previous meetings
7:22pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners have passed a resolution addressing the elimination of magistrate, will take it up with the state.
7:18pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Kevin Corbin says that it takes more than 2 hrs to drive from Nantahala to Blue Valley due to the topography
7:17pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

  "Officials in Raleigh looked at a map and did not take into acct the terrain & rough roads to the remote area of the county"
7:12pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Sheriff & Police Chief; "The elimination of a magistrate position in Highlands will cost more than it will save."
7:11pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Sheriff Holland & HIghlands PD Chief Harrell reporting on the retention of a part-time magistrate in Highlands, NC
7:06pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Ronnie Beale is reporting on the progress of the petition w the state to establish a local Dialysis Center
7:05pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Petitioners are wanting a beach built at the Rocky Bridge Boat Ramp on Nantahala Lake for swimming
7:03pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Vicechairman Bobby Kuppers is updating the Commissioners on the talks w NC Wildlife on a swimming hole in Nantahala
7:02pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Jean Jordan is reporting on Healthcare access, she has a h/o & has promised to send me info later 
6:57pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon Co Commissioners have directed Ronnie Beale & the Co Attorney to work to resolve the issue
6:54pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Ronnie Beale has requested that he & the Co Attorney be designated to work w the church to resolve the issue
6:53pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Chairman of the Deacons of Wells Grove Baptist Church addressing floodplain/fill issues at the church
6:47pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Jerry Cook [Chairman of the Deacon] is reporting on the Wells Grove Baptist Church floodplain/fill issues
6:44pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon Co Commissioners have approved the Work First Electing County Plan as presented by DSS Director Jane Kimsey.
6:40pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co DSS Director making a report to the Macon Co Commissioners [Work First] 
6:39pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Jane Kimsey [Macon Co DSS Director] is reporting on the Work First Electing County Plan [34 page document]
6:36pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County Commissioners will now hear Reports and Presentatrions. [Agenda Items 8A -8D ]
 Bobby Coggins 

 The agenda has been approved. The chairman joked that breakfast will served at the end of the meeting. :)
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County Commissioners are now making adjustments to the agenda. (Commissioners adding items to agenda)
 Bobby Coggins 

 The public hearing is now closed. [Info]
 Bobby Coggins 

 No one has signed up to speak at the Macon Co Transit ROAP public hearing. Transit Director making report on grants
 Bobby Coggins 

 Public Hearing on the Macon Co Transit Rural Operating Assistance Program [ROAP] is now being held. [Info]
 Bobby Coggins 

 Mark Herstik has averred that he has been told that his only recourse is to file Civil Suit against Duke Energy Carolinas
 Bobby Coggins 

 -  The man's name is Mark Herstik.
 Bobby Coggins 

 -  He is speaking at length. I'll try to get him for an interview later if possible.
 Bobby Coggins 

 -  The man says that everyone has told him that they can't stop Duke Energy from spraying herbicide
 Bobby Coggins 

 -  The man says he has spken to numerous Duke Employees & Public Officials, incl Roy Cooper
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co citizen complaining about excessive spraying by Duke Energy, denuding his property 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County Commissioners have opened the floor for public comment
 Bobby Coggins 

 A Public Hearing on 911 Road Names is now being held. [List ]
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioner Ronnie Beale is being recognized for his election as the 2nd VP of the NC Assn of County Commissioners.