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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Macon County Commissioners 10-11-2011 Meeting

**11.10pm** Here is the audio of the marathon meeting we had tonight of the Macon County Commissioners. This audio is 3 hours, 19 minutes and 45 seconds long. 


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The video will take a bit longer, and I will be splitting it into two parts.






The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting at 6pm tonight in the Commissioners Boardroom on the 3rd floor of the Macon County Courthouse. I will be there, recording video of the meeting and tweeting the proceedings. You may follow along on your favorite twitter client using the hashtag #MaconGov or on the twitter widget below the meeting agenda. If you wish to communicate with me during the meeting, please send them to my @WPIG account.


I will upload the audio of the meeting tonight and (if the meeting doesn't turn into a 3 hour marathon) video of the entire meeting on this blog entry by 6pm tomorrow.

AGENDA

  1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman McClellan

  1. Announcements – Recognition of Finance Department for Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

  1. Invocation

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Public Hearing(s) – North Carolina Department of Transportation Secondary Roads Construction Program
NOTE: Consideration of program approval will immediately follow the public meeting.

  1. Public Comment Period

  1. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

  1. Reports/Presentations
    1. Proposed dog park along the Little Tennessee River Greenway – Steve Philo/Friends of the Greenway
    2. Proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Bonnie Peggs/Angel Medical Center
    3. Mental Illness Awareness Week – Debbie Roberts/National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  1. Old Business
    1. Discussion regarding construction standards
    2. Discussion regarding revaluation schedule

  1. New Business
    1. Resolution of adoption of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan update– David Key
    2. Appointment of Firemen’s Relief Fund board members – David Key
    3. Resolution regarding approval of purchase of property by Smoky Mountain Center
    4. Proposal from Martin-Starnes regarding audit services – Evelyn Southard
    5. Consideration of lease agreement for proposed NC Highway Patrol telecommunications facility on Addington Bridge Road

  1. 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.
    1. Minutes
    2. Budget revisions
    3. Tax releases
    4. Revised fee for laboratory test at Health Center

  1. Appointments
    1. Highlands Tourism Development Commission (2)
    2. Discussion regarding term limits for appointed advisory boards

  1. Closed session
    1. Per G.S. 143-318.11(3), to preserve the attorney/client privilege
    2. Per G.S. 143-381.11(6), with regard to personnel matters

  1. Adjournment/Recess



Twitter Coverage: Tweets are in reverse chronological order
(widget will be replaced with tweets sent during the meeting as soon as I am able)



 Bobby Coggins 

 I've uploaded audio of the Macon County Commissioner meeting. 
11.14pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 I am not waiting for the Commissioners to come out of closed session. Will get the audio out by midnight.
9.47pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners will be having a closed session per G.S. 143-318.11(3), to preserve the attorney/clien… (cont)
9.40pm
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have gone into a closed session to discuss acquiring the Old Cartoogechaye School from the School Board
9.39pm
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Beale just admitted that this whole term limit disco is about the Planning Board.
9.28pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have asked County Manager Jack Horton and County Attorney Chester Jones to investigat… (cont)
9.25pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 This disco re term limits is mainly about the Planning Board. There have been people on that board for a very long time.
9.05pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Ronnie Beale is speaking for certain boards to NOT have term limits b/c the members need to tbe very knowledgeable
9.01pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners are now having a discussion regarding term limits for appointed advisory boards
8.58pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have 2 appointments to the Highlands Tourism Development Commission, Tucker Chambers & Chris Alley
8.56pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have passed the Consent Agenda
8.56pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The macon County Commissioners are praising the retiring County Finance Officer, Evelyn Southard, for her service to the county
8.52pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon Co Commissioners now taking up the Consent Agenda (#10 on the agenda at  )
8.47pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have passed a resolution allowing the NC Hwy Patrol to build a VIPER Tower on Addington Bridge Rd
8.47pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners considering a lease agreement for proposed NC Highway Patrol VIPER Tower on Addington Bridge Rd [800 Mhz]
8.42pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The 3 year audit contract from Martin-Starnes is 2011-$56,200/2012-$57,900/2013-$59,600. Commissioners pass the resolution.
8.41pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Evelyn Southard, Macon County Finance Officer, has a proposal from Martin-Starnes regarding audit services
8.39pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Ronnie Beale is providing details regarding the property being purchased by Smoky Mtn Center. Motion passes.
8.38pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners now taking up resolution regarding approval of purchase of property by Smoky Mountain Center (no cost to county)
8.37pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have voted to put off property tax revaluations until 2015.
8.36pm
 Bobby Coggins 

 There is considerable back and forth regarding the property revaluations. It is my opinion that they're going to delay the revaluations for two years. They're looking for justifications for their position.  via 
8.24pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners now having a discussion regarding property tax revaluation schedule
8.14pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have scheduled a work session on October 25th at 6pm to discuss proposed construction standards
8.13pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Bobby Kuppers has suggested that they hold a work session on the proposed construction standards to hear from experts
8.09pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners are now turning to Old Business: Discussion regarding construction standards (Planning Board)
8.08pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners are back from their short break. See agenda here: 
8.07pm


 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County Commissioners are taking a short break. Back in 5 to 10 minutes.
7.50pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have approved the list of representatives that David Key provided
7.49pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 David Key also has a list of 16 firefighters that chiefs of eight county VFDs have submitted for app… (cont) 
7.48pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners pass a resolution of adoption of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan as presented by David Key
7.48pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 update presentation on the adoption of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan by David Key
7.46pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Bobby Kuppers is giving an update on the swimming hole in Nantahala Community. The Rocky Branch site does not look good from the State Fish & Wildlife point of view (via)
7.44pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Macon County Commissioners have proclamed the week of Oct 2-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week
7.42pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 I apologize for not uploading any pics tonight. I left my SD Card Reader at home & am afraid that the SD Card Slot on my laptop will force my machine to reboot if I use it due to static electricity issue in this room. (via) 
7.37pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Debbie Roberts/National Alliance on Mental Illness is presenting a proclamation for Mental Illness Awareness Week
7.34pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County commissioners have declared October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
7.33pm 
 Cynthia Wadsworth 

RT  Edgar (?) Stiles is discussing the public housing project and a program that will pay mortgages for a year when home owners can't. (via)
7.27pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Bonnie Peggs/Angel Medical Center presenting a proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
7.27pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners voted to approve proposed dog park along the Little Tennessee River Greenway
7.26pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Philo says the materials for the dog park will be $6,000 and paid for by donations, as well as the labor.
7.22pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Philo says that this dog park will be essentially a fenced in area where dogs can run free inside the Greenway
7.20pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Edgar (?) Stiles is discussing the public housing project and a program that will pay mortgages for a year when home owners can't.
7.16pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners have approved the adjustments to and approved the agenda 
7.15pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioners are discussing adjustments to and approval of the agenda 
7.12pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 We are less than halfway through the agenda and an hour into the County Commission meeting.
7.09pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Another guy (didn't catch his name) is speaking in favor of an earlier property tax revaluation.
7.07pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Vic Drummond is speaking in favor of doing property tax revaluations earlier rather than later. Wants it done in 2013.
7.04pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Public Comment Period is underway at the Macon County Commissioners meeting. David Dennis is 1st, addressing the truck turn around on Hwy 28 (via)
6.53pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Five people have signed up to speak at the public hearing on  Secondary Roads Program
6.31pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Bobby Kuppers has asked for a time frame on the McCoy Bridge Project. Setzer declined to answer.
6.29pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Joel Setzer says that the earliest the  could do anything about the intersection is 4 to 6 months just to get approval
6.28pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Commissioner Beale asked  rep Joel Setzer regarding the very congested intersection at Mountai… (cont)
6.24pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Wesley Grindstaff is going over each of the proposed road repair & improvements in Macon County
6.20pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Wesley Grindstaff, another  representative, is addressing the Macon Co Commissioners in the public hearing.
6.17pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The  has proposed to spend $919,277 on road improvement projects in Macon County and $0 on new roads.
6.12pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Joel Setzer,  representative, is discussing this years budget for road construction and repair. No new roads are scheduled
6.12pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Public Hearing is now underway regarding the  Secondary Roads Construction Program for Macon County
6.10pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon Co Finance Dept is being recognized for receiving a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
6.02pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 Chairman Brian Mcclellan has called the meeting of Macon County Commissioners to order.
6.02pm 
»
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Commissioners Boardroom is standing room only for the Macon County Commission meeting tonight.
6.01pm 
 Bobby Coggins 

 The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting at 6pm. Here is the agenda and coverage widgets: 
5.53pm 


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