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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Macon County Commissioners 08-13-2013
Updated With Video


**update** Here is the full video of the meeting:




MEDIA ROLL CALL

Macon Media (me)
Macon County News
The Franklin Press
HighlandsInfo.com
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM

If you see coverage of this meeting in any other new outlet, please know that they are reporting second hand information because they were not at the meeting. Smoky mountain News and WLOS-TV, I'm looking at you.

Principal Chief Michell Hicks 
Photo ©2013 by Bobby Coggins All Rights Reserved

The Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Michell Hicks, spoke to the Macon County Commissioners last night in an effort to enlist their aid and suppoert in taking the Nikwasi Indian Mound from the Fown of Franklin. the entirety of his comments are below, as well as the discussion amongst the county commissioners afterward.



And my play by play is on Google Plus.



Macon County Courthouse 
Photo and Titles ©2013 by Bobby Coggins



The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight in the court house at 6pm and I'll be there to record the meeting for you if you cannot attend. 

I will also be posting a nearly live play by play of the proceedings on Google Plus and will be embedding the video of the meeting here sometime tomorrow.

I see that Principal Chief Michel Hicks is on the agenda. Here is what he had to say about Macon County and the Town of Franklin recently and the upcoming attempt by the tribe to take the mound away from the people of Macon County: http://youtu.be/Sm3hPZ6OAWc?t=2m55s 

I have included a copy of the public agenda and the press kit below for your convenience.


MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AUGUST 13, 2013
AGENDA

1.    Call to order and welcome by Chairman Corbin

2.    Announcements

3.    Moment of Silence

4.    Pledge of Allegiance

5.    Public Hearing(s) 6:15 p.m.
A.   Hearing on refund request LaCosta Development Corp. and Robert W. Rome
B.   Consideration of refund request

6.    Public Comment Period

7.    Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

8.    Reports/Presentations
A.   Presentation regarding Nikwasi Mound Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Eastern Band of Cherokee
B.   Scaly Mountain Historical Society John Bankston, President

9.    Old Business
A.   Transfer surplus 1983 Ford four-wheel drive ambulance to Southwestern Community College Public Safety Training Center

10.New Business
A.   Consideration of Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission Matt Mason, County Planner
B.   Macon County Transit Kim Angel, Director
1.   Consideration of fares and cost share rates and contract rates
2.   Consideration of "Resolution Adopting an Updated Locally Coordinated Public Transportation and Human Services Transportation Plan for Macon County, North Carolina"
3.   Consideration of resolution and contract regarding the Southwestern NC One Call One Click Center for Veterans Transportation
C.   Consideration of extension of lease agreements with ForEx and Harmony House Foods Tommy Jenkins, EDC Director
D.  Consideration of change orders on Highlands School renovation Terry Bell
E.   Consideration of agreement with National Utilities Refund regarding audit of utility and telephone expenses
F.   Consideration of resolution and contract with HGACBuy
G.  Consideration of ambulance bids

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.
A.   Minutes of the July 9 and July 30, 2013 meetings
B.   Budget Amendments
C.   Tax Releases
D.  Settlement for current taxes for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
E.   Report on sale of surplus property utilizing GovDeals
F.   Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

12.Appointments
A.   Technical Review Committee

13.Closed session (if necessary)

14.Adjournment/Recess

This press kit was provided to Macon Media and all the other members of the local press by the Macon County Board of Commissioners. In the interest of transparency and to promote accountability, this public document is now being shared with the general public.




ADDITIONAL MATERIAL PROVIDED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY WHO WILL BE SPEAKING DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD


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