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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Macon County Commissioners
Regular November 2017 Meeting

The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6 pm for their regular monthly meeting. A public agenda and an agenda packet have been posted below. A video of the meeting will be added tomorrow or the next day in the space below.


NOVEMBER 14, 2017

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) — 6:00 p.m
-Proposed Macon County Community Transportation Program Application
-Transit Director Kim Angel
NOTE Immediately following the public hearing, the board will consider approval of a Public Transportation Program Resolution.

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to the agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations

10.Old Business
A. Discussion of Commissioners 2018 regular meeting schedule
B. Change orders for the Robert C Carpenter Community Building project
-Finance Director
(1) Arrowood Construction‘
(2) Bryson Enterprises

11. New Business
A. Consideration of Agreement to Provide Recreation Opportunities with Read2Me
-County Attorney

12. Consent Agenda — Attachment # 12
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
A. Minutes of the October 10, 2017, regular meeting
B. Budget Amendments #67-77
C. Tax Releases for October
D. Tax Refund
E. Health. Department fees
F. Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

l3. Appointments
A. Community Funding Pool
B. Highlands Tourism Development Commission
C. Planning Board

l4.Closed session to preserve the attorney/ client privilege, per NCGS 143-318. 1 1(a)(3) [a copy of the law has been added by Macon Media at the end of this document]

15.Recess until Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building located at 1288 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC 28734 for the purpose of holding a joint meeting with the Franklin Town Council and the Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners.

Copy of NCGS 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, which privilege is hereby acknowledged. General policy matters may not be discussed in a closed session and nothing herein shall be construed to permit a public body to close a meeting that otherwise would be open merely because an attorney employed or retained by the public body is a participant. The public body may consider and give instructions to an attorney concerning the handling or settlement of a claim, judicial action, mediation, arbitration, or administrative procedure. If the public body has approved or considered a settlement, other than a malpractice settlement by or on behalf of a hospital, in closed session, the terms of that settlement shall be reported to the public body and entered into its minutes as soon as possible within a reasonable time after the settlement is concluded.

Read the entire section governing when public bodies can and cannot meeting in closed session in North Carolina. [LINK]



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Time Posted 8:38 am on 11-14-2017