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Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Macon County Commissioners 07-08-2014

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The Macon County Commissioners met on July 8, 2014 in the commissioner's boardroom for their regular July 2014 meeting. The video of gavel to not quite gavel coverage (there was no ending gavel in open session) of the meeting is below, followed by the public agenda and then the agneda given to the members of the media. Commissioners spent 29 minutes in a closed session and no decisions were announced when commissioners came out of the backroom.

Here is the public agenda:

•Call to order and welcome by Chairman Corbin 


•Moment of Silence 

•Pledge of Allegiance 

•Public Hearing(s) - 6:00 p.m.
-Community Development Block Grant Project Closeout - John Fay, Housing Director 
-Consideration of resolution approving financing terms

•Public Comment Period 

•Adjustments to and approval of the agenda 


•Old Business
-Confirmation of additional annual leave for county employees - County Manager

•New Business
-Resolution Designating Harold Corbin as an Honorary Historian of Macon County - Commissioner Beale
-Resolution Opposing the Designation of Additional Wilderness Areas Within the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County - Jim Gray
-Brian Jones Well Abandonment Agreement - County Attorney
-Amendments to Interlocal Agreement and Resolution Regarding the Veterans Transportation Project - County Attorney
-Ratification of Telephone/E-mail Poll Regarding Cancelation of Deed of Trust for Thompsons - County Attorney
-Resolution Changing the Due Date of the Macon County Room Occupancy-Tourism Development Tax - Finance Director
-Grant Project Ordinance and Budget Amendment for Housing Department - Finance Director
-Designation of Voting Delegate to the NCACC Annual Conference

•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 June 10 and June 16, 2014 meetings
-Budget Amendments #1 and #2
-Tax Releases
-Monthly ad valorem tax collection report

-Airport Authority (1 seat)
-Community Advisory Committee for Long Term Care (2 seats)

•Closed session (if necessary) 


Then here is agenda packet that was distributed to members of the media. Currently neither the commissioners nor the other members of the media make this available to the general public. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Franklin Aldermen 07-07-2014

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met last night for their regular meeting for July 2014. Video of the meetinf is above and video of the portion of the meeting where Aldermen voted 6-0 to select Summer Woodard as the new Town Manager is below.

I posted a play by play on Facebook if you care to check it out.

The public agenda is next:

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 

Meeting Agenda
Monday July 7, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. 

1.    Call to order- Mayor Bob Scott
2.    Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Adoption of  July 7, 2014 Proposed Agenda
4.    Approval of the June 2, 2014 Board Minutes
5.    Public Session
6.    New Business
  • Proclamation for Wilderness Act Celebration Day- Mayor Bob Scott
  • Amendment to the Town of Franklin Nuisance Ordinance- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser and Town Attorney John Henning  Jr.
  • Privilege License Refund- Tax Collector Jessie Wilkins and Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
  • Western North Carolina Hospice House- Interim Town Manager Summer Woodard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
7.   Legal
  • Lazy Hiker Subrogation Agreement- Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
  • Closed session- Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11 (a) (6), "to consider the qualifications, competence,                                            performance, character, fitness, conditions of appoint, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee".
8.    Announcements
  • Applications for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Non-Profit Funding Pool are available at Town Hall and online at
  • The Town of Franklin will be hosting the joint meeting with Macon County and the Town of Highlands on Thursday July 24, 2014  at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room.
9. Adjourn

And here is a copy of the agenda packet that is released to the members of the media. To date, this is the only place you can see "the rest of the story" and the background materials that Aldermen use for the meeting and the material that the other media organizations use to write their stories on the meetings.