Minutes of the May 3, 2021 County Commission Regular Session

NORTH CAROLINA
MITCHELL COUNTY

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on May 3, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mitchell County Historical Courthouse, Bakersville, NC.  Those present for the meeting were: Vern Grindstaff, Chairman;  Steve Pitman, Vice-Chairman; Jeff Harding, Member; Brandon Pittman, Member; Harley Masters, Member; and Tim Greene; County Manager.  Also present were Mavis Parsley, Finance Director; Christy Young, Clerk to the Board; Lloyd Hise, County Attorney and Assistant County Attorney, Dean Grindstaff. 

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Chairman Grindstaff called the meeting to order at 7:51 p.m.
  2. WELCOME/REMINDER TO SILENCE MOBILE DEVICES
    Chairman Grindstaff welcomed everyone and reminded them to silence mobile devices.
  3. INVOCATION
    Attorney Dean Grindstaff gave the invocation.
  4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
    Commissioner Masters led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. ETHICS AWARENESS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST REMINDER:
    In accordance with the State Government Ethics Act, it is the duty of every Board member to avoid both conflicts of interest and appearance of conflict. Does any board member have any known conflicts of interest or appearances of conflict with respect to any matters coming before the Board?  If so, please identify the conflict or appearance of conflict and refrain from any undue participation in the particular matter involved.
  6. ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO THE AGENDA
    none
  7. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
    Commissioner Masters made a motion to adopt the agenda.  Commissioner Steve Pitman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    Commissioner Masters made a motion to approve April 19, 2021 minutes.  Commissioner Steve Pitman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
  9. REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS
    1. Tax Collector’s Report–  Collector Jesse Presnell presented the Tax Collector report (A copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).  Commissioner Steve Pitman made a motion to approve the report.  Commissioner Harding seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
    2. Employee of the Month- Chairman Grindstaff presented Employee Tommy Winchester with Employee of the Month.  Chairman Grindstaff explained that Mr. Winchester has went above and beyond to ensure that the Community Development Block Grant has been administered timely and appropriately.  Chairman Grindstaff stated the Mr. Winchester does an outstanding job and he has never heard a complaint.  Commissioner Harding stated that Mr. Winchester was easy to work with and very approachable.  Commissioner Masters stated that she appreciated his hard work.
  10. PUBLIC COMMENTS/BOARD COMMENTS
    Mr. Jared Dauderman came to introduce Mayland Community Service Center.  He explained that Mayland Community Service Center has been formed as a homeless shelter.  It will be located inside of Spruce Pine.  They are currently operating out of Spruce Pine Inn.  Spruce Pine has 31 registered homeless individuals.  They service anyone who has a need.  The Board thanked Mr. Dauderman for his efforts, service and awareness of this organization.
  11. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION- none.
  12. CONSENT AGENDA
    • Property Tax Refunds/Releases/Discoveries-April 2021
    • Vehicle Tax Refunds/Releases-April 2021
    • Distribution Request/Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund (NCEL)
    • 2021-2022 JCPC Certification and Funding Plan
    • Transfer Station Extension
    • DSS ContractK61402-Davidson Homes, Inc.
    • Transportation Provider Agreement Between Modivcare Solutions, LLC & Mitchell County Transportation
  13. FINANCE OFFICER’S REPORT– Finance Director Parsley thanked the Board for their attendance and work in the budget workshops. She explained that the current tax collection rate is at 96.19%.  Last year’s collection rate was 96.18%.  Our current revenues are coming in at 83%, expenses at approximately 78%.
  14. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT
    • Budget Workshop was held last week. No tax rate increase for upcoming budget year.
    • Opioid Settlement Update- This is a national settlement. North Carolina will be receiving $850 million.  80% of this will come to the counties.  Mitchell County should get approximately 2 million over a period of 18 years.  These funds will need to be appropriated to a Special Revenue Fund.
    • COVID Update- Governor is lifting restrictions. The state expects to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by June 1.
  15. ATTORNEY’S REPORT- none.
  16. CLOSED SESSION-  Commissioner Brandon Pittman made a motion to enter into closed session at 8:08 p.m. in accordance to North Carolina General Statutes 143-318.11 (6):  to consider qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee.  General personnel policy issues may not be considered in a closed session.  A public body may not consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, appointment, or removal of a member of the public body or another body and may not consider or fill a vacancy among its own membership except in an open meeting.  Final action making an appointment or discharge or removal of a public body having final authority for the appointment or discharge or removal shall be taken in an open meeting.  Commissioner Steve Pitman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    Commissioner Steve Pitman made a motion to exit closed session at 8:36 p.m.  Commissioner Harley Masters seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  17. BOARD COMMENTS- None
  18. ADJOURNMENT- Commissioner Brandon Pitman made a motion to adjourn at 8:37 p.m.