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									       THE ANSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS convened for their
regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 9, 2006 beginning at 6:00 P.M. in
Courtroom #1 located in the Anson County Courthouse.

       Commissioners present:         Bobby Sikes, Vice Chair
                                      Neil Jones
                                      Steve Lear
                                      Dr. Jim Sims
                                      Ross Streater

       Staff members present:         Andy Lucas, County Manager
                                      Bonnie M. Huntley, CMC, Clerk to the Board
                                      George C. Bower, Jr. County Attorney
                                      Holly Berry, Finance Officer
                                      Rita James, Data Processing
                                      Vance Gulledge, Utilities Director
                                      Larry Newton, Assessor
                                      Larry Crandell, DSS Director



       Vice Chair Sikes called the meeting to Order, welcoming visitors and staff.
Pastor Beverly Wilson, New Life Ministries – Pentecostal, delivered the Invocation.

       Approval of the Agenda by Commissioners: Motion by Commissioner
Jones, seconded by Commissioner Lear, to approve the Agenda as submitted. Motion
carried unanimously.

        Recognitions: Vice Chair Sikes called Jeff Waisner, Director of Parks and
Recreation to the front. County Manager Lucas read aloud for those present a
Resolution in Honor of Jeffrey Dwain Waisner on his recent induction into the Wingate
University Sports Hall of Fame. Commissioner Sims commented that had it not been for
injury, Mr. Waisner would probably have been all pro in the major league. Motion by
Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Lear, to approve the following
Resolution:
                     A RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
                          OF THE COUNTY OF ANSON IN HONOR OF
                               JEFFREY DWAIN WAISNER

WHEREAS, the Anson County Board of Commissioners wishes to recognize individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to Anson County and,
WHEREAS, the Anson County Board of Commissioners appreciates the influence these citizens have had
on the quality of life in Anson County; and,
WHEREAS, the Anson County Board of Commissioners wishes to honor Jeffrey Dwain Waisner on his
induction into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame on September 29, 2006 for his outstanding
accomplishments as a member of the Bulldog baseball team from 1978 – 1982.
WHEREAS, the Anson County Board of Commissioners hereby acknowledges Jeff Waisner’s Wingate
University record of hitting .306 with 26 home runs and 114 RBI, including three consecutive All-Carolinas
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC) and All-NAIA District 26, and
WHEREAS, the Anson County Board of Commissioners acknowledges that upon graduation from Wingate
University in 1982 Jeff Waisner signed with the Atlanta Braves and later on served for six years as an
associate scout with the New York Yankees and since 1993 has served as an associated scout with the
Chicago White Sox.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Anson County Board of Commissioners hereby
congratulates Jeff Waisner for bringing such positive notoriety to Anson County and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Anson County Board of Commissioners wishes to thank Jeff Waisner
for his distinguished career, for the many hours he shares and the positive impact he has on the lives of
young students and athletes in Anson County and throughout North Carolina.
Adopted this 9th day of October 2006.

       Children’s Services Unit: Larry Crandell, DSS Director, recognized these
employees for their successful foster care placement rates. Mr. Crandell shared that
these employees handle children protective services, adoption services, investigation,
case management and foster care. County Manager Lucas stated that Anson County
DSS had been commended by the State Department of Health and Human Services for
its continued commitment to assisting the State with meeting its Challenge for Children
goals. County Manager Lucas noted that the goal is to reduce the number of children
remaining in the custody of DSS for more than 12 months. County Manager Lucas
stated that Anson County’s reunification and placement stability rates exceed counties
of similar size. County Manager Lucas stated that not only are they doing great things
but they are demonstrating results. Mary Kendall, Supervisor, introduced those in
attendance as Joan Polk, Sherry Ponds, April Burch-Benton and Keisha Dunlap. Mr.
Crandell recognized Tanyon Martin and Tammy Goodson as part of the group who were
unable to be here tonight. Vice Chair Sikes thanked them for the job they do and they
received a round of applause from those in attendance. Commissioner Jones voiced
that this was a hard job and these employees are called upon when families are in
trouble and commended them for their contribution to people’s lives and neglected
families. Ms. Kendall stated that the social workers in this department do this from the
heart and are not paid for what they do. Ms. Kendall thanked the Board for the
recognition, stating that this is the first time in her fourteen years that they’ve been
recognized.

       EMS Crew- Life Saved: County Manager Lucas stated that this was related to
an incident that occurred late September in response to a cardiac arrest at Brown Creek
Correctional. County Manager Lucas shared that two guards started CPR on the scene
and when our EMS crew arrived there was no pulse. County Manager Lucas stated that
thanks to the efforts of the EMS staff the individual lived. County Manager Lucas
introduced the crew as Teresa Morton and Sidney Sides. County Manager Lucas noted
that Scott Russell, who is also a crew member, was unable to attend tonight. Vice
Chair Sikes thanked them for the job they do. They received a round of applause from
those in attendance.

        Appearances:
       Richard Pinkston voiced concern for the landfill not accepting car batteries and
shared that this is included in the contract. Mr. Pinkston shared that he talked with
employees of the convenience centers and found that some accept them and some
don’t. Mr. Pinkston shared that some give them to the Gideon’s and the Burnsville
Center accepts them and the person running the center sells them. Mr. Pinkston stated
that this was not that much but the county was to get half of anything received from
recycling. Mr. Pinkston spoke to the terms of the Citizens Advisory Board and was of
the opinion that the Commissioners should enforce the term limitation. Mr. Pinkston
also felt that the Advisory Board was working against the county rather than for the
county. Vice Chair Sikes thanked Mr. Pinkston for expressing his thoughts. County
Manager Lucas noted that he has communicated with Allied concerning the battery
issue and they have committed to working with us to resolve the matter. Commissioner
Lear stated that it was pretty clear cut if it was in the contract. Commissioner Sims
voiced that it was interesting that twenty years later they are still discovering what is in
their own contract.

       Teresa Capers-Greater St. Matthews Children’s Celebration: Ms. Capers
shared a hand out with Board members regarding their Christmas in November
Program. Ms. Capers stated that the program started in 1991 with a purpose to
strengthen families who were in need of more than just Christmas presents for children
and to impart the love of God through word and deed. Ms. Capers stated that the
program was the brainchild of their Senior Pastor and since the program began, they
have served over 500 families in Anson County. Ms. Capers outlined that they work
with several agencies including DSS, Crisis Ministries and the school system to identify
children in need of help. Ms. Capers stated that there is a greater need this year and
because of the loss of their corporate sponsors she asked the Commissioners to partner
with them by making a cash donation of $2,000. Ms. Capers invited each Board
member to attend the program on November 27, 2006 at 6:00 P.M. Commissioner
Sims stated that like Ms. Capers he grew up very poor and volunteered one bicycle.
Vice Chair Sikes stated that no action would be taken at this time and directed staff to
look at this and get back with her.

       Ted Hill-Gardenscape Request for Waterline: Mr. Hill was not present.
Commissioner Streater asked if he was on the Agenda last month with County Manager
Lucas answering it was two months ago. Commissioner Jones noted that if he asks
again the matter would be considered again.

       Sandra Ricketts-Board of Election Chair: Ms. Ricketts shared that she was
present as a secondary backup to her appearance last month. Ms. Ricketts stated that
the Board of Elections met in closed session last month with the Board of
Commissioners and the only word they received was that no decision was made. Ms.
Ricketts asked the courtesy of a yes, no or that the matter has been tabled to be
discussed at another time. Commissioner Jones called for the next item on the Agenda.
Vice Chair Sikes stated that the matter was tabled at this time until further action. Vice
Chair Sikes then stated that no action was taken so he guesses that is a no to their
request.

      Public Addresses to the Board:
      Sylvia Jeter, a resident of Morven, appeared on behalf of the Township of
Morven. Ms. Jeter shared that Morven was one of the poorest towns in the county and
they are having high water and wastewater billings with some ranging from $60 to
$125 a month. Ms. Jeter shared that their rates have gone up while their gallons have
gone down. Ms. Jeter stated that they cannot afford to pay these high bills and asked
the county to consider taking over water and wastewater for the Town of Morven.
Commissioner Streater stated that this was on the Agenda to be discussed later in the
meeting.

      Karen White, of the Anson County Association of Educators, appeared before
the Board to ask them to consider raising the local supplement for teachers. Ms. White
shared that the minimum supplement was $383 with the maximum being $930. Ms.
White shared the following supplements from various other counties:
      Richmond:    minimum is $744 with the maximum being $1109
      Montgomery: minimum is $600 with the maximum being $2000
      Stanly: minimum is $1650 with the maximum being $2250
      Union: minimum is $1550 with the maximum being $4542
Ms. White shared that she loves her job in Anson County but is considering going to
Union since financially it is getting harder and harder. Ms. White stated that in addition
to being teachers, they are also counselors and they wear many hats in a given day.
Commissioner Jones asked Ms. White if she was from the NEA with Ms. White
answering yes. Commissioner Jones then asked if she holds an office with Ms. White
answering she is the local president. Commissioner Jones then asked Ms. White if she
was aware that a couple of years ago they made an appearance before the NEA with a
suggestion for a supplement and it was voted down by the NEA. Ms. White shared that
she was not aware of this. Commissioner Jones stated that the NEA told the Board of
Commissioners the reason they voted against this was because Dr. Truman was
opposed to this. Again Ms. White stated that she was not aware of this. Commissioner
Jones stated that the suggestion made to the NEA at that time was for a referendum to
the people of Anson County to have supplements for teachers. Commissioner Jones
asked Ms. White what level of supplement she would recommend with Ms. White
feeling it was currently at 1.5%.        Commissioner Jones then asked Ms. White her
thoughts on having a referendum and Ms. White felt it was a wonderful idea and
recommended 2.5. Commissioner Sims voiced that he did not remember talk of a
referendum as a body in official capacity. Commissioner Lear stated that he did not
recall mention of this as well as Commissioner Streater. Commissioner Jones shared
that he made an appearance before the NEA as an individual and they voted it down
based on the fact that George Truman was opposed to it. Commissioner Streater asked
why he was opposed to it with Commissioner Jones answering it was not clear other
than the fact that they were afraid of him. Commissioner Jones stated that his proposal
then and now is to have a referendum and let the people of Anson County decide if
they want to support education. Commissioner Streater agreed with holding a
referendum. Commissioner Sims stated that he was not aware of the events discussed
by Commissioner Jones and offered that Dr. Truman was a professional educator and
he does not believe he would do anything to keep teachers from having higher
supplements. Commissioner Sims feels if Dr. Truman rejected the plan it was probably
because he did not feel comfortable that it would be advantageous for teachers.
Commissioner Streater was of the opinion that a Board member or County Manager
Lucas should talk with Dr. Truman and this group to see if they would support this.
Vice Chair Sikes offered that staff would follow up on this. Vice Chair Sikes thanked Ms.
White for appearing before the Board.

      Consent Agenda:        Motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded by
Commissioner Jones, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried
unanimously.

        Minutes: Approved minutes of meetings dated September 5, 22 and 28, 2006 and closed
session minutes dated September 5 and 22, 2006.
        Tax Releases: Approved as follows:
          Employee Event Budget Amendment:      To appropriate donations for employee sponsored
events.
                                            AMENDMENT
                               Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
       BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
       Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
               Increase:        11-4110                              $ 2,575
                        Total Increase                               $ 2,575
       Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
               Increase:        11-4110                              $ 2,575
                        Total Increase                               $ 2,575
       Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

          Budget Expense Report and Fund Balance Update: Approved as presented.

                Fund Balance Calculation

                                                           As of
                                                         10/4/2006
 Available Fund Balance
   Cash & Investments                                $   1,999,907
   Less Liabilities (w/out deferred revenue)         $     169,934
   Less Deferred Revenue (from cash receipts)        $    (177,274)
   Less Encumbrances                                 $     (44,921)

   Total Available                                   $ 1,947,646.63

 General Fund Expenditures
   Total Expenditures (Adopted Budget)               $25,018,608.00

 Total Available for Appropriation
   Total Available                                   $ 1,947,647
   Total Expenditures                                $ 25,018,608

   Available Fund Balance                                       7.78%

   Available Fund Balance Requirement                             8%
                                                           $2,001,489

   Difference                                                  -0.22%

   Fund Balance Available for Appropriation                  ($53,842)

         Health Budget Amendment – Family Planning: To appropriate additional funding from the
Division of Public Health for Family Planning.
                                               AMENDMENT
                                Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
         BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
         Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
                 Increase:       11-5110-5182                         $ 3,108
                         Total Increase                                 $ 3,108
        Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
                Increase:        11-5100                                $ 3,108
                         Total Increase                                 $ 3,108
        Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

         Health Budget Amendment – Bioterrorism: To appropriate additional funding from the
Division of Public Health for Bioterrorism.
                                              AMENDMENT
                                 Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
         BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
         Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
                 Increase:        11-5110-5182                         $ 15,000
                          Total Increase                               $ 15,000
         Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
                 Increase:        11-5100                              $ 15,000
                          Total Increase                               $ 15,000
         Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

        Elderly Budget Amendment-Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program: To
appropriate funding from the Department of Insurance of North Carolina for the Senior’s Health
Insurance Information Program.
                                             AMENDMENT
                                Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
        BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
        Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
                Increase:        11-5880                               $ 3,100
                         Total Increase                                $ 3,100
        Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
                Increase:        11-5880                               $ 3,100
                         Total Increase                                $ 3,100
        Adopted this 9th day of October 2006.

        Cooperative Extension Budget Amendment-Donations for Ag Expo & Fair: Appropriates
additional donations from sponsors for the 2006 Anson County Ag Expo and Fair.
                                             AMENDMENT
                                Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
        BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
        Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
                Increase:        11-4950                              $ 6,100
                         Total Increase                               $ 6,100
        Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
                Increase:        11-4950                              $ 6,100
                         Total Increase:                              $ 6,100
        Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

        Anson Rescue Budget Amendment-Funding for Third Prime Time Ambulance:
appropriates funding for the approved contract with Anson Rescue for the services of a third prime time
ambulance per Board of Commissioners approval on September 5, 2006:
                                            AMENDMENT
                              Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
       BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
       Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
               Decrease:        11-9912                             $ (37,500)
               Increase:        11-4372                             $ 37,500
                        Net                                                -
       Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

       CDBG Budget Amendment: To Close the 2003 Scattered Site Housing Project & open the
2006 Scattered Housing Project:
                                             AMENDMENT
                      Anson County Community Development Block Grant Project
                                       2003 Scattered Site Housing
       BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the Anson County
Community Development block Grant/2003 Scattered Site Housing Project be amended as follows:
       Section 3. Revenues:
               Increase:        Local Commitment                    $    100
                        Total Increase                              $    100
       Section 4. Expenditures:
               Increase:        Administration                      $     17
               Increase:        Transfer to 21 Fund                 $     83
                        Total Increase                              $    100
       Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

        2004 Urgent Repairs Budget Amendment: To close out the 2004 Urgent Repairs Project
Ordinance and to open the 2006 Scattered Housing Project Ordinance:
                                              AMENDMENT
                                  Anson County-Housing Finance Agency
                                        2004 Urgent Repairs Project
        BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the Anson County Housing
Finance Agency/2004 Urgent Repairs Project Ordinance be amended as follows:
        Section 3. Revenues:
                Increase:        Interest on Investments              $     68
                         Total Increase                               $     68
        Section 3: Expenditures:
                Decrease:        Rehabilitation                       $ (1,139)
                Decrease:        Administration                       $ (931)
                Increase:        Transfer to 21 Fund                  $ 2,138
                         Total Increase                               $      68
        Adopted this 9th day of October, 2006.

         Tax Collector’s Report & Order to Collect: The report was accepted as presented.
Approved the following resolution authorizing and directing the Tax Collector to collect the taxes charged
in the tax records and receipts per North Carolina General Statutes 105-321(b).
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF ANSON

          To the Tax Collector of the County of Anson
          You are hereby authorized, empowered and commanded to collect the taxes set forth in the tax
records filed in the office of the Assessor and in the tax receipts herewith delivered to you, in the amounts
and from the taxpayers likewise therein set forth. Such taxes are hereby declared to be a first lien upon
all real property of the respective taxpayers in the County of Anson, and this order shall be a full and
sufficient authority to direct, require and enable you to levy on and sell any real or personal property of
such taxpayers, for and on account thereof, in accordance with law.

       JCPC Budget Amendment-refund overpayment of the program in FY 05/06:
Appropriates fund balance to refund the overpayment.
                                             AMENDMENT
                               Anson County Budget Ordinance FY 2006/07
       BE IT ORDAINED by the Anson County Board of Commissioners that the FY 2006/07 Budget
Ordinance be amended as follows:
       Section 1. General Fund Expenditures:
                Increase:       11-5840                              $  833
                        Total Increase                               $  833
       Section 2. General Fund Revenues:
                Increase:       11-4110 (Fund Bal. Approp)           $  833
                        Total Increase                               $  833
       Adopted this 9th day of October, 206.

        Economic Development Report: Accepted as presented.

        Administrative Matters:
        Town of Morven-Water & Sewer Issues: County Manager Lucas shared that
the issue to consider the feasibility of taking over the Morven’s water and sewer
operation came to him from Mayor Carr. County Manager Lucas feels the board needs
to work with the Town to evaluate the system. County Manager Lucas suggesting
getting an engineering assessment in order to know the condition of the assets in the
ground and bring that back before the Board with a recommendation. County Manager
Lucas feels it would not be prudent to take over the system without knowing the
financial implications. County Manager Lucas feels it would take thirty to sixty days for
the assessment. Commissioner Streater asked Mr. Gulledge if he thought it would take
sixty days with Mr. Gulledge feeling there were a couple of factors to consider. Mr.
Gulledge feels we need to evaluate the water and sewer system. Mr. Gulledge stated
that the general life of water and sewer is generally forty years and Mr. Gulledge
understands this was put in during WPA days. Mr. Gulledge agreed that an engineer
needs to evaluate the maintenance requirement for the Town and if we take this over
he feels we need to prepare a complete budget for their water and sewer. Mr. Gulledge
shared that our sewer rates are based on treating for all the towns and Morven’s rates
are considerably higher. Mr. Gulledge stated a preliminary analysis shows that the
average water and sewer customer of the county uses approximately 5,000 gallons per
month. Mr. Gulledge stated that based on the number of customers and the amount of
flow Morven has, their average bill is around 9,000 gallons. Mr. Gulledge stated that if
the average Morven customer uses 5,000 gallons per month and we extend our rates to
them, we would lose several thousand dollars a month in revenue. Mr. Gulledge stated
that it would take an engineer to find out what is happening and feels it would take at
least sixty days. Commissioner Streater then asked Mayor Carr if the Town had a
recent study on the system with Mayor Carr answering that he just signed a contract
with Engineering Services about a month ago. Mayor Carr was of the opinion the pipes
were closer to fifty or sixty years old. Mayor Carr shared that the town is spending
between three and five hundred dollars a month on repairs. Mayor Carr voiced that it
was unfortunate that tax rates, water and sewer rates bear no relationship to the ability
of people to pay. Mayor Carr shared that they have lost their tax base and are relying
on customers to pay the bill. Mayor Carr stated that they would soon spend $19,000 to
refurbish their water tank. Mayor Carr stated that they have thought about doing away
with the water tank due to the high maintenance cost and have the water piped directly
to the citizens. Mr. Gulledge was of the opinion that DWQ would not let them close the
tank since it was needed for fire flow. Commissioner Lear wondered if Environmental
Impact of RC&D could be of assistance to Morven. County Manager Lucas stated that
he would investigate to see if there was something they could do. Mayor Carr stated
that he could almost crush the water pipes with his hand with all the rust and corrosion.
Mayor Carr voiced that some customers were no longer drinking town water to due all
the rust and corrosion. After discussion, motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded
by Commissioner Jones, to direct the County Manager to look into this and report back
within sixty days. Motion carried unanimously.

        2007-2009 Work First State Plan: Mr. Crandell stated that every two years
he appears before this not so humble body to present the plan for work first or more
commonly called the welfare program. Mr. Crandell stated that the plan cost money
but it was the same as was spent in 1996. Mr. Crandell introduced Lula Jackson, Work
First Supervisor, to present the plan. Ms. Jackson explained that the plan was basically
the same as last year with a few innovative changes. Ms. Jackson stated that one
difference is that this plan will assist work first participants in obtaining a drivers
license. Ms. Jackson stated a lot of work first participants have never taken a driving
test and this plan will set aside funds to make this available to them. Ms. Jackson
stated that another program was family planning and DSS in conjunction with the
Health Department will offer gift certificates to TANIF recipients for family planning
services. Ms. Jackson stated that this would be available to both male and females
starting at age twelve and over. Commissioner Jones questioned getting a gift
certificate for attending family planning. Commissioner Jones then questioned giving a
present to someone to come listen to something about family planning which generally
speaking is not get pregnant. Ms. Jackson said they were offering a gift card to Wal-
Mart in the amount of $50.00 as an incentive to not do that. Commissioner Sims asked
if the gift card was given per night of attendance thinking he might want to get on the
program. Ms. Jackson shared that family planning was once a year. Commissioner
Streater asked if they had to attend the follow up with Ms. Jackson explaining that they
would receive $25.00 for attending the initial program and they have to return within a
month to make sure they are using the contraceptives or doing what was suggested for
them to do in the first visit. Ms. Jackson shared that they would receive an additional
$25.00 for attending the follow-up visit. Commissioner Jones asked if they receive this
gift card only if they are not pregnant with Ms. Jackson stating that they get the card
whether they are pregnant or not as long as they attend the programs. Commissioner
Jones voiced appreciation to Wal-Mart for their generosity with Commissioner Sims
stating that Work First pays for the cards and Wal-Mart is not giving them away.
Commissioner Jones asked the county’s role in this. Mr. Crandell voiced that for nine
year’s he has been trying to get into the school system to prevent and reduce teenage
pregnancies in the county. Mr. Crandell offered that we have one of the highest
teenage pregnancy rates in the State and they cannot get into the school system due to
some federal thing that says all you have to do is preach abstinence. Mr. Crandell
stated that if we were practicing what we were preaching we would not have the
teenage pregnancy problem in the first place. Mr. Crandell stated that they are trying
to back door into this to get the welfare parents and children to hear that if you’re
going to have sex at least practice safe sex which prevents STD’s and pregnancies. Mr.
Crandell offered that you can’t get people to do things out of the goodness of their
heart and if you offer a little something they will participate. Commissioner Sims voiced
appreciation for the attitude and concern but feels there are two ways of doing this.
Commissioner Sims feels you can give incentives or say if you don’t come we will cut it
all off. Mr. Crandell shared that they can’t do that because we are a standard county
and the federal government through the state operates these rules. Commissioner Lear
feels this is admirable and asked if anything like this had been tried in other counties.
Mr. Crandell did not know the answer. Mr. Crandell stated that we are going to spend
$367,000 regardless of what we do and we also have the opportunity to pull down
about $690,000 of federal money and up until two years ago we were not spending all
of it. Commissioner Jones asked why with Mr. Crandell answering we were not
spending it because we did not have an adequate plan. Mr. Crandell shared that we
have less than 200 families in the county on welfare. Commissioner Lear asked Mr.
Crandell if he feels this will reduce the rate with Mr. Crandell answering that he feels it
is better than doing nothing. Commissioner Lear asked if there was a way to measure
the success of the program with Mr. Crandell answering yes by seeing what happens to
the STD rate and the pregnancy rate. County Manager Lucas stated that the ultimate
goal is self sufficiency. Mr. Crandell stated that if they had their way and the school
system had its way we could get in and work together. Mr. Crandell offered that Smart
Start, the Health Department and DSS cannot get in the school system. Commissioner
Lear offered that working in the school system he has seen plenty of what Mr. Crandell
is talking about and asked about an incentive to not get pregnant. Ms. Jackson felt that
was a good thought. Commissioner Jones shared that twenty years ago his wife, a
public health nurse, was on the school board and a champion of putting into the school
system a similar program. Commissioner Jones stated that the program was adopted
but then cancelled because the School Board Chair reported her to the Attorney General
and wanted her arrested and her nurse license taken away because she was promoting
promiscuity in the school system. Commissioner Jones agreed that we need to find an
effective way to frustrate this situation. Ms. Jackson noted another program they will
be promoting is volunteer time for parents. Ms. Jackson stated that all Work First
recipients are required to do thirty-five hours of activities per week and those having
children in school will be required to spend a portion of those hours in the school. Ms.
Jackson did state that those parents that are working will not be required to spend time
in the school if there is a conflict but there are meetings that take place in the
afternoon that they will be encouraged to attend. Commissioner Streater voiced
support for the program noting that we’ve got to try something because everything else
has failed. Motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded by Commissioner Jones, to
approve the plan as submitted. Commissioner Sims asked at the state, local and
national levels were we increasing the number of illegitimate children or decreasing the
number. Mr. Crandell did not know the answer. Commissioner Sims stated that if the
federal or state government does not turn lose and give us options to say to people we
want the children to be taken care of but if you don’t do as asked then you will not get
anything it will not get better. Commissioner Sims agrees that the incentives are better
than nothing but they will not solve the problem. Commissioner Streater stated that an
educator from the school system was on the Work First Committee and they agreed
that something needs to be done. Motion carried unanimously.

        Work First Demonstration Grant: Mr. Crandell announced that this was a
demonstration grant where they are going after more money. Mr. Crandell stated there
are no county dollars in this Grant. Mr. Crandell shared that one of the more serious
problems their welfare clients have is transportation. Mr. Crandell then introduced their
brainchild, Lawrence Gatewood, to explain the grant. Mr. Gatewood stated that has
served as a work first social worker for approximately six years and he’s never been
more excited about the opportunity to contribute more to the working poor in our
county than he was tonight. Mr. Gatewood stated that they have written and applied
for a $288,630 grant that can be administered using existing manpower at DSS. Mr.
Gatewood explained that the General Assembly has appropriated nineteen million
dollars to be spent over three years in support of work first participants. Mr. Gatewood
shared that the objective is to move the participants from where they are currently into
meaningful work. Mr. Gatewood shared that Ms. Dorsey, area coordinator for work
first, was impressed by the plan. Mr. Gatewood explained that they will ask the client
to contribute $500 towards the purchase of decent vehicle and they will invest from the
grant money $4500, making a total package of $5,000 towards the purchase of a
vehicle. Mr. Gatewood stated that they plan to work with local dealerships to make
sure the car is well equipped and has been thoroughly inspected. Mr. Gatewood stated
that if the client has a vehicle to trade in they would hope the local dealers would
guarantee $500 value for the trade in making the total value of the deal $5500. Mr.
Gatewood shared that over the three year period they propose to purchase 45 vehicles
at a rate of 15 per year starting as soon as the program is approved. Mr. Gatewood
feels confident the program will be approved. Commissioner Jones asked Mr.
Gatewood if he anticipates this reducing the burden on ACTS with Mr. Gatewood
answering in a sense yes. Mr. Gatewood stated that this would give the clients reliable
transportation to and from work. Commissioner Lear voiced that he likes the concept of
the client contribution of $500 and applauded Mr. Gatewood for a well thought out
program. Commissioner Sims asked what assurance we have that the client will not
loan the car to someone or that they will do the required maintenance. Mr. Gatewood
stated that once the client has access to the car it becomes their vehicle but the
primary intent is to make sure they have transportation to and from work. Mr.
Gatewood feels that out of the 45 cars they hope to purchase some will be abused and
misused but one requirement of the program is that the applicant must attend an
automobile maintenance workshop. Commissioner Sims asked if the client becomes
unemployed do they keep the car with Mr. Gatewood answering yes. Commissioner
Lear feels we will never be able to foolproof the $500 and asked what happens if
someone decides to sell their car. Mr. Crandell said there would be assurances that
they would never get another car under this grant. Commissioner Jones asked why we
could not protect ourselves and take a lien on the vehicle. County Manager Lucas
noted this was presented as information only and no action is required at this time.
Commissioner Sims feels there should be some personal responsibility somewhere.
Commissioner Sims noted that politicians say all the time that we are not going to give
anybody money and we’re going to make people work. Commissioner Sims was of the
opinion that people ought to work as it was good for pride and productivity but stated
that when he looks at housing, food stamps, transportation, daycare, automobile and
medical he is not so sure we are not paying more to work than we were the other way.

       Urgent Repairs Grant: County Manager Lucas stated that we were writing an
application to the State for this program and in the past it was $3500 then bumped to
$5,000 and we didn’t put any county match in the program. County Manager Lucas
stated that last year we were a Tier 2 county and now we are a Tier 3 county until
January 1 when the Tiers will change. County Manager Lucas stated that this is a
competitive grant process and using our funds will enhance the competitiveness and
allow us to leverage more with the grant. County Manager Lucas asked the Board to
consider reallocating existing funding in the amount of $3,000 as matching funds for
the Urgent Repairs program upon receipt of the grant. County Manager Lucas
announced that funds would be reallocated from the existing budget. Motion by
Commissioner Sims, seconded by Commissioner Lear, to follow the County Manager’s
suggestion. Motion carried unanimously.

        Former Board of Education Building-Storm Water Drain: County Manager
Lucas stated that he asked someone from DOT to be present to speak to the issue.
County Manager Lucas shared that there is a large sink hole that has been growing in
size for the last six to eight months and on several occasions we’ve added dirt to this to
keep it from growing. County Manager Lucas stated that DOT is concerned that the
sink hole will begin to consume their sidewalk and then the road and we would be
liable. County Manager Lucas explained that DOT is responsible for storm water and
when the building was constructed someone put a junction box at the drain on the hill
and ran a pipe under the ground to take the water to the storm water run off which is
adjacent to the left side of the building. County Manager Lucas stated that staff
researched old minutes and it has been difficult to find any information on this issue.
County Manager Lucas stated that DOT has nothing on record to say they installed the
pipe and therefore will hold the county liable if it falls in. County Manager Lucas noted
that repairs to the drain would be more costly with the building there than if the
building was removed. County Manager Lucas stated that the building is of no use to
the county and it seems no one has a desire to purchase this property and asked Board
members their thoughts. County Manager Lucas reminded Board members that the
Town of Wadesboro has asked us to condemn the property. Commissioner Streater
asked Marvin Deese, Chief Building inspector, his thoughts. Mr. Deese advised the
Board to tear down the building. County Manager Lucas feels the property would sell
better without the building. Commissioner Streater asked the board to remove the
building with Mr. Deese feeling it would be expensive. Commissioner Sims stated that if
we get into lead paint and asbestos there is no telling what the cost would be to tear
down the building. Commissioner Sims voiced that we had a fairly decent building that
we ignored and over a period of time water got in and completely ruined the building
and the problem will continue to grow and cost even more. Commissioner Lear
commented that we would do better to give the building away. County Manager Lucas
stated that that was an option and feels someone may take it if we give it away. Larry
Newton, Assessor, stated that at one time he had a demolition quote of $28,000. Mr.
Deese shared that at one time the man tearing down the old Little Cotton building gave
a price of $35,000 but then said he might be wiling to tear down the building for the
property. Commissioner Streater mentioned the person tearing down the Little
property and made a motion to deed the property to him. Commissioner Lear
suggested having the County Manager enter into negotiations for the building.
Commissioner Lear asked the Manager and the County Attorney to make sure the
county is relieved of any liability.

       Cooperative Extension Memorandum of Understanding: County Manager
Lucas stated that this was something the State and the NCACC has been working on for
the last year in order to establish a new Memorandum of Understanding between the
counties and the Cooperative Extension. County Manager Lucas asked the Board to
consider and adopt the changes to the existing Cooperative Extension Memorandum of
Understanding. County Manager Lucas stated that there was no fiscal or operational
impact to the county. County Manager Lucas offered that the county is currently a
send-in county which means all the employees are employees of the State and this is
not the case in some counties. County Manager Lucas stated that this revised MOU
moves all Cooperative Extension Agents to be employees of the State of North Carolina.
County Manager Lucas stated Anson County has been an optional lock in county which
essentially guarantees the cost-share percentages for all compensation related
adjustments. County Manager Lucas stated that both things in the memorandum that
they are seeking other counties to get to we have already done in Anson County.
Motion by Commissioner Lear, seconded by Commissioner Streater, to approve.
Commissioner Streater asked what changes were made with Ms. Rywak noting there
were no changes to the current Memorandum of Understanding. Ms. Rywak stated that
the last MOU was signed in 1993 and it was time to update and resign. Commissioner
Sims was of the opinion Ms. Rywak was doing a good job and voiced that he would
vote for this. Motion carried unanimously.

      Dress Code Policy: County Manager Lucas stated that this was brought before
the Board in September and the Board asked the County Attorney to review the policy.
County Manager Lucas stated that there was one instance where we left something in
the male dress code that we did not put in the women’s and that has now been made
equal and consistent per the County Attorney’s recommendation. County Manager
Lucas stated that it was now back before the Board for approval to become a part of
our Personnel Ordinance. Motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded by
Commissioner Jones, to approve. Motion carried unanimously.
                               ANSON COUNTY DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

Your personal cleanliness and appearance is of importance to both yourself and Anson County. Our
requirements are simple and reasonable – dress neatly and avoid any apparel or grooming not in keeping
with good business taste and safety standards. Employees are expected at all times, to present a
professional image to the public.

APPROPRIATE DRESS FOR WOMEN:

Clothing must be business professional which may include dresses, skirts, suits, pantsuits, sweaters,
blazers, and blouses. Skirts and dresses above the knee are acceptable as long as they are knee length
to 2” above the knee. Khaki and linen slacks are acceptable. Tops and bottoms must be the correct fit so
that no inappropriate part of your body is exposed when completing daily tasks. Shoes should be
appropriate for the job with safety being taken into consideration.

INAPPROPRIATE DRESS FOR WOMEN:

The wearing of athletic (wind, jogging or warm-up) suits, jeans, low cut dresses or tops, strapless or
backless dresses or tops, tank tops, leggings, leisure shorts, t-shirts with designs or slogans, stirrup
pants, split skirts (skorts), flip-flops, tattoos, body piercing (2 earrings per ear is acceptable), mini or
micro-mini skirts are not permitted.

APPROPRIATE DRESS FOR MEN:

Clothing must be business professional which may include suits, sports jackets, khaki pants, sweaters,
collared shirts, slacks, and ties. Tops and bottoms must be the correct fit so that no inappropriate part of
your body is exposed when completing daily tasks. Suit pants and slacks should be at shoe top length.
Shoes should be appropriate for the job with safety being taken into consideration.

INAPPROPRIATE DRESS FOR MEN:

The wearing of athletic (wind, jogging or warm-up) suits, jeans, tank tops, leisure shorts, t-shirts with
designs or slogans, flip-flops, tattoos, and body piercing (2 earrings per ear is acceptable) are not
permitted.

DRESS FOR THOSE REQUIRED TO WEAR UNIFORMS:

Uniforms, including shoes, socks, hose and belts should be of the color and construction required for your
position. Uniforms should be kept clean, in good repair, and fit correctly so that no inappropriate part of
your body is exposed when completing daily tasks. Hats required as a part of the uniform or as a safety
requirement must be in good condition.

Both safety shoes and back supports must be maintained and worn as required.

GENERAL

       Identification badges must be kept in good condition and displayed at all times.
       Safety should be considered in all aspects of attire.
       All clothing and shoes must be in good repair.
       Hairstyles and color should be conservative in nature.
       Facial hair should be neat and well groomed.
       Jewelry and accessories should be conservative.
       Good hygiene should be practiced at all times.
       Dress code applies to all county employees, contractors, volunteers, part-time, and/or students
        training in county facilities.
       On Fridays in the office areas, the dress code is revised to include neat, presentable, denim
        jeans, but all other aspects of the dress code must be followed.

ADVERSE WEATHER

If county offices remain open during adverse weather conditions appropriate attire may be worn. These
may include but are not limited to: jeans, rain boots, wind-suits, sneakers, and sweatshirts.

Any employee who does not meet the standards of this policy will be required to take corrective action,
which may include leaving the premises. Any work time missed because of failure to comply with this
policy will not be compensated, and repeated violations of this policy will be cause for disciplinary action.

Any deviation from the dress code because of medical or working conditions requires special permission
from the department head.

If a question arises as to what constitutes appropriate/inappropriate dress, the judgment of the
department head will prevail. However, the Human Resources Office will periodically review the
enforcement of the policy to ensure consistent application across the various departments of county
government.

Appeals should be addressed to the County Manager.

       Meeting Date for November & December: County Manager Lucas stated
that the Board meeting for November was currently set for the first Tuesday which is
November 7 and is also Election Day. County Manager Lucas asked if there was any
desire to change the date. County Manager Lucas stated the December meeting was
scheduled for the first Tuesday and per North Carolina General Statutes in even
numbered years the new Board is to take office on the first Monday. County Manager
Lucas asked the Board to change the December date to the first Monday rather than
meeting on two dates. Commissioner Streater voiced that he saw no reason to change
the November date. Commissioner Streater voiced agreement in changing the
December meeting to the first Monday. Commissioner Sims agreed. Motion by
Commissioner Streater, seconded by Commissioner Jones, to have the November
meeting on the regular scheduled date and move December to Monday. County
Manager Lucas announced that would be December 4th. Motion carried unanimously.

         Criminal Justice Facilities-Capital Needs Assessment: County Manager
Lucas stated that this issue first came before the Board in September with the
recommended action to consider appropriating an amount not to exceed $15,000 from
the court facilities fund balance to conduct a capital needs assessment for the court
facilities. County Manager Lucas noted that the criminal justice stakeholders and Board
members felt it was imperative to get an objective, professional opinion on the
condition, options and funding estimates for the renovation and/or construction of a
new courthouse facility. Commissioner Jones asked what they plan to do with the
$15,000. County Manager Lucas stated they would do an RFP for the study and then
bring that back to the Board to select the firm and then come back to the Board with a
full assessment. Motion by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Streater,
to approve the $15,000 allocation from the court facilities fund for this purpose.
Commissioner Lear wanted to make sure this was a necessary first step and that we
were not spending $15,000 to find out something we already knew. County Manager
Lucas stated that was one of the questions asked and feels before going into any
capital construction project you need an assessment of needs. County Manager Lucas
stated that if this were to lead to a capital project we could reimburse the fund balance
with the capital project fund. Commissioner Sims was of the opinion that we would
probably spend the money for a study with such a high price tag that nothing much
would be done. Commissioner Sims voiced that the alternative was to do nothing and
that would make the Judge ill and he feels the only reasonable thing to do is to do the
study. Commissioner Lear agreed doing nothing was not an option and asked if the
stakeholders agree this is what we need. County Manager Lucas answered yes and
Judge Beale feels it would be beneficial to have something the Board could take to their
constituents. Motion carried unanimously.

       Parallel Taxiway Contract: County Manager Lucas stated this was approval
of the capital project contract and budget for Phase 1 of the parallel taxiway
construction at the Airport. County Manager Lucas stated that the parallel taxi-way was
a requirement for the ILS system (instrument landing system) that the FAA will
commission, install and maintain beginning in 2008. County Manager Lucas stated that
matching funds for the project were budgeted in FY 2007. County Manager Lucas
shared that the total budget for phase 1 construction would be $1,112,908.28. County
Manager stated that this total is $215,192.62 less than the lowest bid and approving
the change order allows us to begin installation of the taxiway.              Motion by
Commissioner Lear, seconded by Commissioner Jones, to approve. Commissioner Sims
asked the cost of the installation and equipment to be installed by the FAA. County
Manager Lucas did not know the value but stated he would be glad to find out.
Commissioner Sims feels it important to understand that most of the money spent at
the Airport has been federal and state grants and the pay back is taxing the planes and
hangars. County Manager Lucas pointed out that the county has made a substantial
investment of approximately three to four hundred thousand dollars over the last three
or four years and feels there is a point where the capital comes to a conclusion and we
begin to market the facility. Motion carried unanimously.

       The Crossings Subdivision-Letter of Credit Release: County Manager
Lucas referred to the letter contained in the agenda packet from the Department of
Transportation stating that the road and erosion control measures have passed
inspection. County Manager Lucas recommended the return of the remaining $30,000
we are holding as a performance bond. Motion by Commissioner Lear, seconded by
Commissioner Jones, to release these funds. Commissioner Sims was of the opinion
that as we move forward we should be cautious on how much liability we take on these
projects. County Manager Lucas stated that DOT will take over the road so there is no
liability. Commissioner Streater asked if we should not wait until DOT takes over the
road before refunding the money. County Manager Lucas stated that they’ve done
what was asked and DOT has signed that it meets their approval. Commissioner Lear
asked to amend his motion that we release this funding based upon the inspection and
satisfactory report of the DOT. Commissioner Sims voiced that they have about as
much river frontage as we have in front of the courthouse. Commissioner Jones voiced
that his second stands. Motion carried unanimously.

        Appointments:
        Airport Commission: Commissioner Sims asked the number of appointments
needed with County Manager Lucas answering six were open. Commissioner Sims
nominated Bobby Hancock for one position. Commissioner Streater offered a second to
the nomination. Commissioner Jones stated that Mr. Hancock was a personal friend of
his but felt he was one-half of the County Manager’s problem with the Airport.
Commissioner Jones was of the opinion that Mr. Hancock would tell others problems he
saw with the construction of the terminal rather than telling the County Manager.
County Manager Lucas stated that he has no problems with Mr. Hancock and in fact he
has encouraged Mr. Hancock to take more action as the Airport Manager.
Commissioner Jones remembers the County Manager telling him of a number of
concerns from Mr. Hancock that the Manager had to hear third hand. County Manager
Lucas stated that Mr. Hancock tells him of issues and he has encouraged Mr. Hancock
to be more aggressive in dealing with them.        Commissioner Jones shared that he
received a call in support of Mr. Hancock but he feels Mr. Hancock would serve no
purpose on the commission as it is not his style. Commissioner Sims stated that he
understands there are five or six appointments to be made and he didn’t think Mr.
Hancock would be the only one. Commissioner Jones stated that he would recommend
Blake Hildreth and Bobby Little, III. Commissioner Jones stated that he is hearing now
that had Mr. Hancock only told us there would not have been all this back door stuff
and now he is hearing that none of that happened. County Manager Lucas asked for
clarification on this as he has had conversations about being kept out of the loop but it
was a result of things this Board remedied in previous meetings and not Mr. Hancock.
Commissioner Streater voiced that he visited the Airport and Mr. Hancock showed him
things about the new building that was not right. Commissioner Jones asked why Mr.
Hancock didn’t tell the Manager with Commissioner Streater offering that this was
before Andy’s time. Commissioner Sims was of the opinion that everyone should go
through the Manager with everything. Commissioner Jones agreed. Commissioner
Jones feels there are serious money issues at the Airport and feels there should be an
audit of the monies expended on the project. Commissioner Jones stated that no one
can tell him how the monies have been spent. County Manager Lucas stated that he
would be happy to share the information on how the funds have been expended with
Commissioner Jones. County Manager Lucas shared that the furniture for the building
was purchased before he came on Board and before Holly was finance officer so he
cannot speak to the issues of furniture. Commissioner Jones voiced that he has no
interest in what happened after October and he would love an audit prior to October.
Commissioner Streater reminded Board members of the call from Mr. Martin regarding
the furniture. Commissioner Jones voiced that he was interested in not only that but
how the secondary paving money was spent and how the checks were written.
Commissioner Jones stated that he is also interested in how the money was spent for
the first grading and how the checks were written and what happened to the balance of
the funds. Commissioner Sims voiced that Mr. Hancock was a fine man that has spent
a lifetime of service at the airport and if you find fault with him you probably have a
problem of your own. Commissioner Jones took issue with this statement and
Commissioner Sims then apologized. Motion carried unanimously.          County Manager
Lucas then asked which position Mr. Hancock would be filling with Vice Chair Sikes
stating it was the vacant position. County Manager Lucas asked about the other
vacancies. Motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded by Commissioner Lear, to
approve the reappointment of Jim Martin, Hoy Lanning, Theodore Horne, Jr., Benjy
Brasington and Ken Huntley. Commissioner Sims voiced that he assumes the Board
was voting for the vacant position and reminded Board members that he did not agree
with not allowing Mr. Wease to participate and assumes that was not a part of the
vacancies. Commissioner Sims stated that he was making a motion for a vacancy and
according to the vote last time Mr. Wease was not eligible. Vice Chair Sikes agreed.
Commissioner Jones then asked Commissioner Sims if he would have supported Mr.
Wease with Commissioner Sims answering yes. Commissioner Jones then asked
Commissioner Sims if he would support Mr. Wease over Mr. Hancock with
Commissioner Sims stating that was his business. Motion carried unanimously.

       Citizens Advisory Board: Commissioner Lear submitted the name of Frederick
Usrey and Commissioner Jones submitted the name of Hugh James. Commissioner
Sims stated that he realizes they’ve served many terms but they’ve done a wonderful
job and he would like to keep Bobby Briley and Mr. Hobbs. Vice Chair Sikes said he
was not ready to make his appointment. Vice Chair Sikes asked for a motion to table
this until next meeting. Commissioner Streater suggested appointing those mentioned
tonight. Commissioner Streater stated that Mr. Tyner did not wish to serve again.
Motion by Commissioner Sims, seconded by Commissioner Streater, to approve the
appointment of Hugh James and pending their approval, Frederick Usrey, Bobby Briley
and Dwight Hobbs. Motion carried unanimously.

        Board of Health: Commissioner Jones nominated Betty Russell to replace
Carroll Anderson whose term has expired. Commissioner Streater seconded the
nomination. Commissioner Streater asked the Clerk if Ms. Knotts and Mr. Wright were
willing to serve with the Clerk stating she did not know. Commissioner Lear favored
leaving them if they were willing to serve. Motion by Commissioner Lear, seconded by
Commissioner Sims, to approve the two recommendations for reappointment if they are
willing to serve. Motion carried unanimously.
       ACTS Advisory Board: County Manager Lucas noted that two were eligible for
reappointment and Ms. Taylor-Lisenby has served two terms. Commissioner Jones
asked her residence with County Manager Lucas stating Chesterfield but she works with
Smart Start. Commissioner Lear nominated Ms. Bernice Bennett to replace Ms. Taylor-
Lisenby. Commissioner Jones seconded the nomination and asked if Ms. Bennett was
serving on other Boards. The Clerk pointed out that Ms. Bennett was already serving
on the ACTS Advisory Board. Motion was withdrawn. Commissioner Jones asked the
names of those up for reappointment with County Manager Lucas answering Ms. Dixie
Allen, Ms. Lula Jackson and Ms. Cindy Taylor-Lisenby. County Manager Lucas noted
that two are eligible for reappointment based on the fact that they have served only
one term and Ms. Taylor-Lisenby has served two terms already.              Motion by
Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Streater, to postpone this until the
November meeting. Commissioner Streater asked the Clerk to check with the
Transportation Board to see if they have anyone they would like to serve. The Clerk
stated that they would like to see Ms. Allen and Ms. Jackson reappointed and she was
of the understanding that it was a requirement of this Board to have a representative
from Smart Start. Commissioner Streater then asked the Clerk to check with Bonnie
Morgan or Johnnie Pettiford to see if one of them would be willing to serve.
Commissioner Sims stated that agreeing to postpone had nothing to do with
reappointment Dixie Allen or Lula Jackson as both were fine ladies. Motion carried
unanimously.

        Manager’s Report: County Manager Lucas stated that at a previous meeting
the Board asked the County Attorney to look into the certificate of need for the cancer
treatment center. County Manager Lucas reported that the county was not eligible to
appeal. County Manager Lucas reported that the ROCC group from Charlotte has now
decided that they are not going to appeal. Commissioner Jones asked the theory at law
that we don’t have standing. County Attorney Bower answered that by regulations the
county is not an injured person. County Attorney Bower noted that the county was not
a petitioner and had the ROCC appealed we could have filed a motion to intervene but
we don’t have the ability to appeal ourselves.

       County Manager Lucas reported that the prime time ambulance approved in
September was now in service and fully operational. County Manager Lucas stated that
they met last week to work out a few operational issues and things were flowing fairly
well. County Manager Lucas stated that he was astonished when he saw the EMS
ambulance parked in front of the Rescue Squad the other night and they were actually
working together. County Manager Lucas stated that this only enhances our level of
service by having three ambulances available. Commissioner Sims stated that if they
ever need a place to park an ambulance Polkton would be glad to help out.

      Commissioner Concerns: Commissioner Jones reported that the YMCA goes
forward. Commissioner Jones stated that the YMCA had a committee visit here last
week to interview various citizens and would return for additional interviews.
Commissioner Jones stated that he hopes the YMCA will say they are ready to come to
Anson County.

       Closed Session: Motion by Commissioner Streater, seconded by Commissioner
Sims, to go into closed session pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes 143-
318.11(a)(5) to establish or instruct the staff or agent concerning the negotiation of the
price and terms of a contract concerning the acquisition of real property located in
Anson County, North Carolina and North Carolina General Statutes 143-318.11(a)(6) to
consider the qualifications, competence, performance, condition of appointment of a
public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee and North Carolina
General Statutes 143-318.11(a)(3) to consult with the Attorney to protect the
attorney-client privilege. Motion carried unanimously.

       Motion by Commissioner Lear, seconded by Commissioner Streater, to come out
of closed session. Motion carried unanimously.

       In regular session, motion by Commissioner Lear, seconded by Commissioner
Sims, to give the County Manager authority to enter into negotiations for land
acquisition. Motion carried unanimously.

      Motion by Commissioner Sims, seconded by Commissioner Streater, to give the
County Manager the authority to actively assess the recruitment strategies at Brown
Creek Soil & Water. Motion carried unanimously.

      Motion by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Sims, to give the
County Manager authority to deal with the moving expense issues in the health
department as equity requires. Motion carried unanimously.

       Motion by Commissioner Jones to recess until Friday October 13 at 1:30 at the
airport. County Manager Lucas stated that Congressman Hayes would be at the Airport
on the 13th. Commissioner Sims stated that that would not be a regular meeting with
County Manager Lucas answering that if more than three Board members attend we
would have a quorum. Commissioner Jones then withdrew his motion. Motion by
Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Sims, to recess until Monday October
16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. Motion carried unanimously.

                                                Respectfully submitted:



                                                Bonnie M. Huntley, CMC
                                                Clerk to the Board

Meeting time: 4 hr. 30 min.

								
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