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JANUARY 27, 2012

AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Friday, January 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

3. Invocation

4. Approval of the minutes from the Board’s Regular Meeting of January 17, 2012

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda

7. Presentation:

Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented to Budget Manager Jennifer Mace and Budget Analysts Paul Murray and Katrina Crooks.

8. Appointments.

9. Departmental Reports:

Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Merger with Taylorsville ABC Board. Presented by J. Ray Abernathy, General Manager of Catawba County Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

10. Other Items of Business.

11. Attorneys’ Report.

12. Manager’s Report.

13. Adjournment.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. Access to the 1924 Courthouse for individuals with disabilities is at the south side (“A” Street). The elevator is located at the north end of the building. Participation in public meetings is without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, or disability.

INFOTALK/INTERNET: The Catawba County Telephone Information System will allow you to use your touch tone telephone to obtain current information on Catawba County 24 hours a day. Information is updated on a regular basis. Dial 465-8468 and INFOTALK will direct your questions with easy to understand instructions. Reach Catawba County on the Internet at http://www.catawbacountync.gov.

CALENDAR
The next Board of Commissioners Meeting will take place on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012, 9:30 A.M.

ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM

1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a request from the Town of Taylorsville to merge the Taylorsville Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board with the Catawba County ABC Board when the Board of Commissioners meets at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also recognize members of the County’s Budget staff, which recently won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 23rd consecutive year.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE BOARD’S NORMAL MEETING DATE (FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH) TO ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND THE EMERGING ISSUES FORUM ON FEB. 6.

PRESENTATIONS
The Board will present the 2011 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association to Budget Manager Jennifer Mace and Budget Analysts Paul Murray and Katrina Crooks. The award is given to local governments that prepare and publish a budget document judged to be both informative and understandable. Catawba County has won the award for 23 consecutive years.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS


ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL BOARD

The Board will consider a merger of the Taylorsville Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board with the Catawba County ABC Board. Since the dismissal of the Taylorsville ABC Store Manager in June 2011, the Taylorsville store has been under the daily management of Ray Abernathy, General Manager of the Catawba County ABC stores. The Taylorsville Town Council asked Mr. Abernathy to assist the Council in identifying a short term management solution and Mr. Abernathy volunteered to manage the store during the interim, with the full support of the Catawba County ABC Board. The Taylorsville Town Council has indicated that Mr. Abernathy’s commitment and expertise were exceptional assets to the operations, sales strategies and efficiencies of the Taylorsville store. The Council noted that Mr. Abernathy received no compensation for his services, except for mileage reimbursement. Mr. Abernathy’s management of the Taylorsville store was intended to be an interim solution only, and a decision is now due on the management of this facility.

The Taylorsville ABC Board recommends that the Taylorsville ABC Board merge with the Catawba County ABC Board, which would result in the following benefits for Taylorsville: elimination of outside accounting services ($6,000 yearly savings); elimination of certified audit services ($6,000 yearly savings); utilization of an efficient staff of cross-trained personnel to provide auditing, accounting, tax payments, payroll and human resource services; general managerial oversight with over 25 years of experience; improved benefits for clerks and manager; in-house accounting on a daily basis, which is expected to greatly improve checks and balances; allow store to have two shipments of product weekly instead of one shipment monthly; and allow for better product selection for customers

The conditions of this proposed consolidation are that the Town of Taylorsville will appoint an ABC Board Member to join the Catawba County ABC Board, which will consist of six members, five named by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and one by the Taylorsville City Council. There will be no term limits for Board members. The Chairperson will be appointed for a one year term by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. The Town of Taylorsville would receive a onetime “windfall” profit from the Catawba County ABC Board in the dollar amount associated with the store’s liquor inventory on December 31, 2011, at 9:01 p.m., which could be as much as $80,000. The Taylorsville store will remain in its current location and remain in a previous three-year lease agreement between the local board and the Town of Taylorsville. Either participant in the consolidated system may at any time, with the approval of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and in consistence with any agreement between the parties, discontinue participation as a part of the consolidated system. The merger has no impact on quarterly distributions to the Town of Taylorsville and other recipients as previously required. In compensation for running the system, Catawba County ABC will receive one half of one percent of gross sales (.5%). This approach to compensation makes the merger profitable for both parties. The Board of Commissioners’ Policy and Public Works recommends approval of this merger.

CONTACT:  DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER     828-465-8464