Boards & Committees

Be part of the governing process by serving on a board or committee. Boards and committees advise local government and provide ongoing input into policies and issues affecting the future of the County.

Catawba County Commissioners appoint members to the following boards across the county. Board openings and requirements vary for each board. If you have questions or would like to receive the description of a specific board or committee, please contact County Clerk Dale Stiles at (828) 465-8990 or dstiles@catawbacountync.gov. You can also fill out an online form by clicking 'Apply Online' below.

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Current Boards & Committees with Seats Appointed by Commissioners

Function

The ABC System was voted in on August 3, 1949. Liquor sales are controlled by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The ABC Board operates the local ABC System. Salaries and other expenses are paid from the stores' profits. The local board hires and fires employees, provides for local enforcement of the liquor laws, orders its alcoholic beverages from the State ABC Board, determines when stores will be open and otherwise manages the system.

Authorization

NCGS 18B-700; Catawba County Code, Chapter 2, Section 2-281.

Special Requirements

Requires a local ABC Board consist of 5 members for 3 year terms, staggered terms. Appointing authority appoints the Chairman. Each member needs to be bonded for at least $5,000 (subject to adjustment) by Commissioners depending on who handles the funds for the Board.

Total Members

5

BoC Appointed

5

Function

The Board of Equalization and Review was established by the Board of Commissioners. This board opens its sessions not earlier than the first Monday in April and not later than the first Monday in May. It must complete its work not later than July 1. The Board of E&R must review the listings and valuations assigned property by the list takers and the tax supervisor, making whatever changes (within legal limitations) may be necessary to insure that the values meet the standards established by State law. The Board must hear any property owner's appeal concerning the value assigned his property (or that of others) by the list takers and tax supervisor, and they have authority (within legal limitations) to make any adjustments, upward or downward, necessary to bring the valuation into line with the standards established by law.

In performing these two general responsibilities, the Board of E&R has power to make investigations, employ expert assistance, a subpoena any persons and records needed to obtain information pertinent to its inquiry.

Authorization

Chapter 355 1973 Session Laws. NC General Statute - 105-322

Special Requirements

Not more than three members shall belong to the same political party. Terms shall begin on the first Monday in December. In the year of a general election for members of the Board of County Commissioners, appointments to the Board of Equalization & Review shall not be made until the newly elected members of the Board of Commissions have taken office. Members to the Board of E & R may be removed from office by the Board of Commissioners for good cause shown upon 10 days' written notice and an opportunity to be heard at a public session of the Board of commissioners being given to the member of the Board of E & R to be removed. Vacancies in the Board of E & R shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Commissioners for the remainder of the unexpired term. At its first meeting after taking office, the Board of E & R shall designate one of its members to serve as Chairman for a term of one year.

Total Members

5

BoC Appointed

5

Function

The initial Advisory Board will establish its rules and procedures the adoption official bylaws. The bylaws may be amended by the Advisory Board in accordance with procedures noted in the adopted bylaws. The bylaws and any amendments will be filed with the Board of Commissioners.

Authorization

Updated Ordinance 12.19.22, 2022-26

Chapter 4 Agricultural Districts

The articles and sections of this Ordinance are adopted pursuant to authority conferred by North Carolina General Statues (NCGS) sections 106-735 through 106-744 and NCGS 153A.

The Board of Commissioners shall establish an Agricultural Advisory Board to implement the provisions of this Chapter, as authorized pursuant to NCGS 106.739(a).

The Advisory Board shall consist of no less than five but no more than nine members appointed by the Board of Commissioners.

Each Advisory Board member shall be a Catawba County resident and landowner in the County’s planning jurisdiction.

(2) A majority of the members of the Advisory Board shall be actively engaged in Farming. Members not actively engaged in Farming are eligible provided they have special interest, experience, or education in Farming, Agriculture, and/or rural preservation and do not represent a majority on the Advisory Board.

(3) Members shall be selected to provide the broadest possible representation of the geographical regions of the County and, to the extent possible, all segments of agricultural production existing within the County.

(4) Individuals recommended as members of the Advisory Board may be submitted to the Board of Commissioners by the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, the County Office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Farm Service Agency County Committee, County Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service, nonprofit agricultural organizations, conservation organizations, agribusiness, or the public at large.

Special Requirements

The initial Advisory Board will consist of at least two (2) appointees for terms of one (1) year and at least two (2) appointees for terms of two (2) years and at least one (1) appointee for terms of three (3) years. Thereafter, all appointments are to be for terms of three years, with reappointments permitted at the end of each term. No member may serve more than three (3) consecutive full terms.

Any vacancy on the Advisory Board must be filled by the Board of Commissioners for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Any member of the Advisory Board may be removed with or without cause by the Board of Commissioners. All members are subject to Catawba County Code section 2-266 regarding absences of board members.

The initial Advisory Board will establish its rules and procedures the adoption of official bylaws. The bylaws may be amended by the Advisory Board in accordance with procedures noted in the adopted bylaws. The bylaws and any amendments will be filed with the Board of Commissioners.

Total Members

9

BoC Appointed

9

Function

The objectives and purposes of the Catawba County Board of Adjustment shall be as set forth in North Carolina General Statute 153A-345 and amendment and supplements thereto and those powers and duties delegated to the Board of Adjustment by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners

Authorization

NCGS 153A-345. Created July 16, 1974 with the adoption of countywide zoning.

Special Requirements

The Board of Adjustment may recommend to the Board of Commissioners the appointment of such employees and staff as it may deem necessary for its work.

"Quasi-Judicial"

Total Members

8

BoC Appointed

8

Function

The council will serve as the official local arts agency in Catawba County and will cooperate in conjunction with various agencies and lead in research, planning, and communication, management services, and programs which will enhance the cultural resources of Catawba County.

Authorization

On February 17, 1981, the Board recognized CCCA as an official agency and nominated it to the NC Arts Council. On May 19, 1988, the Council lengthened the terms from one year to three years.

NEW NAME: UNITED ARTS COUNCIL OF CATAWBA COUNTY

Special Requirements

Community leader interested in arts, science, and history organization that fall under the umbrella of the arts council. Must be a resident of Catawba County.

Appointee may only serve two consecutive terms.

Total Members

1

BoC Appointed

0

Function

The Economic Development Corporation's goals are diversification of the industrial base throughout Catawba County with an emphasis on recruiting capital intensive industries that best utilize the county's resources. Industry demands for water, sewer and other services are weighed against new tax base and jobs created to provide a balance of existing industry expansion and new industry development that will generate long-term, positive economic growth.

Authorization

Merger of the Office of Business Development Advisory Board and Industrial Development Commission in July 1993.

Special Requirements

5 members appointed by the Board of Commissioners; one member by Conover; one by Newton; and two by Hickory.

Total Members

9

BoC Appointed

5

# BoC has Authority to Appoint

5

Function

The Division of Aging strongly recommended that at least one-third of the members of the Block Grant Planning Committee be 60 years or older.

The lead agency had the responsibility of planning the meetings, leading planning committee to consensus on allocation decisions, meeting the necessary deadlines, facilitating the public hearing, and assuring that all documentation was completed promptly by the designated providers.

Last year's planning was for a two-year period for the designated agencies. This year's would be a continuation unless there were some compelling reasons to change.

Authorization

Bobby K. Boyd, Director of Social Services, requested the Board to designate the Department of Social Services as the Lead Agency on Aging and appoint a Block Grant Planning Committee.

Special Requirements

Total Members

11

BoC Appointed

11

Function

(1) Guiding the growth and development in the County.
(2) Make recommendations to the BOC on amendments to zoning regulations, zoning changes, approval of subdivision of land and its improvements.

Authorization

GS 153-9(40), original resolution contained in Commissioners minutes of July 1, 1957; resolution amended at April 4, 1972, Meeting of the BOC.

Special Requirements

Total Members

12

BoC Appointed

12

Alternates

3

Function

(1) Assessing the youth needs in Catawba County;
(2) Recommending Community-Based Alternatives to training school commitment.

Authorization

Special Requirements

Members represent the education sector, services and programs related to youth needs, county government, and citizens interested or concerned about the youth problems in Catawba County.

Total Members

9

Function

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the development and operation of the College in accordance with the provisions of the law and standards of the State board of Education.

Authorization

GS 115D

Special Requirements

All trustees shall be residents of Catawba County that are elected by local agencies.

Total Members

13

BoC Appointed

4

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction

Authorization

NCGS 160A-362

Special Requirements

2 Perimeter members appointed by the Board of Commissioners

Total Members

12

BoC Appointed

2

Alternates

2

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction

Authorization

GS 160A-360, 361, 362

Special Requirements

2 Perimeter members appointed by the Board of Commissioners

Total Members

7

BoC Appointed

2

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction

Authorization

NCGS 160A-362

Special Requirements

Perimeter members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. (Changed from 3 perimeter members to 2 perimeter members due to Census. Change was made in December 2022) Docs in Board Folder

Total Members

8

BoC Appointed

2

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction
NOW PLANNING BOARD AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT COMBINED

Authorization

NCGS 160A-362

Special Requirements

2 Perimeter members appointed by the Board of Commissioners

Total Members

10

BoC Appointed

1

# BoC has Authority to Appoint

2

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction

Authorization

NCGS 160A-362

Special Requirements

There are 4 perimeter members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. (The fourth member was added in 2002.)

Total Members

9

BoC Appointed

4

Function

Zoning and/or subdivisions regulation power, extraterritorial jurisdiction

NOW PLANNING BOARD AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT COMBINED (2016)

Authorization

NCGS 160A-362

Special Requirements

2 Perimeter members and 1 alternate perimeter member appointed by the Board of Commissioners

Total Members

7

BoC Appointed

2

Alternates

1

Function

The Catawba County Child Fatality Prevention Team reviews the system of child protection and identifies potential gaps and strategies to help protect children from abuse and neglect, reduce child death, and support the safe and healthy development of children. It also advises the state committee on policy changes needed at the state level.

The team has the legal responsibility of reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family has been in interactions with Catawba County Social Services or Child Protective Services.

Authorization

Originally created by an Executive Order of the Governor. The immediate past (1992) General Assembly enacted legislation to cause the team to be legally required. (GS 143-576.2) (Repealed July 1, 1999). Now governed under Section 7B-1406 and 1407.

Special Requirements

4 MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED BY BOC --- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, EMS PROVIDER OR FIREFIGHER, PARENT OF CHILD WHO DIED BEFORE 18 YEARS OF AGE, AND A REP FROM PUBLIC HEALTH.

Total Members

20

BoC Appointed

4

Function

This new law was codified as NCGS 67-4.1 C. In accordance with the law, the Commissioners on November 5, 1990, appointed the Chief Animal Control officer to be responsible for determining when a dog is potentially dangerous, and appointed the appellate board to hear appeals.

Authorization

1989 General Assembly, Senate Bill 994, "An act to require the owner of a dangerous dog or potentially dangerous dog to take precautions against attacks by such dogs, to impose penalties and civil liability upon the owner of a dangerous dog which attacks and causes serious bodily injury to a person."

Special Requirements

Total Members

5

BoC Appointed

5

Alternates

2

Function

It shall be the duty of the jury commission beginning July 1, 1981, (and each biennium thereafter) to prepare a list of prospective jurors qualified under this chapter to serve in the biennium beginning January 1, 1982, (and each biennium thereafter). Instead of providing a list for an entire biennium, the commission may prepare a list each year if the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge requests in writing that it do so.

Authorization

NC GS 9-1

Special Requirements

Three members. One appointed by Board of Commissioners, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge and by Clerk of Court, no later than July 1 and ending June 30.

Total Members

3

BoC Appointed

1

Function

The Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is a locally appointed board, with members drawn from a list of statutorily recommended community representatives involved with youth.
It exists to:

  • Identify risks of youth in the community of becoming court involved.
  • Review court data and identify needed programs to provide juvenile delinquency intervention and prevention services.
  • Develop a list of funding priorities and solicit proposals from community providers annually for funding provided by the State through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) to each county.
  • Make recommendations to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners for the NCDPS funding.
  • Monitor funded programs to ensure compliance with policies and approved program funding agreements.

Authorization

Required by the North Carolina General Statutes - 1998 Juvenile Justice Reform Act - replaces the CBA Youth Services Advisory Council

NCGS 143B-544 - Senate Bill 7 (continuation of corresponding council created under G.S. 147-33.61)

Special Requirements

Council shall meet at least bimonthly. Membership term of office shall be July 1 through June 30

Total Members

26

BoC Appointed

15

# BoC has Authority to Appoint

7

Function

The number of Board Members shall be 12. One Board Member, who is a currently sitting Board Member, shall come from each of the following: Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba Valley Community College, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. In addition to these seven Board Members the Catawba County Board of Commissioners shall appoint five additional members. Initially six members shall be appointed to a one-year term and six members shall be appointed to two-year terms. Thereafter, the terms of Board members representing Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools shall be for one-year periods commencing on January 1 of the year of appointment; all other Board members’ terms shall be for two-year periods commencing on May 15 of the year of appointment. Members shall only be eligible to serve three consecutive terms for a total of six years, except for the Board Member representing the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and the six Board Members who are initially appointed to a one-year term. Those initially appointed to a one-year term who may serve a total of seven years. The Board Member representing the Catawba County Board of Commissioners may serve without limitation at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners, until a different representative of the Board of Commissioners is appointed. Appointments to partial or unexpired terms do not count towards the six-year term limit maximum. A Board Member who has been off the Board for a twelve-month period shall be eligible for reappointment. (Amended by BOC 8/16/21)

Authorization

Section 2.2 Number, Tenure and Representation of K-64 Education Board Bylaws

Special Requirements

Term limit - a total of six years, except for the Board Member representing the Catawba County BOC may serve without limitation at the discretion of the BOC, until a different representative of the BOC is appointed - (Amended by BOC 8/16/21)

Total Members

12

BoC Appointed

12

Function

Within the limits of funds available to it and subject to the provisions of this act and of any joint resolution, the commission may:

1. Hire and fix the compensation of permanent and temporary employees and staff as it may deem necessary in carrying out its duties.
2. Contract with consultants for such services as it may require.

Authorization

Chapter 20, "Catawba County Code," Purpose of commission pursuant to Chapter 189 of NC Session of 1969 Laws and Resolution of Board of Commissioners adopted on 10-6-69.

Special Requirements

Lake Norman Marine Commission appointments are rotated between the Counties of Catawba, Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Lincoln. The appointments are in sequence as follows:

A. First year: commissioner from Catawba--one-year term; commissioner from Iredell--two-year term; commissioner from Lincoln--three-year term; commissioner from Mecklenburg--four-year term; commissioner--five-year term.

B. Second year: commissioner from Iredell--five-year term.
C. Third year: commissioner from Lincoln--five-year term.
D. Fourth year: commissioner from Mecklenburg--five-year term.
E. Fifth year: commissioner from Catawba--five-year term.
F. Sixth year: sequence starts over.

Total Members

5

BoC Appointed

1

Function

1. Recommend programs, policies, and regulations for the government of the library for the consideration of and action by the Board of Commissioners;
2. Make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners concerning the construction and improvement of buildings and other structures for the library system;
3. Supervise and care for the facilities of the library system;
4. Participate in the selection process of the library director, and make recommendations concerning the appointment to the County Manager;
5. Establish a schedule of fines and charges for late return of, failure to return, damage to, and loss of library materials, and to take other measures to protect and regulate the use of such materials;
6. Participate in preparing the annual budget of the library system;
7. Extend the privileges and use of the library system to non-residents of the County on any terms or conditions the trustees may prescribe;
8. Advise the Board of commissioners on Library matters.

Authorization

GS 153-250.3, Minutes of Board of Commissioners of 2/4/74, 7 members.

Special Requirements

Representatives should be selected to adequately represent various areas of the County. Two of the board positions shall be filled by representatives recommended by the respective governing bodies of the four municipalities with county branch library presence within their boundaries on a rotating basis: Claremont, Conover, Maiden or Newton. Governing Bodies may nominate a council member or citizen. After serving one four-year term, the council member or citizen from the respective municipality shall rotate off the board and the next municipality shall fill the next four-year term. Rotation will be alphabetical: Claremont, Conover, Maiden and Newton. 2 term limits.

Total Members

7

BoC Appointed

7

Function

To ensure the nursing and well-being of individuals in rest homes.

Authorization

NCGS 130-9.5

Special Requirements

Each committee member shall serve an initial term of one year. Any person reappointed to a second or subsequent term in the same county shall serve a three-year term. Persons who were originally nominees of nursing home chief administrators and the governing bodies of the hospitals licensed under Article 5 of G.S. Chapter 131E, which operate nursing homes, or who were appointed by the board of county commissioners when the nursing home administrators and the governing bodies of the hospitals licensed under Article 5 of G.S. Chapter 131E, which operate nursing homes failed to make nominations, may not be reappointed without the consent of a majority of the nursing home chief administrators and the governing bodies of the hospitals licensed under Article 5 of G.S. Chapter 131E, which operate nursing homes fail to approve or reject the reappointment within 45 days of being requested by the board of county commissioners, the commissioners may reappoint the member if they so choose.

Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment of a person for a one-year term.

SEND COPIES OF APPOINTMENT LETTERS TO Christina Franklin, WPCOG OMBUDSMAN

Half day Nursing Home visits
Committee meets once per quarter

Total Members

19

BoC Appointed

8

Function

The Area Board is a Public Authority established by Mutual Agreement between Crossroads Behavioral Health Care and Mental Health Partners and the Gaston-Lincoln-Cleveland Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Authority (d/b/a Pathways) under NCGS 122-35.20. Mission is to manage a publicly funded healthcare system which addresses the mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities needs of citizens in our service area through a comprehensive network of community service providers.

Authorization

Special Requirements

Nbr of members 21 - 5 appt by Gaston County; 2 appt by Lincoln County; 2 appt by Cleveland County; 2 appt by Burke County; 3 appt by Catawba County; 4 appt by Iredell County; 2 appt by Surry County; 1 appt by Yadkin County

Initial terms to stagger; thereafter members may serve up to two 3-year terms

Total Members

21

BoC Appointed

3

Function

A county must appoint a board of health to be the policy-making, rule-making and adjudicatory body for the County health department, which must be operated by the County to provide public health services.

Authorization

NCGS 130.13 (repealed by Session laws 1983, Chapter 891 effective January 1, 1984). See Minutes of Catawba County Board of Commissioners 5/14/73. See NCGS 130A and 130A-5

Special Requirements

MEMBERS CAN SERVE A MAXIMUM OF 3 THREE-YEAR TERMS

The composition of the board shall reasonably reflect the population makeup of the county and shall include: one physician licensed to practice medicine in this State, one licensed dentist, one licensed optometrist, one licensed veterinarian, one registered nurse, one licensed pharmacist, one county commissioner, one professional engineer, and three representatives of the general public. All members shall be residents of the county. If there is not a licensed physician, a licensed dentist, a licensed optometrist, a licensed veterinarian, a registered nurse, a licensed pharmacist, or a professional engineer available for appointment, an additional representative of the general public shall be appointed. If however, one of the designated professions has only one person residing in the county, the commissioners shall have the option of appointing that person or a member of the general public.

Total Members

11

BoC Appointed

11

Function

To operate one or more programs whereby people violating the criminal laws may be assisted in restituting the victims of their crimes, or may be assigned to work without pay for charitable or governmental agencies; to provide an alternative to incarceration for offenders which benefits victims of crime and the community; to allow the people of the community to become involved in the corrections system through service as volunteers to the corporation; to attempt to reduce recidivism of offenders; to reduce the per capita costs of care and supervision as compared to the costs of commitment; to make donations for the public welfare or for religious, charitable, scientific or educational purposes; and in time of war to make donations in aid to war activities; to assist in expediting the judicial system: in the area of domestic dysfunction; and reduce pretrial incarceration and recidivism.

Authorization

Special Requirements

By Contract #12-89-616 between Catawba County and REPAY, Inc., "when there are vacancies on the REPAY Board of Directors, the County will be notified of same and given the opportunity to suggest persons for consideration. As soon as sufficient vacancies are available, at least one-eighth of the Board of Directors shall be chosen from among persons nominated by the County." THIS EQUATES TO TWO POSITIONS ON THE BOARD BEING HELD BY PERSONS NOMINATED BY THE COUNTY. ALL DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS HAVE EXPIRED SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION, EXCEPT TERMS SHALL NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF SIX (6) YEARS.

Total Members

12

BoC Appointed

1

# BoC has Authority to Appoint

2

Function

The corporation converted the school property into a center for the promotion of the arts in the County.

Authorization

This organization, chartered on October 14, 1982, has obtained a 99-year lease on the old Hickory High School property from Corinth United Church of Christ.

Special Requirements

Must have an interest in arts, science, and history organization and be a resident of Catawba County.

Total Members

1

BoC Appointed

1

Function

Sister Cities programs promote peace and understanding through joint exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development, all of which are essential in creating, growing and maintaining people-to-people relationships and diplomacy around the world.

Authorization

WESTERN PIEDMONT SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION

Special Requirements

2 representatives are appointed by each participating local government: Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Alexander Counties, Hickory, Conover, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese, Taylorsville, and Claremont

Total Members

22

BoC Appointed

2

Function

Every County must have a board of social services to establish county policies for the programs established in Chapter 108A of the NC General Statutes in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Social Services commission and under the supervision of the NC Department of Human Resources.

Authorization

NCGS 108A-1

(NCGS 108A-3(b)

Special Requirements

No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, the limitation on consecutive terms does not apply if the member of the board was a member of the board of county commissioners at any time during the first two consecutive terms, and is a member of the board of county commissioners at the time of reappointment. (A county commissioner may be reappointed consecutively to three year terms as long as the board of commissioners chooses to appoint him. If his term as commissioner expires prior to his term on the Social Services Board, he may remain on the Social Services Board until his term expires.)

Total Members

5

BoC Appointed

2

Function

Subdivision Review Board (SRB) was established as review agency for major preliminary subdivision plats pursuant to GS 153A-321 and 332 to review and approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove applications for approval of preliminary major plats and final major plats and to take other actions as required by Catawba County Code Section 36-36 in accord with the procedures, requirements and standards of said chapter and regulations thereunder.

Authorization

Catawba County Code, Section 36-36

Special Requirements

Voting Membership
County Planner
Environmental Health Program Administrator
Utilities and Engineering Director
Emergency Services Director
Corresponding School System Superintendents
E-911 Coordinator
Homebuilders Association representative appointed by the Board of Commissioners for 2-year term
Citizen representative appointed by the Board of Commissioners for 2-year term
These members, or their designee, can vote on all matters presented to the board.

Other non-voting members, who serve in advisory capacity, including:
NCDOT District Engineer
Municipal Planning Directors (when a subdivision receives public water and/or sewer service)

A designated member may select an alternate, representing the same office and/or function, to serve in his/her absence due to illness, accident, vacation, or irreconcilable conflict.

(Seven in-house members and two outside members)

Total Members

7

BoC Appointed

2

Function

The board of trustees shall have entire control of the funds derived from the provisions of this Article, and shall disburse the funds only for the following purposes:

(1) To safeguard any fireman in active service from financial loss, occasioned by sickness contracted or injury received while in the performance of his duties as a fireman.

(2) To provide a reasonable support for those actually dependent upon the services of any fireman who may lose his life in the fire service of his town, city, or State, either by accident or from disease contracted or injury received by reason of such service. The amount is to be determined according to the earning capacity of the deceased.

(2.1) To provide assistance, upon approval by the Secretary of the State Firemen's Association, to a destitute member fireman who has served honorably for at least five years.

(3) Repealed by Session laws 1985, c. 666, s. 61.

(4) To provide for the payment of any fireman's assessment in the Firemen's Fraternal Insurance fund of the State of North Carolina if the board of trustees finds as a fact that said fireman is unable to pay the said assessment by reason of disability.

(5) To provide for benefits of supplemental retirement, workers compensation, and other insurance and pension protection for firemen otherwise qualifying for benefits from the Firemen's Relief fund as set forth in Article 85 of this Chapter.

(6) To provide for educational benefits to firemen and their dependents who otherwise qualify for benefits from the Firemen's Relief Fund as set forth in Article 85 of this Chapter.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no expenditures shall be made pursuant to subsections (5) and (6) of this section unless the State Firemen's Association has certified that such expenditures will not render the Fund actuarially unsound for the purposes of providing the benefits set forth in subsections (1), (2), and (4) of this section. If, for any reason, funds made available for subsections (5) and (6) of this section shall be insufficient to pay in full any benefits, the benefits pursuant to subsections (5) and (6) shall be reduced pro rata for as long as the amount of insufficient funds exists. No claim shall accrue with respect to any amount by which a benefit under subsections (5) and (6) shall have been reduced.

Authorization

Chapter 58-84-30 of the NCGS.

Special Requirements

For each county, town or city complying with and deriving benefits from the provisions of the above Article, there shall be appointed a local board of trustees, known as the trustees of the firemen's relief fund, to be composed of five members, two of whom shall be elected by the members of the local fire department or departments who are qualified as beneficiaries of such fund, two of whom shall be elected by the mayor and board of aldermen or other local governing body, and one of whom shall be named by the Commissioner of Insurance.

February 2, 2004, the Board of Commissioners approved an agreement for the Maiden Rural Fire Department to merge with the Town of Maiden Fire Department.

Total Members

14

BoC Appointed

Function

Considers the needs of the adult population over the age of 60 in the Region E area.

Authorization

Established by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

Special Requirements

Recommendations to WPCOG

Four persons from each county are appointed to the 16-member committee. Membership of the committee is to be comprised of at least 50% older persons and include:

Older persons with greatest economic or social need.

Representatives of elderly service consumers.

Local elected officials.

The general public.

Term Limit: 3 Consecutive terms - after one year lapse in membership.

Total Members

4

BoC Appointed

4

Function

The WPCOG is one of 18 regional councils in the State established by the General Assembly. The WPCOG provides economic/community development technical assistance services to its 22 member local governments. Each unit of government appoints a delegate and alternate to the WPCOG Policy Board which is the policymaking board of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

Authorization

Resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners on November 4, 1968.

Special Requirements

Each member government selects a delegate and alternate member which must be elected officials of its governing board. Appointments are made at the organizational meeting of the Board of Commissioners in December of each year.

LENGTH OF TERM: At the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.

Total Members

1

BoC Appointed

1

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