The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 8:00 A.M. in the Commissioners' Board Room of the Watauga County Administration Building, Boone, North Carolina.


                        PRESENT:      Jim Deal, Commissioner

                                                Tim Futrelle, Commissioner

                                                Vince Gable, Commissioner

                                                Stacy C. Eggers, IV, County Attorney

                                                Deron Geouque, County Manager

                                                Anita J. Fogle, Clerk to the Board


The meeting was called to order at 8:06 A.M.

Approval of Agenda

County Attorney Eggers stated that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman were both unable to attend due to previous obligations; therefore, it was appropriate for the Board to entertain a motion to appoint a Chairman to reside over the special meeting.


Commissioner Futrelle, seconded by Commissioner Gable, moved to appoint Commissioner Deal to serve as Chairman for the October 13, 2011, special meeting.


VOTE:  Aye-3(Deal, Futrelle, Gable)


             Absent-2(Miller, Blust)

New River Service Authority Loan Request

County Attorney Eggers stated that, on October 12, 2011, the New River Service Authority (NRSA) approved a resolution requesting a Future Advance Deed of Trust from each of the five member counties.  In Watauga County’s case, the Deed of Trust would be secured by two tracts including land and buildings located in Watauga County.  The amount secured by the Deed of Trust would be 50% of the total tax value of the two tracts bringing the maximum amount available for allocation to $477,600.


NRSA’s initial request was for $212,366 to assist with meeting payroll obligations through the end of October.  A future request for allocation(s) may be forthcoming to continue NRSA’s transition to the new service provider.  NRSA had indicated that without these funds a significant disruption in services will occur to clients in Watauga and the other four counties.  The goal of NRSA was to have the majority of New River employees transitioned to the new service provider by the end of October, thus reducing future liabilities to the organization.  Upon successful completion of transitioning employees and services to the new provider, NRSA would focus on resolving its accounts receivables and dissolving the organization.  The County Attorney presented the appropriate documents required for adoption to meet NRSA’s request.


County Attorney Eggers stated that Smoky Mountain Center had chosen Daymark Recovery Services as their new behavioral healthcare provider.


Commissioner Gable, seconded by Commissioner Futrelle, moved to authorize a loan to the New River Service Authority in the amount of $212,366 with authorization of up to an amount of $477,600, with the loan/s to be secured by the Future Advance Deed of Trust, as prepared by the County Attorney, and an updated title prior to recording.


VOTE:  Aye-3(Deal, Futrelle, Gable)


             Absent-2(Miller, Blust)


Chairman Deal adjourned the meeting at 8:21 A.M.




James M. Deal, Jr., Appointed Chairman 

October 13, 2011, Special Meeting



Anita J. Fogle, Clerk to the Board