The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Friday, February 22, 2013, and Saturday, February 23, 2013, in order to conduct a retreat to review goals and objectives for the County.  The meetings were held in the Commissioners’ Board Room located in the Watauga County Administration Building, Boone, North Carolina.


PRESENT:         Nathan Miller, Chairman

David Blust, Vice-Chairman

Billy Kennedy, Commissioner

John Welch, Commissioner

Perry Yates, Commissioner

Deron Geouque, County Manager

Margaret Pierce, Finance Director


Chairman Miller called the meeting to order on Friday, February 22, 2013, at 12:30 P.M., welcoming those in attendance.


The following topics were discussed:



Lunch & Opening Remarks

Mr. Deron Geouque



FY 2013 Review and Discussion of 2014 Budget

Ms. Margaret Pierce


A.    Revenues


B.    Expenditures


C.    Funding of Non-County Departments


D.    Debt Service Report


E.    Budget Calendar



School Board Funding Issues


A.    Schools’ Capital Improvement Plan                                                           


B.    FY 2014 Funding Needs



YMCA Discussion

Mr. Bob Conklin



Tourism Development Authority (TDA)

Mr. Matt Vincent & Mr. Wright Tilley



Health Department Matters

Ms. Beth Lovette



Landfill Energy Projects Discussion

Ms. Lisa Doty & Mr. Ged Moody


A.    Report on Recycling and Methane to Electricity Project


B.    Review of Solar Energy Project



Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Dr. Kenneth Boham



Tax Matters

Mr. Larry Warren


A.    Revaluation Update


B.    Motor Vehicle Billing



Review of Current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Mr. Deron Geouque


A.    Current CIP Status Report


B.    Pool Status Report


C.    Future Projects for Consideration


A recess was declared at 5:30 P.M.  The meeting reconvened on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 9:00 A.M.



Watauga Community Housing Trust Report

Mr. Scott Eggers



Economic Development Matters

Mr. Keith Honeycutt & Mr. Joe Furman


A.    Economic Development Commission (EDC) Report/Discussion


B.    Appalachian Enterprise Center (AEC)



Planning and Inspections Matters

Mr. Joe Furman


A.    Watershed Regulations


B.    Update on Greenway Projects



EMS Report/Discussion

Mr. Craig Sullivan



Consolidated Dispatch

Mr. Jeff Virginia



Miscellaneous & Commissioner Matters

Mr. Deron Geouque


A.    A Policy to Provide Preference to Local Vendors in Purchasing of Equipment and Supplies


B.    A Policy for Naming County Facilities


C.    Consolidated Department of Social Services (DSS) Board


D.    State Issues


E.    Commissioners Matters


The County Manager concluded the retreat by reviewing the issues addressed and seeking direction from the Board for Fiscal Year 2014.


Chairman Miller adjourned the meeting at 11:45 A.M.


VOTE:   Aye-5




Nathan A. Miller




Deron Geouque

County Manager