Full slate of local meetings next week

McDowell County Board of Education

From staff reports

The McDowell County Board of Education gathers on Monday for their August meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Central Office. The meetings are open to the public.

During unfinished business, the board will vote on setting a number of students they will build for at Old Fort Elementary. Architect Chuck Hamrick suggested at the June meeting the school should be built to accommodate around 500 children.

Board chair Terry Frank will give a school calendar update. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, parents, students, teachers, school staff and community members weighed in on their thoughts about switching McDowell County Schools to a ‘seasonal’ calendar, which would spread out three weeks of summer break throughout the school year, among other changes. Online and text surveys were released after multiple community meetings throughout the district. The issue seems to be about half and half in support and against the proposal.

During new business, Director of Elementary Education Crystal Hamby will ask the board to vote on the 2017-2018 Title I application, and updates will be given on Title II and Title III.

Chief Academic Officer Laura Davis will present the curriculum feature discussing the upcoming convocation and professional development for teachers and staff of McDowell County Schools prior to school starting back.

Superintendant Mark Garrett will give his administrative reports, and Teacher of the Year Benjamin Moore will present his monthly update.

The board will go into closed session for personnel considerations.

For more information, visit www.mcdowell.k12.nc.us.

McDowell County Commission

On Monday, the McDowell County Commissioners will talk more about a possible shooting range, transportation in McDowell and the county’s participation in extending the greenway.

The County Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom of the County Administration Building.

At 5:05 p.m., the commissioners will hear the tax collection settlement and the order of collection. They will also hear an overview of services by Morris Broadband and discuss planning for the Universal property.

At 5:45 p.m., Jerry Broome will give them an update on the Workforce Pipeline effort. Karen Powell will give an update on the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health Department.

The citizen comment period will be held. This is the time when the public can speak to the board about any issue or item not on the agenda.

Under old business, the commissioners will hear updates about transportation and the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan, the possible shooting range for McDowell and the greenway extension. They will talk about the fire protection ordinance and the watershed reclassification update.

They will talk about the N.C. 226 South sewer interlocal agreement with the city of Marion. This is for the site of the planned Holiday Inn Express.

Under new business, the commissioners will hear an update on the issues between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. They will consider administrative items, tax matters and board appointments.

County Manager Ashley Wooten will give his report to the board.

Marion City Council

In addition to the “Brunch Bill” issue, the Marion City Council will also discuss a preliminary plan for the proposed Holiday Inn Express site on N.C. 226 South.

The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall.

The Marion Business Association will first appear before council. After that, six public hearings will take place. The first two hearings will be about the annexation of the John Gilkey Road/Northgate Investments property and the annexation of the Virginia Road/Greene property. The next two hearings will focus on the zoning for these properties. The last two hearings will focus on changing the zoning rules for Marion.

The public comment period will follow. This is the time when the public can speak to council about any issue or item not on the agenda.

The next item will be approval or a preliminary subdivision plan for the property on N.C. 226 South where the proposed Holiday Inn Express and other businesses will be located. Then the City Council will consider allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays. That applies to restaurants, bars and stores.

Council members will discuss a street request and consider a resolution of support for the National Parks. They will talk about the sale of city-owned property on Morehead Road by the negotiated offer and upset bid process and the Dogwood Lane sewer extension.

City Manager Bob Boyette will give his report to council.