The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors will host one of its regional sessions to collect public input on characteristics to be sought in a new president for the system at the UNC-Asheville Sherrill Center on May 26. Anybody delusional enough to think they know more than the HR experts about nailing down esoterics with abstractions is indeed invited to show up and add to any confusion.
In a very small article, Bill Moss at the Hendersonville Lightning illustrates private-public partnering in so many ways. Last year, Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville) collaborated on making North Carolina’s coal ash mitigation standards the strictest in the country, demanding the closure of all ponds. This year, Apodaca sponsored legislation that would give Duke more time to close its coal ash ponds and get an expedited regulatory review for its proposed natural gas/solar plant. The way I read the article, the whole idea to convert the plant’s source of power originated with Apodaca.
The City of Brevard is considering raising property taxes 2 cents. One cent would pay for parks and greenways. The other cent would be general-purpose. Budget highlights include $10,000 for a playground, $30,000 for Heart of Brevard (which is something like Julie on The Love Boat), $10,000 for the arts council, $10,000 for the Chamber of Commerce, and $2000 for fireworks. The position of city engineer, which is currently filled for $110,000 a year, will probably be eliminated.
According to Admin at the Smoky Mountain News:
Theoretically, a new homeless shelter that opened across town in Hazelwood last fall should have made things better for Frog Level’s homeless plight.
Instead, it apparently made matters worse.
Strive Not to Drive Week ended for me sleeping on the office floor again, telling myself how grateful I should be my foot was not turned around 180 degrees like that soccer player’s, that I was not walking on the lumpy, lumpy lava turf near Albuquerque, that I wasn’t walking close to 100 miles to work like that Navajo girl I picked up one time. Every day, she hitchhiked to work at Denny’s all that way away because she was determined to rise above the indolence so prevalent on the res. This morning, I walked to the mechanic’s and picked up my car that is now purring like a kitten. Me happy.
The Jackson County Commissioners unanimously approved contracting for an independent audit of their permitting and code enforcement operations. No money is missing, directly anyway. Instead, county leaders are concerned some buildings may not be compliant and recordkeeping could be lax. The curiosity followed an allegation by exiting county planner Gerald Green that he had been deprived of the ability to enforce county erosion-control codes. He pointed the finger at Permitting Director Tony Elders, who passed the buck as well. Statements following from County Manager Chuck Wooten have left all concerned concluding nobody had been enforcing the ordinances since 2012, and I don’t rightly recall hearing of any problems of consequence.
But nobody asked me. County Commissioners must now right the wrong with official corrective action that includes the development of an organizational chart with, among other things, the stricture that the new permitting and planning head be directly under the county manager; and managerial monitoring of the permitting process that includes tracking reports for the commissioners. See 1, 2, 3.
Jackson County has a new board of commissioners, and that means it’s time to resurrect a landslide ordinance.
The goofy little Saluda sign has been deemed “correct, but never approved.” It’s so cute, I may steal it for my personal symbol just to convince everybody who may doubt that I’m schizo. Cliquez ici to get a load.
Tryon has created and filled the position of Community Development Director. The job description includes code enforcement, grant administration, stormwater management, and economic development.
Mills River and Flat Rock incorporated, but law enforcement was not a service they wanted to render. Instead, they chose to rely on the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department for that. Now, pressed for funds, the sheriff’s department is considering what particular services it can skip for the two munies, and which ones could be pay-per-use.