Board of supervisors meet new ECCC president, address county business

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting June 18 and covered a full agenda.

The supervisors were introduced to Dr. Bill Stewart, 43, soon to be the new president of East Central Community College. Stewart will succeed Dr. Phil A. Sutphin, who earlier announced plans to retire on June 30, following 12 years of service at ECCC. Sutphin attended the meeting with Stewart and also provided an update on the many happenings at the school.

In other business, the supervisors: • took under advisement a $1,000 budget request from Care Lodge until county budget is ready. Leslie Payne, Care Lodge representative, noted that the center had helped 11 Winston countians this past year and was committed to this community and all those that needed help. “We appreciate the job we do,” said Michael Peterson.

• Received an invitation from N• Fusion group which is a grant project in conjunction with community counseling to attend a governance council and family meeting June 28 at noon.

• Approved previous meeting’s minutes.

• Tabled a tax exemption vote for Metrocast who recently bought MediaCom. John Zito, Metrocast representative, explained the company was seeking the exemption on all equipment and that Mediacom had never filed the exemption. “This is going to be a pretty goo chunk (of revenue),” said Peterson. If given,the exemption for some equipment would only be for two years since it had been installed in 2004.

• Granted Polo Custom Products a 10 year tax exemption on its new equipment.

• Approved a resolution to move forward on the Bluff Lake project while still obtaining two right aways.

• Discussed other road and bridge projects in the county with county engineer Jimmy Kemp including the application for a scenic byways route through the county.

• approved reinstating two homesteads.

• discussed redistricting finalizing with publishing of maps (see page 26 and 27 of today’s Journal) and the cost of the NAACP Lawsuit to the county on redistricting.

• Discussed repairs to Teters Floral Products building and setting up an account with their rent payments to help cover repairs.

• Meet new civil defense director for the county, Buddy King.