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Supervisors to mull litter penalty
Monday, December 17, 2012
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
When they meet Tuesday, the Henry County Board of Supervisors will consider amending the county litter ordinance to include a minimum fine for those who are convicted of littering.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry is asking the supervisors to change the Henry County Litter Ordinance so that it will mirror state law, and include a minimum $250 fine for violators.
Perry also is scheduled to attend the 3 p.m. meeting in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building on Kings Mountain Road.
In a memorandum, County Attorney George Lyle noted that under the state code, there is a mandatory minimum penalty of $250 but no provision for alternative sentencing, such as picking up trash on the side of the road.
If supervisors implement the change, Lyle proposed the ordinance should be amended to state that “Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not less than $250 or more than $2,500, either or both.”
A public hearing is required before any changes are made to county ordinances, Lyle wrote.
County staff recommended the hearing be held at the board’s first regularly scheduled meeting in 2013, which will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22.
Also at the meeting, supervisors will:
• Consider adopting a budget calendar for fiscal 2013-14.
The proposed calendar includes several work sessions and public input sessions, with the goal of adopting the school and total county budgets by April 23 and appropriating them on May 28.
• Consider items of consent that include confirming the minutes of the Nov. 27 meeting and approving accounts payable.
• Consider a resolution to recognize the Smith River for its “intrinsic value as a natural resource and its economic potential.”
Representatives of the Dan River Basin Association asked the supervisors last month to support a collaborative effort to enhance the economic possibilities of the river.
• Hear a report from Treasurer Scott Grindstaff on efforts to collect delinquent taxes.
• Hear an update from Kim Adkins, executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.
• Consider a county ordinance regarding reporting and recording procedures for pawn dealers, scrap metal recyclers and precious metal dealers.
A public hearing was held last month to get input from residents/businesses about the proposed county ordinance that Sheriff Lane Perry has indicated is needed to improve data collection on potentially stolen or recovered items through a program call Leads Online.
• Consider awarding a $16,150 contract to Southern Software for maintenance on jail and criminal databases used by the Sheriff’s Office. Southern Software was previously approved as a sole-source vendor and funding is already included in the current budget.
• Consider awarding a contract to Advanced Data Processing, Inc., d/b/a Intermedix of Columbus, Ohio, to handle billing for emergency medical services providers for 4.9 percent of the revenue collected as payment for services.
Public Safety Director Rodney Howell asked the supervisors to award the service contract to allow Intermedix to handle ambulance billing on behalf of the Public Safety Department and volunteer rescue squads.
Intermedix was selected from eleven companies responding to the request for proposals.
The department will continue to use a compassionate billing process in which residents without health insurance or a means to pay are not expected to pay.
• Consider appropriating $4,039.78 in Asset Forfeiture Funds as requested by Perry. The money will be used to buy two laptop computers and six external hard drives.
• Consider appropriating $4,995 in Asset Forfeiture Funds as requested by Commonwealth Attorney Robert Bushnell, with the money used to buy a new copy machine.
• Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to the Building Code Board of Appeals, Fire Code Board of Appeals, and Industrial Development Authority; pending legal matters; the acquisition and/or disposal of real estate; and as-yet unannounced industries.