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June 2, 2008 (Work Session) <br />Page 848 <br />The Board of Commissioners for the County of Cabarrus met for an Agenda <br />Work Session Meeting in the Multipurpose Room at the Cabarrus County <br />Governmental Center in Concord, North Carolina on Monday, June 2, 2008, at <br />3:30 p.m. <br />Present - Chairman: H. Jay White, Sr. <br />Commissioners: Robert W. Carruth <br />Grace M. Mynatt <br />Coy C. Privette <br />Absent - Vice Chairman: Joni D. Juba <br />Also present were John Day, County Manager; Richard M. Koch, County <br />Attorney; Mike Downs, Deputy County Manager; Kay Honeycutt, Clerk to the <br />Board and Lori Hinson, Deputy Clerk to the Board. <br />Call to Order <br />Chairman White called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. He announced <br />that Vice Chairman Juba is absent due to sickness. <br />Expansion of the Commission to Seven Members <br />Commissioner Carruth presented a proposal to expand the Commission to <br />seven members. The proposal consisted of the following: each Executive <br />Committee will provide two names to the Board of Elections by September 1, <br />2006 for inclusion on the November general election ballot; the top four <br />vote-getters from that election would be elected to the Board of <br />Commissioners; the candidates finishing first in the 2006 and 2008 general <br />elections be awarded the two at-large seats; the remaining 5 seats be placed <br />into districts, with 2 being voted on in 2010, and 3 being voted on in 2012; <br />and after the new Board is convened, the Board would appoint a bipartisan <br />committee of private citizens to determine the five district boundaries. He <br />further recommended a public hearing on expansion of the Board be held at the <br />June 16, 2008 regular meeting. <br />Commissioner Mynatt also presented a proposal to expand the Board to <br />seven members. She recommended the following: two non-partisan seats be <br />created for the~2008-2012 term; seats would return to partisan seats in 2012; <br />to avoid the cost of a poorly attended primary, filing should coincide with <br />the filing schedule of the Board of Education and be open to anyone eligible <br />to fill the position; the public would vote for two candidates in November as <br />a separate race, with the top two vote-getters filling the positions. <br />Concerning the establishment of district boundaries, she was in favor of <br />waiting until the additional seats are filled before addressing this issue. <br />A lengthy discussion ensued among County staff and members of the Board <br />regarding district representation and boundary establishment; existing <br />legislation for Board expansion; public input; etc. <br />After discussion, Commissioner Mynatt MOVED to place the following <br />proposal for expansion of the Commission to seven members on the June 16, <br />2008 Agenda as a New Business item, including a public hearing for 6:30 p.m.: <br />The expansion proposal calls for the creation of two non-partisan <br />seats for the 2008-2012 term. The seats will revert to partisan <br />in the 2012 election. Filing will coincide with the Board of <br />Education's filing schedule and be open to anyone eligible to <br />hold the office of Commissioner. All candidates who file will <br />appear on the November ballot as a separate race and the top two <br />vote-getters will fill the newly created non-partisan seats. <br />After the election, the Board of Commissioners will appoint a bi- <br />partisan committee of private citizens to develop recommendations <br />for establishing district boundaries for five of the seven seats <br />on the Board of Commissioners. <br />Commissioner Carruth seconded the motion. <br />Commissioner Privette spoke in opposition to the motion stating the <br />need for more deliberate action and public input. <br />The MOTION carried with Chairman White and Commissioners Carruth and <br />Mynatt voting for and Commissioner Privette voting against. <br />Appointment of Liaison - Soil and Water Conservation District <br />