December 13, 2017 (Cabarrus Summit) Page 3378
<br />The Board of Commissioners for the County of Cabarrus met for the 4th
<br />Quarter Cabarrus Summit 2017, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in
<br />Concord, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.
<br />Present - Chairman: Stephen M. Morris
<br />Vice Chairman: Diane R. Honeycutt
<br />Commissioners: F. Blake Kiger
<br />Absent - Commissioners: Elizabeth F. Poole
<br />Lynn W. Shue
<br />Also present were Mike Downs, County Manager; Richard M. Koch, County
<br />Attorney; Pam Dubois, Senior Deputy County Manager; Jonathan Marshall, Deputy
<br />County Manager; Kyle Bilafer, Area Manager of Operations; Terri Lea Bugle, Clerk
<br />to the Board; Angela Poplin, Deputy Clerk to the Board; Kasia Thompson,
<br />Communications and Outreach Manager; Susan Fearrington, Finance Director; and
<br />Michael Miller, Infrastructure and Asset Management Director.
<br />The following municipal representatives were also present:
<br />City of Concord: Scott Padgett, Mayor; Brian Hiatt, City Manager; Merl
<br />Hamilton, Deputy City Manager; Lloyd Payne, Assistant City Manager; and Council
<br />Members Lamar Barrier, Terry Crawford, Brian King, and JC McKenzie.
<br />City of Kannapolis: Darrell Hinnant, Mayor, and Council Members Diane
<br />Berry, Roger Haas, Darrell Jackson and Van Rowell.
<br />Town of Harrisburg: Steve Sciascia, Mayor; Haynes Brigman, Town Manager;
<br />Benita Conrad, Outgoing Mayor Pro -Tem; John Booth, Incoming Mayor Pro -Tem, and
<br />Council Members Chad Baucom, Christopher Barfield, Jeff Phillips, Troy Solberg,
<br />and Diamond Staton-Williams.
<br />Town of Locust: Cesar Correa, Town Administrator.
<br />Town of Midland: John Crump, Mayor; Doug Paris, Town Manager; Darren
<br />Hartsell, Mayor Pro -Tem, and Council Members Mike Tallent and Rich Wise.
<br />Town of Mount Pleasant: Del Eudy, Mayor; Randy Holloway, Town
<br />Administrator; Crystal Smith, Assistant Town Administrator; and Council Member
<br />Warren Chapman.
<br />Also present: Senator Paul Newton.
<br />Chairman Morris called the meeting to order at 6:09 p.m.
<br />Introductions and Vodatea on Current Events and Impacts
<br />Chairman Morris welcomed municipal elected officials, city managers and
<br />other guests. Representatives from the cities and the towns recognized incoming
<br />and outgoing elected officials and provided an update on current, and ongoing
<br />projects in their jurisdictions. County Manager Mike Downs presented an update
<br />on Cabarrus County projects and recognized staff in attendance.
<br />In addition, Concord City Councilman Brian King commented briefly on the
<br />opioid epidemic in Cabarrus County. He encouraged officials to include opioid
<br />education in their budgets.
<br />Chairman Morris then presented a brief overview detailing the history of
<br />the Cabarrus County summits which the Board initiated in early 2015.
<br />Dinner Break
<br />The Board took a dinner break at 6:50 p.m.
<br />During the dinner break, Concord Councilman Lamar Barrier was presented
<br />with an award in appreciation for his service. He then left the meeting.
<br />The meeting resumed at 7:19 p.m.
<br />Legislative Update
<br />Senator Paul Newton provided a brief legislative update of key
<br />accomplishments of the 2017 North Carolina General Assembly Long Session. Among
<br />the topics, he addressed the Uniform Authority for System Development Fees;
<br />competitive energy solutions for North Carolina; North Carolina Research Campus
<br />Funding; increased funding for public education; increases for teacher and