Craven County Board of Commissioners Expands Size of Government

Craven County Board of Commissioners Meeting 
November 19,2018
At the most recent Craven County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Jacqueline Wu who is with the US Small Business Administration made a presentation on SBA assistance for disaster relief in situations such as our recent hurricane.  It was not surprising that many on the Board voiced support for the SBA assistance, but it did surprise me when Commissioner Steve Tyson, a real estate broker, asked if the SBA had a program that would help developers finance building construction for investment as commercial bank rates had soared lately.  Ms. Wu could not immediately answer the question, but Commissioner Scott Dacey, who stated that he used to work for that agency, did.   Commissioner Dacey said that SBA did not have such a program.
It occurred to me that so many people are willing to seek taxpayer funding for their own needs and wants. Hence the continued growth in government.
Another big surprise came when the Health Director, Scott Harrelson, asked for authorization to accept a federal grant to add behavioral health (mental health) to the authorized heath services provided by the county.  He asked permission to accept $285,000 to hire 2 new employees for the Health Department.  Commissioner Dacey objected to his request, saying Harrelson had not requested authorization from the Board of Commissioners to apply for the grant, and it was the first he had heard of it, thus not giving him any time to look into it.  Commissioner Dacey stated that this addition of mental health services would duplicate service already provided by Trillium who contracts with private medical providers, and thus the county would be in competition with those private practitioners.
Commissioner Tyson asked if the grant was a one time grant to start the program, or would it be renewed annually.  Mr. Harrelson said that the annual grant would be reduced to about $60,000.
At this point, one of the commissioners asked if the decision had to be made right then.  Mr. Harrelson said that the county had 120 days from the time the grant was approved to either accept it or reject it, but that a delay would cramp his plans to implement the program.  Commissioner Jones then made a motion to delay the decision until the new Board was seated in December.  That motion passed.
We will now have to wait until Commissioners (Elect) E.T. Mitchell and Denny Bucher are seated for this to be resolved.  I hope they have the good sense to reject this expansion of government.
A new Public Defender’s office will open in part of the unused judicial facilities at Clarks.  It will be staffed by 8 new state employees.  Oh joy; government is growing yet again!  Do you sometimes get the feeling that boards of commissioners meet for the express purpose of growing government and digging deeper into taxpayers pockets?
The animal control office will expand by 2 new employees to 9 full time and 2 part time employees.  This facility has been expanded greatly in size and number of employees in response to citizens’ concern for treatment of animals in recent months.
Respectfully submitted,

Hal James, Chairman, CCTA and CCTA’s Watchdog Committee

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CCTA Vetting -Norman Sanderson – Republican-NC Senate District 2

1.       How do you want to be contacted?

Norman.Sanderson@ncleg.net,

919-733-5706  office,   normansanderson.com

 

 2.       Your educational background, experience and demonstrations of leadership?

BA in Christian Ed. From Logos University, 800 + hours in law enforcement

training, 17 years small business owner in child care,  former real estate broker

with own firm, former CCTA vice chair, Former Pamlico County Republican

Party Chair, Former 3rd Congressional District Vice Chair, 2 years in NC Houseserving Craven and Pamlico Counties, 6 years NC Senate District 2 serving

Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. Current Senate Committee Chair of

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chair of Justice and Public Safety

Appropriations, Current NC Legislative Republican Joint Caucus Leader.

3.       Memberships and associations?

NC Tourism Board, NC Cancer Awareness Association, CCTA

4.       Why are you running for this office?

It is my intention to help make NC the best state in the Nation. To protect

the rights of those living here now and for those who will live here in the future.

5.       As a representative of Coastal North Carolina what is your stance on regulation

of recreational and commercial fishing?

Seafood is a natural resource belonging to all citizens of this state. We must find the right way to balance the needs of commercial and recreational and not favor one or the other. We are currently out of balance. We have to fix the problem

6.       Would you support a ban on Sharia Law or any other foreign law in America?

Absolutely! 

We have taken the first steps to protect our citizens from foreign law in the NC Legislature.

7.       What place does God have in public schools?

God is the foundation from which all education originates. To deny that

portion of our history to our children is wrong.

8.       Should high school students be taught our founding history and the details of the U.S. Constitution?

Absolutely!

9.       Would you support a law to remove requirements for “Certificate Of Need”?

Yes. I filed legislation in 2016 that would do just that. I will refile it in 2019.

10.   What is your position on gun registration, gun free zones and concealed

carry laws?

The right to bear arms is not just a good idea, it’s a constitutional right and

necessary to maintain our freedom. We have and will always have enemies

both foreign and domestic for which we will need to protect ourselves and our families. I have and will always be very, very leery of being on anyone’s list. Gun free zones are an open invitation for disaster.

11.   Do you support border security, including the wall, and better controlled

immigration?

We are 50 years late in fixing our immigration problems. A nation without a

secure, controlled border is not really a nation. I do support the wall and any

other measure to guarantee our sovereignty.

12.   Do you support picture ID requirements for voting?

Always have and always will in every state in this country.

13.   What is your view on nullification and interposition?

My first choice would be Convention of States. The next best option is nullification

(erasing the effects of bad legislation or interposition (intervening).

14.   If elected, what is your number one priority?

To make permanent the positive changes we have begun in the General Assembly. To continue the mission of guaranteeing the rights of our citizens.

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