Program Recap - February 19, 2014
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley was pleased to have as our guest speaker Mark Jones, Jackson County Commissioner for District 4. This is not the first time Mark has spoken to the club, and his talks always help us to better understand what the county is focused on.
To start off Mark spoke about the progress of the new ABC store that will be constructed across from the Ingles shopping plaza. It appears that the foundation is almost ready based on observations from the members. Mark indicated that once that phase of the construction was finished it would be approximately 120 days to completion for the building.
Next, Mark touched on the steep slope regulation revisions that are being discussed by the county. One highlight is that state law requires the county ordinances and regulations to conform to state codes and laws. Some parts of the current ordinances in Jackson County will have to be adjusted to conform to state law. A Planning Board hearing on the 20th will look at this and other issues and get recommendations from the taxpayers and voters. As a side note mark said that since 2007 Jackson County had more building permits than Haywood or Buncombe Counties.
A hot topic was the fire district tax that was discussed when Fire Chief Randy Dillard spoke at our club just recently. Mark showed us a petition that could be circulated to initiate the process of creating a new fire district in our area. This petition would require 35% of the voter’s signatures in the area in order to put this on the November ballot. The pros and cons were discussed with many great questions and comments from the group directed to Mark. This led into a brief discussion about the desire by some local residents to have a district commissioner responsible only to their district.
The club wishes to thank Mark for appearing at our breakfast meeting and look forward to seeing him again.