The Alexander County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2022-2023 county finances at the June 20th conference. The spending budget totals $53,653,167 and features no area tax or cost boosts, other than for a 3 p.c improve in drinking water charges by the Town of Hickory.

The proposed funds was introduced at the May well 16th conference by County Manager Rick French. A public hearing was held on June 6 and a funds work session was held on June 13.

“We regarded as reducing the residence tax fee in this spending budget, but with the uncertainty of the nationwide financial system and climbing inflation, we eventually decided to hold out until the 2023-2024 spending budget immediately after the county has absent by way of the revaluation course of action,” stated Ronnie Reese, Chairman. “Alexander County is in superior financial condition, and we want to be certain that it stays that way so we can provide our citizens to the finest of our capacity.”

Mr. French mentioned the finances involves a 5 p.c cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for county workers and an amplified allocation to Alexander County Schools.

The budget also includes many new positions: Assistant County Supervisor, Planner, Accounting Assistant, License Plate Agency employees placement, Paralegal, Environmental Health and fitness staff members position, Dental Assistant, Animal Regulate Officer, Park Assistant, as perfectly as part-time/seasonal parks & recreation positions for Wittenburg Entry Space and Alexander County Courthouse Park. In addition, a element-time office environment assistant in the Soil & Water office will be reclassified to a whole-time place.

The spending budget consists of funding for numerous money merchandise this kind of as fiber/web networking, car replacements, 9-1-1 radio system/gear, substitution of a boiler at the courthouse, an ambulance remount, a electricity lift for EMS, and replacement of the roof on the sheriff’s place of work evidence making.

In addition to the fireplace district home taxes by now in put, the price range includes $63,000 from the county’s standard fund for each individual of the county’s eight volunteer hearth departments. Mr. French mentioned the county hopes to present greater funding to the hearth departments every calendar year, in particular if a ¼-cent community sales tax is accepted.

In other organization:

• Pamela Bowman, Education and learning Coordinator/Administrative Expert with the Alexander County Soil & Drinking water Conservation District, reported the department has been awarded a $384,805 grant from the Streamflow Rehabilitation Guidance Program (StRAP) to assist with the cleanup from the November 2020 flooding. She mentioned there ended up somewhere around 35 men and women who signed up for funding from the StRAP dollars totaling $2.4 million, but the awarded quantity will only help with the top rated three or 4 websites. Commissioners voted unanimously for the county to sponsor the StRAP money for stream particles removal and then be reimbursed 100 per cent from the grant money.

• Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with Hyper-Get to to deliver unexpected emergency mass notification services for Alexander County. Hearth Marshal Mark Earle claimed that Hyper-Arrive at will change the OnSolve/CodeRed program that the county has applied for the earlier several many years. He reported the new emergency notification system offers extra expert services and a extra user-helpful interface for a price of $8,200 for each calendar year for 3 years, which is personal savings of approximately $1,000 per yr. Earle said the system is used in multiple close by counties and comes remarkably advised. He stated the only disadvantage is that citizens and companies will want to sign-up all over again to receive the notifications.

• Commissioners held a general public listening to to consider acceptance of a tax-exempt bank loan from To start with Neighborhood Lender to the Stony Issue Volunteer Fireplace Department (SPVFD) for the purchase of a 2024 Pierce Saber fireplace truck. Fire Chief Scotty Abernathy said this is the initially truck to be purchased by the SPVFD considering that 2008. The board unanimously authorized the ask for.

• Zack Shepherd, Vaya Wellness Neighborhood Relations Regional Director, offered an update to the board. He stated that considering that Vaya and Cardinal Improvements consolidated, Vaya now serves an added 9 counties in the Piedmont area for a full of 31 counties. Vaya serves 4 regions, with Alexander County in Location 3. County Supervisor Rick French serves on the Vaya Well being Board of Directors. Shepherd then offered data with regards to the NC Division of Overall health and Human Solutions Child & Family Specialty Program (CFSP), which would enormously maximize the populations served in the foster care program. He claimed Vaya has some considerations about the CFSP and hopes some variations will arise in advance of the approach is rolled out.

• In the County Manager’s Report, Mr. French said the county has obtained a Rural Transformation Grant from NC Commerce in the amount of money of $650,000 for the renovation of county residence situated at 16 West Most important Avenue in Taylorsville. Extra particulars will be reviewed at the July conference.

Consolidated Human Services Board Conference

Adhering to the common conference, commissioners held a Consolidated Human Companies Board assembly with updates from the health and fitness section, senior center, and section of social services.

• Dorian Maltba introduced several updates for the wellbeing department. Maltba claimed that given that Leeanne Whisnant’s retirement, Billie Walker has been named Interim Overall health Director and that she has been promoted to Director of Nursing.

Wellness Educator Kimberly Edmisten introduced an update on the wellness department’s accreditation development, noting that 92 percent of area knowledge was submitted by May well 31. The dates for closing neighborhood information submission are August 30-31. A hybrid reaccreditation study is scheduled for September 1.

Edmisten also introduced the 2021 Condition of the County Wellbeing Report (SOTCH), which is necessary each year between Community Wellness Assessments. The 2021 SOTCH was submitted to NCDHHS on February 8 and was authorised on April 12. The report is available on the web at https://alexanderhealth.org.

• Kristy Hunt, Senior Middle Director, claimed that community seniors are enjoying games, gatherings, and birthday lunches at the senior middle when once again with participation up at all 3 places. The center continues to guide with Medicare strategies with personal savings of $46,772 so far this 12 months. A Senior Celebration was held on May 27 with are living audio, lunch, a enjoyable wander, online games, and doorway prizes.

• Thomas Mitchell, DSS Director, stated that personnel recruitment is increasing from a vacancy charge of 23 p.c to only 7-8 per cent, noting that DSS is now as fully staffed as it has been in the previous 3 decades.

In phrases of foster care, he mentioned the the greater part of small children staying taken off are in Taylorsville, with no foster mothers and fathers in Taylorsville. The fewest removals are in Bethlehem in which the majority of foster moms and dads are. Mitchell stated that the DSS staff members desires to continue to keep foster youngsters as close to their residence and school as achievable, so they are functioning on foster parenting classes in the Taylorsville area.

The new director also wants to supply enhanced interaction products and services for DSS workers in the area, especially in regions of the county with tiny or no cell support. DSS workers will be issued a Verizon mobile mobile phone so every person has the identical cell coverage, plus the division plans to invest in a number of satellite telephones which will deliver coverage in parts with no cell services. He explained that the security of social workers in the field is of extraordinary worth.

 

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners normally satisfies on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in place #103 at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education and learning. The future typical assembly is established for Monday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. Common meetings are recorded and can be viewed on the county’s Govt Channel on Spectrum channel 192 or on the county’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/alexandercountync. Conference agendas, minutes, videos, and much more are obtainable on the county’s web site at https://alexandercountync.gov/commissioners.

By AKDSEO