Board approves economic incentives


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Jonesville Elementary students Alexis Ball and Caroline Wood pose for a photo with the Yadkin County Commissioners after leading the pledge at Tuesday’s meeting.


Photo courtesy of Yadkin County

Last week’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners was moved from Monday evening to Tuesday evening due to the inclement weather. Jonesville Elementary students Alexis Ball and Caroline Wood lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the meeting.

A public hearing took place on Tuesday regarding incentives for several economic development projects. No speakers came forward at the hearing. Lydall, North Carolina Tobacco International and Southland Transportation/Snow Creek Management were the companies to benefit from the proposed economic development incentives. Expansion projects at each of the businesses will benefit the county by way of creating new jobs, enhancing the property tax base and tax revenues and helping to diversify the local economy, according to the proposal. New capital investments are to be made at these businesses totaling up to $22.6 million and the creation of 84 new jobs.

No county funding will be needed for this year for the projects, though funding will come from the county for fiscal years 2017-2019. Over the lifetime of the projects, Lydall will receive $300,000, North Carolina Tobacco Institute, up to $80,000 and $20,000 for Southland Transportation. The first year’s $125,000 will come from the Economic Development group.

All three economic incentive proposals were approved by the board.

Local historian Andrew Mackie addressed the board to request the adoption of a resolution declaring March Abandoned Cemeteries Awareness Month. The board approved that resolution.

Also approved was a resolution from the board in support of the Connect NC Bond Act which will be up for vote in the March 15 primary.

A contract with TB Grading for general grading services also was approved by the board.

Dr. James McGrath was appointed to the Community Child Protection Team/Child Fatality Prevention Team during last Tuesday’s meeting.

On Feb. 29, the board will hold a joint meeting with the Yadkin County School Board at 7 p.m.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Jonesville Elementary students Alexis Ball and Caroline Wood pose for a photo with the Yadkin County Commissioners after leading the pledge at Tuesday’s meeting.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC09074.jpgJonesville Elementary students Alexis Ball and Caroline Wood pose for a photo with the Yadkin County Commissioners after leading the pledge at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo courtesy of Yadkin County

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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