April named Child Abuse Prevention Month


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



It was a busy meeting for the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, culminating with the announcement that the 10-month long legal drama over the county hospital has been settled.

At the start of Monday’s meeting, members of the local Forest Service gave a presentation to the board. John Kessler and Mark Bost shared information about the tasks they do in the county to keep the forest areas healthy. At the end of their presentation, Kessler requested that the board consider their budget request for the new fiscal year.

Also giving a brief report to the board on Monday was Kim Harrell, director of Yadkin County Human Services.

Two public hearings, one in regard to a rezoning and one regarding the watershed protection ordinance, were set for 7 p.m. on April 18.

Under board action, the commissioners approved an addendum to the master plan for the Yadkin Memorial Park which is slated to include a dog park in the future. A dog park is also in the plans at the county park as well.

A one-day pet adoption event was approved. That event will take place on on April 30 and the special adoption rates were approved for the event, $20 for dogs and $10 for cats.

Jason Roels, manager at the Yadkin County Animal Shelter, said one of their goals for the adoption event would be to adopt out all of the animals at the shelter.

Also on Monday, the board approved a resolution naming April Child Abuse Prevention Month. A ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday on the front lawn of the Yadkin County Courthouse in honor of victims of child abuse.

A lease agreement with the town of Yadkinville for the water and sewer lines was approved. Previously, the county paid the town to maintain those lines. The town will now lease the water and sewer lines from the county and continued the maintenance.

Several change orders were approved by the board on the new Agriculture Building being built at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The expected completion date has also been moved back slightly due to inclement weather that causes delays in construction.

The new completion date has been set for May 24 and County Manager Lisa Hughes said they hope to plan a ribbon cutting for June 1. That ribbon cutting would coincide with a ground breaking for another building being constructed on the site by Surry Community College.

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

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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