Emergency personnel were honored Monday at the Yadkin County Commissioners meeting.
Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal, along with Dr. Jason Edsall, presented the Life Saving Award to EMS members David Church, Clint Harper, Donnie Martin; Communications staff members Jan Long, Heather Branon, Penny Everhart; and Sheriff’s Office employees Mike Finney, Israel Moran and Greg Dewitt. Vestal also was honored with the Life Saving Award. The award was established recently to recognize emergency officials who assist on calls that save the life of an individual.
Items on the action agenda for the board included adopting a Watershed Protection Ordinance and rezoning of a property on Courtney Huntsville Road from manufacturing industrial to residential restricted. Those items were both approved.
Also approved was an agreement with Amy Foster to lease a space at the hospital for her business Fostering Minds, which offers psychological services to children, adolescents, teens and families.
A budget amendment to fund a capital needs project for Yadkin County Schools was approved as well. The school system has requested funding for lighting replacements while Duke Energy is offering financial incentives. Phase one will include the elementary and high schools and will be funded through this budget amendment. Phase two at the middle schools will be fund by the individual schools. The budget amendment also includes appropriations for capital items requested in next year’s fiscal budget such as several replacement vehicles for the sheriff’s office, one for environmental health, and renovations at the sheriff’s office, expansion at the animal shelter, and lighting replacement in the human resources building.
The commissioners also approved a matching $250,000 PARTF grant application for phase two of the Yadkin Memorial Park at Lake Hampton. Primitive camping facilities and restrooms, an 18-hole disc golf course with parking and restrooms, as well as expansion of the existing trail network and a dog park are slated for phase two.
A contract with Carl Rose & Sons Contract for paving at the county park also was approved.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.