Economic expansion grant approved

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

It was a brief meeting of the Yadkin County commissioners on Monday, with only two action items on the agenda.

Kim Harrell, director of Human Services, gave a brief presentation on the first item, a request for the board to review and approve the 2016-2017 Yadkin County Board of Health handbook.

The accreditation standards for North Carolina Public Health requires the Board of Health to review and approve the handbook on an annual basis. In February of 2013, the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners assumed the role of the Board of Health. The handbook was approved.

Also approved at the meeting was a Rural Economic Development grant between Yadkin County and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The Rural Authority awarded the $190,000 grant for the purpose of supporting Unifi Manufacturing Inc., in the expansion of its existing facility in Yadkinville. That expansion project will add 47,000 square feet to the facility and 19 new full-time jobs. There is a five-percent match required and County Manager Lisa Hughes said the Economic Development Partnership already had those matching funds available for the project.

The county commissioners will participate in the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners annual conference next week in Forsyth County. The next regular meeting of the commissioners will be Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. A joint meeting between the commissioners and the Yadkin County Board of Education is scheduled for Aug. 29.

In her manager’s report, Hughes noted she was receiving positive feedback on the new paint job on the exterior of the courthouse.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to has said how wonderful it looks and that it looks so much better and they’re very pleased with it,” she said. Hughes said the project should be wrapping up in the next couple of weeks.

Hughes also reported the new county employee wellness clinic, which opened last month, also has been receiving positive feedback.

Jesse Brown and Van Hemric were reappointed to serve three-year terms on the Yadkin County Agriculture Advisory Board.

“I think they’re doing a great job,” said Vice Chairman Commissioner David Moxley.

In the commissioner comment portion of the meeting, Commissioner Marion Welborn mentioned he recently attended an event featuring the “future President of the United States.”

“It was good, that was one of the things on my bucket list,” Welborn said.

“I think somebody needs to tell Trump he needs to keep his mouth shut a little bit more,” he added.

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

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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