County commissioners have productive March meeting

Imari Scarbrough

March 12, 2014

The Anson County Board of Commissioners heard from several speakers and set dates for upcoming joint meetings with the Board of Education and South Piedmont Community College trustees during its meeting last Tuesday.

Danny Staley with the N.C. Division of Public Health and Wayne Raynor, interim health director, presented the Health Department’s plaque of accreditation during the meeting. Before presenting it, they told the commissioners about the effort the health department staff has made toward the accreditation. “Anson County can be very proud of their health department,” Raynor said.

Brenda Smith-Williams, executive director of D.R.E.A.M.S. Treatment Services, Inc., also addressed the board. Williams owns D.R.E.A.M.S., which is based out of Greensboro and funded through Sandhills. D.R.E.A.M.S., which stands for Drug Rehabilitation: Education, Addiction and Mental Health Solutions, offers housing and counseling to substance abusers. Smith-Williams hopes to open an office in Anson County to offer local treatment options for residents, and wanted to present the idea to the commissioners.

Based on brief screenings made during the calls, Smith-Williams said they receive a number of calls from Anson residents. Opening a local location would give residents treatment options as well as providing workforce opportunities in an area struggling with unemployment, she said. She plans to send the commissioners more information on the program and any requests she may have.

The board also heard from Rep. Mark Brody, who wanted to remind the commissioners and citizens of the constituent services available through his office. Those having trouble dealing with a state agency or dealing with other issues may call his office. Chair Anna Baucom also asked Brody to help the county achieve funding for its agri-civic center.

County Manager Lawrence Gatewood apprised the board of some employees’ retirement and of the reverse 911 system’s performance during Anson’s winter storms. The system alerted citizens of dangerous weather conditions.

Gatewood and Sheriff Tommy Allen also updated the board about the new county animal shelter. Allen said that he has visited several town council meetings to ask the municipalities to donate a minimum of $1 per citizen annually. The money would be used to defray the costs of veterinary services, as well as be used to purchase animal food and supplies.

In other business:

  • The board unanimously approved an ACTS (Anson County Transportation System) vehicle camera policy and procedures. This will help provide a framework should an outside entity or attorney ask to view or acquire video surveillance from the camera systems that the North Carolina Department of Transportation installed in all of the ACTS revenue vehicles.
  • ACTS director Scott Rowell provided a general overview of the makeup and duties of ACTS.
  • Lynn Horton, director of the Anson County Tourism Development Authority, provided a TDA report. She recapitulated N.C. Poet Laureate Jospeh Bathanti’s visit to Anson last month, and apprised the commissioners of her efforts to bring a hotel to Anson County. She also provided a brief update on the board’s finances.
  • The board approved a contract for its 2013-2014 audit.
  • The commissioners set a date for their annual meeting with the Board of Education. They will meet March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Charles Riddle Center in Wadesboro.
  • The commissioners set a tentative date to meet with the South Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. The trustees requested April 8, though the commissioners hope to meeting April 10.

The board went into executive session to discuss an IT contract, personnel and to consult with its attorney before adjourning.