Imari Scarbrough firstname.lastname@example.org
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 went into executive session to discuss an IT contract, personnel and to consult with its attorney before adjourning.