Appointments given approval in Warren County
In its meeting on Monday evening, the Warren County Board of Commissioners approved appointments to two key county positions.
Michelle Winstead was appointed to the position of director of Social Services at an annual salary of $66,500, plus moving expenses to be reimbursed up to $1,500. She will begin work on March 1.
Jamytta Bell was appointed to the position of Veterans Administrator. The part-time position requires 22.5 hours per week and will pay an annual salary of $21,315. Bell will assume the position on Feb. 18.
The board adopted a resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month in Warren County and encouraged citizens to become involved in the Monument to Equality Committee, which is tasked with designing and financing a monument to recognize progress toward equality.
The commissioners adopted a resolution celebrating the 50 years since Lake Gaston was dedicated, established June 20, 2013, as its 50th birthday and encouraged events to promote awareness of the history, traditions and benefits of the lake to residents and visitors.
The commissioners adopted a resolution of support for the legislative goals of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, which called for the General Assembly to:
• Oppose shifting state transportation responsibilities to counties.
• Reinstate average daily membership as the basis for allocating lottery funds for school construction.
• Oppose unfunded mandates and shifts of state responsibilities counties.
• Ensure adequate mental health funding.
• Preserve the existing local revenue base.
Prior to the meeting, the commissioners held a public hearing on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s secondary road plan for Warren County. District Engineer Steve Winstead presented the plan and answered questions. Several residents named roads needing attention. When the plan was considered during the regular meeting, the board voted to approve it.
Nicholas Petro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, appeared before the board to recognize Warren County as a “StormReady County.” In a letter to Douglas Young, director of Warren County’s Department of Emergency Services, Petro stated that Warren County “has increased the level of severe weather awareness which will no doubt minimize the threat to life and property within your county during any future weather disaster.”
Interim Tax Collector Bonnie Andrews reported on unpaid 2012 taxes and requested permission to publish the list of tax liens totaling more than $1.6 million. The board approved the request.
In other business, the commissioners approved a change order in the Water & Sewer District III, Phase III contract and appointed Economic Development Director Gabe Cumming to the Kerr-Tar Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee.
Looking toward the crafting of a budget for 2013-2014, the board adopted a calendar, which includes:
• May 6: Budget presentation.
• May 15, May 29 and June 13: Work sessions.
• June 10: Public hearing.
• June 19: Special meeting to adopt a 2013-2014 budget ordinance.
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