Health, food services contracts approved for inmates

By Kitsey E. Burns -

At Monday’s meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, Human Services Director Kim Harrell gave a few updates to the board. Harrell noted that the local agency will no longer be involved in daycare investigations of abuse and neglect. Those cases will now be handled by the state’s Division of Child Development.

She also noted there will be a certified navigator with office hours to begin around Aug. 19 to assist area residents in navigating the website for health insurance. Open enrollment for insurance through the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1.

The commissioners also set a public hearing for Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. to consider rezoning a parcel of land on U.S. 601 South from Rural Agriculture to Highway Business.

Action items approved by the board on Monday included the re-appropriation of some grant funds for EMS as well as the adoption of the 2015-2016 Board of Health Handbook and a revised personnel policy for the county.

Also approved on Monday was a contract with Southern Health Partners to provide health services for inmates of the Yadkin County Jail and a renewed contract with Aramark to provide meals for inmates.

Several members of the board will be attending the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) conference in Pitt County on Aug. 20-23. The board will host a joint meeting with the Yadkin County School Board on Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the commissioner’s chambers.

The county offices will be closed on Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. The commissioners meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on Sept 8. The next meeting of the commissioners is Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

During the commissioner comments portion of the meeting, Vice Chairman David Moxley said he had spent some time at the Yadkin Memorial Park and Lake Hampton over the weekend and was amazed at the continued popularity of the park. While at the park, Moxley said he met a couple, a gentleman from Tennessee and lady from Cary, who met through an online dating site and chose the Yadkin Memorial Park for their first date.

“I think that is kind of unique,” he said.

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

By Kitsey E. Burns

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