County hires consultants for hospital research

By Kitsey E. Burns -

During Monday’s meeting of the Yadkin County Commissioners, County Manager Lisa Hughes noted that clean up and improvements were ongoing at the closed Yadkin Valley Hospital. Hughes also said they were working with two groups to research options for reopening the hospital and types of services that would be provided there.

County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Austin said, “We have entered into two contracts with healthcare consulting firms that will provide the county with detailed analyses on the financial models and building needs of the hospital facility. One of the contracts is with Spectrum Health Partners of Franklin, Tennessee who will prepare a series of financial models to provide the county with numerous options relative to the future of our hospital and the healthcare needs of our citizens. The other contract is with Criterion Healthcare of Concord, North Carolina who will prepare a physical analysis of the current hospital facility and conduct a series of public forums in the county to educate the citizens on the steps the county is taking to insure the sustainability of delivery of healthcare to the community. We believe these two studies will enable our Board of Commissioners to make sound decisions on the best and most efficient healthcare needs for our citizens for decades to come.”

A public hearing was held at the start of Monday night’s meeting in regard to the rezoning of an unaddressed property on U.S. 601 South just south of Beech Lane. Advantage Machinery Services requested that the property be rezoned from Rural Agriculture to Highway Business. No speakers came forward during the hearing the rezoning request was approved.

A public hearing was scheduled for Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in regard to a request to rezone a property at 1645 U.S. 601 South from Manufacturing Industrial to Highway Business.

During the meeting, the board approved a contract with Quest Diagnostics to provide lab services for the Yadkin County Medical Clinic.

Two budget amendments also were approved to re-appropriate grant and donation funds not spent last fiscal year back to the Cooperative Extension Agency and the sheriff’s office respectively.

A resolution was adopted by the commissioners on Monday exempting North Carolina Department of Transportation from landfill tipping fees incurred while collecting roadside litter and animal carcass waste.

“This resolution will help and encourage roadside pick-up to help keep our county nice and clean,” said County Manager Lisa Hughes.

During the discussions of roadside litter issues in the county, Commissioner Marion Welborn asked Sheriff Ricky Oliver if it would be possible to use jail inmates to assist with roadside litter pick up, particularly along Sugartown Road, Rockford Road and Country Club Road near the landfill.

Oliver said many of the inmates in the jail are awaiting trial and had not been sentenced therefore could not be used for roadside cleanup.

“In the future I’d like to see that change and maybe we can get some more people through the court system and serving time,” Oliver said. He added that the department was looking into training to be able to house other inmates from outside the county who would be serving time here and those inmates could be used for roadside cleanup projects.

Several of the commissioners will be in Greenville Aug. 20 through 23 attending the NCACC Conference. The board will host a joint meeting with the Yadkin County School Board on Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The next regular meeting of the board if scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. as the county offices will be closed on Labor Day.

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

By Kitsey E. Burns

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