Yadkin County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a revised Yadkin County Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinance during their meeting on May 20.
According to the ordinance document, the purpose of the ordinance is to promote agricultural values and the general welfare of the county.
Changes made to the ordinance were made to better comply with state statutes in the matter of farmland, according to commissioners.
“The majority of these changes are intended to fine tune this,” said Commissioner Chairman Kevin Austin.
The board also voted unanimously to approve the transfer of $200,000 saved from department salaries to a capital fund for the Yadkin County EMS ambulance parking/storage facility.
The new parking facility is scheduled to be built alongside the new EMS headquarters at Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. This parking facility would provide a climate-controlled location for EMS ambulances.
Commissioners and the county manager noted that instead of moving the $200,000 savings the county will have this year into its general fund it will move it into a capital fund for this project, which will eliminate the need to budget for it in Fiscal Year 2013-14.
The county manager said that EMS officials expect to have all of the bids for the project within the next two weeks, and they hope to have the bids to the board within the month for a vote.
Other topics from the meeting:
-The board set a public hearing for the 2012-2013 Secondary Road Program for June 3 at 9 a.m. N.C. Department of Transportation representatives will be on hand for a presentation and to answer questions during this meeting.
-The board adopted a resolution in support of a Clean and Beautiful Yadkin County, which will allot Yadkin County Cooperative Extension $1,500 to gather information through focus groups, develop a county-wide plan to educate the public about the importance of a clean environment, increase awareness of the need for cleaner roadsides, emphasize the importance of not littering and encourage recycling of solid wastes.
-The board approved of the submittal of USDA application documents for the East Bend water project. This approval authorizes the county manager and engineer on the project to go ahead with the application process. Further votes will be required to accept money from the USDA to move forward with the project.
-The board voted unanimously to approve the reappointment of Jesse Brown and Van Hemric for a three-year term on the Yadkin County Agricultural Advisory Board.
-The board reminded attendees that a public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the commissioner’s chambers.
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