Board approves new rabies control measures

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@s24517.p831.sites.pressdns.com
Members of Boy Scout Troop 683 pose for a photo with the Yadkin County commissioners at their meeting on March 20. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Boy Scout Troop 683 lead the pledge of allegiance on Monday night at the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners meeting. The commissioners thanked the Scouts for their attendance and participation in the meeting.

Two rezoning hearings took place during Monday’s meeting. A property located on North Oak Ridge Church Road was requested by the owner to be rezoned from Manufacturing Industrial to Rural Agriculture. Two parcels of land on Smitherman Road were requested to rezoned from Rural Agriculture to Community Business.

April Crook, owner of the North Oak Ridge Church Road property, spoke briefly confirming her request for the rezoning. Allen Davis, owner of Marvin’s Garage Doors, spoke on his behalf in regard to the rezoning of the Smitherman Road property, which he plans to use for additional space and parking for his business.

Both requests were approved by the board.

Human Services Director Kim Harrell addressed the board regarding new recommendations on rabies control and prevention from the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians. Harrell requested the board adopt the new rule.

“It will give the health director the authority to shorten quarantine times for an animal that has been exposed to a wild animal that has rabies,” Harrell said. “It will let us reduce quarantine time for unvaccinated animals from six months to four months. It will also give us the opportunity to let the owner do a home quarantine 45-day observation on a cat or or dog if their vaccination has lapsed or they can’t find proof of vaccination.”

“Pending its adoption it’s going to help us considerably in the animal shelter and the sheriff’s office with animal control as we try to combat rabies,” County Manager Lisa Hughes added.

Harrell also noted that surrounding counties Davie, Surry and Wilkes have adopted the new rule. The board approved adoption of the new rule.

During her report to the board, Hughes requested a vote from the board on several items. The first was in regard to change orders with the East Bend waterline project. In order to expedite the construction process, Hughes asked that the board approve a policy that would allow staff to authorize changes up to 5,000 cumulative net on the East Bend waterline project without waiting to present the requests individually to the board.

The board also authorized the finance officer to process paperwork for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council’s discretionary funding for Yadkin County agencies and have it ratified by the board at the next meeting.

The board approved the North Carolina Drinking Water State Revolving Funds promissory note in the amount of $4,175,000 with zero-percent interest for a 20-year term for the East Bend waterline project.

The next meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners will be at 9 a.m. on April 3.

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

Members of Boy Scout Troop 683 pose for a photo with the Yadkin County commissioners at their meeting on March 20.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_boy-scouts.jpgMembers of Boy Scout Troop 683 pose for a photo with the Yadkin County commissioners at their meeting on March 20. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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