• David Martinez, left, and Stacey Lane, center, pose with Jeff Vance of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension after being announced as winners of the Governor’s Volunteer Award.
    David Martinez, left, and Stacey Lane, center, pose with Jeff Vance of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension after being announced as winners of the Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Resolution to appoint nonvoting member to EDC board adopted

BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting this past week recognized two local Governor’s Volunteer Award winners, received an update from tax collector Brian Garland and unanimously approved a resolution that will allow a member of the board to serve as a nonvoting member of the Mitchell County Economic Development Commission.

Jeff Vance, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, told the board about volunteer award-winners David Martinez and Stacey Lane.

“David has worked with the Roan Readers program and the rural education partners,” Vance said. “He has served as a tutor. A few years back, he founded and coordinated the Cool Penguin Coat Drive, which provided coats for families in need.”

Lane works with the Roan Readers program, recruits volunteers and helps with student referrals and transportation.

“It’s good to recognize the volunteers we have in this county,” Vance said. “There are lots of them in different organizations.”

Garland presented the July tax report to the board shortly after the award-winners were recognized. Garland said the county’s total tax collections so far have amounted to $486,062.79.

“The collections for the first few weeks tax bills have gone out have exceeded the totals during that same time throughout the previous five years by $80,000,” Garland said. “I’m hoping we’re seeing a trend here. We’re off to a good start so far.”

County Attorney Lloyd Hise explained the reconstitution of the EDC toward the end of the meeting.

“This allows the board to appoint one member to serve on the EDC,” Hise said. “They can’t be a voting member. It gives them an opportunity to become familiar with the workings of the EDC. They will be allowed to attend the meetings and report back to the commissioners about the meetings.”

The board unanimously approved the reconstitution. A member has not yet been appointed.

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