2018-09-20 / Front Page

Commissioners make appointments and hear monthly reports

It was a good thing the agenda was abbreviated for the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners last Thursday, September 13, because at least some of the members wanted to attend the rescheduled Tiger football game which started in Warrenton just 30 minutes after the start of the commission meeting.

The football game was rescheduled from the usual Friday night time due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas and expected to make landfall Friday or Saturday. Commission Chairman Sam Moore announced early in the meeting that Governor Nathan Deal had declared all 159 counties in Georgia to be in a “local state of emergency.” As it turned out, the hurricane became a non-issue for Washington-Wilkes but the game was played on Thursday anyway.

In regular business, the board appointed Jenelle Ashmore to the Senior Citizens Center Advisory Board; David Tyler to the CSRA Regional Commission for an indefinite term to replace Hollis Winn, who served on that board for Wilkes County for more than 20 years; and Marilyn Vale to replace Minnie Evans on the Family and Children Services board.

County Clerk Karen Burton reported that Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the month of July had been received in the amount of $84,948.74, that Local Option Sales Tax brought in $55,216.42, and TSPLOST was $82,383.31 for the same month.

Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thompson reported that the local expectation from Hurricane Florence was for 2-4 inches of rain and winds 20-25 miles per hour with gusts significantly higher. He also reported on various places in the county which could accommodate evacuees.

Thompson also reported the institution of a $150 per call charge (after the third call) to locations calling for assistance frequently. He said that his service responds to all calls but, for example, there was one address near Tignall to which EMS had responded about 30 times in the last six months.

The next regular meeting of the commissioners will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, in the Wilkes County courthouse with a work session in the chairman’s office immediately prior beginning at 1 p.m.

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