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Agreement Reached By Area Board Related To Search For New County Manager

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) at the January 9 meeting to assist with the recruitment of a new Alexander County Manager. The search for a new manager comes following the passing of longtime County Manager Rick French on December 24, 2022.

The WPCOG will provide assistance through April 30, including the advertisement, recruitment, collection of application materials, and review and identification of top applicants, followed by a one-day assessment center for interviews and presentations. The agency will provide interview questions, instructions, and evaluation tools to the county, and will also conduct drug screenings and reference and background checks. The WPCOG will receive a one-time payment of $3,500 for these services.

In other business at Monday’s Alexander County Board of Commissioners meeting, Sherry Long, Assistant Executive Director for WPCOG, presented information about the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program during a public hearing. Awarded by the NC Department of Commerce, these grants may be used for neighborhood revitalization, economic development, infrastructure, etc. to primarily benefit low- to moderate-income persons. Long said the state has already approved a $645,044 neighborhood revitalization grant for the Sterling Lane area of Alexander County, pending a second public hearing on the CDBG program. Commissioners will hold the second hearing at their next regular meeting on Monday, February 6.

David Moose, Compliance & Procurement Specialist, presented information about Alternate State Emergency Funds for debris removal on the South Yadkin River. Six bids were received to install erosion control measures; clear vegetation; remove trees, stumps, and brush; stabilize riverbanks; and more. McGill Associates recommended the low bid submitted by Shaun Lackey Excavating LLC in the amount of $54,000. Commissioners unanimously approved the bid recommendation.