The Haywood Board of Commissioners met Monday. Here are a few of the items considered.
- A public hearing was set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to consider an economic incentive package that will return more than half of the property taxes paid by an unnamed hotel to be built in by SEVA Investments, a South Carolina limited liability corporation. The value of the incentive would be $25,000 annually for a five-year period. The “flagship brand” hotel would cost between $7.8 and $9.1 million and provide 15 jobs ranging from $9 an hour to $20 an hour.
- Financial excellence
County Finance Manager Julie Davis and her staff were awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It’s an award the finance office has captured for nearly two decades now. As board members told Davis how much they appreciated her professionalism and hard work, Chairman Kirk Kirkpatrick noted, “It’s hard to get excited when you win the same award over and over,” to which Davis responded, “It’s expected.”
3. 4-H and Ashlyn Clark
As the youth delegate to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners youth summit, Ashlyn Clark told the commissioners about the many skills she’s learned through the 4-H program. She became involved in 4-H through a “Farm to Fork” program, and said her mother enrolled her in everything that 4-H offered after that. She said she’s learned to sew, cook, how to interview for job, gun safety, how to become a leader and has made a lot of friends.
“It’s helped shape the person I am,” she said, noting that unlike sports or dance, 4-H is something all can afford.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office requested a change in its legal contract with Waynesville attorney David Wijewickrama, who provides both civil and criminal legal support for the office. The change specified that Wijewickrama provides contract services and is not an employee. The annual rate of $31,250 is unchanged.
The commissioners adopted a formal plan establishing specific responses to hazardous weather in the county. The plan provides Haywood with StormReady certification by the National Weather Service, is an asset when applying for grants and comes with a discount on the flood insurance program rating. Cody Parton has worked with communities in the county in developing the plan and said it formalizes everything that’s already being done, allows citizens to be better protected and ensures the county and the communities within it are on the same wave length.