Thursday, April 7, 2016

Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, April 4th with a full agenda. Most items were normal housekeeping in nature.

Winston County Library in Beth Edwards also provided a detailed report to the Board concerning the library's usage and the upcoming National Library Week. More information on National Library Week and the Library's status is included in another article on Winston Web.

Supervisors also heard from Paul Black, Chief Executive Officer of Winston Medical Center concerning the ongoing construction. Black noted that, in spite of the rains and weather issues, the project was still on schedule and that plans have been made for a groundbreaking ceremony on April 28th.

A local citizen, Josephine Green requested information and assistance concerning abandoned and damaged houses in the community of Center Ridge. Green noted that there were approximately 10 houses or more that needed demolition in the area and the community had crime concerns, concerns about the fire hazard and children's safety as well as pests and health hazards. She also raised the issue of a water drainage problem in that community related to a culvert on Sharon Haynes Road. 

Supervisors informed Green that by law, county equipment and employees cannot work on private property Board President Luke Parkes said that the only possibility would be if specific properties were deemed a health and safety issue.  Then a procedure could be followed including a petition to ask for a hearing, a search for land owners and lien holders and issuance of a public notice and a public hearing. If approved, the county could clean the property and assess the cost back to the landowner. Parkes noted that the costs could be quite high and it's difficult for the county to get their money back because on properties like this many landowners simply refuse to pay the fees. He noted that action like this is only been taken once in about 10 years. No action was taken at this time.

In terms of the drainage issues, District 4 Supervisor Goss has looked at the problem but agreed to look at it again with County Engineer Jimmy Kemp in the next few days.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for April 20th.