Scotland County to formulate strategic plan

By Terri Ferguson Smith - [email protected]

Commissioner Whit Gibson looks over a list of nominees for various commitee appointments.

LAURINBURG — County officials want to establish a road map for Scotland County’s future and they will seek expertise to help guide the way.

Strategic planning is among topics the Scotland County Board of Commissioners discussed at its regular meeting Monday night.

“We’ve got to establish our short-term goals and our long-term goals and how we reach those goals for infrastructure, for our work force, for our tax rate and how to best how to utilize the resources that we have for economic development,” said Carol McCall, board chair. “We need a road map. We need to be able to have a road map that gets us to reaching all those goals and areas.”

The county will seek the input of consultants who specialize in government planning.

“We are not experts at developing our own strategic plans,” McCall said. “We’ll bring in a consultant to help us develop this so that we can set our short-term and long-term goals, establish our vision for where we want the county to be five years, 10 years, 20 years down the road.”

McCall said officials expect to set a timeline on developing a plan at the August commissioners meeting.

County Manager Kevin Patterson said commissioners may want to consider scheduling some listening sessions with county residents.

Commissioner Guy McCook said he sees the need for planning, but he wants to know the reach of the sessions.

“What do we expect to get? How much depth are we going to go into? Is it going be a broad-based piece where we’ll focus on two or three areas or are we going to focus on all the departments and ask the departments to be involved in the process,” McCook said.

Patterson will work establishing a timeline and said the board might schedule a work session in August to discuss it.

Commissioners made several committee appointments, but tabled action on appointing members to the Historic Properties Commission. The Historic Properties Commission made several recommendation and the commissioners were given applications from three other individuals. The county decided to have all nominees submit applications.

In other business, David McLamb and Dan Smith were reappointed to the Tourism Development Authority. Jerry Riggins was selected to replace Ron Riggins on TDA.

Laurinburg council member Mary Jo Adams and county commissioner McCook were appointed to the Lumber River Transportation Advisory Committee; and John Ferguson was appointed to the board of the Department of Social Services. He replaces Donald Rainer.

Also on Monday, commissioners:

— Welcomed Bryan Graham, the county’s new parks and recreation director;

— Approved the Tax Office request for May 2016 release of funds in the amount of $33.76 and in the amount of $12,330.77, and discoveries in the amount of$2,872.76, and;

— Approve SCATS request to surplus a 2008 Ford Conversion van.

Commissioner Whit Gibson looks over a list of nominees for various commitee appointments. Whit Gibson looks over a list of nominees for various commitee appointments.

By Terri Ferguson Smith

[email protected]

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

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