Among other county business, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners wished their clerk a happy retirement, welcomed new employees, then approved a transit study and landfill project during their meeting Feb. 3.

New clerk

After more than 20 years serving the County of Haywood, Candace Way is retiring from her role as clerk to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.

Way spent 15 years working with the county department of social services, and spent the last six years as commissioners’ clerk.

“I’ve really enjoyed my years, it’s been a great time,” Way said. “Great boards to work with — as complicated as the job is, it’s been very easy.”

The commissioners extended their thanks and gave Way an engraved clock as a token of appreciation for her service.

The board approved Tracy Wells to take over as county clerk.

Wells previously served the past five years as paralegal to the county attorney, and has also spent the last two years as deputy clerk to the board of commissioners.

Wells is a 25-year resident of Haywood County, and said she has worked for county government the past nine years.

Regional transit study

The commissioners passed a resolution supporting the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization’s phase one regional transit feasibility study.

The FBRMPO is a partnership between local and state governments that makes transportation-based decisions within the Haywood, Madison, Henderson and Buncombe corridors.

The study aligns with FBRMPO’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan recommends a feasibility study to explore regional transit options and coordinate efforts between transit providers to improve regional transit service options.

The study will serve as the first step to improve public transit in the region. Phase one of the study will include a feasibility of potential routes, available funding for said routes and a cost-benefit analysis of regional transit, conducted at no cost to Haywood County.

Delinquent taxes

Tax Collector Greg West announced that March 20 is last day for Haywood County citizens to pay delinquent taxes without getting their name printed in The Mountaineer.

Delinquent notices will be mailed out by mid-February, and March 25 is the advertising date for delinquent taxes to be printed in the newspaper, in accordance with state law.\

Francis Farm expensesContinuing with its correction action plan for Francis Farm Landfill, the board approved a planned $85,851 expense to move electrical lines from out of the waste.

Program Administrator David Francis said there are live electrical poles running through the landfill waste that need to be removed and rerouted out of the way. Part of the process includes temporarily disconnecting the landfill flare.

Funds are coming from the county’s solid waste fund to its project fund.

New employees

New county employees were welcomed by the commissioners.

For county health and human services, April Partain is community social services technician, Susan Alderman is environmental health specialist, Tonya Sorto is income maintenance caseworker and Casie B. Hopkins is school nurse.

Teresa Mitchell is now a deputy school resource officer for Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.

Coming on as custodians for the county development and facilities department are Douglas Plemmons and Zachary Williams.

Appointments

• The board re-appointed Ron Reid, of Waynesville, and David Gildersleeve, of Lake Junaluska to the Haywood County Planning Board;

• Appointed Jonathan Jackson, of Canton, and Vickie Reece, of Waynesville to the Haywood County Fairgrounds Board.

• Appointed Dr. Lowell Davis, of Clyde, to the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency Board.

• Reappointed James Pearson, Margaret Pearson and Leigh Morrow-Odom to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee for Long-Term Care.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners is in the historic courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

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