Commissioners to hold public hearing Tuesday
by Kellen Short
Watauga County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning to seek comments on the county's Rural Operating Assistance Program grant application.
The program provides state funding each year to requesting counties that pledge to follow administrative processes to ensure the money is spent according to certain rules.
Watauga County is expected to receive $141,753 for use in this fiscal year. The money will be allocated to AppalCART, the Project on Aging, Watauga Opportunities and the Department of Social Services.
Those agencies will use the money to provide public transportation to: the elderly and disabled; DSS clients who need help getting to work, employment training or other work-related destinations; and county residents who do not have a human service agency or organization that will pay for the transportation service.
Historically, no speakers have signed up for the public hearing on this topic, County Manager Deron Geouque said at the last meeting.
While public hearings are typically held at the commissioners' evening meeting, this one was expedited due to the Oct. 18 grant application deadline.
The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., and the public hearing will begin at or after 9 a.m.
After the regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners will meet jointly with the Economic Development Commission to discuss the EDC's future goals.