Wadesboro council to discuss limb truck, fire dept. at retreat

By: By Imari Scarbrough - iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com

The Wadesboro town council has a host of topics to discuss at its annual budget retreat next weekend.

The council will discuss its annual retreat workshop, the 2017 People Fest, annexation study proposals, limb truck financing and potentially purchasing one, new fire department building changes and security lighting on private property, according to a release from the town.

The board will also hear from John Marek, director of the Anson Economic Development Partnership, who will speak on economic development policies.

Town manager Alex Sewell said that the town will work with David Long, the same moderator it employed last time.

“Given that the town council has accomplished (or is about to accomplish) its top single priority over the last several years (police/fire facilities), one of the most important parts of the retreat will be the council establishing its new top priorities,” Sewell said via email. “Whatever those priorities might be, staff will work diligently to achieve them.”

The council will likely review the budget to see what needs it can focus on next.

“Because our community is located in a state-designated Tier 1 economically-distressed area, one potential topic of discussion may be how to achieve council priorities while remaining responsible fiscal stewards of public monies,” Sewell said.

The retreat will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Carolina HealthCare Systems-Anson community room. The hospital is located at 2301 U.S. Highway 74 West in Wadesboro.

In April, the council will hold workshops to focus on the fiscal year 2017-18 budget. All meetings will be held at 5 p.m. in the town council meeting room on April 4, 11, 18 and 25. All of those workshops are on Tuesdays.

Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.

By Imari Scarbrough