The Harnett County Board of Commissioners had a busy morning during their first regular scheduled meeting of the new year Tuesday morning.
The panel approved the creation of two new positions and approved the acceptance of several grants and also accepted the donation of a puppy to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
Thanks to a donation from Tammy Lynn Bybee, the sheriff’s office added to its canine corps of officers. She donated a bloodhound puppy which will be trained to track missing persons and suspects.
Sheriff Wayne Coats told The Daily Record previously the new addition is an important one to the department.
“Our office is glad that we were the recipient of Rugar, our newest bloodhound canine,” Sheriff Coats said. “Thanks to the generosity of Tammy Lynn Bybee our agency has received an invaluable resource that we will train and utilize in tracking of persons who are missing and suspects in crimes.”
He said the gift is an example of people in the community expressing their appreciation for the job the sheriff’s office does by more than just a shake of the hand and a pat on the back.
“When we look at ways people can pay it forward, Tammy Lynn Bybee certainly payed it forward to us,” Sheriff Coats said. “We intend to pay it forward to our citizens with the service of Rugar. We are privileged to take this opportunity with Rugar as a Deputy Sheriff Canine.”
Animal care was one of the new positions the panel approved during the meeting. The board gave the official approval of the establishment of a new full-time animal shelter assistant. The request for the position had been made in 2018 and had been delayed due to administrative reasons.
Approval of the post will require an additional budget allocation to Animal Services of $7,100 to fund the post for the rest of the fiscal year.
The other new position created by the panel came after a request by Director of Harnett County Information Technology Ira Hall. The post will be an Applications Analyst and be focused on the software needs of the county.
Commissioners approved the acceptance of grants to the department of aging and the library, and approved a request to apply for and receive a grant by Harnett County Emergency Services.
The panel approved the acceptance of an increase in funding from the Home and Community Block Grant for $48,626 for the year 2018-19.
They also gave the green light to a request by Library Director Angela McCauley to accept the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the N.C. State Library for the “Computers in Libraries Conference.” The reimbursable, non-matching grant, for $2,500, is to help the county defray the costs of registration, lodging and travel to the conference.
Harnett County Emergency Services was given the approval to apply for and receive the 2019 annual Emergency Management Performance Grant and TIER II/LPEC Grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division.
In other business, the commissioners approved a resolution declaring its intent to close certain portions of the unmaintained rights-of-way of Senter, Betts and Byrd streets and called a public hearing on the matter.