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County commission’s annual planning work session scheduled Friday

SALISBURY — With an agenda ranging from crime to recycling, the Rowan County commissioners will meet Friday for their annual planning work session.

The work session will be held in the commissioners meeting room of the Rowan County Administration Building. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and last into the afternoon.

Items on the agenda are as follows:

• 8:35 a.m.: Update on Better Jobs for Better Lives Program

The program was helped along by an investment from the commissioners, who provided $100,000 to enable Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to take its R3 program (Refocus, Retrain, Re-employ) on the road.

• 9 a.m.: Presentation by Economic Development Commission

Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said EDC President and CEO Rod Crider will recap recent projects and talk about the future.

• 9:30 a.m. Presentation on career technical education

Edds said Mandy Mills, director of career and technical education for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, will speak.

• 10 a.m.: A poverty and trauma presentation by ACES.

• 10:30 a.m.: Break

• 10:45 a.m.: West Rowan Library update

The commissioners are working to turn the vacated auditorium and media center at the former Cleveland Elementary School into a library. In recent history, a 100-square-foot room near Cleveland Town Hall has served as a library.

• 11:15 a.m.: Strategic plan for emergency services

• 11:45 a.m.: Assessment of past year and trends

• Noon: Lunch

• 12:30 p.m.: Discussion about veterans court

• 12:45 p.m.: Report on crime from Sheriff Kevin Auten

• 1 p.m.: Update on recycling in the Enochville area and a site on Julian Road.

• 2 p.m.: Break

• 2:15 p.m. Discussion about West End Plaza

Edds said the conversation about West End Plaza should include some development goals that commissioners have for the facility, which was formerly the Salisbury Mall. It was purchased a few years ago with the original intent to move county offices into the space.

At the end of Friday’s agenda, the commissioners are also set to discuss priorities for 2019-20.

There is no specific end time for Friday’s work session.

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