Commissioners commit to opioid recovery

Moore County Commissioners approved further Opioid Settlement Fund Allocations at the Sept. 26 meeting for Recovery Support Services.

County Manager Wayne Vest requested the board to consider $289,985 in Opioid Settlement Fund Allocations for the Adult & Teen Challenge of the Sandhills and $57,447 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills.

The Opioid Task Force and R & R Committee met four times to review fund proposals.

The board previously awarded funds to FirstHealth, Moore Buddies and Samaritan Colony in the amounts of $134,628, $51,440 and $137,880.

During the recognition part of Tuesday’s meeting, U.S. Army LTC Jacob J. Huber awarded the Commander’s Public Service Award to Moore County Public Service Director Bryan Phillips for his realistic emergency training.

Huber said that in over 20 years, the U.S. Army noticed no realistic training to show what right looks like in emergency management.

“I went through the training,” Huber said about recommending Phillips’ course.

Phillips dedicated two years to the course and has had over 100 students.

In old and new business, the board approved a request by Phillips for the lease agreement between Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue and the county.

This new facility at 295 Youngs Road opened July 1, and in the first 30 days, they responded to 130 calls.

“It was good strategic planning,” Phillips said.

Funds were already budgeted $18,357 over 20 years for a $368,000 buy-in plan.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel journalist Stephanie M. Sellers; BS Mass Communications and Journalism MFA Creative Writing.

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