The Moore County Board of Commissioners Tuesday proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month.
The proclamation, which passed unanimously, states every child has the right to grow up in a permanent, secure, and loving family which will lay the groundwork for a happy, productive life. It went on to pledge the county would do all in its power to help these children and called the citizens of Moore County to recognize and support this observance.
Currently, Moore County has 30 children placed out of their family homes, nine of which are waiting for adopting parents.
The commissioners received the annual report from the Regional Partnership Workforce Development. Currently, the unemployment rate in Moore County is approaching three percent which is a historic low. There is a listing of over 200,000 jobs statewide; many of which are unfilled because of the lack of skilled workers.
In Moore County, Regional Partnership Workforce Development provided staff-assisted services to a total of 289 adults and dislocated workers. Out of this total, 188 individuals (65 percent) procured employment and recorded a net fourth quarter earnings of $ 4,925,107.
The commissioner’s received an update of the Fort Bragg Joint Land Use Study Benchmark Planning. The 24-month study intent is to provide compatibility between the local economy and the military training mission. Continued population growth in the region applies pressure on the military mission training. Additionally, Fort Bragg’s training mission has changed resulting in additional live fire training, but the impact on the surrounding community has been minimal to this point.
In additional business, the board voted to reconfirm 2013 Moore County Land Use Plan, approval of new position classifications and pay rates for county employees. Additionally, the 2018 Bond Referendum was approved, and the communications policy for phone and computer use was updated and revised.
The next regular meeting of the board is Tuesday, November 20.
Article written by Sandhills Sentinel Report Chris Prentice.
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