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Work First grant up for commissioner discussion

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will discuss a motion to continue with the Work First Block Grant at a meeting tonight.
Director of Social Services Susan McCracken is expected to present the request. In the agenda item document, she explained that the state requires the 2014 plan, while Lincoln County’s Department of Social Services continues to develop a new two-year plan.
“Lincoln County has been in ‘Electing Status’ for the past 16 years,” McCraken said in her agenda item memorandum.
“As an ‘Electing Status County,’ we receive block grant funds directly from the federal government, which we then have the opportunity and responsibility to manage. By managing the caseloads associated with the program and ensuring individuals are working or are preparing for work, we retain the savings. In recent years, the savings have been utilized by other programs and allowed us to fund up to five Children’s Services Division staff.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, Work First is a financial assistance program, primarily for low-income parents, that emphasizes getting recipients into the workforce. Individual benefits typically end after a two-year period, according to the website.
The Department of Social Services is expected to present its plan to County Commissioners in September for approval.
Two public hearings will be held tonight regarding road name changes. The Addressing Department has requested that the proposed road name for a planned subdivision street be changed from Viva Court to Sonata Court.
In the same subdivision, the department is also requesting that county commissioners approve the proposed road name change for Staccato Court to be changed to Ulster Court. No explanation was presented in the agenda item document.
Other agenda items include:
An update on background checks for Emergency Services.
Finance Officer’s Report.
West Lincoln Optimist update on new officers and board members.
County Commissioner closed session.
Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Citizens Center in Lincolnton.

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