PUBLIC NOTICE: Moore County Board of Commissioners

The Moore County Board of Commissioners will convene for a Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 2:00pm at the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 US Hwy 15/501.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss American Rescue Plan funds. An agenda is available by clicking the link below:

https://www.moorecountync.gov/images/departments/board-of-commissioners/meeting-packets/09012021_Special_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

The Effect of the American Rescue Plan on North Carolina President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will provide North Carolina with:

• $5.609 billion in state fiscal relief • $3.649 billion in local fiscal relief • Moore County to receive $19.57 million. • 11 Moore County Municipalities will receive $14.93 million. • Pinehurst, Moore County’s largest municipality, is set to receive the largest outlay of stimulus funding, estimated at $4.86 million. • Southern Pines is in line to receive around $4.3 million. • Aberdeen is expected to receive around $2.34 million. • Carthage is expected to receive $750,000. • Pinebluff is expected to receive $470,000.

Aid to North Carolina Public Schools • More than $3.693 billion in relief for K-12 schools • Aid to Moore County Schools According to Superintendent Bob Grimesey said NC Public School districts are being advised to expect a larger payout from the most recent stimulus plan, but that otherwise they are “nowhere near getting anything specific.” As it stands Grimesey intends to present spending plans for at least the $7.9 million recently announced to the Moore County Board of Education in early May. But those plans will, to some extent, depend on the amount and constraints on the next round of COVID-19 relief funding.

Aid to Individuals and Families • Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per person provided in December) for more than 6,582,400 adults and 2,693,100 children. This is 89% of all adults in the state and 89% of all children in the state. • Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 2,088,000 children, lifting 137,000 children out of poverty • Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 603,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs

Healthcare Benefits • Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1,661 lower per month for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year. • FEMA will reimburse up to $9000 in funeral costs for Covid-19 related deaths since 1/2020

Clendenin to Retire, New Board of Elections Seated

 
Glenda Clendenin, a stalwart in Moore County’s election office for 35 years, has announced her intent to retire effective Sep. 24. A former precinct official, she was initially appointed to her role as Elections Director in 1986.

“I wanted to become part of the elections family,” she explained, noting she answers to both the county’s election board and Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

The Moore County Board of Elections is composed of five members including two members from each major political party. The governor appoints the chair of each county board.

The Rev. Charles McKnight was named chairman of the local elections board by Gov. Roy Cooper. On July 20, he was sworn-in alongside fellow board members Martin Carpenter of Southern Pines; Richard Ashton of Pinehurst; Craig Kennedy of Robbins; and William Case of Pinehurst.
 
Rev. Charles McKnight sworn in

The Rev. Charles McKnight was sworn-in as chairman of the Moore County Board of Elections on July 20, 2021. Contributed photo.

The local board will interview candidates for the Elections Director job and make their recommendation to the State Board of Elections. The final decision on Clendenin’s replacement is in the hands of state officials.

Clendenin cited health concerns in her resignation letter. Two years ago she suffered a stroke and said that returning to work was part of her recovery efforts.

“But there comes a time and I feel that time has come,” she told The Pilot this week.

A Moore County native, Clendenin is well-known for her talents outside the elections office including music, she’s the choir director for West End United Methodist Church, and her culinary skills.

Some years back, disappointed by what county leaders were served at catered meetings, she began offering her own services.

“Cooking has always been a hobby of mine. I said to the county commissioners that I’d like to cook for you all. They’ve enjoyed it so much,” recalling that her pound cake has been a particular favorite.

Contact Laura Douglass at (910) 693-2474 or email laura@thepilot.com