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Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a special
meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the
Personnel Training Room of the Union County Government
Center in Monroe.
purpose of the special meeting is to:
Present information and options to the Board regarding
the structure and funding of an economic development
program and obtain direction.
Discuss proposed boundary changes within Union County
for the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MUMPO) and Rocky River Rural Planning
Organization based on the 2010 Census data and the
rewrite of MUMPO's Memorandum of Understanding.
Be Safe on the Roads and Water this
North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the
Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law
Enforcement Division are combing efforts in saving lives
this Labor Day weekend. Whether on the road or on the
water, law enforcement officers across the state will be
on the look out for impaired drivers by conducting DWI
checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as
public service announcements that educate
motorists on the dangers of drinking and
the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign
is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine
law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists
can safely travel on highway and waterways. The Highway
Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they
enjoy the Labor Day holiday.
Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel
periods as the summer season is ending," said Colonel
Michael Gilchrist, State Highway Patrol Commander.
"We are asking all motorists to buckle up and be
extremely careful when traveling to their various
destinations. Troopers along with other agencies will be
aggressively cracking down on motorists who drink and
"On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink & Drive"
campaign initially kicked off during the Memorial Day
holiday weekend and was extremely
operation will begin on Friday, Sept. 1 and conclude at
midnight on Monday, Sept. 3.
additional information, please contact First Sergeant
Jeff Gordon, Public Information Officer at 919-
Jeff Yates Named Finance
Yates has been appointed finance director for Union
County. Wes Baker served as interim finance director for
the past year.
pleased that Jeff Yates has joined Union County as our
new finance director," said County Manager Cindy Coto.
"Jeff's experience in local government makes him
exceptionally qualified for the position."
to joining Union County, Yates was director of finance
for the City of Dunedin, Fla. for two years. Yates also
served as chief financial officer for the City of Kansas
City, Mo. from 2008 - 2010, the City of Lubbock, Tex.
from 2005 - 2008, director of fiscal policy and
strategic management for Lubbock from 2004 - 2005 and as
budget officer for the City of Portsmouth,
Va. He also has taught economics, accounting,
business management, ethics, government and
has served on various committees for the General Finance
Officers Association (GFOA) and was most recently on the
board of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida
Government Finance Officers Association. He recently
taught a national GFOA training course on "Capital
Budgeting and Infrastructure Finance," and regional
training courses on "The Finance Officer's Role in
Economic Development" and "Investments and Cash Flow
Planning." He has also served on several pension boards
and local government investment pools as a
am excited to join Union County and the opportunity to
become part of a great team, and on a personal level
become part of the community," Yates said.
earned a bachelor's degree in social science and
education from Liberty University and a master of public
administration from Regent University.
is responsible for planning, coordinating
and directing all aspects of Union County financial
management and administration including planning and
directing the receipt, disbursement and accounting of
County revenues and expenditures, managing the
investment of County funds and assisting the county
manager in preparing the annual budget.
and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Jayden and
Jonathan. He enjoys reading, photography and
County Labor Day Closings
County government offices and facilities will be closed
this weekend and Monday in observance of Labor Day.
Below is a schedule:
- Union County offices
closed Monday, Sept. 3
- County libraries
closed Saturday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 3
- County Landfill
closed on Monday, Sept. 3. The transfer station will
be open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Animal Shelter closed
Saturday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 3
- Cane Creek Park will
be open its normal hours. Jesse Helms Park and Fred
Kirby Park will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1 - Monday,
Sept. 3 except for those with confirmed
more information, call 704-283-3500.
Annual Charlotte Area Know Your
Volunteers Needed at
The fourth annual Know Your Farms Tour proudly
features five Union County farms during the weekend of
Sept. 15 - 16.
Volunteers are needed to coordinate farm tourists
at New Town Farms in Waxhaw, Peaceful Meadows Farm in
Marshville and Poplar Ridge Farm in Waxhaw on
Saturday, Sept. 15. Additional volunteers are needed at
Happy Hills Alpaca Farm in Monroe and Windcrest Farm in
Monroe on Sunday, Sept. 16. Farm tour volunteers have a
unique opportunity to assist Union County farmers
showcase their farms and the important work they do
helping to feed our families. Volunteers work 3 1/2 hour
shifts and receive a free pass to visit other farms on
the two-day tour.
County residents interested in volunteering may
or call Wes Shi at 980-225-1020.
The farm tour is presented by Know Your Farms,
along with partners Carolina Farm Stewardship
Association, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Grown
and the 10% Campaign.
The tour is a great opportunity for friends and
family to connect with our thriving agricultural
community. Children learn to appreciate where their food
comes from and are delighted to interact with cows,
pigs, chickens, goats and sheep. Adults learn about
natural and sustainable production methods that can be
used in their own backyard gardens, as well as gain
useful cooking and nutritional tips for healthy meal
The tour takes place from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. both days
and highlights more than 40 farms in 11 counties in the
Charlotte region. Now that choosing local food products
has become a priority for so many families, the tour
provides the opportunity to make these important
farm-to-fork connections and discover sources for fresh,
healthy food in the greater Charlotte
The 2012 tour features a diversity of farms,
including fruit and vegetable growers, livestock
producers, dairy farms and
even an alpaca farm! With over a dozen new stops
added to this year's event, seasoned tour-goers will
still have a lot to see. In addition, many farms will be
offering fun activities unique to the tour, such as
hayrides, petting zoos and cooking demonstrations.
Details can be found at knowyourfarmstour.com/farms.
The Charlotte Area Farm Tour is self-guided, and
farms are located in clusters all around the Charlotte
region for easy touring. To take the tour, purchase a
ticket online and plan your route at
KnowYourFarmsTour.com. Load up your vehicle with friends
and family, pack a cooler in the trunk for all the
farm-fresh goodies you'll want to take home, then use
the map to plot your course!
The tour cost is $25 in advance per vehicle.
Entrance tickets may also be purchased on tour days at
every tour farm for $30.
Know Your Farms, LLC is a Davidson-based,
family-operated business that works to "rebuild our
local food system in a
sustainable way" through distribution of and
education about local food. Working with dozens of farms
in the Charlotte,
NC area, Know Your Farms provides an alternative to
traditional distribution models, seeking to make farm
State Food Rules Benefit Union County Restaurants and
County residents dining out at local restaurants may not
notice the changes, but their dining experience may soon
be a little safer thanks to changes in North Carolina's
food safety code. The new rules are effective Sept.
county health department staff works closely with local
eating establishments to promote safe food handling
practices," said Union County Public Health Director
Phillip Tarte. "These new rules allow us to keep up with
changes in food preparation techniques, while keeping
public health and safety in mind."
new food code represents the most comprehensive change
in North Carolina's food protection standards in more
than 30 years and establishes practical, science-based
rules and provisions to help avoid food-borne illnesses,
like noroviruses and salmonella.
owners know that safe food is good business," said Larry
Michael of the N.C. Department of Health and Human
Services' Division of Public Health. "By working
together to implement these changes, we can reduce our
incidence of foodborne illness across the
the new rules, employees must avoid handling
ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and all
restaurants must have a certified food protection
manager during hours of operation. Restaurant owners
also must establish employee health policies to ensure
that an ill employee who has the potential to
contaminate food is not involved in the preparation or
serving of food.
rating systems also will change under the new food code.
Although sanitation rating cards showing the grade and
score will continue to be posted, restaurants will no
longer earn a bonus for completing voluntary food safety
training since certification will be
inspectors have spent the last year learning the new
rules and how to administer them," Tarte said. "We have
also worked with our local food provider community to
help them make the transition to the new
change people will notice is that local food trucks and
pushcarts will also be subject to the new food code
rules and will be required to post a sanitation rating
Provisions of the new North Carolina Food Code:
food establishment will be required to demonstrate
knowledge of food protection by passing an American
National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited exam.
This requirement will phased in and become effective
January 1, 2014.
food establishment will be required to develop and
adhere to an Employee Health Policy to prevent and
control the transmission of illnesses.
establishments will be required to refrain from
handling exposed, ready-to-eat foods with bare
establishments will be required to decrease the
temperature of refrigerated foods and must date-mark
opened, ready-to-eat foods.
interested in the new code can view it at: http://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/rules.htm