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Polk, Tryon express concern over kudzu

Polk County Commissioner Shane Bradley told other commissioners on Sept. 5 if something is not done along U.S. 176 between Saluda and Tryon two cars will not be able to pass because of the kudzu growing into the roadway. County manager Marche Pittman said he spoke to the N.C. Department of Transportation, with officials saying that area will be taken care of in the next couple of weeks. At Tryon Council’s August meeting, commissioners also heard concerns from the public about kudzu in a few areas.

Polk reassigns driver position to DSS for full-time

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved eliminating a part-time driver position from the transportation department and adding a full-time position to the department of social services. Commissioners heard from consolidated human services director Josh Kennedy on Sept. 5 and also approved a budget amendment for the change. The county will get reimbursed through state funding for part of the position.

Polk appoints members to fire and rescue advisory committee

The Polk County Board of Commissioners appointed six members to its newly formed fire and rescue advisory committee (FRAC) during its Sept. 5 meeting. Anthony Shane Hamilton was appointed to a three-year term; Richard Jason Ruff was appointed to a one-year term; Geoffrey Tennant was appointed to a two-year term; Cynthia Fowler was appointed to a two-year term; Peggy Orr was appointed to a one-year term and Brian Metcalf was appointed to a three-year term.