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Expression of Gratitude to Polk County

This video compilation is to express the gratitude of all the police, fire, ems, rescue, emergency management, and everyone involved in the efforts of the fire at Party Rock/Lake Lure in November of 2016. The audio is of Chief Gary Wilson of the Fairfield Mountain Fire Department
Click here to watch the video

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Show your heart in the Rescue Success Photo Contest

 Three categories to enter and win $100, $50, or $25 in each category: Feline, Canine, Honorable Mention also in each. 

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMThe LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP) is a Federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.  Energy Assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home may be at risk for a life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter. The LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP) is a Federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. Energy Assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home may be at risk for a life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter. For more information, click here
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New Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule The Board of Commissioners Meeting schedule for the first half of 2017 has been approved. You can find the upcoming meeting dates here, as well as on the calendar of our homepage
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Merry Christmas to the children in foster care!

Becky Warriner (a Child Support worker contracted through Veritas) and her husband Marty have a heart for the children in foster care! Several years ago they donated two bikes for special Christmas presents. As they have shared this ministry opportunity with friends and family, the number of donations has increased each year! Christmas 2016 has found 18 bikes and 9 helmets under the Polk DSS Christmas tree awaiting delivery to some very special children.
Santa visited the monthly Foster / Resource parent meeting training last evening. One of the little ones told Santa all he wanted was a bike! Well, Santa will be able to fulfill his wish!
The pictures above show several of the DSS staff with some of the bikes!
Many thanks to Becky and Marty for choosing to partner with the agency while investing in the children! - Lou Parton, Director, Polk County DSS

Newly Elected Commissioners Sworn In Polk County swore in three newly elected commissioners on Monday, December 5, 2016. Jake Johnson, Tommy Melton and Myron Yoder were sworn in as the County's new commissioners. They join commissioners Shane Bradley and Ray Gasperson to serve as Polk County's Board of Commissioners. Tommy Melton was elected as Chair. Jake Johnson will serve as Vice-Chair. (Photo by Leah Justice, Tryon Daily Bulletin)
Governor McCrory Declares State of Emergency for Wildfires in Western North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency to help the state combat more than 20 active wildfires in western North Carolina prompted by the lingering drought that has impacted the region since late spring. For more information, click here.
Law Enforcement Center Construction Photo New aerial photography of the Polk County Law Enforcement Center Construction site. The photography was donated to Polk County by Johnny Duncan.
Polk County Transportation wants to make the public aware of the annual NCDOT grant application to support Community Transportation.  

Click here for more information.

Lake Adger Dam Appraisal The Lake Adger Dam Appraisal, completed by Hartman Consultants, LLC will be presented at the 10/3/2016 Board of Commissioner's Meeting. You can download the document at the link below. This is a large document, so it will not be available in printed form at the meeting. Gerry Hartman will be available in the Commissioners Meeting room on 10/3 at 5:45 PM to answer specific questions from citizens.

Link To Lake Adger Dam Appraisal

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Polk County Emergency Personnel Honored

On September 12, 2016 the Polk County Memorial VFW Post #9116 & Auxiliary presented a 9-11 Memorial in honor of and thanks to Polk County’s Emergency Personnel. The program took place at Columbus Town Hall. Agencies present were Columbus Fire and Police Depts., Green Creek Vol. Fire & Rescue Dept., Mill Spring Vol. Fire Dept., NC Highway Patrol, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Polk County Animal Control, Polk County Communications, Polk County EMS, Polk County Emergency Management, Polk County First Responders, Polk County Rescue Squad, Polk County Sheriff’s Dept., Saluda Fire & Rescue Dept., Saluda Police Dept., Sunny View Fire & Rescue Dept., and Tryon Fire and Police Depts.

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Site Development for the New Law Enforcement Center Check out the latest aerial photographs of the law enforcement center site. This photography was donated to Polk County by Johnny Duncan and is critical in keeping a historic record of the site development! Pay specific attention to the site placement of the law enforcement center at the back of the property. The Future Courthouse Pad is right on Hwy 108.
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Congratulations to Polk County Local Government's Finance Director, Sandra Hughes!

On Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Board of Commissioners meeting Sandra was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2015.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Thank you, Sandra and the Finance Department for all your hard work and effort!

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Foothills Chess Club

The Foothills Chess Club meets on Monday afternoons at the Columbus Library!

Report Down or Missing Road Signs Here Polk County now has an easy form to help report missing or damaged road signs. Please click here to report a missing or damaged road sign
Economic Development FY 2015-16 Annual Report To review a copy of the 2015-2016 Economic Development FY 2015-16 Annual Report click here
Polk County, North Carolina Annual Recommended Budget 2016-2017 To review a copy of the 2016-2017 Polk County, North Carolina County Manager's Annual Recommended Budget, please click here.
Marina access for Lake Adger

Polk County Local Government is requesting feedback from any citizen who has had difficulty in gaining access to Lake Adger from the Marina due to silt. Please put your concerns in writing and send to the County Manager’s office (yszuster@polknc.org) to be forwarded to the Wildlife Resource Commission. You can also reach us by telephone at 828-894-3301, extension 223.

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Location Approved for New Law Enforcement Facility On Monday, May 23, 2016 the Polk County Board of Commissioners approved the acquisition of 19.19 acres of land on Highway 108 for the new law enforcement facility and future courthouse complex. The approved site plans and architectural drawings for the new facility are on display in the lobby area (outside the County Manager’s office) in the Womack Building. Please stop to review these displays.

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Notice is hereby given that on Friday, May 27, 2016, at 8:00 A.M. the Polk County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice, Womack Building, Columbus, NC.  The purpose of the special meeting is for County Manager Pittman to present the FY 2016/17 balanced budget to the Board of Commissioners.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Polk County Manager, Marche Pittman receives Credentialed Manager certificate D. Marche Pittman, County Manager of Polk County, North Carolina, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Pittman is one of over 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. Read more here.
The NC Association of County Commissioners’, David Nicholson presented Mr. Pittman with his certificate at the Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, May 2, 2015. (Photo by Leah Justice)
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PFC Bryant H. Womack Bryant H. Womack was a hometown hero. He served in the military and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. To see a short video of this hero, click here
Polk County Recreation offers team sponsorship opportunity Polk County Recreation is offering sponsorship opportunities for their youth basketball teams this season! This is a great chance to help support our youth sports leagues. For more information click here

Polk County Property Tax Revaluation The Polk County Tax Department is in the process of property revaluation. To learn more about the process, click here
Polk County Public Library Offers Homebound Outreach Services Are you or someone you know homebound? Would having access to library materials such as books, music CDs, and DVDs be beneficial to your quality of life? Do you reside within Polk County, NC? Polk County Public Library is now offering free homebound outreach services. Delivery is available to residences, assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and nursing homes. For more information click here.

CodeRed Emergency Notification System Important Information

Polk County has contracted with the Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. We need you help in making sure your phone numbers are in the system and you can be reached in an emergency. The following link will allow you to register your phone number, cell number, and email if you wish to receive emails. We would like you to take the time to log on and register your phone numbers so we make sure that we have the best number to reach you in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions feel free to contact Polk County Emergency Management at 828-894-6342. Click here for more information. Click on the following link to register: 

New NCDMV Mobile Driver's License Office

NCDMV Driver's License Mobile Office
Polk County License Plate Agency
51 Walker Street (the old library building)
Columbus, NC 28722
Hours, Phone & Resources
 First DMV Mobile Office

Find us on Facebook!
Polk County residents now have a new source for information, with the launch of the Polk County Local Government facebook page. The page will be used to provide information to county citizens, including news and upcoming events. Please take a minute and like our page!
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Recycle Aluminum Cans at the 4-H bin
Did you know that it is against the law in North Carolina to throw away aluminum cans? Polk County 4-H has the longest running recycling program in the county, beginning in 1984. Aluminum cans can be deposited in the bin in front of the 4-H Center on Locust Street in Columbus. Your donation helps funds 4-H scholarships.
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Home Repair Assistance Available
Polk County residents 62 and over who own their home may be eligible for a USDA Rural Home Repair Grant for up to $7500. The program helps very low-income homeowners  remove health and safety hazards from their homes, improve or modernize them, and make them accessible for people with disabilities. Low interest loans may also be available to those who do not qualify for a grant. Contact the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture at any of these numbers for more information or to apply: (704) 471-0235, ext. 4 or (704) 872-5061, ext. 110 or (336) 386-8751, ext. 192.