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10/6/2019 12:11:00 AM
McCall To Speak At Oct. 21 Commission Meeting
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Anita Branch McCall(Contributed Photo)
Anita Branch McCall

(Contributed Photo)

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Lincoln County Commissioner Anita Branch McCall is substantively helping her community.

Also a member of the National Association of Counties (or NACO), McCall will address the public about what she has most recently accomplished for Lincoln County when its board of commissioners meets Oct. 21. McCall told The Herald more Thursday.

“I am on the agenda to speak,” she said, “and have an update from staff about the funding we have received and are seeking, specifically due to my connections I have made nationally.”

For her efforts lobbying for grant monies for Lincoln County, McCall was recently selected by the NACO as a vice chairman for the group.

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“What an incredible honor,” she said, “to have been selected by the NACO president and the NCACC (North Carolina Association of County Commissioners) from over 4,000 commissioners.”

Relatedly, McCall has been selected to offer her input at two upcoming meetings next year: one held in connection with a legislative conference coming up in Washington, D.C. in February and the other in Florida in July.

“I have represented Lincoln County every year since being elected in 2016,” she explained. “This is where I get in our U.S. officials’ offices and ask for funding from the feds. Our county is currently working with the contacts I made to get us funding. At the legislative meeting, commissioners learn of the issues regarding our counties.”

The meeting in July will be when members cast their votes, as McCall informed.

But three months ago, as she continued, things hit a snag when the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners would not vote to allow her to go.

“Our commissioners did not allow me, nor would any of them go to represent us,” McCall said, “so we forfeited our votes in July of this year. The other meetings for my appointments are conference calls. Lincoln County gets two votes nationally. It is based on our county population. I have polled the commissioners and currently do not have the votes for our county to be represented, nor will I be able to accept the presidential appointments! The travel will be on the agenda at our Oct. 21 meeting, where I will plead the case begging one of them or me to represent Lincoln County.

“If you care about Lincoln County obtaining federal funding for roads, infrastructure, water and sewer, countywide wi-fi or for any federal funding available, I hope you will join me in requesting the votes for me or one of them to go and represent us!” she added. “It is very important. We pay NACO dues and are one of the only North Carolina counties not represented. The cost is only about $2,500 per trip––an insignificant amount based on the grants.”

As an example of one such recently-approved grant, McCall cited monies earned through the efforts of Gastonia native and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, whose district includes Lincoln County. The $450,114 Homeland Security SAFER Grant will go to the East Lincoln Fire Department. McCall thanked McHenry and his staffers for their efforts.


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