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August 17, 2020
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250


Upcoming Meetings and Events

IPDC Executive Committee Adopts Meeting Schedule for FY 20-21

Regional News

Spindale and the Thermal Belt Rail Trail
Featured on WLOS "Road Trippin"

WLOS Channel 13 featured the Town of Spindale and the Thermal Belt Rail Trail on their "Road Trippin" travel segment this week. Reporter Keady interviewed Mayor Mickey Bland about all that Spindale and the Rail Trail have to offer the region. Click here to watch the interview.

Take a Survey. Bring Broadband to Our Region!

The N.C. Department of Information Technology has created N.C. Broadband Survey to gather information on locations without adequate internet access and speeds in our community. Taking the 5-minute survey helps to identify high-speed broadband gaps in our community. 

For Homes & Businesses WITH Internet Service Visit to take the survey now.
For Homes & Businesses WITHOUT Internet Service, Text “internet” to 919-750-0553. Standard text messaging rates will apply.

N.C. Risks Losing More Than $7B Due to Low Census Response

The low response rate to the 2020 Census in North Carolina is concerning, especially as the U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will shorten the Census timeline and end operations early. 
Click here to take the 2020 Census!
Town of Lake Lure Conducts Public Information Sessions on Dam Renovations and Sewer System Rehabilitation

The Lake Lure Town Council held three Community Forums on 7/28/20 at the lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium.  The meetings were held at 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm.  Mr. Scott Dadson, Executive Director for the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, served as moderator for the forums.
The Town is moving forward with an extensive plan for Lake Lure Dam renovations, Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote partnerships, and increase tax payer investments to set the conditions for our long-term success. The Town has addressed these issues with our FY20-21 Budget; however, these projects will be funded one budget at a time over many years to come.
Lake Lure has partnered with the best engineering firms available and has worked closely with state agencies to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. The Town is working to fund the plan from multiple sources.  They are implementing efficiency measures to mitigate the financial stresses on local taxes and user fees, but more is required. Higher Lake use fees, water and sewer rates, and taxes are required to build capital reserves and provide vital seed money for infrastructure repair/rehabilitation.  These subjects were addressed during the meeting, followed by a question and answer session. 
These specific questions were highlighted during the presentations:
1. What rates are going up? Property Taxes, Utility Rates, and Lake Use Fees  
2. What critical repairs are needed? Dam, Sewer, and Dredging  
3. Why repairs must be made now? Avoid Infrastructure Collapse, Remain A Viable Community, and Implement State Mandates  
4. Why rates must increase? Repairs and maintenance are not optional and must be made. We must pay for repairs/maintenance. We have to pay our share while seeking state and federal funding. 
For additional information please see the following links:
Executive Committee Meeting of August 13, 2020
The Executive Committee of the Isothermal Board of Directors met in regular session on August 13, 2020 via electronic meeting.  The Executive Committee discussed several items to include a review of the Financials, a proposed budget amendment, and a conflict of interest policy.   The Board adopted the IPDC Board Meeting Schedule for the FY 20-21.  The Board also named 12 resident/participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) to a Resident Advisory Board (RAB) for five year terms.  To see the full agenda, click here.

To see the live stream of the meeting, go to August 13, 2020 IPDC Executive Committee Meeting.


NCDHHS to Pay for Ongoing Testing of Nursing Home Staff; Codifies Requirement for Biweekly Nursing Home Staff Testing

"The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today took additional steps to protect nursing home residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing a Secretarial OrderOpen PDF requiring biweekly staff testing and announcing continued state funding for staff testing through November. The order mandates the existing recommendation for biweekly testing. The Department is also deploying additional infection control support teams to support ongoing efforts to help long-term care facilities prevent and manage outbreaks."

To read more on this important topic, click here.

Economic & Workforce Development

Job Retention Grant from NC Department of Commerce

The new Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program is part of House Bill 1023, which was signed into law on July 1. The JRG program utilizes the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide economic relief to North Carolina businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the public health emergency.

The maximum grant amount may be up to two months of the eligible entity's average monthly payroll costs from 2019 plus an additional 25% of that amount. The grant amount may not exceed $250,000.

The total of all funds granted under the Job Retention Grant Program may not exceed $15 million. If the total amount of grants requested by qualified applicants exceeds the maximum amount of funds available, each grant award will be reduced on a proportionate basis. The grant deadline is September 1. Review the eligibility requirements for the JRG program at the Commerce website.
Click Here to Contact IPDC Staff about Grant Opportunities


Attention Current and Future Landlords in the Isothermal Region

The IPDC Housing Choice Voucher Program has information regarding tenant evictions, landlord roles during the COVID-19 crisis, and other information regarding landlord rights and obligations. We are improving our Housing Page on our Website and working towards a Landlord Outreach program with a local consultant (more on this to come). In the meanwhile, we wanted to give you some information that you would find helpful. Below are images of issues and Landlord roles with corresponding links for further information found below each image.  

If you have further questions on our Housing Choice Voucher Program, please go to our website for contact information by clicking here.

To read more, click here.

For more information on housing needs in the Isothermal Region,
click here for the Housing Task Force Page.

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111 West Court Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: (828) 287-2281
Fax: (828) 287-2735

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