During Marion City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, members of the council recognized members of the McDowell Titans varsity baseball team for their success during the 2020-21 season.
Mayor Steve Little stated that the players should be proud of their season, where they finished 14-2 overall. He also commended them for their 12-game winning streak and for making the State 4A Playoffs.
Council Member Ann Harkey, whose idea it was to recognize the MHS baseball team, said she was proud not only of the students but also of coaches Alex Smith, Matt Brown and Landon Whitson for their hard work.
Following this recognition, McDowell Technical Community College President Brian Merritt updated council on happenings at McDowell Technical Community College.
Merritt stated that MTCC had recently completed a strategic plan for the next 3.5 years, which focused on the college being more collaborative and inclusive. He stated that the plan had been a collaboration with not only stakeholders at the college, but also with community and industry partners.
Merritt stated that a variety of metrics were in place to ensure that goals created as part of the plan were met. He stated that he looked forward to the college implementing the plan over the next few years.
Merritt also shared that thanks to federal funds from the CARES Act and Education Rescue Fund, the college was able to upgrade several pieces of technology and offer 250 students full-tuition scholarships to McDowell Tech.
Merritt also shared that 2021 high school graduates were also eligible for free tuition to McDowell Tech through the State’s North Carolina Long Leaf Commitment Grant.
In other business, the Marion City Council:
Approved of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 property tax settlement.
Approved of order of collection for 2021 property taxes.
Voted to submit a request to NCDOT to add a pedestrian crossing bridge in the West Marion Community to the Regional Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
Voted to send a letter to NCDOT and the Secretary of Transportation asking for funds to be earmarked for a pedestrian crossing bridge across the bypass in the West Marion community.