From the News Courier Story by Adam Smith, March 1, 2017
Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough painted an optimistic picture of things to come Tuesday during his annual state of the county address.
Yarbrough exuded positivity, despite the fact he was mourning the death of his father, Jackie Yarbrough, who died Sunday. The chairman explained he received his work ethic from his father, and his dad would have expected him to be at Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce event.
“My dad would have expected no less from me,” he said.
Yarbrough said some consider him a “linear thinker.” The idea shaped his presentation as he spoke of how he plans to take the county from “Point A” to “Point B.”
“We’re progressing and moving forward,” he said. “I have a vision for the county and that vision is to be the very best at everything we do.”
He also used the concepts of “drive” and “work ethic” to explain how far the county had come in the 27 months since he took office. That period has seen the announcements of Polaris, GE Aviation and Shape Corp in Limestone County. The total economic investment in the county over that period is $400 million.
He explained that when we gave the 2016 state of the county address, Polaris was just putting up walls at its Greenbrier Parkway manufacturing facility.
“Now there are 500 people working there,” he said.
Yarbrough explained those job announcements are good for Limestone County because more jobs means more people moving here and more homes sold. The county funds its 86 departments and agencies with property tax dollars.
The chairman heaped praise on his department heads, particularly the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and the Council on Aging. He explained the COA helped 533 seniors save $159,199 over the last year through Medicare Part D counseling sessions. He also pointed out the agency provided 15,000 rides to those unable to drive to doctor visits and also delivered 95,000 meals to shut-ins.
Yarbrough also praised his four elected commissioners for the work they do to improve and maintain county roads. He said there is a misconception that the job of a road commissioner is part-time work, but Yarbrough said it is instead a 24-7 job.
“They always answer the calls, but don’t always get the appreciation,” he said.
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