Tornado relief

Published 4:21 am Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WINDSOR – Eleven people have been tasked with distributing more than $90,000 collected for victims of the April 16 tornadoes.

During last week’s meeting of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners, those 11 people were officially charged with coming up with a fair way to distribute the funds based on need.

Assistant County Manager Morris Rascoe said funds had been received from many donors and would be used to meet any unmet needs of the citizens who had damage during the storms.

Clerk to the Board Misty Deanes said emergency agencies had taken care of needs that were pressing, but there were other needs as far as rebuilding and moving forward the money would be available for.

“We’re at the point to start giving the money to those who it was given for,” she said.

Commissioner J. Wallace Perry asked how much was in the fund and Deanes said as of July 13 there was $90,434.22.

Commissioner Norman M. Cherry Sr. inquired if there would be criteria so those who needed it most received the lion’s share of the funds and Rascoe said that would be determined by the committee.

“I would hope you would develop some criteria,” Cherry said.

Cherry then made a motion to appoint the 11 suggested individuals to the board with Commissioner Charles Smith offering a second. It passed on a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Rick Harrell absent.

Those appointed to the board included Commission Chairman L.C. Hoggard III, Askewville Mayor John Pierce, Colerain Mayor Burney Baker, DSS Director Rascoe, Bertie Emergency Management Coordinator Rickey Freeman, Relief and Recovery Team Chair Deanes and community leaders Artie Johnson, the Rev. Mary Drake, Jamie Crumpler, the Rev. Brenda Chamblee and the Rev. Vonner Horton.