Blackville signs on for task force

Blackville Town Council agreed to join the intergovernmental agreement to fund a gang and drug task force in the county during its regular meeting March 17.
The town had been holding out on signing the agreement until the sheriff's office provided more information about how the money will be used. Blackville will have to pay around $24,000 toward the task force -- $10 per resident living in the town.
The task force will be funded by the county as well as all of the municipalities. Its budget for the first year includes four officers and totals over $300,000.
Mayor Mike Beasley said the town will receive updates from the sheriff's office on how effective the task force is. Sheriff Ed Carroll has said the task force will be a years-long endeavor.
All of the municipalities have said they support the task force, but as of Monday, only one town, Elko, had sent its share of funds and the signed agreement back to the county.
In other business:
Fire Chief Hariel Corley said the town's ISO rating has dropped from a six to a four after a recent review. The drop is a good thing and means residents should see a drop in their home insurance premiums, Corley said. The town is also looking into buying a new fire truck, which Corley said would help lower the rating more.
Councilman Kelvin Isaac presented the town's monthly appreciation plaque to Russell's Pizza.