NCDOT Public Meeting

N.C. 9 Improvements


STIP Number R-5840

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes lane and shoulder improvements along N.C. 9 from N.C. 108 to U.S. 74 in Polk County. The primary purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow and enhance safety along N.C. 9.

A public meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
4-7 p.m.
Polk Central Elementary 
2141 N.C. 9 
Mill Spring

The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather input on the proposed design.

  • Information related to this meeting will be posted here as it becomes available.

The public may attend at any time during the public meeting hours, as no formal presentation will be made. 

Public Comment

NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments. The comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops.

The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or can be submitted via phone, email or mail by May 7, 2019.

For additional information or to mail comments, contact:

Jonathan Woodard
NCDOT Division 14 Project Manager
253 Webster Road
Sylva, NC 28779

The public may also contact:

Larissa Via
Consultant Project Manager

Special Accommodations

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop.

Anyone requiring special services should contact as early as possible:

Lauren Putnam
Environmental Analysis Unit

Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

Landfill Holiday Hours The Polk County Landfill will be open regular hours 8:00am - 4:30pm on Friday, April 19th. On Saturday, April 20th, the landfill will close at noon.
To better serve residents, all Polk County Public Health Services now will be provided by the Polk County Consolidated Human Services Agency

To better serve the health and wellness needs of Polk County residents, the Polk County Board of Commissioners this week approved Polk County’s Public Health Services being administered by the Polk County Consolidated Human Services Agency effective July 1, 2019. This shift in administration will result in the clinic and environmental health needs being delivered in county rather than continuing to be part of the three-county RPM Health District. Citizens should not see any interruption in the current services being provided and the County anticipates a very smooth transition.

“By moving Polk County’s Public Health Services from the RPM Health District to Polk County’s Consolidated Human Service Agency, residents now will be able to receive health and environmental services more conveniently and efficiently,” Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said. Pittman also said that “location of services, the scope of services and the fiscal considerations all played a factor in Polk County’s Public Health Services being brought back into the county.”

As a member of the RPM Health District, Polk County has allocated resources across three distinct counties with varying needs for services. Independently, Polk County has unique needs and assets available to provide similar and more regular services to its approximately 20,500 residents.

Community input also drove the need for a solution to delays and gaps in service, specifically in environmental health such as septic and other sanitation inspections.

Polk County’s public health medical services will be offered at the Polk County Health Dept. at 161 Walker St. in Columbus through a collaboration with Blue Ridge Health effective July 1, 2019.

In 2015, the Polk County Board of Commissioners chose to support a grant that brought a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to Polk County. The following year, Blue Ridge Health – a regional FQHC that opened its doors in 1963 – began delivering healthcare in the community through the Polk Wellness Center where it continues to serve insured, uninsured and underinsured clients throughout Polk County.

Blue Ridge Health’s services consist of family medicine, including maternity and family planning services, pediatric medicine, dentistry, school-based health services, behavioral health services, pharmacy and nutrition services.

For more about this enhancement to public health services in Polk County, read the Public Health Services Report and Presentation shared at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.

Polk County Local Government will continue to share updates about this transition as more details become available. Questions also can be directed to Polk County Consolidated Human Services Agency Director Joshua Kennedy by calling him at (828) 894-2114, Ext. 228 or emailing him at

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Walk CLICK HERE  for the flyer for the April Awareness Walk
North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Link to 2018 County Data Maps 
Mental Health Resources Click here for more information about Mental Health and other services in Polk County
New Information Page !! Check out our new webpage. Here you will find the latest information for all of the exciting things currently happening around Polk County!
Preliminary Draft of Water Regionalization Study Attached is a preliminary draft of the Water Regionalization Study. This document is subject to change and will be updated. Click Here.
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers needed

Every day, Monday through Friday, meals are prepared, packed and delivered to approximately 100 individuals (the number varies as needs change) living all over Polk County.

The task is simple. Pick up meals at The Meeting Place in Columbus, Green Creek, or Saluda and deliver them to recipients on a given route and return the empty containers to origination site.

It is a commitment of time and travel expense, but the benefits are priceless.Drivers get to check in with some of Polk County’s most endearing, interesting people. They get to make a difference in the lives of these people by allowing them to be independent and remain in their homes as long as is feasible. They get to be the “friendly face” for so many who are alone. And they get the additional benefit of a lovely drive through beautiful Polk County.


If you have some extra time, a reliable vehicle, and a heart for service, call Pam Doty at 894-0001.

Report Down or Missing Road Signs Here Polk County now has an easy form to help report missing or damaged road signs. Please click here to report a missing or damaged road sign
Polk County Public Library Offers Homebound Outreach Services Are you or someone you know homebound? Would having access to library materials such as books, music CDs, and DVDs be beneficial to your quality of life? Do you reside within Polk County, NC? Polk County Public Library is now offering free homebound outreach services. Delivery is available to residences, assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and nursing homes. For more information click here.

CodeRed Emergency Notification System Important Information

Polk County has contracted with the Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. We need you help in making sure your phone numbers are in the system and you can be reached in an emergency. The following link will allow you to register your phone number, cell number, and email if you wish to receive emails. We would like you to take the time to log on and register your phone numbers so we make sure that we have the best number to reach you in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions feel free to contact Polk County Emergency Management at 828-894-6342. Click here for more information. Click on the following link to register: