Wednesday, 04 April 2018 05:06

County Commissioners hold April meeting

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Commissioners hear the County Manager’s Report from Bryan Land Tuesday evening Commissioners hear the County Manager’s Report from Bryan Land Tuesday evening Photo by Chuck Thames

ROCKINGHAM- The Richmond County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday at the Judicial Center in Rockingham.

During open forum for public comments two citizens spoke. The first was Kim McCall, who spoke of concerns with her land and residence since Barnhill Contracting was issued a conditional use permit in 2012 for mining sand adjacent to her property.  

According to McCall’s comments, she said the permit states, “The use will not cause injury or  devalue of the adjoining property, which is me.”

McCall stated she has previously brought her concerns to the commissioners which she indicated had not done any good.  According to McCall, “Every time I bring this subject up the county blames the state and the state blames the county, but all of you are responsible.” 

McCall told the board that since Barnhill showed up in 2012 there has been many incidents including cracks in the foundation of her home, trees collapsing, trees dying on her property and she noted that the ground is sinking.  

McCall noted that, “The company is very wealthy and well off, but they still do not have the right to destroy where I live.”  She finished up her comments by requesting a sit down meeting with Barnhill and the state, saying, “I want a meeting, bottom line.” 

Next up was Debra David who spoke of her concerns with the timing of publishing the monthly meeting agenda.  According to David, “The agenda, it is on the website, but it comes on the website a couple days before the agenda meeting.”  David’s concern stemmed from the fact that the public doesn’t know with any significant amount of lead-time what items will be discussed at the monthly meeting.  According to David, this is “unconstitutional…it’s breaking our rights if you don’t let us speak.” She was referring to the requirement that a formal request must be made to speak during the open public forum.  At each meeting the board allows a 30 minute block of time for citizens who have filed no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting to speak for up to five minutes each.  According to the policy, the forum is limited to six persons per meeting.   

Bryan Land, County Manager, gave the board updates on all current projects and noted that with the spring weather they are all progressing well.  Land noted that the Emergency Management facility is approaching completion with a building dedication slated for June 6 and a “Go Live” date of June 12th.  Land said the goal is to have all three law enforcement agencies consolidated in the facility by January of 2019.  

A new shell building is in the planning stages and Land commented that ground should be broken on the 5th shell building in the Rockingham West Industrial Park in June.  He mentioned that, “Tracy Parrish and I are actively marketing this 40,000 square foot facility daily before ground has even been broken.” 

Land wrapped up his comments with some upcoming activities in Richmond County.  Norman will hold  a Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 28, Ellerbe will have their first annual Strawberry Festival on May 12 and Rockingham will kick off their Plaza Jam series on May 3 featuring the band The Entertainers.  

Several other fairly routine items were brought before the board including approval for advertisement of Tax Liens on Real Property.  Vargas Jackson, Tax Administrator, brought this item  citing General Statue 105-369, which requires that the tax liens be advertised in the local newspaper with general circulation at least once sometime between March 1 and June 30. The statue requires that the cost of the advertising be paid by the taxing unit. Jackson’s request was for the day of advertising to be June 23, 2018. Chairman Robinette said, “It’s unfortunate we can’t do it electronically.” Commissioner Moss asked Jackson, “What’s the price going to end up running?”  Jackson replied, “If we advertised today it would run $31,500.00 / $7.00 per name. The Daily Journal went up on that cost the last couple of years.” The board voted to approve the date.  

For additional information on this meeting contact the Richmond County Administrative Office at 1401 Fayetteville Rd, Rockingham, NC.  910-997-8200.

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