Campbell project on county agenda


First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners tonight will hold the last public hearing to get input on the Campbell Soup Company water project.
The public hearing, the third on the project, will be held at 6 p.m. at the county administration building on North Elm Street.
The county is applying for a $750,000 North Carolina Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development to help extend water service to the plant in Maxton. In September, Campbell Soup Company announced it is expanding its manufacturing facility, adding as many as 50 jobs within the next three years.
The funds will be used to construct seven new production wells, rehabilitate one production well, and construct approximately 2,400 linear feet of 16-inch raw water main and approximately 3,400 linear feet of 8-inch raw water main to serve the plant.
Campbell Soup plans to invest approximately $16.3 million for construction of an Aseptic Broth Line and the purchase of machinery and equipment to increase production at the plant. About 800 people work at the facility.
At tonight’s meeting, the commissioners will also:
— Hear an update on the county’s Smart Start program from Jessica Lowery, the new executive director of the Robeson County Partnership for Children.
— Hear a presentation from Sandra Cox, Robeson County Work First program manager.
— Consider a request to rezone a 40.57-acre tract in Parkton from residential agriculture to residential single family to allow for 15,000 square foot lots supplied with town water.
— Consider granting a conditional-use permit so that a mobile home park not consisting of more than 10 mobile homes can be established on an 82.93-acre tract in a residential agricultural district in Lumber Bridge.

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