County considers incentives for new business


Staff Report



LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday for the second time in less than a week.

The board’s first of two regularly scheduled meetings for August will begin at 6 p.m.in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street in Lumberton. It follows by four days a meeting Thursday that had been rescheduled from July 18 when there were not enough commissioners able to attend to form quorum, which is needed to conduct business.

According to the meeting agenda, the commissioners on Monday will:

— Hold a public hearing to consider incentives for a business planning to locate in Robeson County. The business is identified only as “Project Trilogy.” It is estimated the project will result in an investment of $16 million, and create 5o jobs with yearly salaries of $39,500 plus benefits during Phase I.

— Hold a public hearing on a request by Riverbend Services Inc. to amend a conditional-use permit that was previously issued to operate a Level III group home on a single acre in a Residential Agricultural District in Sterlings.

— Hold a public hearing to consider Falcon Transportation LLC’s request that a combined 3.57-acre tract in St. Pauls be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Heavy Industrial to allow for the establishment of a dispatch office.

— Hold a public hearing on Danny and Cindy Tew’s request that a 2.45-acre tract in St. Pauls be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Heavy Industrial to allow for the establishment of a dispatch office.

— Hear a presentation from Welton Locklear of the All Heart Tornadoes Wheelchair Basketball Team.

— Consider Sheriff Ken Sealey’s request for $30,000 to contract out for forensic laboratory services.

— Hear a presentation from veterinarian David Brooks concerning the county’s upcoming rabies clinic and SNIP programs.

— Hear a Public Works Committee report from Commissioner Lance Herndon, the committee’s chairman.

The agenda does not list any action to be taken concerning an appointment to the Department of Socials Services board.

Twice the board has deadlocked 4-4 in a vote to reappoint Commissioner Raymond Cummings to a seat he has held for about two decades, much of that time as its chairman. Each time Cummings voted to reappoint himself.

According to Patrick Pait, the county’s attorney, Cummings will sit on the board until the commissioners either replace him or reappoint him to another three-year term. Recently the DSS board, in a 3-2 vote, elected Cummings to a one-year term as chairman. Cummings also voted in favor of himself on that vote.

Staff Report

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