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LUMBERTON — Robeson County’s litter problem will be discussed when the Robeson County Board of Commissioners meets on Monday.

Steve Edge, the county’s Solid Waste director, will tell the commissioners how his department can provide cleanup and litter law enforcement if adequately funded in its budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

“As you are aware, Robeson County has become inundated with the problem of roadside litter. While this has been an ongoing issue, it has been compounded by the loss of litter cleanup crews that previously were provided by the N.C. Department of Corrections,” Edge said in a letter to County Manager Ricky Harris. “After the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008, then Gov. Beverly Perdue eliminated the four clean-up crews which operated out of the Robeson Correctional Facility.

“… Additionally the number of ‘gun crews’ from Lumberton Correctional Facility has been reduced to one crew,” he said. “This one crew, when available, is responsible for cleaning over 1,690 miles of roadways in Robeson County.”

The commissioners will also hear a presentation from the Robeson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

“The purpose of the presentation is to permit our county JCPC to submit proposed members of the JCPC for appointment by the commissioners,” Stanley Carmical, Robeson County’s chief District Court judge, wrote in a letter to Harris. “As you know the N.C. General Statutes provide that members of the county JCPC be appointed by the board of commissioners of each county. Membership may not include more than 26 members and is supposed to include certain officials or constituencies within the county… .”

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ room of the county administration building on North Elm Street in Lumberton.

According to the meeting agenda, the commissioners will also:

— Hear a presentation from Linda Vause, town manager of Fairmont, about a request from the Fairmont Board of Commissioners that she conduct a feasibility study concerning the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department providing law enforcement services for the town of Fairmont.

According to Vause, she needs to know if the Sheriff’s Office would consider providing law enforcement services to her town. She also said in a letter to Harris that she needs to know what the county would charge the town to provide law enforcement services.

— Consider a request from Sheriff Kenneth Sealey for $56,000 to fully equip the county’s 20-member SWAT team with vests, helmets and intruder shields.

— Hear a presentation concerning a Veterans Homeless and Community Stand Down event planned to be held in Lumberton on Aug. 1. The stand down will target homeless, underemployed and unemployed veterans in Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties. The objective to provide access to a range of services for veterans who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

— Consider allowing several deputies to keep their weapon when they retire.

— Consider appointments to the Southeastern Economic Development Board of Commissioners and the county Board of Equalization and Review.

— Hold a public hearing on a request to rezone a 3.56-acre tract in Saddletree from Residential Agriculture to Neighborhood Commercial to allow for the establishment of a barber shop with clothing retail.

— Hold three hearings for requested conditional-use permits. These include a conditional-use permit that would allow for the storage of commercial vehicles with a shelter on a 1.53-acre tract in Union; a conditional-use permit for the storage of commercial vehicles with an office on 1.24 acres in Gaddy’s; and a conditional-use permit allowing for the establishment of a family cemetery on a 2.26-acre tract in Philadelphus.

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