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LUMBERTON — Three public hearings will be held on Tuesday when the Robeson County Board of Commissioners holds the first of its two regular monthly meetings. The board, which usually meets on the first Monday of the month, is meeting Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

The public hearings will include a request for a conditional-use permit for the establishment of a solar farm in Orrum; a request for incentives for a business in Lumberton that wants to expand; and a request to renew franchise agreements with county rescue squads and EMS units.

The solar farm is proposed by FLS Energy LLC for 39.80 acres of a 62-acre tract located at Wire Grass and Atkinson roads. The property is zoned Residential Agricultural and is owned by Daniel C. Walters and Claybourn Walters.

The Robeson County Planning Board is recommending that the county commissioners grant the request for the conditional- use permit.

Project Sweets is the project name for a local company or companies considering to expand business in Lumberton. The Lumberton City Council will also hold a public hearing on Sept. 8 on potentially offering an incentives package designed to encourage the industry to expand here.

Greg Cummings, the county’s economic developer and industrial recruiter, recently said that the project is a $1.7 million investment in equipment and machinery, and would create 10 jobs with a starting wage of $12.50 per hour.

The county provides companies economic incentives to locate or expand their business based on their investment in the community and the number of new jobs they create.

Tuesday’s third public hearing concerns the renewal of franchise agreements with rescue squads and EMS units that operate in Robeson County. These units include the Rowland Rescue Squad; St. Pauls EMS; Red Springs Rescue Squad; Maxton Rescue Squad; Lumberton Rescue and EMS; Pembroke Rescue and EMS; South Robeson Rescue; and Parkton EMS.

According to the meeting agenda, the commissioners on Tuesday will also hear presentations from a representative of Dominion North Carolina Power, and Dalton Dockery, the interim director of the Robeson County Cooperative Extension Service.

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

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