12/22/04 — Wayne commissioners waive landfill fees for Memorial building demolition

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Wayne commissioners waive landfill fees for Memorial building demolition

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on December 22, 2004 1:59 PM

The charred remains of the Wayne County Memorial Community Building could be heading to the landfill by mid-January.

The county commissioners cleared the way Tuesday for the building's debris to be put in the landfill at no charge. The board's decision is expected to save the building's trustees $4,000 to $5,000.

The only obstacle now would be if the materials are found to contain any asbestos, County Manager Lee Smith said. Hazardous materials are banned from the landfill.

The trustees will open bids for the demolition next Thursday, according Neil Bartlett, Goldsboro's recreation and parks director. If the bids are in order and everything proceeds perfectly, the work could begin by mid-January and completed in two weeks.

The trustees had talked about saving some bricks and auctioning them off as keepsakes, but that's no longer in the plans, Bartlett said today. "We won't be salvaging any materials."

The Community Building, built as a tribute to World War I casualties, was heavily damaged by a fire May 2. The trustees hope to build a replacement. A location has not been determined.

Rezoning request

The commissioners did not make a decision on Denize Odeh's rezoning request for property at the intersection of Collier Street and U.S. 117, across from the Belfast Fire Station.

Ms. Odeh is an owner of a store that is on another corner of the intersection, but that building is too small for a growing community, she told the commissioners. The new store would be larger, would serve hot food, and possibly could have diesel fuel pumps.

No one else spoke at Tuesday's public hearing. The commissioners are likely to vote Jan. 4.

Other business

The board honored Louise Phillips, director of Services on Aging, for 30 years of county service. She was presented a plaque, after which each of the commissioners thanked her personally.

"It's been my pleasure to work with older adults. It's been great," she said.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners did the following:

*Held a closed-door session to talk about industrial prospects and personnel.

*Chose Jack Best and Andy Anderson as their representatives to the Economic Development Commission for 2005.

*Asked the N.C. Department of Transportation to take over maintenance of Jacob's Ridge Drive in the Patetown community.