02/20/06 — Wayne County commissioners meet Tuesday

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Wayne County commissioners meet Tuesday

By Andrew Bell
Published in News on February 20, 2006 1:50 PM

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. in their board room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse following a briefing session at 8.

The commissioners will consider approving a contract with Nunn, Brashear and Co. to conduct the annual audit of county finances for the next three years. The cost to the county would be $57,300 the first year, $59,590 for the second and $61,975 for the third.

In other business, commissioners will consider a request by the county Emergency Services Department to adopt a resolution in support of the National Incident Management System. By adopting the resolution, the county remains eligible for possible federal emergency services grants, officials said.

The resolution was established through a Homeland Security presidential directive and is intended to provide a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state and local governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic emergencies. It would also create standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources to improve the county's ability to react during disasters.

The commissioners also will consider approval of a statement of support for the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. The committee's goal is to assist in keeping National Guard and Reserve members employed and in the ranks. The statement of support says the county will not deny, limit or reduce employment because of service in the Guard or Reserves. Men and women will be granted leaves of absences for military service consistent with existing laws without sacrificing any of their vacation time.

According to the law, the county manager may grant up to 80 working hours of military leave with pay to any full-time county employee that participates in military training, but does not include any reservist called to active duty. If military duty is required beyond that 80-hour period, the employee would be eligible to take accumulated vacation leave or be placed on leave without pay.