06/04/07 — Wayne Commissioners plan first June meeting

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Wayne Commissioners plan first June meeting

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on June 4, 2007 1:45 PM

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will hold its first meeting of the month Tuesday, and at the top of the agenda is a presentation by Dr. Alma Jenkins, a Goldsboro gastroenterologist, on health care in Wayne County. The formal board meeting will begin at 9 a.m., but the commissioners' briefing session will begin at 8 a.m.

Ms. Jenkins, a 2006 Leadership College participant, will present to the commissioners a vision for a two-fold project. The first part would be the creation an annual health fair in Wayne County. The second part would be working to insure all of Wayne County's residents.

The commission is not scheduled to take any action on the presentation.

A second presentation will be given by Lillie Sanders of Magnolia.

Ms. Sanders, who is the president of the non-profit Sanders' Service Center, is looking for support for her effort to build a four-unit apartment complex for emergency housing at the corner of Fifth and Railroad streets in Rose Hill. The house, she has explained, would not be an income-producing venture. It would serve Duplin and the surrounding counties.

She estimates the construction costs on the building will run about $250,000, not including furnishings, clothing, food and upkeep. Ms. Sanders is asking for $1 donations from the people in Duplin, Wayne and other surrounding counties.

She has already made her presentation to the Duplin County Board of Commissioners, which agreed to support her project, but at the time did not allocate any funds. The Wayne County commissioners are not scheduled to take any action.

Also on the commission's agenda are recommendations for the appointment of Tammy Peele as county tax collector, David Ward as county tax administrator and the recommendation that the commissioners -- who now also serve as the county Board of Adjustment -- schedule a hearing for 8:45 a.m., July 10, to consider the special use permit requested by American Legion Post 11 to put a temporary recreational vehicle campground on its property around Legion Lake on the east side of U.S. 117 South.

In addition, the commissioners will consider how to divide a $689,960 Home and Community Care Block Grant, whether to approve a $22,500 contract between the county and the United States Department of Agriculture for beaver management and whether to extend the memorandum of understanding between the board of commissioners, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University that allows for services to provided locally.

No discussion on the budget is scheduled -- a public hearing on it will be held at 9 a.m., June 19 -- but the regular public comment period will be held.