02/18/08 — Commission to talk about capital projects

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Commission to talk about capital projects

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on February 18, 2008 1:47 PM

Meeting Tuesday morning, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners is planning to move forward on two capital projects that have been lingering for several months.

The first is putting the renovation of the Jeffreys Building out to bid.

The building, which is on John Street, has housed the county's emergency management department and its 911 call center on the second floor since 2004.

Once the renovations to the first and third floors are complete, the county human resources, planning, environmental health, inspections and veterans affairs departments will be re-located to the building.

The board's second action will be the adoption of a capital project to construct a 500,000 gallon water tank at the ParkEast Industrial site.

It is expected to cost about $1,125,000.

Of the funds that are expected to pay for it, $500,000 will come from the N.C. Rural Center, $500,000 will come from the N.C. Department of Commerce Industrial Development Grant and $125,000 will come from transfers from the county's general fund.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about the impacts of the 2007 Farm Bill, which is currently stuck in the U.S. Senate.

More specifically, the commissioners are expected to discuss concerns about continued subsidies, farmland preservation and support for agricultural research.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers in the Wayne County Courthouse, following an 8 a.m. briefing session.