09/19/11 — Commissioners to discuss county Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Commissioners to discuss county Hazard Mitigation Plan

By Steve Herring
Published in News on September 19, 2011 1:46 PM

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold public hearings on the county Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as well as a proposed application for $206,220 in funding through the Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP).

The hearings will start at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex. The board will be briefed on the agenda at 8 a.m., and the meeting will start at 9 a.m.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is an analysis of natural hazards that might affect the county including flooding, drought, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. The purpose of the plan is to establish goals and strategies that will help local government, both county and municipal, and citizens to better prepare for the hazards.

Commissioners first approved the plan in June 2010. It has since been approved by the N.C. Office of Emergency Management and FEMA. Approval on the state and federal levels was delayed because Goldsboro was added to the plan after it had been approved by the county and its other municipalities.

The addition of Goldsboro does not place any extra obligations on the county or municipalities.

The next step will be adoption of the plan by the county and municipalities.

A copy of the plan is available at www.waynegov.com and at the county Planning Office, 134 N. John St.

The ROAP application will be submitted to the N.C. Department of Transportation. The funding is used for the GATEWAY bus system. The $206,220 includes:

* $62,392 for the Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance program that provides operating assistance for the elderly and disabled.

* $36,645 for the Employment Transportation Assistance Program to provide operating assistance for the transportation of people with employment-related transportation needs.

* $50,018 for the Rural General Public Program to provide operating assistance for the transportation of people who do not have human service agency assistance to pay for their transportation and live in non-urbanized areas.

* $28,727 for supplemental Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance.

* $28,438 for supplemental Rural General Public.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners will consider approval of three subdivision plats:

* Darryl Williams Fry and Karla Thompson Fry, final; owner/developer, Elizabeth W. Fry; one lot on the north side of Old Grantham Road approximately 970 feet east of James Hinson Road in Brogden Township.

* Dale D. Perry, final; owner/developer, Vicki Lancaster; one lot on the east side of Mt. Carmel Church Road approximately 3,800 feet north of Daw Pate Road in Stoney Creek Township.

* Victor Ortiz Perez, final; owner/developer, Lynn Davenport; one lot on the west side of Price Road approximately 1,122 feet north of N.C. 55 in the Indian Springs Township.

In another planning issue, the board will consider rezoning approximately 29 acres of land near Charles B. Aycock High School to Residential-Agriculture 20.

Commissioners held a public hearing on the zoning change at their Sept. 6 session.

The county had received a letter from the town of Pikeville that the town board had released the 29 acres from the town's extraterritorial jurisdiction at the request of owner Brian Marcoux.

County Planner Connie Price had recommended that the property be rezoned Residential-Agriculture 20, the same as surrounding property.

In other business:

* The board will consider making two appointments to the Goldsboro Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. The appointments will come from the county Cooperative Extension Service and Planning Board.

The committee will supervise the preparation of a draft comprehensive plan for presentation to the Goldsboro City Council and county commissioners.

The city, in conjunction with the county and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, has initiated the preparation of a comprehensive plan for the Goldsboro Urbanized Area. It will provide a plan to guide future long-term growth and development throughout the next 20 years.

* Wayne County 4-H Extension Agent Wallace Simmons and Wayne County 4-H Military Program assistant Summer Young will update commissioners on Operation: Military Kids.

* Gary Hales, principal of the Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro High School, will update the board on high school reform initiatives in the county public schools.

The meeting will include a work session on the county's proposed new 911 telecommunications center.