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County to eye plan for survey

By Steve Herring
Published in News on December 26, 2011 1:46 PM

Officials with Insight Research Inc., a North Carolina company that conducts most of the surveys for counties and cities in the state, will meet with Wayne County commissioners during a board workshop Jan. 3.

Commissioners have discussed the possibility of a countywide survey for the past two months, but have taken no action other than to schedule the workshop.

An agenda briefing will be held at 8 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex followed by the meeting at 9 a.m.

The survey won't be the only item discussed during the work session, which is the final agenda item. Commissioners also will review a request by Leslie Jackson for a variance request for property he owns near the Wayne Executive Jetport.

County Manager Lee Smith has said the mail-out survey would query a sampling of county residents providing them the opportunity to let county officials know what they think about certain topics, possibly including the quality of customer service.

Smith and county public affairs and marketing manager Barbara Arntsen have met with Insight officials about the survey, which would cost $10,000 to $12,000.

The county has not committed to conducting or paying for such a survey although commissioners have expressed an interest in doing one.

Commissioners also will use the work session to review Jackson's variance request for a one-quarter acre lot on Sam's Lane, LaGrange.

The lot falls within the county's Airport Zone which requires a minimum lot size of one acre. Jackson wants to place a single-wide manufactured home on the lot.

County Planner Connie Price said the lot existed prior to the area being zoned because of its proximity to the airport. Also, the county has received a letter from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials, who said they have no objections to the variance.

The Wayne County Planning Board has recommended approval of the variance.

Commissioners will be asked to schedule a meeting of the Board of Adjustments to consider the request.

In other business, a public hearing will be held at 9:15 a.m. on a rezoning request by Robert Perkins for property on U.S. 13 South.

Perkins is asking that the land be rezoned from Residential Agriculture 20 to Residential 15. The Planning Board has recommended approval.

Commissioners also will consider the following subdivision plats:

* Survey for heirs of Rachel V. Edmundson final, owner/developer heirs of Rachel V. Edmundson; one lot on the east side of Big Daddy's Road in Nahunta Township.

* Survey for heirs of Eudelle P. Garner final, owner/developer Phyllis Garner; four lots on the west side of N.C. 55 just west of the Old Smith Chapel Road in Brogden Township.

* East Pointe Section 2, revision of lot 8 final, owner/developer Dickie Grady; two lots on the west side of Rodell Barrow Road south of Mark Edwards Road in Saulston Township.

* Time Warner Entertainment (lot for receiving antennas and satellite dishes), owner/developer Barbara D. Howard; one lot on the north side of Pikeville-Princeton Road at its intersection with Old Kenly Road in Buck Swamp Township.

The Planning Board has recommended approval of the plats.

Commissioners will be asked to approve a lease for farmland the county jointly owns with the city of Goldsboro.

The City Council on Dec. 5 awarded a three-year lease to Wiggins Farms for the property on the northwest side of Pecan Road between Genoa Road and Mitchell Road.

The lease also has to be approved by commissioners.