Nash board to consider motto


Staff Writer

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Nash County Board of Commissioners is set to discuss placement of a religious motto on county buildings among other topics Monday afternoon.

The commissioners will receive a presentation by Rick Lanier on the “United States Motto.”

Lanier, a former Davidson County commissioner, is asking local governments to display "In God We Trust" in and on government buildings.

A 2003 lawsuit claiming Lanier's crusade violated "separation of church and state" was dismissed in 2004 with its dismissal upheld in 2005 by the N.C. Appeals Court. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case later that year.

The board will hold a required public hearing for a grant application for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant for Neighborhood Revitalization. Block grants provide communities with a flexible housing and community development resource that can be used to address locally identified needs that qualify under the national objective of low- and moderate-income benefit or the elimination of slum and blight. The program includes competitive set-aside funding for neighborhood revitalization, downtown revitalization and critical infrastructure.

Nash County Register of Deeds Anne Melvin will deliver a presentation on the duties and responsibilities of her department.

The board will also receive updates from fellow commissioners on significant items on which they've been working. The following commissioners represent the following committees, boards or authorities:

Commissioner Dan Cone sits on the Human Services Board, Nash County Agriculture Advisory Board and the Broadband Initiative. Commissioner Fred Belfield is on the Farmer’s Market Advisory Board and Upper Coastal Plain COG Board of Directors. Commissioner Mary Wells sits on the Nash Community College Board of Trustees and the Upper Coastal Plain COG Board of Directors. Vice Chairman Wayne Outlaw is on the Upper Coastal Plain RPO, the NCC Board of Trustees and the Broadband Initiative. Commissioner Lisa Barnes sits on the UNC Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners. Chairman Robbie Davis sits on the Tourism Development Authority and the Rocky Mount MPO.

At the end of the meeting, commissioners will enter into closed session to consult with the county attorney in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege.

The board is scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room on the third floor of the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building at 120 West Washington St. in downtown Nashville.