Nash County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis plans to give his annual State of the County address on Monday at the regular February board meeting that will be held at 9 am. in Nashville.
The meeting will be held in the Frederick B. Cooper Commissioners Room on the third floor of the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building.
After that address, Jonathan Boone, director of utilities and facilities for Nash County, will present an update on the facilities issues at the Nash County Detention Center. After his presentation, Capt. Allen Wilson of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office will give an update on the operations at the jail.
These reports will be a regular feature of the regular Board of Commissioners meetings until the issues at the jail are resolved, county commissioners decided in December.
The board also plans to address numerous other issues including holding three public hearings on issues related to solar farm development and several change orders related to the construction of the Northern Nash Water System Project.
One issue that will be up for discussion will affect the ad campaign for the City of Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount officials are seeking to add the slogan “The Center of It All” to signs welcoming travelers on U.S. 64, U.S. 301 and in the city limits of Rocky Mount. But the state Department of Transportation requires that the county issue a resolution supporting that change. Nash County staff members are recommending that Nash County commissioners sign that resolution of support.
The Town of Bailey also is requesting that Nash County begin billing and collecting ad valorem taxes for the town. The contract includes a 2 percent fee to cover the cost of that service.
“The single billing is more efficient, and we would be glad to extend this service to any other interested towns. Currently the county contracts with Sharpsburg, Castalia, Momeyer and Middlesex for this service,” Doris Sumner, acting county tax administrator, said in her recommendation to commissioners posted in the agenda.
Susan Phelps, retail economic developer for the county, also will present a proposal to consider granting $10,000 of Nash County Economic Development Small Business funds to Premiere Propane and Hardware, which currently is under construction in Middlesex.
“In order to build their new store, the applicants had to relocate a town of Middlesex sewer line that ran through the center of the property,” Phelps said in her proposal. “The requested approval of the Retail and Small Business Incentive funds are intended to assist with the investment of the infrastructure upgrade and relocation already completed that will promote additional development opportunities for the Town of Middlesex.”
A public hearing on this issue will be held during Monday’s meeting.
Ginell Rogers, executive director of NEED Inc., also will present information about a proposed Community Services Block Grant Anti-Poverty Plan for fiscal year 2020-21.
The Nash County meetings are open to the public. Members of the public may sign up before the meeting begins if they wish to address the board during the public comment portion of the meeting. Residents who wish to speak during public hearings will need to wait until that public hearing is opened during the meeting.
Local residents will be able to view the meetings live at www.youtube.com/nashcountync. The meetings also will be archived on that site for later viewing.