The Nash County Board of Commissioners plans to introduce the county’s new economic development director at Monday’s board meeting.

According to the agenda posted by the county, Andrew “Andy” Hagy will be introduced to the board at the 9 a.m. meeting and 20 minutes will be reserved to welcome him.

“We had more than 70 applicants for this position,” Nash County board Chairman Robbie Davis said in an interview. “We had a two-step interview process with the final four candidates and the committee unanimously voted to hire Mr. Hagy. I think he will be a great fit for our county, and he seems eager to be a part of our community.”

For the past two years, Hagy has served as the executive director of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation in West Virginia. Hagy has an associate degree in business from Southwest Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and mass communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

At Monday’s meeting, the Nash County Board of Commissioners also will elect a chairperson and vice chairperson to serve for the coming year.

A public hearing will be held during the meeting to allow comment on the request to rezone 163 acres on Stoney Hill Church, Whitley and Chapman roads in Nash County from an R-40 — single family residential — zone to an R-30 zone that will allow for smaller lot sizes.

According to the agenda, the property consists of four separate tracts of land owned by L&F Farms LLC that total about 163 acres and are located on both the north and south sides of Stoney Hill Church Road between Whitley Road to the west and West Hornes Church Road to the east. The site is located northeast of the Town of Bailey in the area known as the Green Pond Community.

Also under consideration at Monday’s meeting is a request for a six-month extension of the conditional use permit previously issued for the Spring Hope Solar 2 facility on Frazier Road.

Bids for the Nash County Farm Lease program will be another topic for discussion at the meeting. Nash County Extension Director Sandy Hall is recommending that a bid of $68.04 per acre for a 60.62-acre piece of property in Middlesex owned by Nash County be accepted. No bids were received for the lease of the 34.5-acre tract in Whitakers, and Hall is recommending that that bid process be reopened.

The Nash County Miracle Park at Coopers also will be discussed.

According to the agenda, the Cooper’s Community Development Corporation has committed to raise $250,000 to fund capital improvements at the Nash County Miracle Park at Coopers. Nash County commissioners will be asked to approve an agreement for the funding of improvements at that park.