Johnston County Board
of Commissioners


report from Oct. 4 sessions

Commissioners present: Chairman Chad Stewart, Tony Braswell, Ted Godwin, Patrick Harris, Butch Lawter, Fred Smith, Larry Wood


SPLIT VOTE ON BUYING LAND NEXT TO NEW JAIL

The board voted 5-2 to spend $5,000 for an option to purchase about six acres next to the county's new Detention and Public Safety centers on US 70 Business East for $450,000.

Commissioner Godwin, who voted against the action along with Commissioner Wood, objected to the price that works out to about $77,000 per acre, noting that the county paid $20,000 an acre for property bought for the facilities under construction next door. "I must stand on my conservative values," Mr. Godwin said.

Commissioner Smith defended the $450,000 pending purchase from Larry E. Cox doing business as C&S Properties, pointing out that an appraisal based on projected lost income put its value at $545,000. That income currently is from rent paid by occupants of mobile homes on the site.

Mr. Smith and Commissioner Harris said the Cox property could house warehousing for county agencies, especially Emergency Services, that presently lease space for storing equipment at considerable expense. Mr. Smith said purchasing the Cox property "makes great business sense for our county."

Even so, Mr. Godwin insisted "we can buy land for less than $77,000 an acre" elsewhere.


PRINCETON GETS PART OF DRAINAGE AID REQUEST

Commissioners approved county aid up to $395,000 for the first phase of a $715,000 Town of Princeton project to improve drainage in an area prone to flooding. That unanimous decision came after the board favorably received a list of recommendations from county staff on how to allocate such aid to Johnston's municipalities going forward. Proposed is an appropriation of $5.5 million in next year's county budget that would be available to Johnston's 11 incorporated towns for infrastructure projects including water, sewer, and drainage needs. Princeton will be eligible to apply for additional aid for its project under the new guidelines.


9-1-1 PAGING PLAN FOR KENLY AREA APPROVED


The board approved a $64,793 contract with Communications International of Goldsboro to set up 9-1-1 paging service for northeastern Johnston, the only area of the county without that service. Brett Renfrow, the county's director of emergency services, said the Kenly Fire Department will be providing space inside its headquarters plus use of its telecommunications tower at no cost to the county.


APPOINTMENTS INCLUDE HERITAGE COMMISSION

Commissioners approved the following appointments:
Firefighters Relief Fund Board of Trustees --- reappointed were Wayne Langston for the Bentonville Fire Department, Dennis Elton Evans for the Brogden department, Carol Woodard for Corinth-Holders, Jerry T. Allen for Elevation, Vann Sauls for 50-210, David Rudolph Wells Sr. for McLemore, Jimmy Colin Batten for Shoehill, Ben Youngblood for Wilson's Mills, and Clarence Junior Allen for Wynn.
Johnston County Heritage Commission --- Catherine Rusher Gutierrez and Rich Nixon newly appointed; Lettie Inez Best, Pearl Blackmon, Charles W. Creech, Carolyn G. Ennis, Vicky Temple-Rains, and Ashley Webster reappointed.
Local Emergency Planning Commission --- Robert Harding and Tim Shipman reappointed.
Moccasin Creek Service District Board --- Richard D. Braswell reappointed.


4-H WEEK; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

The board adopted resolutions designating October 3-9 as National 4-H Week in Johnston County and October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The resolutions note that 4-H has 5,528 members and more than 40 volunteers here and that Harbor Incorporated serves approximately 3,000 direct victims of domestic violence annually.


PARCELS IN FOUR TOWNSHIPS REZONED

The board approved four rezoning requests following public hearings during the evening session:

• A 6.17-acre tract at the intersection of NC 210 and Lassiter Road in Elevation Township was rezoned from Agricultural Residential to General Business Conditional.
• A 3.54-acre tract in the 500 block of Church Road in Pleasant Grove Township was rezoned from Agricultural Residential to General Business Conditional.
• A 0.85-acre tract at 4624 US 70 Business West in Wilson's Mills Township was rezoned from General Business to Agricultural Residential.
• A 24.46-acre tract in the 500 block of Wise Road in Clayton Township was rezoned from General Business and Agricultural Residential to Industrial 1.

Postponed till the board's December 6 meeting was a request for General Business Conditional zoning for 2.43 acres at 2239 Barber Mill Road in Clayton Township.


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