Delayed Robeson commissioners meeting to be held Thursday

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to discuss business that was supposed to be handled at the board’s regular monthly meeting on July 18. The meeting was postponed because there were not enough members who could be present to make up a quorum, which requires five commissioners.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room at the Robeson County Administration Building at 701 N. Elm St.

The commissioners who could not be present July 18 were Jerry Stephens, the board’s chairman, David Edge, Tom Taylor and Lance Herndon. The meeting was rescheduled for Thursday at the request of County Attorney Patrick Pait.

Not included on Thursday’s meeting agenda is consideration of the reappointment of Commissioner Raymond Cummings to another three-year term on the five-member Department of Social Services board. The commissioners on two occasions have voted 4 to 4 against reappointing Cummings, who just last week was elected by the DSS board to serve another year as their chairman. Cummings, who has chaired the DSS board for more than a decade, votes in favor of himself in a 3-2 vote.

Pait has said that until Cummings is reappointed, or the commissioners appoint someone else to fill the seat, Cummings will continue to serve on the DSS board.

The commissioners on Thursday will:

— Review property sale agreements for land along N.C. 72 that the county wants to obtain for state industrial site certification. According to Greg Cummings, the county’s economic developer and industrial recruiter, there are already six state certified industrial development sites in Robeson County.

— Consider a resolution honoring former U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre for his years of representing Robeson County in Congress.

— Consider distribution of community development funds, better known as discretionary money.

— Select a voting delegate to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference.

The commissioners will also meet again Monday for the first of their two regularly scheduled August meetings.

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165


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