‘Project Stars’ plans to invest $6M in equpment, machinery

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LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider providing incentives to an industry that is planning to expand in Robeson County.

A public hearing is scheduled to obtain input on the proposal to offer economic development incentives to “Project Stars,” an industry that plans to invest $6 million in equipment and machinery toward expansion of its operations in the county. The project, which is calling for the creation of five new jobs with a starting hourly wage of $12.50, qualifies for a Level I Economic Development Incentive Grant.

On Monday the commissioners will also consider requests by state Department of Transportation District Engineer Chuck Miller to add a street to the state road system and to close the railroad crossing at Buie’s Mill Road.

The street to be added to the state road system is Star Dust Circle, located in the Fork Pines, Section 2, Subdivision. The addition would be .06 miles from Fork Pines Road to the cul-de-sac.

According to a letter from Miller to Robeson County Manager Ricky Harris, the street meets the requirements necessary for addition to the state system.

The permanent closing of the railroad crossing at Buie’s Mill Road is part of the DOT’s upcoming project to replace the bridge on N.C.211 over the CSX Railroad between Lumberton and Red Springs, according to Miller. There was no public comment made concerning the railroad crossing closure when it was discussed in November 2013 during a public workshop where the bridge replacement project was discussed, Miller said.

In other business, the commissioners on Monday will:

— Hear a request from Darlene Jacobs, executive director of the Robeson County Church and Community Center, for funds to make repairs to the center’s roof. Roof repair estimates range from $25,000 to $40,000, according to Jacobs.

— Be asked by Welton Locklear, president of the All Heart Tornadoes wheelchair basketball team, to once again sponsor the team.

— Hear a report from Stephanie Chavis, the county’s emergency management director, concerning the Robeson County Emergency Management Office again being officially recognized as having a StormReady status. The report will include what the county’s emergency management office must do to maintain this high-level recognition.

— Consider appointments to the county’s Transportation Advisory Committee.

— Designate a voting delegate for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners annual upcoming conference.

— Hold public hearings on conditional-use permit requests for an inspection station in Rennert; an activity center in Saddletree; and a telecommunications tower in Rennert.

— Hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Robeson County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

Monday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ room of the county administration building on North Elm Street in downtown Lumberton.

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