LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider bids for construction work at the county’s former Social Services building on Caton Road.
The construction work being bid on is for renovations to the site that will eventually serve as a centralized location for some related county services. In September, the commissioners gave the go-ahead for renovations and repair work to be done to the newest part of the former DSS building, a two-story addition built in 1989. The building is actually seven buildings cobbled together — built between 1921 and 1989 — and encompassing a total area of about 52,000 square feet.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners will consider bids including acoustical ceiling work, plumbing, and the purchase and installation of five air conditioning units.
The county has been planning for some time to renovate the facility and use it for a “one-stop shop” to serve county residents. Immediate plans for using the facility include providing office space for the county’s Planning and Zoning, Inspections and Environmental Health departments. Also, plans call for locating a GIS mapping technician in the building.
The departments moving into the building are currently in different locations, requiring those needing information or services from more than one department to travel to different sites.
Interim County Manager Ricky Harris said Friday that the county’s goal is to have the site ready for occupation by July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.
The former DSS building has been vacant since April when Social Services moved into its new building on N.C. 711, just west of the county Health Department.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners will also:
— Consider rezoning a 6.41-acre tract in Maxton from Residential Agriculture to Highway Commercial to allow for the repairing and storage of commercial vehicles in an existing metal building.
— Hear five conditional-use permit requests. These requests are for the establishment a 300-plot cemetery on a 7.95-acre tract in West Howellsville; the establishment of a security and investigative service in a Residential Agricultural District in St. Pauls; the establishment of a storage units for lease business in a Residential Agricultural district in Parkton; the establishment of a beauty salon in a Residential Agricultural district in Smiths; and the placement of a third dwelling on a 1.92-acre tract in a Residential Agricultural District in Back Swamp.
— Consider appointments to the Board of Equalization and Review.
— Hear Personnel, Budget and Finance, and Jail committee reports.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administrative building on North Elm Street. It is being held on Tuesday instead of Monday because of the New Year’s holiday.
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