County ponders $300 fee for video gaming

By: By T.C. Hunter - Managing editor

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider amending a zoning ordinance that applies to Internet/video-skill games that would require operators to have a conditional-use permit and also attach a fee to each machine.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building, located at 701 N. Elm St. in Lumberton. After the meeting, the board will hold a workshop on County Manager Ricky Harris’ proposed budget.

The gaming amendment applies to Section 17.3 of the Robeson County Zoning Ordinance and reads in part, “Current businesses that are operating any of the following have 180 days to comply with the Robeson County zoning ordinance in obtaining a conditional-use permit and a $300.00 fee will be assessed to each machine annually. New businesses proposing to operate any one of the following will be required to obtain a conditional-use permit prior to beginning operation. A $300.00 fee is assessed to each machine annually.”

In the other public hearings:

— Corey Glover, of the Wisharts Township, is requesting that a 0.71-acre tract, more or less, be rezoned from Residential Agricultural District to a Neighborhood Commercial District to allow for the establishment of a neighborhood grill.

— Jerome S. Williams, of the Gaddys Township, is requesting a conditional-use permit to allow the establishment of a family cemetery on a 2.23-acre tract, more or less, in a Residential Agricultural District.

— Prospect Road Maxton Verizon, of Smiths Township, is requesting a conditional-use permit to allow for the placement of a 259-foot-tall telecommunication tower on .22 acres of a 15.76-acre tract, more or less, in a Residential Agricultural District.

The commissioners also are scheduled to consider a lease agreement between the city of Lumberton and Robeson County for a memorial park. The planned 1.1-acre park would be built on a lot near the traffic circle at East Elizabethtown Road and North Water Street, where the Robeson County Board of Elections once was located. It would be used for celebrations on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and include monuments honoring each branch of America’s uniformed services.

Also on Monday’s agenda are a presentation by Robeson County Public Library Director Katie Fountain and consideration of a consent agenda that includes budget amendments for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fleet Operations Center, Communications and the county Health Department. Also on the consent agenda is the 2017 Local Water Supply Plan.

The consent agenda typically is approved without discussion by the commissioners.

Harris’ proposed budget would keep the tax rate at 77 cents for every $100 of property. The major sticking point is a request from the Public Schools of Robeson County for more than $17 million in additional funding.


By T.C. Hunter

Managing editor

Reach T.C. Hunter by calling 910-816-1974 or via email at tchun[email protected]

Reach T.C. Hunter by calling 910-816-1974 or via email at [email protected]