Edge to try again on economic board

By: By T.C. Hunter - Managing editor

LUMBERTON — The possibility of an advisory board that would assist in the recruitment of businesses and industries to Robeson County will come up again at Monday’s meeting of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner David Edge proposed the creation of such a board during the Monday meeting last week, but no action was taken after a brief discussion. It prompted a complaint from Edge, who said the board has a habit of tabling his motions. Shortly afterward, his motion to advertise delinquent tax notices in The Robesonian failed in a 4 to 3 vote. He did that after The Robesonian learned and reported that two immediate relatives of county commissioners had been intentionally left off the list that was published May 23 in a weekly paper.

Edge will try again on the economic board, which would work with Channing Jones, the head of the Economic Development office for the county.

“I am going to bring it up Monday,” Edge said Thursday.

The board would be comprised of educational and business leaders and members, Edge said. It would meet at least once a month to offer business insight and knowledge of industries and businesses that express an interest in moving into the county to Jones. Advisory board members also could accompany Jones when he investigates potential development sites or leads potential investors on tours of these sites.

“I’d like to go ahead and get this started. I see no reason why we shouldn’t,” Edge said.

The county’s proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget also will be on the agenda when the commissioners meet at 6 p.m. in the county administration building, located at 701 N. Elm St. in Lumberton. A public hearing is to be held on the budget, and it could be voted on after the hearing.

The proposed budget includes no increase in the current tax rate of 77 cents per $100 of property value.

The commissioners also are scheduled to discuss an agreement between the county and Mark III Brokerage Inc., a Charlotte firm that has been the county’s insurance broker for many years.

An Emergency Medical Services billing contract also is to be considered Monday by the commissioners.

Also on Monday’s agenda is a presentation by Twilla Allen, Area Agency on Aging Program administrator, and a Board of Commissioners’ Personnel Committee report by Commissioner Roger Oxendine.

The Consent Agenda before the board on Monday includes budget amendments related to jail health, Social Services and Robeson Restitution, and action on surplus vehicles, Community Development funds and a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief Grant Agreement.

The commissioners also are to convene Monday as the Housing Authority.

The Robesonian will provide live stream video coverage of the meeting on Facebook.


By T.C. Hunter

Managing editor

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

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