Richmond County Commissioner Kenneth Robinette was reappointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the 14th time at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday. Commissioner John Garner was reappointed to the Vice Chair position, and Stephen R. Futrell was reappointed as County Attorney.
“I’m humbled and honored to serve you and I’ll continue working as hard as I ever have,” said Robinette. “I can’t do it without each of you and I thank you very much.”
Recently-elected Commissioner Jimmy Capps was sworn in minutes before the regular meeting began at 5:30 p.m., and he said he is up for the challenge.
In other matters Monday, the board:
• Held a public hearing for close-out of the Community Development Block Grant for the Plastek building reuse project, to which no one objected.
• Held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 community transportation program application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which was approved.
• Received a monthly staff report from Director of Planning and GIS Jamie Armstrong, who said he had no action items to present but was working on several code enforcement cases and demolitions or removal of structures that would likely be discussed at the January meeting.
• Heard a monthly staff report from County Manager Rick Sago after the board received an audit presentation from C.P.A. Alan Thompson of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co. Sago summarized the report by saying tax rates were not going up and debt was being brought down.
• Watched a presentation of the 2011 State of the County Health Report by Health Director Tommy Jarrell.
• Approved a request by the Health Director for proposed changes in the 2012-2013 fee schedules for Health Department Clinics and Environmental Health.
• Appointed Commissioner Capps to serve as a delegate to Lumber River Council of Governments; appointed Commissioner Ben Moss to serve on the Richmond County Water Committee and appointed Capps to serve on the Area of Richmond Transit board.
• Agreed to a request by Emergency Services Director Donna Wright to adopt the Pee Dee Lumber River Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
• Reviewed a 2014-2018 Transportation Improvement Program for Richmond County Airport, proposed by Public Works Director Bryan Land. Improvements to the airport would require a 10 percent match from the county, the rest of the project is funded by the state.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.