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County board to consider economic development grant


Karen Eckert
The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at its 9 a.m. meeting today so residents can offer input on funding to encourage industrial development.

Prior to the hearing, to be held in the Eugene James Auditorium of the Pitt County Office Complex, 1717 W. Fifth St., Scott Darnell, executive director of the Pitt County Development Commission, will present information about a grant award provided by the N.C. Dept. of Commerce Building Reuse Program, according to agenda materials made available before the meeting.

The program requires local government to provide a 5 percent cash match equal to the grant request amount. The grant application is for $150,000, and the county match would equal $7,500.

Expected benefits from the development project, Project Link, include the enhancement of the tax base of the county and the creation of 32 new jobs, according to the agenda packet.

Darnell and County Manager Scott Elliott are recommending that the board approve the expenditure to satisfy the grant match requirement for the N.C. DOC Building Reuse Grant Program.

The following items are also included on the agenda:

■ A request from Commissioner Alex Albright that the board consider a special capital funding request in the amount of $25,000 for the Farmville Public Library. This request initially was included in the library’s budget request for fiscal year 2019-20. It was suggested that the capital funding contribution be handled separately after the budget was adopted.

■ A request by Brian Barnett, deputy county manager, for the board to approve overtime expenses for employees who worked during Hurricane Dorian; reimbursement will be sought from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

■ A presentation by Chief District Court Judge Galen Braddy and County Attorney Janis Gallagher on the School Justice Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. Braddy led a committee over the last year to form the partnership. The memorandum of understanding will allow the effort to move ahead. There will be a signing ceremony for the memorandum on Nov. 13, and the committee has suggested that Pitt County be a signee. The memorandum is not a binding contract and does not obligate Pitt County financially or otherwise.

■ Employee recognition and service awards.

■ Appointments to the Pitt County Community Schools & Recreation Advisory Council.

■ Re-appointments to the Pitt County Nursing Home/Adult Committee.

■ An engineering and facilities report from Tim Corley, county engineer.

■ A report on the Pitt-Greenville Airport from Bill Hopper, executive director

■ A closed session for the purpose of consulting with an attorney in order to preserve attorney-client privilege; to prevent disclosure of information that is privileged or confidential

Karen Eckert can be reached at 252-329-9565 or at keckert@reflector.com.