Public hearings, fireworks part of commissioner meeting agenda

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Two public hearings are slated for the Lee County Board of Commissioners' meeting Monday.

The commissioner meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center, located at 106 Hillcrest Drive. The public hearings will begin at 6 p.m.

Lee County resident Jimmie Thomas requested more than eight acres, located at 4416 Colon Road, be rezoned from general commercial to residential agriculture. A single-family dwelling is located on the property, according to the rezoning application, and Thomas intends to add a second home.

The second public hearing concerns four developed lots and one vacant lot, approximately 11.5 acres large, in the 3900 block of Hawkins Avenue. Pedley Group LLC requested the property be rezoned from highway commercial to light industrial for business expansion, according to the application.

The board will not take action after the public hearings.

  Other agenda items include:

What: Update on the 2013 Revaluation Formal Appeal process

Why it matters: The Lee County Board of Equalization and Review held 363 formal appeal hearings throughout April and May. Property owners still unsatisfied with the results of the formal decision can appeal to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission by June 29. The Lee County Tax Department finished its revaluation earlier this year, a process required by state statute to align property values with historical sales in the area.

  What: Permit for July 4 fireworks Celebration

Why it matters: Joel Ammons holds an annual Fourth of July event at the Sanford Health & Rehab, located at 2702 Farrell Road, for the public. Ammons is requesting a county permit for the fireworks display, and according to the agenda, has provided all the necessary insurance and license paperwork. If approved, the fireworks display would last 20 minutes and begin at 9:15 p.m. July 4.

  What: A one-year fellowship in county government

Why it matters: Lee County was chosen as the pilot county to receive a one-year fellowship for a recent college graduate with a Masters of Public Administration through a partnership with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and International City and County Manager's Association. Lee County will be given a $35,000 grant for the internship. According to the agenda, the proposed work plan for the fellow would include analysis of the oil and mining exploration within the county, a five-year capital plan review and developing a vehicle maintenance tracking system, among other items.