Lee County Commissioners to elect chairman Monday afternoon

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

To avoid the Sanford Christmas Parade traffic, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will have an earlier scheduled meeting Monday.

Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. — instead of their typical 6 p.m. time — at the Lee County Government Center, located at 106 Hillcrest Drive.  

Considered an organizational meeting, the board will choose its chairman, vice chairman and time, date and location for its regular meetings for the upcoming year. Charlie Parks and Kirk Smith are the current chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

Other agenda items include:

* Guidelines for Late Tax Listing Penalty. The Lee County Commissioners asked the tax administrator, county manager and attorney to create guidelines concerning appeals of late listing penalties. A 10 percent penalty is added to any property which is not properly listed during the regular listing period. Under the proposed guidelines, the commissioners may reduce the penalty by 90 percent if the listing is received or postmarked within five days of the listing deadline or may reduce the penalty by 50 percent if the listing is received within 30 days of the deadline. The guidelines also state the penalty may not exceed $5,000 and the companies may be ineligible for a compromise if they’ve received economic development grants or have filed late within the last five years. 

* Grant applications for 2014 Seniors Health Insurance Information Outreach Grant and 2014 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Grant Application. The SHIP Outreach Grant allots funding to providing information to better help older adults understand Medicare benefits and the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention grant funds a variety of “evidence-based” health programs.

* Memorandum of Agreement for the Homeland Security Grant Program. The program was established after several laws were enacted after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The agreement is with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. 

* Closing a portion of Bruce Coggins Road. Martin Marietta Materials requested that less than a quarter of a mile of Bruce Coggins Road be closed. Acording to the proposed resolution, “the road in question has turned into a depository of trash and debris over the past several months.”