Commissioners recommend bypass be named for Don Buie

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

A portion of the U.S. 421 Bypass should be named for the late Don Buie — a "life-long conservationist" who lived in Lee County, according to the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners approved a resolution to be sent to the N.C. Department of Transportation to name the portion of the 421 Bypass from Highway 1 to Cumnock Road the "Don Buie Highway" during their 6 p.m. meeting Monday. Members of his family were in attendance.

"Don Buie was a strong advocate of the preservation of all natural resources and wildlife, especially in the state of North Carolina," according to the resolution approved unanimously by commissioners. "(He) was a dedicated leader for many years of youth, and strived to advance youth skills in all areas, especially in scholarly education and in the North Carolina Wildlife Commission's Youth Hunter Safety Program."

Commissioner Kirk Smith, who requested the resolution be placed on the agenda, said Buie — who died in 2007 — was known as a gracious man and Lee County was blessed to have him.

In other matters, Commissioners:

* Held a public hearing concerning the release of $30,000 of a $150,000 loan to the steering committee creating a new economic development organization, which would include the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. No one spoke in favor or opposition of the loan, which was approved.

* Approved the 2014-2015 Community Transportation Program Grant. The $422,867 grant includes a 10 percent local match of $42,286.

* Submitted a Elderly & Transportation Grant to improve and enhance transportation services to the elderly and disabled citizens.

* Awarded D&A Construction a $96,050 bid to construct a home at the 200 block of Midland Avenue for the 2011 Scattered Site Rehabilitation Housing Grant Program.  

* Tabled requests from Quality Home Health Care Inc., Magneti Marelli, Lee H. Johnston Inc. and RR Automotive Group for late filings of business personal property until a policy could be drafted by the county attorney.