Warren commissioners approve request for expansion

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

WARRENTON — The Warren County Public Facilities Company has been given approval for expanding a warehouse at the International Paper Container Plant in Manson.

The expansion, approved by the Warren County board of commissioners Monday night, projects to add $11,600 in tax revenue.

Oscar “Butch” Meek, president of WCPFC, introduced Mark Witt, manager of the Manson Container Plant, and Mike Kilian, the project engineer.

The planned 73,940-square foot facility will be constructed at a cost of $2.7 million. It will triple International Paper’s warehouse capacity at the Manson site. Witt said the additional warehouse space will reduce the need to ship products to warehouses elsewhere, saving the company freight expenses. Asked if the expansion will add to the company’s 112 employees, he replied that it won’t for the present but perhaps could “down the line.”

Meek requested commissioners waive the permitting fees of $11,575. He pointed out that the Manson operation contributes $129,058 in tax revenue to the county annually and that increased revenue from the expansion will offset the cost of the permitting fees in one year.

The board unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the project and waived the permitting fees.

Prior to the meeting, the commissioners held a public hearing on proposed changes in the zoning ordinance. Planning and Zoning Administrator Ken Krulik said the changes were to provide better management of business signs.

No members of the public spoke at the hearing.

When the item was considered in the meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the changes.

The board approved an agreement between Warren County and Cellco Partnership to lease space on the county’s water tank located in Norlina. The agreement raises the monthly rent paid by Cellco from $1,437.50 to $1,737.50.

On a motion by Commissioner Barry Richardson, the board tabled a request by Jane Connell Wilson for an easement that will allow access to her property through Armory Civic Center property.

Richardson said he wanted more information on the request. Commissioner Ulysses Ross was the lone nay vote on the motion. After the meeting, he explained his vote.

“That lady has been good to us. I see no reason to keep on holding her up,” Ross said.

At the request of Gwen Wright, community development specialist for Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, the board approved a revised two-year Community Development Block Grant Language Access Plan.

The commissioners approved renewal of the tax collector’s employee performance bond to cover current Tax Collector Starlin Beatty for the period from July 10, 2013, to July 10, 2014, at a premium of $200. The amount of the bond is $20,000.

The board approved renewal of the annual contract with the Kerr Area Rural Transportation System to provide transportation services for the senior center.

The commissioners made the following appointments and reappointments:

• ABC Commission: Clarence Jones for a second term expiring June 2016.

• Workforce Development Board: Michelle Winstead and Heather Curtis.

• Economic Development Commission board: Peter J. Deschenes Sr. and Sallie White for three-year terms expiring June 2016.

The board appointed Baker to be a voting delegate and Commissioner Ruby Downey to be alternate to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners annual conference to be held in Guilford County on Aug. 22-25.

The commissioners approved a re-negotiated Convenience Center and Transfer Station Operation Agreement with Waste Industries that runs through June 30, 2016.

The board went into closed session to consider attorney-client privileged information and personnel matters. No action was taken when the board returned to open session before adjournment.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.