Commissioners preparing to make Peck site available

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 08:56 PM

WARRENTON — At their meeting on Monday evening, the Warren County commissioners took steps to prepare a property for industrial use while simultaneously removing a threat to the environment.

In response to a request by Warren County Economic Development Director Gabriel Cumming, the board approved spending up to $15,000 to remove hazardous materials from the Peck Manufacturing site, which the EDC is preparing for reuse. In his written request, Cumming stated that containers of hazardous material were discovered during an environmental assessment of the site and must be removed in order to market the property for economic development.

“If it can be successfully remediated, Peck will be one of our most marketable sites for business,” he wrote. Funds for the removal will come from the county’s undesignated fund balance.

During the period set aside for citizens’ comments, Ron Skow, representing the Lake Gaston Association, spoke to the commissioners and distributed a letter from LGA President Al Potter.

“This is our annual budget letter,” Skow said. “We try to get it in before you get into the budget process.”

In the letter, the organization thanked the board for actions positively affecting the lake community, listed the top 10 concerns indicated by the membership on a survey and made recommendations related to the 2013-14 budget.

Tim Ennis, the newly designated executive director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, introduced himself to the commissioners.

“We already have two new members in the week I’ve been here,” he said. He added that he hopes membership can expand to the point that his position will become full-time.

The Warren County Board of Commissioners approved a water hook-up project and a scattered sites housing project under the county’s 2010 Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan and Optional Coverage Relocation Plan for the Community Development Block Grant project.

The commissioners made the following appointments or reappointments:

• Warren County Board of Health: Dr. Amy O’Malley, veterinarian; Dr. James E. Crenshaw Jr., dentist; and Dr. Merwin Dieckman, physician.

• Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters’ Relief Fund Board: Joseph Oliver Richardson.

• Warren County DCBG Housing Selection Committee: Alicia Giddiens, Senior Center director.

The commissioners spent a considerable amount of time dealing with approval of the minutes for the organizational meeting in December. Chairwoman Bertadean Baker had made some changes in format although not in content. The board removed the item from the agenda and voted to have the original minutes and edited minutes sent to each commissioner for consideration later.

In other business, the board:

• gave interim Tax Collector Bonnie Andrews authority to extend the deadline for individual tax listing for real and personal property to April 15, 2013, upon written request and for good cause.

• approved a request from the ABC Commission to adopt and use the Warren County Travel Policy for ABC Commission members and employees.

• approved a request by Felicia Coleman-Gregory, director of Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., to submit a Community Services Block Grant application to the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. The grant would support a project to help individuals gain skills needed for employment.

• renewed the employee performance bond for Finance Officer Barry Mayo.

The board went into closed session to receive attorney/client privileged information.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.