Economy, environment on agenda

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

WARRENTON — In their work session this evening, the Warren County commissioners will hear presentations related to economic development and the environment as well as reports from several department heads.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Warren County Armory Civic Center.

Carla Norwood, board chairwoman of Working Landscapes, is expected to report on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of N.C. Foundation Healthy Foods Initiative, which is managed by Working Landscapes for the county. She will update the board on progress on increasing the capacity of farmers to provide locally grown food to new markets, increasing the sale of local produce by area retailers and connecting local farmers with opportunities to sell to the local school system.

William Kearney, reporting for the Warren County Environmental Action Team, will describe a proposed grant application to the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the safety of the PCB site in Afton, which was detoxified in 2003, and determine what needs to be done to develop the area into a community asset.

Economic Development Director Gabe Cumming will report on the 2013 county celebration of tourism.

Portia Hawes, parliamentarian of Heritage Quilters, will present a proposal to preserve the Aaron Hendrick House as a showcase for African-American history and culture and as a center to promote quilting traditions.

Cathy Alston-Kearney, executive director of Warren Family Institute, will report on efforts to recruit families to build homes in the Ephraim Place subdivision and on progress toward renovating the historic jail building.

Brett Harris, aquatics extension associate at N.C. State University, will discuss the county’s funding of aquatic plant management in Lake Gaston, the projects the funds support and the benefits to the county.

The commissioners will hear reports from the following department heads:

• Marshall Brothers, public works (solid waste).

• Larry West, soil and water.

• Debby Formyduval, board of elections.

The board will review a proposed resolution from the county attorney, Karlene Turrentine, that contains standards for defending county employees against claims against them in their official capacities as public employees.

Barry Mayo, the finance officer, will propose a policy to aid in the development of controls to aid in the detection and prevention of fraud against Warren County.

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