Switch avoids meeting conflict with governor's visit

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 09:04 PM

The expectation of a gubernatorial visit to Henderson on Jan. 28 caused Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation leaders to delay their community input meeting one week.

Randy Oxendine, the parks and recreation commission chairman, said he wouldn’t want an event vital for developing a parks, recreation and greenways master plan to compete with Gov. Pat McCrory’s planned address to the chamber of commerce banquet on the same night.

“We decided we needed to find another date for our community input meeting,” Oxendine said.

Alan Gill, recreation director for Vance County, said the jump to the following Tuesday, Feb. 4, will be same time and place.

“We pushed it back a week so people could go to both,” Gill said. “It will be at the library’s Farm Bureau Room from 6 to 7:30. With the governor coming on the 28th, we figured people would want to go to that.”

Citizen input surveys continue to come in. Gill said survey numbers are not yet available from the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Government, under contract to lead the development of the master plan.

“It’s because that survey is still open, and it probably will stay open through the end of the month,” Gill said. “It won’t be compiled until then. They seem to be coming in from all areas of the county, which is a good thing. That is what we wanted to see.”

Keeping the survey open to the end of January extends by about two weeks the opportunity for residents to participate, beyond the originally planned timeframe of a mid-January end to the survey process.

According to Gill, taking the survey online is quick, but paper copies of the survey are also still available as a convenience at the Aycock Recreation Center, Perry Memorial Library and the Vance County Senior Center.

The survey is accessible online through surveymonkey.com/s/hendersonvance and through a link at hendersonparks.weebly.com.

“It probably wouldn’t take five minutes online,” Gill said. “There are comment boxes. We hope that people would write in about anything we may not be covering. For instance, if someone wanted to comment on an additional greenways trail they want, that’s what we’re looking for.”

When completed, the master plan will be a document providing direction for department and government leaders for future development of the local recreation system.

It is also believed to be pivotal for winning larger grant awards to fund implementation of the plan. The document will become part of Henderson’s general fund capital improvement plan, or CIP.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.