5. Motion to Establish a Public Hearing on February 18, 2020, at 9:15a.m., in the Wayne County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room, 41h Floor of the
Courthouse Annex, Goldsboro, North Carolina, to hear public comments concerning the proposed issuance of Tax- Exempt Bonds to be issued by the Public Finance Authority, on behalf of Wonderful Foundations, attached hereto as Attachment F.
County Manager Craig Honeycutt spoke about the sales and use tax meetings being held throughout the County and the strong commitment from both the
Board of Conm1issioners and the Board of Education to educate the citi zens about the re ferendum. He read the list of current approvals and shared upcoming meeting dates. Mr. Honeycutt stated he would visi t any group to discuss the ' . cent sales and use tax referendum. He reminded the Board of Commissioners of the Faci lities Committee meeting on February 18, 2020 at 2:00p.m. He also discussed the upcoming dinner at The Maxwell Center with the Farm Bureau President, the tour of the facilities project following the regular Board of Commissioners meeting, and praised the facilities staff for their cost-savings renovations on the Probation and Parole buildings.
Commissioner A. Joe Gurley, III reminded everyone o f Valentine' s Day on February
Vice-Chairman Joe Daughtery had no comments.
Commissioner George Wayne Aycock, Jr. stated he attended the Firefighters Association Banquet and asked everyone to keep the Nahunta Community in
their prayers, as they lost a community leader and WWII veteran in Mr. Russell Corbett. Mr. Aycock said Mr. Corbett gave the land for the Nahunta VFD to the community. He also wished County Attorney E. B. Borden Parker a Happy Birthday (February 5, 2020).
Chairman E. Ray Mayo spoke of Mr. Russell Corbett and what he meant to the Nahunta Community. He spoke of the commitment of the staff, Board of
Commissioners, and Board of Education to promote the ' . cent sales and use tax referendum, as well as the positive reception from the conununity. He said he attended several firefighter banquets for the installation of officers with Commissioner Aycock.
At 8:16a.m., upon motion of Commissioner Joe Daughtery, the Board of Commissioners unanimously declared itself in closed session to discuss matters
relating to the location or expansion of business in the area served by the public body; and to consult with attorneys employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege between the attorneys and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged.
At 10:27 a.m., upon motion ofConunissioner William H. Pate, the Board of Commissioners unanimously declared itself in regular session.
At 10:28 a.m., Chairman E. Ray Mayo recessed the meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
At I 0:46a.m., Chairman E. Ray Mayo reconvened the meeting of t he Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
Tour of Wayne County Facilities Projects
The Board of Commissioners, along with several staff members, toured current Wayne County Facilities Projects, including the Wayne County
Administrative Building that now houses the 2 d Probation and Parole Office; the future 911 Center; and the new Shell Building at ParkEast Industrial Park. They also toured the future Automotive Building and future Advanced Manufacturing Center at Wayne Community College.
Customers: While the vast majority of our customers are residential , notable clients include: The University of Mount Olive, the Fire Station in
Seven Springs, the Airport in Mount Olive, Carolina Nut, all the town buildings in Mount Olive including Police and Fire Stations, the NC Forest Service office in Goldsboro, and several churches in the county.
open broadband The Pilot Program worked - let's expand: The state is providing broadband grants (the GREAT grant program) to ISPs to build into
unserved census blocks in Tier I counties. Wayne County qualifies for 2020 and Open Broadband plans to submit a grant request in March to expand broadband coverage further in the county. While there is no cost to the county to be submitted for a grant we would like your help in the following ways:
What does being a partner mean? There is no cash or labor required from the county to be a partner. However, the county should be supportive of the
project by providing access to county-owned towers and rooftops in order to place antennas to provide coverage. Open Broadband has already been working with the county on tower access, and plans to install in Grantham this year. As new towers are considered for county use we would like consideration to use them to expand broadband access.