Harnett County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting this morning, December 5, in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Harnett County Resource Center and Library.
Commissioners kicked off the meeting approving several action items in the Consent Agenda. These action items included:
Next, Commissioners opened a public hearing to allow citizens an opportunity to comment on transportation needs and the proposed 5311 Community Transportation Program application, and Traveler's Aid application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Integrated Mobility Division (NCDOT/IMD). There were no citizens to provide remarks during the hearing. Commissioners voted to approve the resolution to apply for this grant.
Commissioners then voted to table the discussion of the FY 2024-2030 Capital Improvements Program to the December 13, 2022 work session.
Next, a special presentation for Commissioner Mark B. Johnson was held recognizing his service to the County and its citizens. Commissioner Johnson joined the Harnett County Board of Commissioners on July 15, 2019, following the passing of former Commissioner Abe Elmore. He was elected to his first full term in the November 3, 2020 election and served as Chairman from September 2020 through December 2020. As a Commissioner, Johnson served on the Mid-Carolina Aging Advisory Committee, Harnett Properties Corporation, Averasboro Township Tourism Development Authority, Cape Fear River Assembly Board, and the Sandhills Center for Mental Health DDSHS Board of Directors.
Following the special presentation, Commissioners held a swearing-in ceremony for re-elected Commissioner Barbara McKoy, representing District 1, and newly-elected Commissioner William Morris, representing District 2.
County Attorney Dwight Snow served as the Master of Ceremonies and Apostle Addie Rawls provided the invocation.
North Carolina District Court Judge, Honorable Addie H. Rawls, administered the oath of office for Commissioner McKoy. McKoy was joined by her sisters, Rev. Sarah Bass and Hester McLean, and her nephew Freeman McKoy and his wife, Jacqueline.
North Carolina District Court Judge, Honorable Jimmy L. Love Jr., administered the Oath of Office for Commissioner Morris. Morris was joined by his wife, Genia.
Apostle Addie Rawls closed the ceremony with the benediction.
Next, Clerk to the Board, Melissa Capps, helped to reorganize the Board with the selection of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Commissioners voted to select Commissioner Matt Nicol as Chairman and Commissioner Bill Morris as Vice-Chairman. The new Chairman and Vice-Chairman will serve until the next reorganization in December 2023.
Following the reorganization, Commissioners opened a public comment period. There were no citizens to provide remarks during this period.
Commissioners then approved budget amendments as requested by the Finance Director. County Manager Brent Trout also provided his report, which included the Department of Social Services monthly report and interdepartmental budget amendments.
Following the County Manager’s report, Commissioners discussed new business, which included the appeal of the Sheriff’s elected official position and status of appointing the Sheriff’s position.
Last, Senior Staff Attorney Chris Appel led discussions regarding the Northwest Water & Sewer District. The Harnett County Board of Commissioners are currently serving as the governing body of this Sewer District. Commissioners voted to approve the assignment of easements and deeds for the new Serenity housing development.
The next County Commissioners regular meeting will be held on Monday, December 19 at 6:00 PM. You can watch this morning’s meeting in full by visiting Harnett County Government’s youtube channel or the Commissioners webpage at harnett.org/boc.