Oct. 5—LUMBERTON — Robeson County Commissioners have scheduled a public listening to in November to debate an ordinance that prohibits the possession of wild animals.
Commissioners authorised Nov. 1 as the general public listening to date for additions to the Robeson County Animal Control Ordinance that prohibit the housing of “wild and harmful animals.” The listening to date will enable members of the general public to talk for or towards the ordinance earlier than it is acted upon or adopted by commissioners.
Among animals talked about had been felines apart from home home cats, bears, wolves and reptiles (together with toxic, venomous and giants). Exceptions to the ordinance are academic occasions or bona fide circuses, based on the draft of the ordinance. Even then, animals should be saved in a constructing or enclosure and solely housed in the county for a most of seven days.
According to the draft, anybody housing harmful animals have 24 hours to take away the animal and might face a Class 1 misdemeanor and a $500 superb for “every violation.” If the animal is not eliminated inside 48 hours of discover, Robeson County Animal Control will take away the animal by way of “affordable means” that might embody euthanasia.
Land Use plan
Robeson County Commissioners voted to approve permitting Insight Planning and Development to organize a Comprehensive Land Use Plan on the value of $59,900. The county beforehand contracted in 2014 with the corporate, which was then named Holland Consulting Planners, to finish the plan with well being elements added. The firm submitted the bottom bid, following the division’s efforts to contact a complete of 5 firms.
The zoning plan should be up to date to align with state requirements, or the county will be unable to implement its zoning ordinance, mentioned Dixon Ivey Jr., director of Robeson County Community Development, after the assembly. The replace is made essential by Chapter 160D of state regulation.
“Our complete plan must be authorised by July 2022,” mentioned Meagan Hendren, a zoning technician with Robeson County Community Development. “If we don’t approve it by then, we’ve no zoning.”
Ivey mentioned the plan will give the county pointers for uniform progress.
Commissioners additionally discovered about Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development’s work in Robeson County to help residents throughout the pandemic.
“We give attention to rural well being and we focus so much on juvenile justice,” mentioned Jimmy Tate, president of the group.
The group has served about 3,224 individuals in Robeson County because it started its work in August 2020. It additionally has provided greater than 27 vaccine clinics all through the county, based on Tate.
The group additionally labored to assist residents who contracted COVID-19 keep in quarantine as they sought to supply for their household. Funding allotted to residents from August 2020 to January totals about $560,000, Tate mentioned. The funding paid for meals, medicines, and desires associated to COVID-19 bills.
“Well it sounds similar to y’all are busy as bees all through the county that’s for positive. So, we absolutely respect all that,” mentioned Faline Dial, chair of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.
“I imply we all know we’ve many wants right here so anybody that can come assist present such providers that you are providing is fantastic, so thanks,” Dial mentioned.
Also authorised Monday had been resolutions to refinance three separate water bonds together with Series 2021A in the quantity of $2,855,810.42; Series 2021B in the quantity of $2,809,070; and Series 2021C in the quantity of $3,215,097.37.
The bonds, which funded water strains and initiatives associated to water system growth, had been refinanced for a greater rate of interest based on county officers.
Commissioners Lance Herndon, John Cummings and David Edge weren’t in attendance of the assembly.
After rising from a short closed door session to debate two instances of pending authorized issues, commissioners took no motion.
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