Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

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Commissioners Meeting Highlights

In the early morning session of the Wayne County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Keen gave an update on the two sections of Highway 70 under construction. The west-end project is 44% complete and 10% ahead of schedule and the east-end section is 36% complete and 3% ahead of schedule.

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Ben Seegars, with Friends of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gave an update on an expected Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) occurring. Seegars said they fully expect a BRAC round in 2017 and their group had focused on the wind turbine project, letting the protection of Seymour Johnson during a potential for BRAC slip. He requested funds for a consulting firm, namely the Cassidy Group, which is also the consultants being used for Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.

Seegars said they wanted to bring the firm on board on February 1st and asked for $58,589 from the county for the period of February 1st through June 30th. He said the city had pledged to match those funds. Additional monies would be needed for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Commissioner Keen made the motion to adopt the plan and a unanimous vote passed the motion.

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The Commissioners also heard from Bill Johnston, General Manager of Curtis Media Group, concerning the extension of the contract to air the Commissioner meetings on WGBR News Talk 1150AM. Chairman Aycock stated he wanted to know who was listening to the 9 a.m. meetings and Johnston shared numbers relating to listeners of the station.

Commissioner Pate said he receives text messages during meetings, from people who don’t have computers or the internet, and who rely on the radio program.

Commissioner Daughtery said his concern was honing in on the actual numbers of people listening at 9:00 a.m. Johnston told him that was an impossible number to know.

In the end, the Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the six-month contract.commissioners13

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