County revisits park request

By Bob Shiles -

Carolyn Floyd-Robinson

LUMBERTON — A trailer park proposal that has opposition and recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew top the agenda for Monday’s meeting of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.

At their meeting two weeks ago, the commissioners tabled a request for a conditional-use permit that would allow for the establishment of a mobile home park on Wiregrass Road in Smyrna after the proposal met opposition from nearby residents. The action was tabled at the request of Commissioner Berlester Campbell, who late last week met with the developer and opponent of the project in an effort to resolve the issue.

Carolyn Floyd-Robinson will appear before the commissioners again Monday seeking the conditional-use permit that would allow her to establish a 43-trailer mobile home park on 24 acres she owns on Wiregrass Road. The property, which Robinson said she has owned for more than 10 years, is farmland and located in a Residential/Agricultural District.

The proposal is being opposed by nearby property owners who are concerned that a mobile home park would draw criminal activity. At the previous board meeting, three of the park’s opponents cited drug use and other criminal activities they have witnessed at a mobile home park about a half mile from where Floyd-Robinson wants to establish her park.

Floyd-Robinson objected to her permit request being tabled, telling the commissioners she has invested money in the project since the Planning Board approved her plans and no one came to that board’s meeting to voice objections.

In regards to Hurricane Matthew recovery, Dixon Ivey Jr., the county’s Zoning and Planning administrator, will give the commissioners an update on state hazard mitigation grants available for property owners whose property was damaged or destroyed by the hurricane. The deadline for applying for the grants is Monday.

The grants provide for property buyouts, raising homes above flood level, and home reconstruction.

In other business, the commissioners on Monday will:

— Hold a public hearing to receive comments on incentives for a new industry that plans to locate in Robeson County. The industry is referred to only as “Project RV.”

According to the public advertisement for the hearing, the industry will invest $1 million in a building, equipment and machinery. Fifty-three jobs with hourly wages that average $16 would be created over two phases.

— Hear a presentation from Zavery McDougald concerning the Miss Greater Southeastern and Miss Greater Southeastern Outstanding Teen Scholarship pageants.

— Hear a presentation from Wendy Chavis, director of Robeson County’s Parks and Recreation Department, concerning the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This grant supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities and health and fitness/recreational activities to students during non-school hours.

— Consider a resolution requesting state money for repair to county roads damaged as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

— Hold a work session on the proposed county budget for the fiscal year 2017-18.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county administration building on North Elm Street.

Carolyn Floyd-Robinson Floyd-Robinson

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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