In a few weeks our illustrious County Commissioners will attend their annual retreat; where in theory they plan for the future one year at a time. The public is invited to attend this annual retreat as silent observers. For the publics’ voice to be heard at the retreat we must speak in advance of the meeting. This is my attempt to jump start the publics’ input to the annual County Commissioners’ retreat.
Water – five years ago the Commissioner started the county water project solidly based on a major unknown, the monthly cost for water. The Commissioners should develop a monthly water rate focused on water conservation and real world water usage, then formally present the water rate at their regularly scheduled February meeting.
Trash Collection Sites – the dumpsters for recyclables have small openings that are 5 – 7 feet above ground level and may not be compliant to ADA requirements. Commissioners should formally approve requirements that dumpsters for recyclables meet or exceed ADA requirements. Call it the Commissioner Wright rule.
Consolidate Data Center – currently the Vance County School building has a data center with sufficient physical space and resources to accommodate the servers supporting both Vance County and the school district. Commissioners should explore the costs and benefits of a consolidated county data center including the potential for leasing available space to the City.
NC Amtrak service into Henderson – currently the North Carolina Department of Transportation operates Amtrak trains between Raleigh and Charlotte that include a car for transporting bicycles. This car encourages cyclist to travel to a point then cycle off on day or weekend trips. Commissioners should explore the costs and benefits to Vance County of a train traveling between Henderson and Raleigh especially for cyclists.
What are your suggestions?