May 26, 2015

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (VC Board of Commissioners May 4th, 2015)

Monday’s commissioners meeting was filled with great comedy material. In attendance were the paid voices supporting the conversion of agricultural lands from food production into a desert of ground based solar collectors. Henderson’s mayor and interim city manager attended as backup to the NCDENDER spokesperson attending to reaffirm the logic for selling Kerr Lake water […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (Vance Count Board of Commissioners April 6th, 2015)

First, my apology for a month delay of my summary of the county commissioners’ April 6, 2015, meeting. The April meeting was another lengthy meeting principally due to a public hearing regarding a zoning amendment to govern the location and number of ‘solar farms’. Also on the agenda was a Vance County Board of Education’s […]

Elissa Yount: Clouding The Waters

The Daily Dispatch did a commendable job of trying to show that the speakers at Monday’s City Council meeting just did not get it. They just did not understand what the IBT permit that will transfer water was all about. Believe me, we get it. I would bet the speakers at the meeting could answer […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (City Council April 26, 2015)

Public Hearings through Consent Agenda Two public hearings were held both regarding annexation of land by the city. No one from the public spoke for or against either annexation; both were approved within the first ten minutes of the meeting. Four items were on the agenda for new business only two required approval. The first […]

John Hyson: You’ll Wonder Where The Water Went!

You haven’t seen much in print about the proposed increase in the daily drawdown of Kerr Lake. Sometimes leadership thinks we don’t seem to need to know about the things affect us the most. The headline article of the Dispatch on April 5th gives off that odor. You may or may not have been told […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (Water Committee Meeting March 30th, 2015)

The Water Committee meets on the Monday before the monthly Water Board (Board of Commissioners) Meeting. The results of the committee’s meetings are reported to the both boards during their regular monthly meetings. The agenda for this meeting included three topics: Review of Monthly Construction and Operations Report – Phase 1A, 2A & 2B Resolution […]

Rusty McMahon: EDC Truth

The Daily Dispatch reported recently that the Economic Development Commission (EDC)  Board is considering not renewing its membership to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. Director Stuart Litvin and others argued that Vance county has gotten absolutely nothing for our investment of tens of thousands of dollars. Said Litvin, “It’s been the same story over the […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (VC BoC March 2nd, 2015)

The public part of Monday night’s meeting was long by county standards. After almost three and half hours of sometimes intense and robust discussion the commissioner entered into closed session. The chair announced there would be no announcement after the closed door attorney-client privileged matter and the personnel matter. (Note: A commissioner called me on […]

Phil Hart: Our Participation Makes Us

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 I went to the Vance County Board of Commissioners Annual Retreat.  Home in Henderson was invited to attend as a media outlet to give our views of the past, present and future of Vance County from our organizations point of view.  If I were given the invitation personally, the presentation may have […]

Michael Bobbitt: Home in Henderson Presentation to the Vance County Board of Commissioners

Editors Note:  This is a copy of the presentation presented to the Vance County Board of Commissioners during their Annual Retreat January 28th, 2015.  I (Phil Hart) will write more about this hopefully this weekend. An excerpt from the presentation is below, and the full presentation download  link is provided at the end. My name […]