Commissioners weigh contract extension for Coto

Feb. 04, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

The Union County Board of Commissioners plan to vote on secondary roads construction plan, extension of the county manager's contract and changing public comment policy during its Monday meeting.

N.C. Department of Transportation Division Engineer John Underwood will present the 2012-2013 Secondary Construction Program for Union County, a list of all unpaved roads eligible for paving using state money. NCDOT identified several county roads eligible for paving or maintenance. Unpaved portions of Rorie Road, Old Still Road, Reid Dairy Road, Old Williams Road, Bow Hill Drive and Earl Duncan Road are eligible for paving. Paved areas of Chambwood Road, Friendly Baptist Church Road and Baucom Road will be repaired, costing about $1.08 million. For an estimated $132,000, workers will also lower the profile of a hill on Rocky River Road south of Poplin Road to increase sight by more than 550 feet.

Commissioners will also vote on a contract extension for County Manager Cindy Coto. The item is on the consent agenda, and will not be discussed in open session before a vote. The new contract extends Coto's employment until Dec. 31, 2015.

Also on the consent agenda is a change to rule 10 of the commissioners rules of procedures. It addresses speakers during informal public comments at the beginning of most regular meetings. The amendment would give the board chairman the power to halt comments by a person who repeats comments on the same topic.

“Restatements or repetitive comments by the same speaker, whether at the same or separate meetings, may be ruled out of order and terminated by the chair," the new line reads.

The commission will also discuss ending health insurance benefits to commissioners, authorizing the county to accept a grant on behalf of the Union County DWI Drug Treatment Court and a county non-supplanting policy.

The Union County Board of Commissioners meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Union County Government Center.