SALISBURY – At its first meeting in 2022, the Rowan County Council of Commissioners will consider a request on Monday to place a new cell tower southwest of Faith.
The request is from Cellco Partnership on behalf of Verizon Wireless. The cellular service provider is Apply for a special use permit to install a 165 foot wireless support structure on 24 acres of land located at 280 Rimer Road. Verizon has identified the need to improve coverage and capacity in the Mt. Hope Church Road area near the Town of Faith, which could be accomplished through the construction of the tower.
An identical request was approved by the Council of Commissioners on March 19, 2018, but expired due to the lack of a zoning permit issued within two years of approval.
The commissioners will meet at 3:00 pm in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Room on the second floor of the Rowan County Administration Building. The meeting will be webcast at https://bit.ly/rowanboc3pmThe password is 028144. The meeting can be reached by phone by dialing 602-753-0140, 720-928-9299, 213-338-8477.
Also on the agenda for the meeting:
• Commissioners will consider modifying an incentive grant with Hexagon Agility to delay the start of the grant period. The company announced in March an expansion of its Salisbury plant that would create 75 new jobs and translate into an investment of $ 28 million. The company plans to install new equipment and expand its 204,000 square foot facility by 113,000 square feet as part of the project.
Hexagon initially estimated that a significant part of the project would be completed by the end of 2021, but the availability of materials is causing significant delays for the project. Hexagon now estimates a substantial completion date of December 31, 2023.
Accordingly, Hexagon is asking the board to postpone the start of the grant period from fiscal year 2022-2023 to fiscal year 2024-25. The grant approved by the commissioners will allow Rowan County to reimburse 75% of the taxes paid by the company over a five-year period.
• The board will consider awarding the firearm of the late Rowan County Deputy Petty Officer Billy Marsh to his surviving wife, Nicole. Marsh died in October after contracting COVID-19. He had been a full-time assistant in the Sheriff’s Office since 2015 but had worked there part-time since 2012. Besides his wife, Marsh is survived by a young daughter.
• Commissioners will consider scheduling a public hearing on January 18 to consider a zoning change request from landowner Jaypal Kalagiri to operate a cricket pitch and a private club on his 35.5-acre parcel of land located at block 2100 of Glover Road in Salisbury. The request is to rezone the property from agricultural rural to agricultural rural with a conditional district to operate the field.
• Commissioners will consider selecting Vector Fleet Management to provide fleet maintenance services to the majority of vehicles in Rowan County. While the board will review the formal contract at a later date, the agreement will include a staff of 1.5 positions for management and 2.5 positions for mechanics. The cost of the services will be $ 662,340 the first year, $ 678,898 the second year and $ 695,870 the third year. In total, the services will cost $ 2.04 million over three years.
• Commissioners will consider approving an extension of premium payment until June 25 for first responders who are or may be in direct contact with someone infected with COVID-19. The board initially approved a bonus in August from August 8 to January 8, which included an amount per pay period of $ 153.20 for full-time employees and 10% for part-time employees. The premium pay applied to job titles in the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Services Division.
In addition to extending the remuneration, the commissioners are also asked to include the positions of the emergency services training officer, deputy telecommunications chief and telecommunications section chief as those who receive a bonus.
• The Board of Directors will consider approving contract change orders with four different foster placement agencies that provide services to the Department of Social Services. Each of the initial contracts was not to exceed $ 60,000, but as more services are required from each agency, the change would allow contracts to increase to no more than $ 160,000.
• Commissioners will consider approving change orders for work done by Dellinger related to the construction of a chemical booster station. The station is part of the county’s solution to the high levels of lead in drinking water found in some homes in the community of Dukeville, which depends on the northeastern water supply system of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities. Change orders should cover a generator and associated work in addition to additional monitoring of the metering pump. If change orders are approved, the total cost of the project will be $ 819,723.
• The board will consider approving a proclamation declaring Jan. 17 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The board usually met on the 17th, but moved its second meeting from the month to January 18 at 6 p.m.
• Commissioners will consider a special use permit application from Russel Woolf and Danielle Soroka to develop a 2,400 square foot residential warehouse that would be located on a plot diagonal to their home in the Waters Edge neighborhood near High Rock Lake. The warehouse would be used for personal effects.