Preliminary plats for two major subdivisions approved

Commissioners approve contract for substance abuse treatment partnership

RAEFORD – The Hoke County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, August 1, where they held two public hearings for the development of new subdivisions and approved a partnership contract regarding substance abuse treatment.

The board held two public hearings, each for a preliminary plan approval for a major subdivision.

The first was submitted by Averette Engineering Co. for Lumber Bridge Investment, LLC for an 18-lot, major subdivision located at St. Pauls Rd and State Road 1442, where the property is currently zoned Residential Agricultural.

The second hearing was submitted by Double D Engineering for Wimberly for a 56-lot, major subdivision located at Aberdeen Rd, where the property is currently zoned Residential Agricultural.

“This subdivision is on a 59-acre tract and 56 lots,” Double D Engineering Key Principal David Upchurch. “Parts of the tract cross the railroad track, so therefore, in this particular case, we have 31% open space, which is over and above the 10% that is normally required. We consulted with the DOT, knowing that highway 211 was going to be expanded, and we have offset the lots back enough to get out of the right-of-way that NCDOT anticipates acquiring in the future.”

Both properties will be served with individual septic tanks, with the 18-lot subdivision utilizing individual wells and the 56-lot accessing public water.

The board approved both of the preliminary plats following the hearings.

The board also approved a $50,000 contractual agreement between the Hoke County Health Department and the Hoke County Sheriff Department to deliver Strategy 1B of the RFA titled Opioids and COVID: Supporting Justice-Involved Individuals with SUD during COVID.

“It’s a partnership between the sheriff’s office, the health department, Tia Heart Community Recovery, and Dr. Karen Smith,” said Health Department Director Helene Edwards. “As you may recall, we received Opioid and COVID money last year, $440,000. It didn’t really work last year, but we have a plan, and we did resubmit the contract and what we will be paying for is for one officer to have training on substance use.”

According to Edwards, the agreement cements a partnership between not only the two departments but also a partnership that includes peer support and medical assistance for those struggling with substance abuse.

The board also approved two appointments to two different boards. The first was the reappointment of Chris Pusey to a three-year term on the Board of Health, and the second was the appointment of Crystal Blue to the Senior Services Board.

Shani Strickland was also approved as the Hoke County Youth Delegate for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference.

The final actions that the board took were the approval of a declaration of surplus vehicles from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office to surplus three vehicles: a 2015 Dodge Charger, a 2016 Dodge Charger, and a 2019 Chevy Malibu and the approval of a resolution to authorize the advertisement of a bid for an offer to sell the surplus property off Old Farm Road.

The Hoke County Board of Commissioners will next meet August 15.

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