Pilot Light: General Assembly Set to Recess Friday
If the N.C. General Assembly recesses by Friday, it will be setting a modern-day record, but it will not be the end of the 2011 session.
Lawmakers will return to Raleigh in July to tackle redistricting.
State Rep. Jamie Boles says the schedule calls for the legislature to recess Friday and to return July 17-18 to act on redistricting measures being prepared through the committee structure.
Boles, a Moore County Republ-ican, says the legislature has been working on redistricting since the session opened in January. Public hearings on the subject were held throughout the state earlier in the spring.
Much of the work is being carried out behind the scenes. Boles says the committee is meeting with the U.S. Department of Justice to clear up issues connected with the federal voting rights law passed several decades ago.
Redistricting is required every 10 years following the constitutionally required population census.
APPOINTED - The Moore County Board of Commissioners has reappointed members of a number of boards, committees and councils.
John Garner and Louis Gregory were reappointed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
Returned to the Library Board of Trustees is Joan Cook. C.C. Edsel was reappointed to the Board of Social Services.
Scot Brooks was reappointed chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Also reappointed to the committee were Bryan Phillips and Wayne Kennedy.
The commissioners agreed to reappoint Richard Gerdes as an alternate extraterritorial jurisdiction member of the Pinebluff Planning Board-Board of Adjust-ment. Gerdes lives near Aberdeen.
Other reappointments include: Carla Williams to the Human Resources Appeals Committee; Shirley Baldwin to the Nursing and Adult Care Home Community Ad-visory Committee; Patrick Coughlin, Charles McDowell, Terri Prots, Wendy Russell and Linda Wallace to the Transpor-tation Advisory Board.
The commissioners also made these new appointments to the Transportation Advisory Board: Jeremy Rust, Teshauna McCormick, Denise Conn and Janice Alt.
TABLED - Appoint-ments to the planning and health boards and the transportation committee were tabled at the June 7 meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners.
The terms of four planning board members expire this month, but two - Dave Kinney and Richard Lea - have served two consecutive terms and are ineligible for reappointment. Martha Blake, the current chairwoman, and Les Murray have served one term and are eligible for reappointment.
Commissioner Larry Caddell made the motion to postpone these appointments until fellow Commissioner Jimmy Melton could be present. Melton, a former chairman of the planning board, had left the meeting early because of illness.
The commissioners also appoint a chairman for the planning board, The board elects its own vice chairman. Kinney currently holds that post.
As for the health board, Keith Poindexter has served three consecutive terms and is ineligible for reappointment. This seat must be filled by an optometrist, and Laura Williams, clerk to the board, reported that there are no applications on file for this particular position.
Margaret Davis has stepped down from the Moore County Transportation Committee because of her recent employment by the health department. The commissioners decided to delay action on this appointment until a later meeting.
THAWED - The board of commissioners has agreed to exempt five positions from a temporary hiring freeze.
They include a compactor operator, a custodian, two maintenance technicians and a water pollution control plant operator.
The hiring freeze will end when the new county budget goes into effect July 1.
COBLE - Lindsay Morris is making her regular visit to Moore County today.
The member of Congressman Howard Coble's Greensboro staff will be at the Southern Pines Police Station to handle constituent inquiries and provide other services.
Her hours will be 10 a.m. until noon and 1 until 3 p.m. The police station is on West Pennsylvania Avenue.
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