NEWTON GROVE — Town commissioners are currently searching for someone to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board.
During a Tuesday night meeting, commissioners discussed the unoccupied position for the organization’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), which is the legal authority of a government to use authority beyond normal boundaries.
Commissioner Cody Smith and Mayor Gerald Darden have been approached about joining. One of the individual previously served on the board. After discussions regarding the vacancy, the commission made a decision to table the matter until its next meeting in March.
“You wouldn’t have to reeducate them,” Smith said.
The next zoning board member selected will assist with making important decisions regarding the town’s infrastructure. Zoning Board members do not receive payment for their services, but town officials believe it’s important for residents to get involved.
Administration for Zoning is contracted through the Mid-Carolina Council of Governments, which is the state-designated lead regional organization for Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties. Applications related to zoning are sent to Town Hall and are forwarded to administrators. Building permits are issued by Sampson Count officials who handle inspections.
Newton Grove has zoning jurisdictions in the city limits and the zoning jurisdiction extends to the ETJ, an area within one mile of the city limits.
Training for the position will occur after the selected individual is sworn in. As a member of the zoning board. The selected member will be involved with approving conditional use permit and regulations that the administration may suggest.
According to the town’s Zoning Ordinance, some of listed purposes included lessening congestion on the streets, providing safety from fire and preventing the overcrowding of land.
Commissioners discuss July Fourth celebration
Teresa Smith, Newton Grove commissioner, and her colleagues began discussions about the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
Commissioners are thinking about having the celebration on during the weekend, before the holiday on Monday, July 4. A consensus was made to have a Sunday, July 3, celebration.
Official plans for the celebration have not been set.
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