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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners (hereinafter “the Board of Commissioners”) will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2020-2021 Budget for Wilkes County on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., with the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting to immediately follow, in the Meeting Room at the Wilkes County Agricultural Center located at 416 Executive Drive, Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Pursuant to authorization under the Policy for Attendance at Wilkes County Commissioners’ Meetings adopted by the Board of Commissioners on April 7, 2020, and Session Law 2020-3 adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 4, 2020, both the public hearing and the meeting to follow will be conducted remotely and physical attendance by members of the public will not be allowed. However, both the public hearing and the meeting to follow will be open to the public as set forth below.
This public hearing is being held for the further purpose of complying with the requirements of North Carolina General Statue 158-7.1 by receiving public comment on the proposed allocation of funds to Wilkes Economic Development Corporation (EDC), pursuant to EDC’s request for the same. The request submitted by EDC states that it will continue utilizing EDC funds to pursue a programmatic design that encompasses many areas of economic development and will focus heavily on product development to expand the sites and buildings inventory for Wilkes County. The request states that EDC will continue to promote development and infrastructure improvements in Wilkes County, and where appropriate, will help facilitate due diligence on potential properties. The request notes that these and other economic development activities will be part of EDC’s programmatic design. It is the intent of the Board to consider granting the request for funds by EDC by making an allocation to EDC for said programmatic design.
Further pursuant to authorization under Session Law 2020-3 adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 4, 2020, public comments on the proposed 2020-2021 Budget may be submitted at any time between the initial publication of this Notice and twenty-four (24) hours following the conclusion of the public hearing. All public comments must be in writing and must be submitted by one of three methods: by U. S. mail, by email, or by hand-delivery to the Wilkes County Office Building.
If submitted by U. S. Mail or hand-delivered, comments should be addressed to:
Wilkes County Manager
Wilkes County Office Building
110 North Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
If submitted by email, comments should be sent to:
IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST INCLUDE THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PERSON(S) COMMENTING.
The proposed 2020-2021 Budget will be available for inspection by the public from 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, in the County Manager’s Office, Room 101, Wilkes County Office Building, 110 North Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697, throughout the time allowed for submission of written comments as set forth above. The proposed 2020-2021 Budget will also be available on the Wilkes County website www.wilkescounty.net and selecting the “Government” link, then selecting the “Departments” link, and then selecting the “Finance” link.
The public hearing in this matter will be open to the public via WebEx. All media and/or members of the public that would like to attend will be able to do so via WebEx. The link for WebEx is available below and can be found on the Wilkes County website www.wilkescounty.net under the “Meeting Calendar” tab, then by selecting “Commissioners Meeting,” and then by selecting the “Meeting Instructions” link.
To connect by computer, go to https://wilkescounty.webex.com. In the “Join a Meeting” field, enter the event Access Code 712 812 523. You will then be prompted to enter your First Name, Last Name, Email address, and the Event password: wcbc. For audio, you can select whether you wish to receive the audio through your computer or through your telephone and if you would like WebEx to call you back with the audio connection. If you would like a call-back, enter your phone number.
To dial in directly without a computer, dial 1-408-418-9388 and enter the Access Code 712 812 523.
This the 20th day of May, 2020.
John C. Yates
Wilkes County Manager