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The Moore County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and had a full agenda.

After a Quasi-Judicial hearing, the commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a new Security Training Center on U.S. Highway 15-501 in Aberdeen. The property is near the ESTES freight company and The Academy of Moore County. Since the property is adjacent to the ETJ zones for both Aberdeen and Pinebluff, both communities signed off on the planned expansion.

The permit was requested by FRDC, LLC from Chantilly, Virginia and called for the construction of office and conference space which will be used for communication training for the U.S. Government and associated entities.

In other business, the board approved a resolution authorizing the execution of an installment financing agreement, along with pertinent paperwork, for the renovations at North Moore High School. The total of the loan amount is $16.5 million and was executed with Sterling National Bank, with an interest rate of 3 percent and a 20-year term.

Also approved was a resolution supporting House Bill 258/Senate Bill 158 which is an act to expand eligibility for Utility Fund Accounts.

According to the draft of the legislation, this fund shall be used for the construction of or improvements to new or existing water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, high-speed broadband, electrical utility distribution lines or equipment, or transportation infrastructure for existing or new or proposed buildings. The bill has passed the initial stages in both the house and senate and is awaiting future action.

The board also recognized Mariah Morris, who is a second-grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School, who was awarded both the 2019 South Regional Central Teacher of the Year and the 2019 North Carolina Teacher of the year.

The resolution stated in part that “Mrs. Morris has devoted her life to being the change she wants to see in the school system and desires to help North Carolina’s schools pave the way for the nation in developing innovative, cutting-edge, equitable STEM-based learning opportunities that inspire youth to succeed” and went on to commend her extraordinary dedication to the teaching profession and to the children of Moore.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the county commissioners will be June 4.

    Sandhills_Sentinel  ~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice. 
    Contact him at [email protected] or (910) 639-9303.

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