County to consider Rohanen purchase, hold public hearings

By: Staff report

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Board of Commissioners will consider purchasing the Rohanen Middle School property from the school system Tuesday night.

The Board of Education passed a resolution on April 12 declaring the former school “surplus” and “unnecessary for school purposes,” according to a letter sent to County Manager Bryan Land by the school board’s attorney. As surplus, it is now up to commissioners to decide to purchase the property — for $100 — or to allow the school system to “dispose” of the property.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on their proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 before making a final vote on whether to adopt it.

They will also hold a public hearing to seek public comment on the county’s intent to apply for a $1 million loan to build a new shell building at the Rockingham West Industrial Park. The planned building, at 40,000 square feet, will be used as an incentive to attract new business to the area.

Summary documents for the meeting show that the county will focus on attracting manufacturing and distribution industries with the building. The total cost of the project is $2 million, with the second million being requested from Pee Dee Electric through USDA funding.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Courtroom C of the Richmond County Judicial Center, 105 W. Franklin St., Rockingham.

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Staff report