Last updated: February 01. 2014 9:01AM - 712 Views
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LAURINBURG — During its regular meeting on Monday, the Scotland County Board of Commissioners will hold public input sessions on two separate conditional use permits for potential solar farms.

The first request, by Holstein Holdings, LLC, is for a potential solar farm on Skyway Church Road near the Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase. The parcel in question is more than 450 acres in size, but the permit application reflects that the property owner, William P. Floyd, may lease 135 acres for use as a solar farm. If that permit is granted, it is estimated that the farm will be completed by the end of this year.

The second request, made by Oakboro Farm, LLC, is to construct a solar farm on Michael T. Bhiro’s Springs Mill Road property.

Time will be allowed for opinions in favor and in opposition to each request. The board is expected to take action on both requests on Monday.

In other business, the board is also expected to hear an audit report by Gustaf C. Lundin and Co., a report from Department of Social Services staff on the state of the county foster system, an update from Scotland County Schools finance officer Jay Toland and a progress report on public building improvement from Public Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Mike McGirt.

The commissioners are also expected to take action on modifications to senior programming at the Wagram Recreation Center as presented by Scotland County Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Newton and senior programs coordinator Doris Ann Donovan.

Deputy finance officer Beth Hobbs will present an update on county revenues, expenditures, and tax collection. In other business, the county will hear the ABC board’s annual report, which will include submission of needed capital improvements. The building has not been significantly remodeled since its construction in 1969.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.

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