The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 6, 2013

Wooten takes oath of office

NEW COMMISSIONER

The Daily Southerner
Calvin Adkins

ROCKY MOUNT — William “Billy Wooten was sworn in as the District 4 commissioner Monday night during the Edgecombe County Commissioners’ meeting. And it didn’t take long for him to let his constituents know he was there to fight for them.

“I can assure you that I will always look out for the best interest of our community in my district,” he said, addressing an controversial issue about Sanderson Farms locating in Edgecombe County.

Wooten took the oath of office in front of his family, the commissioners and a few citizens. The Tarboro native was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of 22-year veteran commissioner Charlie Harrell.

Wooten was the only candidate suggested by the Edgecombe County Democratic Party and the only candidate known to have filed an application for the seat.

In other business;

• called a public hearing to receive citizens comments and questions in relation to the county intent to apply for a $750,00 Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure for a sewer project in the vicinity of Logsboro Road and N.C. Hwy 33. Edgecombe County Manager Lorenzo Carmon said the funds will be used to improve the quality of life in the area and to correct problems that pose severe health or environment risk.

The board unanimously authorized the staff to submit the application.

• the board approved to apply for a grant to the Governors’ Crime Commission for the purchase of four mobile data terminals and 30 computers workstations and the purchase and installation of 18 stationary 800 MHZ radios totaling. The total amount of the grant is $114,916. The grant requires a 25 percent match.

• approved funding from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to replace water meters in Water District 1. DENR awarded the county through a loan $428,000 to replace water meters for the district which was the first that was constructed 14 years ago. Carmon said the meters are old and in need of replacement. The meters will remote read which will put that district in line with the existing five districts and Princeville. Currently District 1 is the only district that meters are read manually.