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Bless the heart of the county commissioners, I think we all will come knocking on your doors when we receive our new...

Commissioners select 'Pittman Farm' as service road name

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A newly constructed service road will be named for one of the families who live along it, following a unanimous vote by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners selected the name Pittman Farm Road for the service road off Forlines Road that was built in connection with the Southwest Bypass.

Patricia Pittman was the only person to speak during a Monday public hearing on the road’s naming.

Along with Pittman Farm Road, the name Trump Lane also was submitted.

Pittman said she and her daughter have the only homes along the new road, which is why she supported the Pittman Farm Road name. 

About a dozen service roads are being built as part of the bypass project. The state-maintained service roads will provide access to properties affected by the bypass’ construction.

The county’s addressing ordinance requires services roads be named to help first responders locate emergencies. The suggested names cannot duplicate the name of any existing road or street in the county or its municipalities.

The commissioners also recognized Robert Curtis for becoming an Eagle Scout and recognized the South Central Boys Varsity Basketball team for winning the 2019 4-A State Championship.

Other unanimous votes included the following approvals:

■ A conditional use permit allowing a residential day care facility to operate in a home. A condition requiring the home to operate between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. was added.

■ Loaning the portrait of William Pitt, whom the county is named for, that currently hands in the Pitt County Courthouse to the Greenville Museum of Art for an upcoming exhibition.

■ A resolution supporting House Bill 724 which will prohibit telephone solicitors from blocking or misrepresenting the origin of a telephone solicitation.

The board voted 7-1 to adopt a resolution supporting House Bill 667, which would give counties flexibility in adopting local sales tax.

The legislation has passed the state House but the N.C. Association of County Commissioners is reporting the state Senate is reluctant to vote.

The legislation only would allow counties to adopt an additional sales tax if it is approved in a local referendum.

More than 10 years ago, Pitt County voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax to fund construction for public schools and Pitt Community College. If approved by the General Assembly, HB 667 would allow the county to hold another referendum to get approval on raising the sales tax another quarter-cent. It would increase Pitt County’s current 7-cent sales tax to 7.25-cent sales tax.

Commissioner Tom Coulson voted against the resolution and Commissioner Melvin McLawhorn was absent.

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