Supplemental funding for county EMS squads, proposed rules for discharging firearms in unincorporated areas and rule changes at the farmer’s market are on the Pitt County Board of Commissioners Monday agenda.
The 6 p.m. virtual meeting also will include a public hearing on a conditional district rezoning request and an update on Pitt County Solid Waste and Recycling.
The meeting will be broadcast live on Suddenlink channel 13 and Pitt County’s YouTube channel.
The county’s EMS Oversight Committee is recommending a tier funding system be implemented to provide extra money for the county’s eight nonprofit EMS squads during the fiscal year.
Four tiers, based on the number of calls answered by a squad, would be established and the amount of money given would range from $2,000 for a Tier 4 squad to $15,000 for a Tier 1 squad.
While it was originally recommended the funding begin with the new fiscal year on July 1, county staff is recommending it become effective immediately so it can be used to fund a request submitted last month by Winterville EMS squad.
The Winterville squad is seeking an additional $38,000 to cover the cost of part-time employee pay, vehicle insurance and “various other small financial needs.”
Staff is recommending the commissioners award $15,000 using the new tier funding system.
Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing date on a proposed set of rules governing the recreational discharge of firearms.
Commissioner Tom Coulson proposed exploring a new set of rules after a constituent reported she was accosted when she asked a neighbor firing weapons near her property line to move to another location.
“Some people are just darn mean and angry at their neighbor, for whatever reason, and know they can shoot these guns in close proximity and scare the heck out of the neighbor,” Coulson said in December. “They do it intentionally, so that is part of what I think we have to address in this.”
The proposed rules, which would apply only in the unincorporated areas of Pitt County, would make it unlawful to fire a weapon within 300 feet of a school, church, daycare, playground, park, recreation area, residence, business or occupied structure between dusk and dawn. In also forbids firing in a careless manner disregarding the safety of others “and in a manner so as to endanger any person or property and resulting in the unlawful property damage or bodily injury of another.”
The rules also will make it unlawful to discharge a firearm on another person’s property without their permission, or within 300 feet of domestic livestock without the owner’s permission.
Farmer’s market rules
A committee that oversees operations of the Leroy James Farmer’s Market wants the commissioners to amend its policy and procedures.
The amendments involve limiting the height of displays to 6 feet and requiring booths to be emptied when the market closes on Saturday.
There also are recommended changes to the criteria for approving new arts and craft vendors and what type of arts and crafts can be sold at the market.
It’s proposed that the new rules allow only 30 percent of the vendors to be arts and crafts sellers during peak growing season.
The market is now open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Starting May 6, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The commissioners will consider a request to rezone 2.1 acres located on the northern side of Rams Horn Road, west of its intersection with Frankie Coburn Road, from rural residential to rural agricultural.
The property owner made the request because he wants to operate a lawn care and landscape business at the location.
The county planning board and staff recommend approval.
Solid Waste and Recycling Director John Demary will give an update on the current recycling program and its cost.
Public Health Director Dr. John Silvernail will give an overview of the Smile Safari Mobile Dental Unit.