The commissioners’ regular meeting is at
The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate would be a 72-mile, 24-inch diameter line connecting to the existing MVP in
The company says the pipeline will bring cheaper natural gas to the area, which has a growing population and growing demand for energy, 1,260 jobs, $106 million in local spending and $1.3 million in county taxes, all with less pollution than coal.
Opponents, represented by the
The commissioners will hear from the company and the assembly, which is leading the charge against it. At the public comments period at the beginning of the meeting, three speakers for and three speakers against the pipeline may be heard. Five have already signed up to speak, according to the agenda.
The commissioners are expected also to vote on setting a public hearing
The commissioners are expected to vote on adopting Vision Alamance 2018 — 2023, a strategic plan for county government based on “five pillars”: preserving agriculture, world-class education, smart growth and development, public health and safety, and government accountability.
The 12-page draft includes a page on each pillar with initiatives for achieving those goals, and benchmarks for seeing whether those initiatives are working. The draft is available at https://alamancecountync.iqm2.com//Citizens/detail_meeting.aspx?ID=1359.
In preserving agriculture, for example, there is a goal of supporting local farmers with actions that include developing land use ordinances and finding funds to preserve farmland, indicators to track progress, including tracking the number of Farmland Preservation Program applicants, and several initiatives like that program to put land into a voluntary agricultural district.
The commissioners will see the annual presentation from the
According to the report, NCWorks helped 1,048 people in
As of the end of December, close to 59 percent of jobs in
The average annual wage was $40,404, compared to the state average of $46,904.
There were 7,146 job openings.
The local NCWorks Career Center is at
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