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By Jessie Burchette
Salisbury Post
County commissioners are set to make appointments to a new land-use steering committee for the western end of the county.
The land-use committee is one of several major issues on the agenda for Monday nights meeting.
Other topics include a proposal for an electronic monitoring program for those who are out of compliance with child support orders, increasing landfill fees and considering hiring an appraiser to determine the value of Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.
More than 40 people have applied for the planned 10 slots on the Land-Use Steering Committee.
The applicants include businessmen, lawyers, farmers and political activists.
Nearly a dozen of the applicants appear to be outside the commissions qualifications. They live in city jurisdictions or outside the west area of the county.
Commissioners will also:
Consider the first increase to county landfill rates since the early 1990s.
A memo from the countys Environmental Management Department indicates that even with an increase, the countys rates will still be the third-lowest in the state.
Under the proposal, the biggest hike would go to out-of-county users. Rates for out-of-county solid waste would go from $29.50 per ton to $37.
In-county rates for solid waste would increase from $28 to $32 per ton. In-county construction debris rates would increase from $17 to $22 per ton.
The board will discuss a proposed contract with Scott Robinson, an appraiser to assess the market value of Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, which is jointly owned by the county and the city of Kannapolis.
The cost is $10,000.
Commissioner Jim Sides will present information on a an electronic monitoring program developed by the Sheriffs Office, the Child Support Enforcement division of the Department of Social Services and Chief District Court Judge Charlie Brown.
The program is expected to reduce overcrowding in the Detention Center, decrease costs of incarceration and increase compliance with child support orders.
Other matters before the board include:
Discussion of the countys incentive program for economic development.
Conduct a public hearing on a proposal to repeal sections of the countys Parks and Recreation Ordinance that allows consumption of beer and wine at the parks.
Conduct a public hearing on a request by United Ventures Intl. to rezone 2.33 acres at 205 Boat Club Lane from rural agricultural to commercial, business, industrial.
The property currently contains a trucking and grading company and is part of a tract United Ventures purchased from David Arey that contains the high Rock Boat and Ski Club as well as the trucking and grading business.
Consider an offer to sell the former sheriffs office and jail at 915 North Main Street in Kannapolis. Sharon Kimberlin submitted the final high bid of $75,900.
Set a public hearing for the 2007-08 budget. County Manager Bill Cowan is recommending June 11 at 6 p.m.
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Meeting Room, County Administrative Offices Building, 130 W. Innes St.

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