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Light commissioners meeting on tap for Monday

In what’s scheduled to be a light meeting, Rowan County Commissioners on Monday will likely declare a dated sub-machine gun as surplus equipment in order to proceed with an auction process.

The gun is a 1928 .45 Caliber Thompson  Sub-Machine Gun. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the gun be declared surplus. It was donated to the sheriff’s office by the U.S. Navy in 1966, according to a memo sent to commissioners and County Manager Aaron Church. The gun’s registration is attached to Monday’s agenda, and states the weapon was registered by the sheriff’s office in 1968.

The sheriff’s department first attempted to sell the gun in 2013. At the time, estimates for the weapon were between $30,000 and $40,000.

This time, the gun will be sold on GovDeals.com.

County Commissioners will consider declaring the gun surplus as part of their consent agenda during Monday’s 6 p.m. meeting at the Rowan County Administration Building — 130 West Innes Street in Salisbury. The meeting is open to the public.

In other business from Monday’s agenda:

• Rowan County Commissioners are scheduled to receive a finance report on tax revenue so far in the 2016 fiscal year, which started on July 1, 2015.

Graphs attached to Monday’s agenda show cumulative revenue as equal to, or even slightly greater than, the prior fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2015.

Another chart attached to Monday’s agenda also shows expenditures as equal to, or slightly greater than, the prior fiscal year.

• Commissioners will present a plaque honoring the Peter Kern House as a Rowan County Historic Landmark.

The house is located at 1360 Kern Carlton Road in eastern Rowan County, near High Rock Lake.

• Commissioners will hear an annual report from the Community Child Protection Team.

In their presentation, members of the team are scheduled to ask commissioners to: provide ongoing leadership to prevent child abuse and neglect, appoint Beth Moore of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, Jennifer La of The Center for Prevention Services and Amy Brown of Smart Start to the protection team, consider long-range support for a holistic program to treat adults with substance abuse, mental health and trauma issues.

The Rowan County Child Protection Team will also update commissioners on projects and progress in 2015

• Commissioners are scheduled to approve a four-page contract with the N.C. Department of Transportation for airport maintenance.

The contract appears on commissioners’ consent agenda, and was passed by the Rowan County Airport Advisory Board.

• Commissioners will consider approving the purchase of six cars for Facilities Management, Parks, Environmental Management, Building Inspections and Finance. The cost of the six vehicles would not exceed $153,778.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.




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