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Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Approve Incentive Agreement Expected To Result In New Jobs

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (May 20).

Commissioners held a public hearing to consider approval of the Economic Development Agreement between the County and Steel Warehouse of North Carolina and the related resolution. Steel Warehouse is targeting a 27 acre property in Hickory at 2441 Highland Avenue, the former Appalachian Hardwoods location.

The project is projected to invest at least $27 million and create at least 58 positions paying $59,566, above the county’s average wage of $54,151. No public comments were made and the Board of Commissioners approved the item.

There were three items on the consent agenda. Among those items, the Finance and Personnel Subcommittee requested that the board accept and appropriate $9,877 in grant funds to the Catawba County Library from a Federal IMLS, Library Services Technology Act Grant.

Another item on the consent agenda was a request from the Policy and Public Works Subcommittee. They asked that the board award the construction bid for the Blackburn Construction & Demolition (C&D) Landfill Closure Project to Triangle Grading and Paving, Inc. in the amount of $2,449,509.50.

In addition, the Tax Administrator requested that commissioners approve 16 releases totaling $2,482.36, nine refunds totaling $4,704.45 and 48 Motor Vehicles Bill adjustments/refunds totaling $4,374.53 requested during the month of April. Commissioners approved all three consent agenda items.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a budget workshop with county departments and outside agencies on Wednesday (May 22), starting at 8 a.m. On Thursday, (May 23), the board will convene a Southeastern Catawba County Water & Sewer District budget hearing at 6:50 p.m., followed by a county budget public hearing.

The board is expected to approve a final budget for both the county and the water & sewer district during its regular meeting on Monday, June 3, which begins at 6:50 p.m. The workshop, hearings, and regular meeting are all open to the public and will be held in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room at the Catawba County Justice Center on Government Center Drive in Newton.