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New Bern Sun Journal (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, New Bern, North Carolina Monday july 27. 2015 a c 0 v i n. Nor7 h c a r on a s c 0 i 0 to c a new Bern. . Brickyard 400 Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis Gordon crashes on outside Wall. A Retiree insurance brought to budget debate . Pension rates provisions also to be discussed by Gary Robertson associated press Raleigh i North Carolina lawmakers Are looking at changes they say will Shore up important benefits for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers when approaching retirement. Some Public employee advocates worry the changes will create More uncertainty and erode incentives that attract and retain state workers. The Senate budget approved last month contained a provision that would prevent retirees hired after 2015 from obtaining or buying health insurance for themselves or dependents through the state health plan. Another Senate budget item would automatically decrease a fixed rate of return on state pension fund investments that helps calculate the states annual contribution to that fund. Neither provision was contained in the House budget whether the provisions survive will be settled in budget negotiations this summer. Senate republicans say the insurance change would give the state better control Over an unfunded liability of $25.5 billion in projected state medical expenses for current and future retirees. The liability has fallen by several billion dollars since 2010. The general Assembly a government watchdog Agency will examine the liability in a study being released monday. Still a it is the largest unfunded liability we have in the state right now a said sen Ralph Hise. A Mitchell a health budget writer and capping the future retirees covered creates a a fixed number we re targeting and addressing see benefits a2 Auxance a Parks and recreation Back to nature Larry Summers looks out on a possible site for a kayak launch into the South prong of the Bay River. Photo by Charlie Hall Sun journal staff Pamlico group looks to develop ecological Park by Charlie Hall Charlie hath Newberns com Alliance i despite the vast wilderness within the 350 Square Miles of Pamlico county there is no designated water and Woodlands Park for the study and enjoyment of nature. Over the past to months a group of citizens has been studying possible Grants and other funding to establish an environmental Park the targeted site is in undeveloped county lands that Are part of the recreation Park Complex. The committee headed by Oriental commissioner and avid kayaker i jury Summers includes Pamlico economic Developer Lieth Buck Sot and citizens Bill Hines Tamra Church. Rich Garrett Teal Sadler Tina Brooks and Joe Aroon a we Are in the beginning phase of brainstorming so we have not expanded the committee a lot said Bucksot. A we Are looking for people with expertise in and an interest in helping with the Summers and Bill Hines a Neuse River Creek keeper from Oriental have explored the tract which is behind a 11 Fields at the Alliance Complex and extends to the South prong of the Bay River. A we have formed a committee to look at creating a nature Trail and Public water Access at the 80-acre hardens tract site Quot Bucksot said a it could be linked in with existing kayak trails Quot Summers who led a Sun journal reporter on a tour of the property last week said a projected kayak launch site was about four tenths of a mile from tin Forest opening. He and Hines have created several Basic trails with coloured hags denoting the Way through what is. At times heavy Brush and Thicket Ltd a the Forest floor. Summers carried and used a Machete during the hike. Bucksot and Summers each de scribed the project As being in the a brainstorming state Quot the first plans Are for trails and the kayak launch along with a cleared site for students and others to gather for informal am sessions. Summers said the area in an ecological showcase the talking sessions have included other projects further Down the mud. A some of the citizens on the committee Are looking at seeing if it is so Park a6&Quot Board of elections Pamlico looks at possible precinct consolidations As polling site officials to meet in Bayboro Eon i i Hoise i o Cut insider Issi in information was provided by Charlie halt a Stonewall voters going Shartie Haittie Newberne i com to Bayboro Bayboro i the Pamlico Roe and hts re 18 3,80 a county Board of elections possible scenario that could will discuss possible pre include a Oose t reek Island cinch consolidations during voters who cast ballots in its 10a in. Tuesday meeting Hobucken. W Ith an election at the county courthouse in Kift to \ and Mere. Bayboro the Issue came up earlier it is a measure being con los year. But was tabled by metered by some count is in 1 1 Bree per von Btu a re at the state to save Money in inquest of then Board eluding Craven which sub pie in her Gene Lupton of miffed a list of five precinct goo a Creek Island. He consolidations to the state wanted a a re information elections Board earlier on the matter. This year Republican has Pamlico officials said it ctn replaced on the it could save As much As Board by businessman Russ $10,000 per precinct in Richard also a Republican. Light of new voting equip new elect pm boards were meat that has been Man appointed by the state ear dated by the state to be in Lar month Republican place by 2018, with a Pas f chairman hoi and demo Sib Extension to 2020 Erat delcine Gibbs were the plan would not reappointed change a voter there will be a Public according to dec taxi Board comment period at the chairman Jennifer Roe. It tuesday meeting would change their place a sad the Board has of voting on election Day. Had several budget meet Koe said any consolidation or on the matter dating would not affect municipal Back to february with no elections because towns ont irom the Public attend pay for those elections and posted meetings have cont nil Over t he poll Low Ever. W Hen t he mat my places Ler came up at a May meet the considered Consol i a number of people Datum would have Mesic spoke All wanting then voters casting ballots in precincts to remain intact nearby Vandemere Al a a 8a,d that a number Hance voters going to of factors were looked at Grantsboro and a third including voter turnout option for which research Carh voting and actual see polling a2� his Birn historic District historic preservation c commission upgrades procedures by Eddie Fitzgerald Eritt act be a to newborns com the new Bern historic preservation commission provided an update to aldermen last tuesday on work it has done to modernize and become a More user Friendly Agency. Tim Thompson chairman of the nine member commission said it worked with the City attorney and reached out to other state historic agencies Over the past three years to make updates in its historic preservation ordinance and guidelines for the historic District. A we have one of the Best updates in the stale Quot he said the he now has a formal train my program for new commissioners to bring them up to Speed on rules and regulations and How to better serve the historic District. Thompson said. Kevin Robinson. New Bern City planner said the certificate of appropriateness applications permits needed to make improvements to property in the historic District have also been updated to make them easier to understand. Thompson said the modernization of the he was being done to protect the legacy of the historic District a the historic assets to new Bern Beking to everyone not just the property owners and in some cast s these assets belong to everyone in the state a he said in the future. Thompson said the dec Hopes to hold Public meetings and meet w Ith civic and downtown organizations to Dis cuss the updates discussion also drifted into the difference Between the historic District and elsewhere in new Bern when condemning St Rue tules Robinson said dec works w Ith the City inspector to determine if a House in the historic District is becoming unfit it is rare when one is considered unfit and Falls under an order of demolition by neglect he said Thompson said the he was a preservation commission not a demolition commission a we absolutely do not want to demolish a contributing Structure in the historic District unless it is absolutely Thompson said. It has happened three or four times in tin past he said but demolition by neglect Shim id not Blan Issue in the historic District because the he does Monitor the District and owners an notified of any property maintenance issues that arise the his and the City attorney Are working with two property owners where there is some be Gleet issues that need to be addressed Thompson said Scott Davis City attorney answering a question from Alderman Victor Taylor said the City a chief but Ding inspector so updates a2 a partly sunny Calendar a5 obis a2 nation Wand a7 8t710 classified b6 entertainment b4 week ahead a5 a4 comes. B5 lottery. A3 sports by Hill Iii 04 vol cd evil no 208 mums my

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