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Board of Commissioners calls special meeting to consider industrial prospect

In a move that suggests some urgency, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 3 p.m.  Monday to consider a matter related to new or expanded industry.

Commissioners just met on Wednesday, when it also went into closed session to discuss industry recruiting. Monday's meeting uses the same exemption under North Carolina's Open Meetings Law, which allows closed meetings "to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses" and to discuss "economic development incentives that may be offered by the public body in negotiations" to recruit a manufacturing plant or other jobs-creating business. Less than 24 hours after commissioners adjourned their regular mid-month meeting, the clerk to the board announced the new meeting.

On Monday commissioners will "talk about property and some industry," Commission Chair Bill Lapsley said. "We're just going to hear a bunch of information and discussion and see where the board wants to go." He said he doubted the board would emerge from behind closed doors to take action. "I don't expect we'll make any decisions at that time," he said.