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Nash to honor Billy Morgan

Nash County Commissioners are looking at ways to honor former Commissioner Billy Morgan.

Morgan passed away in January, just months after retiring from his seat on the board. Morgan had served 29 years on the Board of Commissioners.

Danny Tyson requested in February that the board consider naming a building after Morgan.

The board met on Monday to discuss a variety of items, one of which was how to appropriately honor Morgan.

Vice Chairman Wayne Outlaw said there were some concerns with naming a building after Morgan.

"Obviously there are some concerns when you start naming buildings after people because you have a lot of people and you have less buildings," Outlaw said.

However, Outlaw added, staff had come up with an alternative plan that he felt would be a good way to not only honor Morgan but other public servants.

Assistant County Manager Rosemary Dorsey said an alternative was to establish some type of honorary plaza in front of the Nash County Administrative Building, around where the flag poles are located.

Dorsey said a monument could be erected between the flag poles and pavers could be engraved to honor individuals such as Morgan.

"Obviously Mr. Morgan would fit into that category and would be the first one we would do," she said.

Dorsey said there were at least 60 tiles so there would be room to do numerous honorees over the years.

"I think it would go a long way," she added. "We have all that space out there and it's a good location."

Tyson said he was okay with the idea.

"As long as we honor Billy, that's my main concern," Tyson said. "Billy was servant of Nash County. He did it with a loving heart and an open mind."

"I just didn't want Billy's service to go without Nash County recognizing him," Tyson added.

Commissioners all agreed that they liked the concept.

"I like where we are headed and I think it's a great idea," Chairman Robbie Davis said.

The board agreed to allow staff to move forward with putting together a committee that would come up with criteria for nominations. Staff would also move forward with working on a design for the monument.


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