Selma Adopts Resolution Opposing Proposed Jail Site

Mayor Cheryl Oliver

A local town board has gone on record formally opposing the proposed site of a new county jail.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Selma Town Council adopted a resolution opposing the proposed Buffalo Road site for a new Johnston County Law Enforcement Center.

The 68-acre site is located at 1860 Buffalo Road near the intersection of Booker Dairy Road. It is also near three schools and the Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center.

A Smithfield Selma High School student speaks in opposition to a proposed Buffalo Road jail site during a January public hearing at the Selma Town Council. Photo

The resolution signed by Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver on behalf of the entire Town Board said they are unanimously opposed to the proposed site and want Johnston County Commissioners to consider other sites “…particularly those that the County already owns.”   The County currently owns property on Highway 210 near the landfill.

The Mayor said the resolution would be forwarded to County Commissioners and Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore.

During a January 12th public hearing in Selma, four people spoke in opposition to the site. No one spoke in favor.