Boyles, French sworn in during town meeting

First Posted: 11/23/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN Judge Spencer Key Monday night swore in two Pilot Mountain commissioners who ran unopposed in the Nov. 3 election.
Carolyn Boyles has served on the town board for 18 years being appointed mid-term when she first joined the board, and Andrew French was appointed to his seat that was formerly held by Mayor Earl Sheppard in 2008.
Weve got one who has never been sworn in and another who is being sworn in for the fifth time, Sheppard said.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Adam Kiker of Hobbs, Upchurch & Associates and Jack Gardin, Surry Countys water and sewer coordinator, spoke to town commissioners about a proposed water extension project that would move the county closer to expanding water service to homes between county municipalities. The project, which is expected to cost $1.4 million, is still in the planning stages, Kiker said.
Right now, we are trying to establish a water distribution system outside the town of Pilot Mountain. We want to keep you informed. We will ultimately need your support, Kiker said. Our goal is to pick up as many houses and residents as possible.
The area Kiker and Gardin are looking at includes N.C. 268, Shoals Road, Whitaker Chapel Road and other adjoining roads.
He said that right now, the project is at the stage where mailings will be sent out to residents in the proposed water extension area. He said if all goes as planned, the water extension lines could be installed in about two years.
In other business, the board was approached by ABC Board representative Marshall Atkins. He announced that Paula Jones has been hired as the manager of the new ABC store and Lisa Lewis has been named assistant manager. He said Jones will be in charge of hiring two more part-time employees for the store. He told the board that although the sign will be erected today and the carpet will also be installed Tuesday, an official opening date has still not been set. The store will be located beside Lowes Foods on Key Street in the old CVS location.
Following a closed session, Commissioner Carolyn Boyles said that she understood that the state had mandated an order that plastic containers will no longer be accepted at the landfill.
This is something we are going to have to address, Boyles said.
Town Manager Blair Knox said that he had talked with officials at Waste Management about the situation and the company said they would collect plastics for the cost of $4 per household and the fee would have to be paid per house even if the residents did not recycle plastic. He said he asked the company if the town could get a minimum number of houses, if the town could collect the money then turn around and pay that money to Waste Management.
Boyles said another option would be to work with the county board of commissioners. She said that the town board has a better working relationship with the county commissioners now, more than she ever recalled in the past. She expressed her hopes that the county would work with the town to provide a recycling center in the town limits, or closer to the town.
We could even donate a little piece of property to place a plastics recycling bin. But the problem is that it would have to be fenced and manned, because if it were left open, all sorts of trash would be dropped off, she said.
During the meeting, Chet Jessup asked the board if it would consider supporting the Branscome and East Memorial Walk on Jan. 30 at 8 a.m. in honor of Officers Glenn Branscome and Ralph East who were killed on Feb. 3, 1969, on the U.S. 52 Bypass behind East Surry High School during a traffic stop of armed robbery suspects.
Also, Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad Chief Dennis Manuel reminded the board that the Pilot Mountain Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
The board voted to skip its December meeting. The date of the next meeting is Jan. 25.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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