Board moves forward with ABC store

First Posted: 5/26/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN The town of Pilot Mountain is continuing to move forward with a new project to build a new ABC liquor store in the town, which is slated to open in the fall.
The board of commissioners agreed to purchase 1.575 acres of land for $140,000 last month that would be the site of the store. The two tracts of land are off of Veterans Drive.
Doug Brannon, the chairman of the ABC Board, unveiled the site plans for the building and landscaping to the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners last night and said the board is waiting on a bid package to move forward with the project.
I think everything is going well, Brannon told the board.
Commissioner Andrew French said he was pleased with the site selected for the store, and thought the board had made a diligent effort in securing the site.
I think youve picked an excellent site, youve really had due diligence, he said. We dont want it to look like we just tossed a coin and went out and picked a site.
During the meeting, Mayor Earl Sheppard mentioned that he was happy about the 2008-09 budget, which is expected to be balanced by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
He added that there are no proposed hikes for the water and sewer rates for the 2009-10.
Its a good budget year, he said.
The current water rates for the use of 0 to 2,000 gallons is $16.80 in town and $33.60 out of town, based on a two-month billing cycle. The cost sewer is $13.58 for such usage in or out of town. The water rate for using 2,001 to 7,000 gallons is $33.60 in town and $67.20 out of town. The cost of sewer with those amounts of usage is $27.16 in or out of town.
For the next 3,000 gallons of water used, the cost is $3.48 per 1,000 gallons in town and $6.96 per 1,000 gallons out of town. The cost of sewer at that usage is $3.88 per 1,000 gallons.
The board also discussed an upcoming meeting this week, in which the town, along with the other Surry County municipalities, will officially receive grant checks from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The entities will meet for a check presentation ceremony to celebrate the recent Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative grant award at the Amos and Smith Building on 612 E. Main St. in Pilot Mountain at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Golden LEAF Foundation receives one-half of North Carolinas funds from the 1998 master settlement agreement with cigarette manufacturers and emphasizes assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state.
The foundation focuses grants making in three areas: agriculture, job creation and retention and workforce preparedness.
Surry County officials learned in March they were awarded $2,064,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation as a result of a grant application process which began in 2008. Pilot Mountain will receive $343,613 for renovations to the Amos and Smith building in Pilot Mountain for expanded education in that community from Surry Community College. The monies will cover repairs to the outside of the building for $75,000; and another $100,000 for an agriculture center which also will be housed in the building, which will be called the Pilot Center.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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