Commissioners to meet Monday


First Posted: 7/18/2009

DOBSON Several public hearings are slated for the Monday night meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
An open forum will be held at this commissioners meeting, since it is the only one this month.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson is set to hold a public hearing for a Bureau of Edward Byrne Memorial grant.
Surry County Planning Director Kim Bates will open two public hearings. The first will be for the rezoning of Terrell Lane from residential to manufacturing industrial/commercial. The second hearing will be for the zoning texts of Zoning Text Amendments-ARC 1041, ZCR1042 and ZCR1044.
Jeff Cockerham, project manager Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc., will open a public hearing for N.C. Department of Transportation Rural Operating Assistance Program grant funds.
County Manager Dennis Thompson will host a public hearing on the idea of imposing an occupancy tax on local businesses which offer overnight accommodations.
The county has sought permission for imposing such a tax for two years, and received approval from the General Assembly earlier this year. Mount Airy and the other incorporated towns already have such a tax, but the county could not impose one without General Assembly approval.
The money raised from such a tax would be used to promote tourism to the area.
At 6:30 p.m., Wayne Sullivan, with Municipal Engineering with present a methane study and a solid waste plan to the commissioners.
A special recognition will be held at 7 p.m. The commissioners will be honor employees for service awards.
Rob Johnson, with Martin Boal Anthony & Johnson Architecture, will present a progress report on the Judicial Center master plan at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Darrin Hartness will present a school construction and renovation proposal to the board.
Surry County Tax Administrator Michael Hartgrove will discuss a tax settlement with the board at 8:10 p.m.
Bates will address the board again at 8:20 p.m. concerning the sale of the former Al Crocker property, located at the end of Little Waterfall Drive in Pilot Mountain, and the former White estate. He will also give an update of Monte Vista developers options and plans.
At 8:30 p.m., Facilities Director Don Mitchell will discuss Sally Port enclosure bids for the detention center and an ambulance bay enclosure.
Jack Gardin, water and sewer projects coordinator will discuss water rates.
At 9 p.m., Thompson will discuss general county business, which will be followed by a discussion of an concerns from the commissioners.
A closed session will be held at 9:30 p.m. for personnel, economic development and legal matters.
The board will recess until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a Water Management Planning Session with the UNC School of Government and other county business.
The meetings are held in suite 329 of the Surry County Government Center, 118 Hamby Road, Dobson. Any persons with disabilities who need accommodation at the meeting are asked to contact the county managers office at 401-8201.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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