First Posted: 5/18/2009
MOUNTAIN PARK Members of the W.R. Bill Hall family was honored for their dedication to public service, both to their community and to Surry County by the board of commissioners Monday night.
Even the location of the meeting was meant to honor the family. The board met at Mountain Park Elementary School in the familys community as part of the recognition.
From time to time, the commissioners of Surry County recognize and honor those citizens of the county who give of themselves, their time and their talent to make our community a better place in which to live. The family of Sheriff W.R. Bill Hall has for many years been engaged in public service to the citizens of Surry County, Johnson said.
W.R. Bill Hall served Surry County as sheriff from December of 1978 until December 1994 and during his retirement years, served as Public Works temporary employee from January 1997 until May 1998.
Jeff Hall, son of W.R. and Barbara Hall, served in the Surry County Sheriffs Office from March 1985 until December 1994 and the Surry County Inspections Department from February 1995 until the present time.
Pam Hall Sell, their daugther, is employed by Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Cooperative with over 30 years of service.
Melissa Hall Tucker, their daughter, serves the Surry County school system as payroll officer.
The Hall family members are charter members of the Zephyr Ruritan Club with W.R. Bill Hall being the founder of this organization.
W.R. Bill Hall was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War and was a member of the Zephyr Ruritan Club and a member of the Elkin Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Jeff Hall has continued in his fathers tradition of serving the citizens by seeking and holding elective office, serving as a member of the Surry County Board of Education from July 2004 until the present time.
Jeff Hall received the Appalachian Law Enforcement Academy Outstanding Student Award in September 1985 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Public Safety Award in December 1994, and holds a level III certificate as a building codes inspector.
Each commissioner thanked the family for its service.
We certainly hold you in high esteem, said Commissioner Jimmy Miller.
I second that, said Commissioner Jim Harrell Jr., We appreciate all that you have done.
Your family has shown the epitome of service. You have been led by God as His servants. You have set a great example for your children, your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren, Chairman Craig Hunter said.
In other action, commissioners approved a motion by Commissioner Harrell and seconded by Commissioner Bill Hamlin to renew an interlocal agreement with the town of Dobson contingent upon the approval of the boards attorney Ed Woltz, who was not present at the meeting.
The interlocal agreement establishes that the county will provide zoning administration for the town. The agreement had been in place and was scheduled to expire on June 30. The only change from the existing agreement is the provision under the code enforcement clause to include minimum housing issues. The action was presented by Surry County Planning Director Kim Bates.
The board also voted unanimously to approve renewing the lease on an office in the old courthouse with the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. The motion was made by Miller and seconded by Hamlin.
Paul Johnson announced that there will be a tour of Surry County on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting at the Surry County Government Center. He said the tour will show off both concerns and bright spots in the county. He urged commissioners to go on the tour.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.