Board to handle issue of wrecked police vehicle

First Posted: 3/17/2009

A proposed budget adjustment linked to a recent accident involving a city police vehicle will be among items considered by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners at a meeting Thursday night.
The wreck, which occurred several weeks ago, resulted in one of the undercover vehicles used by Mount Airy police being declared a total loss, according to City Manager Don Brookshire.
City government documents show that the car in question was a 2004 Mercury Sable.
An insurance company has made an $8,125 payment to the municipality to cover the cost of the vehicle, Brookshire said, and now the commissioners must approve a budget amendment to account for those funds and allow the car to be replaced.
In addition to incorporating the money from the lost vehicle into the city budget, the proposed amendment would appropriate the money to the police department to secure a replacement.

Stimulus Projects
Also at its meeting Thursday, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, the board of commissioners will consider authorizing a list of local projects for which the city plans to seek funding through the federal stimulus package.
Ten projects, involving water and wastewater extensions or improvements, are targeted for the possible federal funds.
They include:
A Mountain View Lane water-line extension, at an estimated cost of $292,000;
Sewer service to F.G. Doggett Water-Treatment Plant, $1.40 million;
Pipers Gap water-line extension, $253,800;
Old Cadle Ford Road water-line extension, $493,000;
Valve location and unidirectional flushing using ground-penetrating radar, $231,030;
Water meter replacement, $166,892;
Water tank mixing, $491,633;
Piedmont Triad West Industrial Park sewer extension, $499,375;
Sewer service to North Surry High School, $1.1 million;
Sewer service to Interstate 77 welcome centers, $3.83 million;
Rehabilitation of existing sewer lines in various areas, $425,000.
The commissioners must sign off on resolutions authorizing the funding application before March 31, under stimulus guidelines established for the states municipalities.
Brookshire said that each project approved for financing will receive a mixture of grants and loans, but the exact formula will not be known until a project clears that hurdle. There will be no penalty for refusing funding, according to the city manager.
That would prevent Mount Airy from adding to its already hefty debt load incurred from borrowing money to finance earlier water and sewer work.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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