Commissioners to discuss industry incentives on Monday and Tuesday


First Posted: 10/17/2009

DOBSON The Surry County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday at 6 p.m. then recess until Tuesday at 6 p.m. On both nights, the board will hold public hearings on industrial development incentives.
On Monday, the board will hold a public hearing on incentives for Vaughan-Bassett. The company closed its Elkin plant at the beginning of the year but is looking to reopen there.
The county is proposing to loan Vaughan-Bassett up to $50,000 for the creation of 50 new positions a rate of $1,000 per job. For each position that remains filled on Jan. 1, 2012, the county may forgive that portion of the loan. The loan funds would be used to pay hiring and training expenses and costs of reopening the facility. General fund reserves would be used for this appropriation if approved.
On Tuesday, the commissioners meeting will reconvene. The single item on the agenda then is a public hearing on the other industrial development incentive proposal. This proposal has been dubbed Project Protect.
An unnamed company is proposing to locate in Mount Airy, investing in machinery, equipment and personal property totaling at least $3 million. The company proposes to create 200 permanent positions within two years.
The county proposes to acquire an existing industrial facility for approximately $950,607.62 and lease it to the company for $1 a year for at least five years. If the company fulfills what it has proposed over the term of the lease, the county will convey the property to the company at the end of the lease. The company would have to reimburse some funds to the county if it fails to meet its commitments.
Another public hearing will be held on Monday night before the Vaughan-Bassett hearing. A business-related rezoning of property at West Pine Street and Lumber Plant Road from residential general to highway business has been proposed.
Kim Bates, Surry County planning director, will also present a report on a proposed zoning text amendment to allow temporary occupancy of campers or RVs at home construction sites.
At 6:30 on Monday, Dr. Ashley Hinson, Surry County Schools superintendent, will present details on the proposed conversion of Pilot Mountain Middle School to Pilot Mountain Elementary School. County Manager Dennis Thompson said Hinson will present cost figures to the board and timelines information the commissioners have not previously heard.
At 7 p.m., the board will recognize Eagle Scouts. Then at 8 p.m., Dottie Lyvers of the Aging Advisory Council will give a presentation on money now available for elderly nutrition services programs.
General county business will follow, then the board will go into closed session at 9 p.m. to discuss personnel and economic development matters. The board will then recess until the Tuesday meeting. Thompson said the Tuesday meeting should be fairly short.
The board of commissioners meetings are held at the Surry County Government Center at 118 Hamby Road, Dobson, suite 329. Any person with a disability needing an accommodation can call 401-8201. Elkin residents should call 366-8201.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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