Pumping stations to get upgrades

First Posted: 1/27/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN The town of Pilot Mountain will be upgrading two of its wastewater pump stations if it receives a critical need grant from the North Carolina Rural Center.
The town commissioners unanimously approved all of the corresponding resolutions and budget ordinances need to allow the town to apply for the matching grant during their meeting Monday night.
This is a rural center dollar for dollar grant for critical needs, explained Town Manager Blair Knox.
The town will fund $30,886, which would be matched with $30,886 by the rural center. Any cost above the $30,886 would have to be picked up by the town if it goes over the estimated cost of the project.
The grant funding will pay to purchase and install new wastewater pumps for the pumping station near the park-and-ride lot on Key Street as well as new pump controls for the pumping station at Armfield Civic and Recreation Center on Old 52 Bypass. The total cost of the project is $61,772.
In other business, the board was scheduled to discuss the sell of about eight acres of land off Old 52 Bypass to the Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad where a new facility would be built, but due to the poor weather the past few weeks, Chief Dennis Manuel asked if the board could wait on the vote until after a survey of the property is complete.
Weve purchased the road frontage land, and we hope to have the (towns property) surveyed this week. We probably need to wait to see about cutting off a back part of that property, Manuel told commissioners Monday.
Mayor Earl Sheppard noted during the meeting that the town has agreed to sell the property to the rescue squad at its tax value. According to a proposed resolution in the boards packet, the parcel of land has been appraised at $36,090.
The board voted unanimously to table the topic until its Feb. 23 meeting.
At the end of an update by Pilot Mountain Tourism Development Authority Chair Valerie Oberle, who also chairs the Surry County Tourism Partnership, the commissioners voted unanimously to support an event to be held for the North Carolina Harley Owners Group Rally, which is coming to Surry County this summer.
The event, on Aug. 22, will be similar to the monthly cruise-ins held by Mount Pilot NOW, but will allow the motorcycles to park along Main Street and in the parking lots on Main Street. There will be food, a beach band and Oberle hopes some good deals from downtown merchants for those participating in the H.O.G. Rally.
Final approval for the event must be given by the Mount Pilot NOW group.
Oberle reported that more than 400 people have registered for the H.O.G. Rally, which will have a homebase at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, and that the Hampton Inn in Mount Airy is 98 percent booked while other hotels in the county are quickly filling as well.
Police Chief Darryl Bottoms updated the board on the happenings of the police department. He noted that Jimmy Collins received the Officer of the Year award at the Christmas dinner. The award is voted on by the officers. Kevin Dezern was honored with the part-time Officer of the Year award.
Also, the department has received a certificate recognizing the towns participation in a number of campaigns sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Program. This is the first award of its kind the town has received.
Knox reported that Gary and Charlotte York made a donation of $5,000 to the police department to fund tasers for the officers.
During a brief reminder about the annual Memorial Walk to remember Pilot Mountains fallen Officers Glenn Branscome and Ralph East, Chet Jessup, organizer of the event, noted that a candlelight vigil is scheduled for Feb. 3, the 40th anniversary of their deaths, at 10:30 p.m. at the site of the incident, just behind East Surry High School on Old 52 Bypass. The walk will be Saturday at 8 a.m. starting at Network Dynamics on the east end of town.
A.J. Daoud, a member of the towns planning board, told the commissioners that the board has been working with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation on designs to expand the Key Street park-and-ride lot. Also, the board has reviewed and recommended a revised zoning ordinance dealing with single-wide and double-wide mobile homes within the town zoning area.
Knox reported in his town managers report that Surry Community College continues to work with the town on creating a satellite facility in Pilot Mountain. That project is being applied for toward the funding provided by the Golden LEAF project that has been ongoing in the county. The application deadline is Friday.
Also, Knox said the town has received a grant of $25,000 from NC STEP plus an additional $50,000 from North Carolina Department of Transportation to be used for expanding curbs at downtown intersections in an effort to slow traffic as well as to provide an electronic pedestrian crossing system at the intersection of Key and Main streets, which will include making the intersection handicap-accessible.
The town will be submitting an application for $160,000 in funding to the Safe Routes to School program.
The project was originally slated to include Lynchburg and Dodson Mill roads for the current Pilot Mountain Middle School, which is scheduled to be renovated into an elementary school, as well as sidewalks to lead to the new middle school off Old Westfield Road. Now, the project only includes the work on Lynchburg and Dodson Mill, Knox reported.
That change has occurred because the DOT, which funds the program, said the sidewalks for the new school should be included in the planning of the school and construction on the school has not yet begun.
In other action, the commissioners unanimously approved a request by Mount Pilot NOW to add a 10-foot strip of concrete the width of the road on Medical Street where the burnouts are held during the monthly summer cruise-ins to keep the pavement from being destroyed. The action also included approval to paint a place on Depot Street where the bandstand is placed. Mount Pilot NOW will be paying for the entire project.
After an hour-long closed session to discuss economic development and personnel, the board took no action.
Contact Wendy Byerly Wood at [email protected] or 719-1923.

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