By Keith Strange Staff Reporter
November 17, 2013
DOBSON — A public hearing on an incentive package designed to upgrade an existing manufacturing firm in Surry County highlights the agenda when the county’s board of commissioners meet Monday night.
The meeting is scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m., in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room of the Surry County Government Center in Dobson.
The public hearing is on a proposal to allocate an incentive grant to the as-yet-unnamed company up to $85,300.
In return, the company plans to spend around $770,000 to extend sewer lines from its property line to the manufacturing facility.
According to Todd Tucker, director of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, the goal of the incentive package is to retain the 134 jobs the company currently offers.
“This is about job retention,” he said.
If approved by the board following the public hearing, the grant will be payable within 36 months after shovels go in the ground on the project.
Following the public hearing, the board is expected to hear from county Facilities Director Don Mitchell, who is proposing to sell two unused properties owned by the county.
“The goal is to dispose of property, earn some revenue, and return non-productive properties to the private sector,” he said.
One of the parcels is located on East Poplar Street in Mount Airy, and consists of a house and land. The other property is just over a half acre of land located off Northview Drive in Pilot Mountain.
Following Mitchell’s presentation to the board, Betty Taylor, assistant county manager for budget and finance, is set to request that new social services director Kristy Preston be named a deputy finance officer. This is required in order for Preston to be able to sign checks for the department’s trust account.
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