Board to consider grading costs, water service


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



DOBSON — There are some apparent hiccups with the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department’s move to a new location.

The move is the result the expansion project which has been underway at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport. The expansion left the department displaced.

Correspondence between the attorney representing the airport authority and the attorney representing the fire department is vague. However, it outlines a sequence of events which includes the proposed location of the substation in the area being moved due to the size of the new facility.

After the second proposed property was acquired, it became apparent about $50,000 in grading and filling work needed to be completed, according to emails between the two lawyers. The airport authority will not pay the $50,000, as it was not included in the budget for construction of the substation.

Thus, the Surry County Board of Commissioners will consider funding the grading at its meeting Tuesday evening.

County commissioners will also reconsider a lease agreement with the town of Dobson. The town is looking to lease a corner at the former courthouse building in Dobson. The town plans to construct an LED message board to announce town and other events at the site.

At the county board’s first meeting in November, Commissioner Eddie Harris raised concerns about the message board conflicting with the historical nature of the building, and the board chose to forgo making a decision regarding the lease agreement.

In an unrelated agenda item, months ago, property owners on Shay Street in Mount Airy asked county officials to consider running public water services to their homes. A cost estimate for such a project is included in the agenda packets of board members.

According to the estimate, the cost of the project, as proposed, would be about $140,000.

Another matter before commissioners is a request from emergency services to continue with capital projects. According to correspondence in the packets of commissioners, an ambulance needs a new engine.

The replacement of two ambulances is included in the 2016-17 fiscal year’s budget. However, the department initially halted any capital expenditures after Surry County learned it may owe more than $1 million to the state, a result of a billing error for Medicaid programs.

The board is set to meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Surry County Government Center, which is located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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