DOBSON — The Golden LEAF Foundation is demanding more than $470,000 for unfulfilled job-creation promises at Pittsburgh Glass Works in Elkin.
In a memorandum to the Surry County Board of Commissioners, Assistant Finance Officer Benjamin Pratt explains the county entered into an incentive agreement with Golden LEAF, applying for more than $2 million in grant funds from the organization.
As part of the agreement, Surry County bought equipment and subsequently leased the equipment to the company, according to Pratt. When Pittsburgh Glass fell short of the 260-job employment benchmark by 60 full-time positions, Golden LEAF informed the county, which was the grant applicant, it owed the foundation $470,288.59.
As part of the county’s lease agreement with Pittsburgh Glass, the company will be required to pay the county $98,100 for its failure to meet the employment requirements. That money, however, will be paid in quarterly installments over the course of the next five years.
Monday’s board agenda includes a proposed budget amendment which would allow county staff to cut the $470,288.59 check to Golden LEAF.
Commissioners will also consider which municipality — Dobson or Mount Airy — will take over the water service in the Interstates Water and Sewer District. Both municipalities have asked for the system, but a hand-over to Mount Airy would cost the county about $270,000 in changes to the infrastructure in place in the district.
Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White will ask commissioners for permission to complete additional work at the Franklin Youth Foundation’s baseball and softball complex. Work to add parking spaces at the site was completed about $30,000 under budget.
The Health and Nutrition Center, which has oversight over the county’s animal control department, is asking commissioners to consider allocating about $4,500 to arm animal control officers with Glock .40-caliber pistols.
Monday’s meeting of the county board begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the government center, located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.