Board to consider imagery contract

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners will consider aerial photography at Monday’s meeting.

Tax Administrator Michael Hartgrove is planning to ask the board to approve a contract with Pictomery International.

The contract, as presented in the meeting packets of Surry County commissioners, calls for the county to pay Pictomery more than $158,000 throughout the course of the next six years. In return, the company will supply aerial photos of structures in Surry County from directly above and at 45-degree angles.

In his correspondence to the board, Hartgrove notes the imagery can be used by the emergency services, recreation, planning, zoning and agriculture departments.

Facilities will also be a portion of the agenda which awaits commissioners. Facilities Director Don Mitchell will ask commissioners to fund two matters.

In his correspondence to the board, Mitchell informs commissioners a change order has been requested by the contractor handling a renovation project at the former county courthouse in Dobson. During the course of the demolition of the north entrance, David Hill Builders uncovered damaged brick walls. They must be replaced.

The total cost of the change-order is about $7,600.

Mitchell will also ask commissioners for $30,000 to $40,000 to have asbestos removed from a classroom building at the Beulah Community Center. The building has been identified for demolition, but the asbestos must go first. The building is in poor condition and has no water, heat or electricity.

Additionally, commissioners will hold a public hearing for a rezoning matter. Michael and Cindy Willard are asking commissioners to consider rezoning 3.23 acres located near Cherokee Trail on Pipers Gap Road from rural agriculture to rural business.

Monday evening’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county government center, located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.

By Andy Winemiller

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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