PILOT MOUNTAIN — The town of Pilot Mountain will spend $9,800 to demolish a property on Howard Street.
According to officials, Pilot has been trying for months to notify the owners that the property violates the housing code, but has received no response. The last address of the property owners that the town has on record is in Greensboro, but attempts to reach them have proven unfruitful.
So, the Board of Commissioners have voted to to demolish the building.
Current violations of the housing code include no potable water service since 2005, no apparent electrical service, no heating or air conditioning, the roof edges have deteriorated and rotted and sections are missing, the entire gutter system is absent, exterior windowsills are showing signs of deterioration from weather exposure, exterior walls and foundations are not substantially weather tight, and gable vents and siding have extreme overgrowth. Also the house has been vacant for more than a decade.
To repair the house according to building code and permitting per N.C. Building Code standards, the cost would be expected to exceed 50 percent of the current value of the property, according to information provided in the agenda packet.
The structure value is listed at $22,530, according to Surry County North Carolina tax records.
After some concern from Commissioner Gary Bell that the town had made all efforts to contact the property owners, the board unanimously approved the $9,800 bid to demolish the dwelling at 121 Howard St.
Town Manager Michael Boaz explained that a lien could be placed on the property for the town to regenerate the funds that are to be spent by the town to demolish the property.
If the property is ever sold, the town likely would be first in line to get paid.
According to Kim Quinn, who researched the property during the meeting, the owners are not current in their tax payments.
In other business:
• Previously, open burning permits were given by either the police chief or fire chief by a one-on-one basis. As of last night the board amended the ordinance to allow residents to use fire pits. The board approved the amendment unanimously.
• The board unanimously approved for the town to join the state health care plan for its employees.
• A public hearing date was set for March 13, to hear concerns from surrounding residents about the pond at Lola Lane. The dam failed last year, and there is an abandoned vehicle in the pond. Property owners are asking that the town board declare the property a nuisance.
• An out-of-date town garbage ordinance was amended to clarify that the town is no longer responsible for collecting garbage. Instead, the ordinance now reads that the town contracts out the service. The amendment was passed unanimously.
• The town’s utility ordinance was on the agenda to be updated. The ordinance review, conducted by Municode, concluded that some additional requirements be added and some moved, according to the town’s agenda packet. Commissioner Kim Quinn motioned the subject be tabled until the meeting in March, and the motion passed.
• Scott Needham, chairman for the Tourism Development Authority, updated the board on a recent project for which commissioners had approved funding. The project included a sign to be built outside of Town Hall to show visitors where the visitors center, town hall and police department are in relation to the sign.
• Superintendent Travis Reeves, with Surry County Schools, spoke to express his support for the Depot Street stream restoration and the greenway project that will eventually run along two of the three schools located in Pilot Mountain.
“I think the connection to the state park and the greenway project is something the Surry County Schools will benefit from,” he said. “We are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle. This project would provide a place for safe physical activity to our students. I fully give my support.”
Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @ThePilotNC