DOBSON — The town of Dobson is looking to annex Herrera Vineyards, with a public hearing on the matter scheduled in April.
“This resolution only states the town’s intent to consider the annexation and sets a public hearing,” Town Manager Josh Smith told the Dobson Board of Commissioners.
The town board met on Wednesday at Putters Patio and Grill in Salem Fork for its annual planning retreat. However, the retreat also included regular board business, including the Herrera annexation, which would have appeared on the agenda at its regular March meeting.
Smith explained a public hearing is necessary in the case of an annexation. Herrera submitted its application for voluntary annexation and has also submitted a check to cover the costs the town will incur in advertising the public hearing.
At an earlier meeting, Smith conveyed the vineyard’s wish to be annexed voluntarily by the town. He noted the vineyard wants to become part of the town in order to utilize the town’s mixed beverage ordinance.
In Surry County, beer and wine may be served at an establishment. However, to serve hard liquor, an establishment must fall within the limits of one of the county’s four municipalities, all of which have ordinances allowing for the sale and consumption of liquor in place, explained Smith.
Herrera has not voiced a need for water and sewer services, said Smith, and the property would net the town an additional $7,220 in property tax revenue.
The vineyard is located on N.C. 601, just north of Dobson’s East Atkins Street exit, and the process would be a satellite annexation.
Smith had originally planned to hold the public hearing at the town’s April meeting, which was set for April 27.
However, Commissioner John Lawson noted April 27 was the date of the Adam Marion Memorial Golf Tournament, which supports the Children’s Center of Surry.
Thus, the board unanimously opted to move its April meeting, and with it the public hearing, to April 25 at 6 p.m.
Dobson has a program called “pay to save,” said Smith. The program monetarily rewards employees who save the town money.
Smith explained Officer R. Marshall took it upon himself recently to write a grant for two automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Armed with the potentially life-saving piece of equipment, officers who might beat EMS personnel to the scene of an incident are now better equipped to handle a medical emergency.
The grant included the two pieces of equipment and training for the officers who could end up using them, according to Smith. It constitutes a value to the town of about $2,000, while the town incurred no costs.
Marshall will receive a percentage of the $2,000 value of the grant as a bonus for his grant-writing work.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.