PILOT MOUNTAIN — Praise for cooperation of local emergency workers was tempered by sympathy for the family of East Surry sophomore Jacob Pettitt Monday night at the regular meeting of the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners. Pettitt died Sunday as a result of injuries received in a Sept. 3 single car accident.
In a letter written by Pilot Mountain Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Inc. Chief Darin Manuel about that wreck, he wrote to town Police Chief Darrell Bottoms about Pilot Mountain Police Department officers Sgt. Gary Holt and K9 Officer Robbie, “I felt it important to recognize your officers and their actions at this accident. The rescue squad was taxed with extricating two critical patients from a heavily damaged vehicle.”
Manuel told the audience the department couldn’t have responded as quickly without the help of the fire and police departments.
“You can’t say enough about the Surry County Medical Services,” said Manuel. “When you talk about us all coming together, everyone brought their A game that night. I wish it could have ended differently.”
Manuel recognized the town, Discount Builders, the rescue squad and the Pilot Mountain Civic Club for building an access ramp at the home of Darragh Boutis, a passenger injured in the accident who has been released from the hospital. He said this was done in one day. Manuel said Pilot Mountain is a small town where the citizens take care of each other.
“Everyone came together in a critical situation,” said Mayor Earl Sheppard. “Our hearts are really heavy today. There’s a lot on the Pettitt family.”
A meeting concerning proposed water rate changes set for this Saturday at 1 p.m. has been postponed to allow the commissioners to attend services for Pettitt.
In other business, the commissioners approved a request from Ben Rolison for his Eagle Scout Project at the Charles H. Stone Library. Rolison’s proposal is to build a recycling shelter at the library. The shelter’s plans indicate it is roofed, with a chain link fence on its sides. The shelter’s roof is supported by four posts held in place by a concrete foundation.
Rolison told the commissioners library personnel would be in charge of maintaining the center. He plans two fundraisers to cover the cost of the project which is $995. The proposal will next go to the zoning board for final approval.
Sheppard gave a brief update on the town’s annual fall clean-up project which began on Monday. He said all items will be picked up including household materials, white products and furniture. No tires or hazardous materials will be picked up. All items need to be out to the street by 7 a.m. Persons can find the route schedules at the Town Hall, at www.townofpilotmountain.com or by calling 368-2248.
The commissioners also passed a resolution declaring September as Library Card Sign-up Month. It cited libraries for bridging “the digital divide” with a full range of information and services to learners of all ages and free access to important educational resources. Sheppard encouraged everyone to sign up for the “smartest card” they can ever own.
A 1.57-acre parcel of land located at 153 Veterans Drive was declared as surplus and the commissioners accepted the offer from M&C Realty Investments LLC to place a five percent or $7,000 down on the lot which is priced at $140,000. The proposed sale will be advertised for 30 days to allow any counter offers.
According to Town Manager Homer Dearmin’s report, the town’s revenues are at 41.27 percent. Sheppard said about $47,000 of that will be reversed to the previous fiscal year during the audit. He said current year tax collections are at 57.43 percent and water and sewer collections are at 17 percent, which he said is slightly ahead of average utility billing of the fiscal year.
In other business:
• Adam Livengood and Brian Siler were announced as new, part-time police officers for the town.
• The last cruise-in is set for Oct. 5.
• Electrical wiring and signage work on the Pilot Center has begun. Flag poles have been installed and the sign is set to be installed by the first week of October.
Reach David Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1952.