Board approves roofing contract for town hall
by Wendy Byerly Wood Associate Editor
PILOT MOUNTAIN — A new roof and any needed repairs will be coming to Pilot Mountain Town Hall after the town’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a contract for the work Monday night.
Town Manager Homer Dearmin reported to the board during its monthly meeting that four estimates had been acquired with Baker Roofing out of Charlotte coming in with the lowest bid at $11,200. While Professional Roofing Services of Mount Airy had the next highest bid, it was more than $7,000 higher at $18,690.
Dearmin recommended the board approve Baker for the job, which it did following a motion by Commissioner Cordie Armstrong and a second by Commissioner Dwight Atkins.
The commissioners also approved changes to the meeting times of two of the town’s boards after those groups’ members requested the changes due to scheduling conflicts.
The planning board has been meeting the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., but with all of the board members being retired, they requested the meetings be changed to the third Tuesday at 3 p.m. This change was made after a motion by Commissioner Linda Needham and a second by Commissioner Gary Bell.
Also, wording to the planning board ordinance clarified that the new term limits set last month would only be for the first term’s completion, then terms after that all will be for four years. Shorter terms of one year, two years and three years had been set for some of the new members to allow for staggering of appointments in the future.
The town’s Tourism Development Authority has been meeting the second Wednesday at noon, but the members asked if the town could change that to the second Friday of each month at 9 a.m., which was approved following a motion by Bell and a second by Atkins.
Commissioners also appointed TDA member Scott Needham as that group’s chairman, with Commissioner Linda Needham, Scott’s mother, recusing herself from the vote. The recommendation was made by Dearmin, and the appointment was approved after a motion by Armstrong and a second by Atkins.
Library gives town updates
The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library has been a busy place during the spring and summer, and will continue to be with start of school this week, reported Librarian Anna Nichols.
“We had a delightful spring and summer,” Nichols said, noting that the library located in Pilot Mountain has partnerships with six Surry County schools — Copeland, Shoals, Westfield and Pilot Mountain elementary schools, Pilot Mountain Middle and East Surry High.
“We want to always be part of the solution to any challenges they face in the classroom,” said Nichols, noting that the partnership will continue this fall as the new school year progresses.
Fundraising has been a focus of the local library and the Northwest Regional Library system, which operates 14 libraries in four counties, including the Charles Stone Library.
“We are fundraising in our region to provide ebooks for those in our area to use,” Nichols said. “We had the Ride for Readers fundraiser and quilt raffle and raised $9,000.”
She said in October and November, a series of mystery dinner theaters will be held in hopes of raising the additional $3,000 needed for the ebooks project.
Also, during the summer months, the Pilot Mountain library hosted reading programs for kids, teens and adults with more than 400 students participating in a series of six weeks offering 26 programs to participate in free of charge.
“They read hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours,” Nichols said.
She said one of the most recent announcement is the opening of the library’s used book store, which is a senior project of three girls who approached her in 2010 and have been working on the project since, renovating a storage room in the library’s basement to house the store. It will be open Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also, September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and the library is taking part in the nationwide Big Library Read, which encourages people to read a “Fancy Nancy” book via electronic readers.
During the action part of the commissioners’ meeting, the board unanimously approved library board appointments of Douglas Brannon, Nancy Downs and Melvin Lambe, following a motion by Armstrong and a second by Needham.
Reach Wendy Byerly Wood at email@example.com or at 719-1923.
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