Last updated: March 15. 2014 4:34PM - 1173 Views
By Keith Strange kstrange@civitasmedia.com

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ELKIN — The Surry County Board of Commissioners will take its show on the road Monday night when it meets for its regularly-scheduled bi-monthly meeting.

The board will convene in the media center of Elkin High School in Elkin at 6 p.m.

A public hearing on a Sparger Road rezoning will highlight the agenda.

According to County Planner Kim Bates, the request is to rezone a little more than three acres from residential agriculture to residential business.

The request was made by property owner Joseph Jarrell.

Jarrell is seeking the rezoning in an effort to convert current buildings on the property, located at 923 Sparger Road, to business use in order to open a general store.

According to Bates, county planners recommend approval of the application.

“Staff position is that (residential business zoning) classification as proposed would be appropriate for the area, businesses in the district would be required to be buffered from adjoining business uses,” he said.

Following the public hearing, the board will hear a request from Sheriff Graham Atkinson to create a dedicated crime scene unit in his department.

During its annual retreat in February, County Manager Chris Knopf forwarded the request to the commissioners, noting that on several occasions investigations were held up having to wait for a crime scene unit from the State Bureau of Investigation.

Knopf told the board that one of Atkinson’s detectives had purchased much of the supplies out of his own pocket and would be amenable to using them in the future.

“The only item he presently does not have is the alternative light source which is $3,995,” Atkinson wrote in a request to the board.

The plan, if approved by the board, is to use the 2007 Dodge Durango currently assigned to Atkinson and re-fit it with a cargo carrier for supplies.

Estimates say the retrofitting and of the Durango and the alternative light source would cost around $13,478.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.

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