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An update on the needed repairs to the historic Surry County Courthouse in Dobson highlights the agenda when the board of commissioners meets Monday night.


The meeting is set to get under way at 6 p.m., in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room of the Surry County Government Center in Dobson.


The issues with the courthouse have been in the talking stages for months, and during the board’s July meeting the board decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on the courthouse.


County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-based Brite Engineering.


“We have had several discussions in the past few months about problems at the historic courthouse,” Mitchell wrote in a letter to the board. “The existing roof is nearly 40 years old and needs to be repaired. The masonry joints have deteriorated over the years and need to be re-pointed. The entire building above ground needs waterproofing applied and the north and south entrances need to be temporarily braced until permanent repairs can be made.”


Mitchell said the estimated costs to make the repairs could be as high as $500,000.


Monday night, Mitchell is expected to tell the board that the estimated cost to re-roof the building is $300,000, while the costs to repair the entrances is expected to run around $100,000. Another $100,000 is expected to be spent on masonry work and waterproofing.


In addition to the courthouse update, the board is expected to consider a rezoning application by the Blue Ridge Environmental Committee to rezone two parcels totaling just over an acre from residential/agricultural to rural business.


Any board action will come following a public hearing on the proposed rezoning.


County Planner Kim Bates says that after reviewing the application, the county’s planning board recommends approval of the application.


Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.


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