DOBSON — On Monday, the Surry County Board of Commissioners will meet to discuss several items, and two public hearings will be held.
Shortly after the meeting begins at 6 p.m., Planning Director Kim Bates will introduce a public hearing for rezoning at Red Brush Road. Zane Creed and Wade Haynes have applied for rezoning of a 2.92-acre tract from Rural Agricultural to Rural Business. The Surry County Planning Board unanimously recommended the proposal. It will now go to the county commissioners for final approval.
A public hearing also will be held for the county’s Community Development Block Grant application. One public hearing already has been held regarding this grant program. The purpose of the required public hearing is to receive further public input regarding the county’s intent to apply for funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s grant program. The grant, if received, would go to fund a road for a Habitat for Humanity project in the Ararat community. The funding would be non-matching and could provide up to $18,000 per dwelling unit there. Habitat plans to develop five lots at the location.
Also, at some point during the meeting, the commissioners plan to nominate candidates to fill the remaining two positions on the Surry County Planning Board. At a budget meeting on Tuesday night, Commissioner Eddie Harris nominated Frank Beals to fill one of the three spots that had been left open when the commissioners decided not to reappoint three long-time members whose terms were ending.
Scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Jim Reynolds and Bob Sallock of CHA Consultants will give a presentation about the possibility of the recovery of methane gas at the landfill. Commissioners selected the engineering group several months ago to do a study at the landfill to determine whether the county has enough methane to secure a firm to purchase it. Johnson said this would allow the landfill to make money while disposing of the methane. The firm will present those findings on Monday night.
The board will recognize Eagle Scouts, Register of Deeds Advanced Certification recipients, and county retirees around 7 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., Martha Brintle and Frank Prince, co-interim directors for the county’s management information systems department, will present the commissioners with a proposed Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. The department is requesting $23,752 be transferred into its budget to cover the contract which expires on April 30. The contract provides Microsoft licenses for all computers on the county network. The prior MIS director failed to accommodate for the new contract and the increase of computers on the network, according to a department memo.
Tony Davis, district conservation director, is scheduled to speak to the board at 7:45 p.m. He will present an amendment to the Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinance. The Voluntary Agricultural District Program is designed to promote agriculture in the county and has been managed by the Surry County Cooperative Extension Service. The request is to transfer program management to the Soil and Water Conservation District, which has been proposed by Davis and Extension Director Bryan Cave.
After general county business from the county manager and commissioners and a closed session for economic development and personnel, the meeting will adjourn.
Anyone with a disability needing an accommodation at the meeting should contact the county manager’s office at 401-8201. Elkin residents should call 366-8201. The meeting will be held at the Surry County Government Center in Dobson.