On Monday evening the Surry County Board of Commissioners will consider, among other matters, a request to purchase a new emergency services vehicle.

In a letter to commissioners, Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton is asking for approval of funding to purchase a new Ford Explorer. According to Shelton’s request the vehicle will replace a 2003 Dodge Durango that is being used as a paramedic quick response unit.

According to Shelton’s request the 2003 Dodge has upwards of 160,000 miles on it. Also included in Shelton’s request is a recommendation to move the aging vehicle to the fleet that supports the 911 call center. Shelton stated that the center needs a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to reach a number of communication tower sites.

Shelton is asking commissioners to approve the $27,000 needed to purchase the Ford Explorer to be appropriated from the emergency services and 911 center budgets. According to Shelton the funds will be paid back, almost in full, when his department receives a check of about $20,000 from the state’s emergency management program supplement.

The supplement money is expected to be available in October, and Shelton’s request is included in the board’s consent agenda.

In other matters the board will hold public rezoning hearings for properties associated with two new Dollar General stores on West Pine Street in Lowgap and at 3416 Old Westfield Road.

The board will also consider resolutions resulting from the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport expansion. The resolutions will officially take what was formerly Holly Springs Church Road off the map and add the new section of the road. According to board Clerk Conchita Atkins the resolutions are needed to formalize the change and allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to maintain the road.

Monday evening’s meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Surry County Government Center in Dobson.

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