The Surry County Board of Commissioners to consider incentives with CK Technologies in Mount Airy

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

County commissioners will consider an amended agreement with Mount Airy’s CK Technologies at the board’s meeting Monday evening.

According to County Attorney Ed Woltz the new agreement with CK is the result of the company not meeting capital investment requirements in the prior agreement between CK, the county and Mount Airy. In the prior agreement, CK was supposed to add an additional facility at its location.

Additionally, CK will be required to employ 90 full-time employees, 18 of which may be hired through an employment agency, through the duration of the 10-year agreement.

The county and city would collect fines if CK either fails to meet the employee benchmark or ceases operations.

Woltz said the “largest benefit is that it (the new agreement) will extend the incentive agreement.”

Commissioners will also re-consider an ordinance creating a project fund for the “Interstates” sewer project, which will extend sanitary sewer services along N.C. 89 to the I-77 and I-74 interchanges.

The ordinance to set up the fund, which is required by North Carolina law, failed to gain a majority vote at the board’s Nov. 2 meeting.

At that meeting, commissioners in attendance voted 2-2 on the ordinance. Commissioner Larry Phillips would have joined Commissioners Jimmy Miller and Paul Johnson in voting in favor of the ordinance, becoming the third vote.

However, Phillips had joined the meeting by telephone due to medical reasons. Woltz said, per the board’s rules of procedures, Phillips’ vote could not break a tie.

If Phillips, Miller and Johnson are all present the ordinance should have the three votes necessary for passage at Monday’s meeting.

Additionally, County Manager Chris Knopf will update the board about a new North Carolina law that requires local entities to post budgetary and spending data on the entity’s website. All transactions will have to be search-able in the new system.

In a memorandum, Knopf tells commissioners the county is evaluating third-party software platforms to aid the county in meeting the new requirements.

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at 415-4698.

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