County to consider property sales

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

DOBSON — Commissioners will consider offers from residents looking to purchase county-owned properties and the resignation of a long-time board member Monday evening.

About two weeks ago, the county board placed a small office in Pilot Mountain, once used as a magistrates’ office, on the county’s list of surplus properties.

Facilities Director Don Mitchell will bring a $32,500 offer from a local church for the property before commissioners. According to tax records, the property is valued at about $145,000.

Surry County resident Travis Money has offered the county $250,000 for a 64-acre tract near Gentry Road on N.C. 268 in Elkin. However, the offer comes with additional terms including a requirement for the county to finance the purchase. The sale would also not be able to be completed until Money has sold his home, according to Mitchell’s correspondence to the board.

The property, which includes a few structures, is valued at $322,560 by the county’s tax department.

Emergency Services Director John Shelton will also ask commissioners for $10,000 to begin setting a fitness standards program for his department, and he will seek final approval to put two quick-response vehicles to use in his department.

Prior to the board conducting general business, it will consider the resignation of long-time Commissioner Jimmy Miller and likely declare a vacancy on the board.

Following that action, the county Republican Executive Committee may provide a recommendation for commissioners as to who it believes should fill the vacancy. Commissioners will get the final word as to who fills the slot.

Both Dan Kiger, executive committee chairman, and Buck Golding, Board of Commissioners chairman, have indicated that the likely person to fill the seat is Larry Johnson, who won the March 15 Republican primary and faces no opposition in the November general election for the seat.

Monday’s meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the government center located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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