County consents to zoning changes

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — County commissioners gave the city of Mount Airy permission to rezone two county-owned parks Monday evening.

County Manager Chris Knopf told the Surry County Board of Commissioners the city was on a mission to “clean up” the zoning designations of city-owned properties.

In a letter to Knopf, Mount Airy Planning Director Andy Goodall explained city parks and recreation properties were zoned as a number of different zoning districts including industrial and residential. As part of his department’s maintenance of the zoning map, Goodall intends to rezone a number of city parks to a conditional neighborhood business district.

However, two of the parks — Graham Field and Riverside Park — are county-owned properties which are leased to the city. Knopf explained the city needed the county’s consent to rezone the properties.

By way of a unanimous vote, commissioners gave Knopf the authority to sign off on the city’s plan.

Commissioners also consented to Chief Court Counselor Rusty Slate’s recommendations for appointments to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Commissioner Larry Johnson will fill the term of former Commissioner Jimmy Miller on the council.

As part of the board’s consent agenda, a $4,105 change-order to the renovation project at the historic courthouse in Dobson was approved. The change-order adds an additional 161 feet of Helical Piers to the project. The Helical Piers are the foundation system for the courthouse, and the additional footage was required to bear the load of the courthouse.

As part of the consent agenda commissioners also approved spending $24,750 for a preliminary design and cost estimate for the project which will relocate the 911 communications center to the county’s human services building in Mount Airy.

Additionally, commissioners gave their consent for Assistant County Manager Sandy Snow and Sheriff Graham Atkinson to complete a salary and pay study for Atkinson’s department. The findings of the study will be conveyed to the board in January, according to the memo contained in the meeting packets of commissioners.

Commissioners also signed off on allowing the emergency services department to apply for two reimbursable grants totalling $22,750 from the N.C. Department of Emergency management to conduct tabletop and functional exercises related to emergency management and HAZMAT.

By Andy Winemiller

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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