County to consider water for Cana

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

DOBSON — County officials will consider a new water project with the city of Mount Airy at Monday’s meeting.

The Surry County Board of Commissioners will discuss a number of items Monday, including a possible partnership with the city to provide public water to Cana, Virginia.

According to engineer Kevin Heath, a water system in Cana, which draws its water from public wells, is in need of more volume. The city of Mount Airy has shown some level of interest in providing the water.

The best route for the proposed water line would be to run it along Fancy Gap Road, U.S. 52 and White Pines Country Club Road, Heath wrote in an email to County Manager Chris Knopf.

The line to Virginia would be about 2.5 miles long, and there are approximately 90 homes and businesses along the route it would likely take.

A second option, Heath noted, would be a shorter, more direct path along U.S. 52, though that route would require an additional pump station.

Heath sent the email to determine if Surry County has any interest in participating in the project.

Commissioners also will consider the purchase of six police cruisers for the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. The funds needed to purchase the vehicles are included in the 2016-17 fiscal year’s budget.

Sheriff Graham Atkinson is asking county board members to add an additional $14,000 to his equipment budget. According to his correspondence to the board, a 2013 Dodge Charger was declared a total loss in December and the county received a check of $14,000 from the insurance company.

Atkinson is asking that those funds be allocated in his equipment budget.

Planning director Kim Bates will also appear before commissioner. He will offer an amendment to the county’s solid-waste ordinance.

In September the county board voted to require all loads of trash being transported to be covered.

The amendment Bates will offer will change the language to require a load of trash be “completely secured.”

Bates will also ask commissioners to consider approval of a rezoning application.

Mountain Lumber Company Inc. is asking that 3.62 acres at 172 James Dunbar Road in Pine Ridge be rezoned from rural agricultural to highway business. The company also owns adjacent property along N.C. 89.

The board’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Monday at the government center, which is 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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