Surry County to consider giving Graham Field to Mount Airy

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — County commissioners will consider turning over a property in Mount Airy to the city, which has maintained it for the past decade.

On Monday evening the Surry County Board of Commissioners will discuss Graham Field, located across the street from the J.J. Jones Family Resource Center on Jones School Road.

On Feb. 16 the Mount Airy board passed a resolution asking the county for the property.

According to the resolution, which is included in the agenda packets of commissioners, the city entered into an agreement to lease the 7-acre parcel in June of 2007. That lease agreement is set to expire on May 31.

A baseball field is located on the property. The city Parks and Recreation Department has hosted sporting events there, including an adult kickball league.

One issue which could have arisen regarding the property may have resolved itself.

According to a record of correspondence included in agenda packets, in 2007 the county entered into a 10-year lease agreement with Carolina West Wireless. The company placed antennas on the pole at the field and paid $12,000 to do so in the first year of the agreement.

The amount due the county increased by 3 percent annually thereafter.

However, the correspondence states Carolina West opted out of the contract after making its lease payment in June of 2016.

• Also included on the nights agenda is a request from the county’s Department of Veterans Services for software to transition from paper charts to an electronic system.

According to a memorandum from Veterans Services Director Mike Scott, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to an all-electronic system. Though the federal agency hasn’t provided a timeline for the move, other states have already implemented the new software.

The department is requesting $14,912 to make the move, and the money would be allocated from the county’s general fund contingency.

Commissioners will also receive a report from Partners Behavioral Health at the board’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Surry County Government Center located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.

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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