Surry County residents given chance to speak on forced sewer service

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

DOBSON — Residents close to a county sewer project will have an opportunity to speak up about ordinances which would require them to connect to the system.

Monday’s meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners will include a public comment session regarding mandatory hook-up ordinances for the Interstates Water and Sewer District.

At the board’s second meeting in March, County Attorney Ed Woltz put two ordinances before commissioners. One would require residents in the Interstates District, which stretches along N.C. 89 from Pine Ridge Road to Round Peak Church Road and Maple Grove Church Road, to hook on to the sanitary sewer system nearing completion.

The other ordinance would require those who live between the city limits of Mount Airy and the district to connect to the system.

The ordinances, if approved, would force property owners with a structure within 200 feet of the line to become sewer customers. Properties without a structure still would be charged an availability fee.

Woltz told commissioners a public hearing is not required before the board takes action on the matter. However, it has become a custom for the county board to hold a public comment session on such matters.

Commissioners opted to give the public an opportunity to speak in open session to the members of the board, and that opportunity is set for Monday night.

• Commissioners will also have a proposal from the city of Mount Airy before them on Monday.

Mount Airy recently asked Surry County to convey Graham Field, a 10-acre parcel which includes a baseball field across from the Jones Family Resource Center, to the city, which has leased the property from the county for about a decade.

The county board balked at the city’s request for the deed for the property in exchange for no funds.

Surry County has asked the city to take part in a project to deliver public water to the Shay Street area, and the city is looking to exchange its services in delivering water to the area for the deed to Graham Field.

The offer, which is included in the agenda packets of county commissioners, is for the city to handle the bidding process for the project and oversee construction in exchange for the deed to Graham Field. All other costs would be split evenly between the city and county.

• Assistant Health Director Maggie Simmons will present a community health assessment to the county board.

Monday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Surry County 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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