The Yadkin County commissioners held their meeting July 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss rezoning, economic development assistance, and the honoring of a Yadkin County local for his dedication and commitment to Yadkin County.
Bobby Todd spoke about the expansion of B&G Snack Foods Inc. and the possible expansion of its facilities in Yadkinville by adding Mama Mia’s Pizza along with the services it will provide. Todd estimated a $7.6 million capital investment with a minimum of 58 new positions being created.
The town commissioners unanimously approved the agreement with B & G Snack Foods Inc.
Dawn Vallieres gave a presentation on the rezoning of just more than 12 acres of land at 1032 Hutch Road from Residential Restricted to Residential Agriculture. The discussion to rezone was presented to the planning board on June 13 after the owner of the property, Nick Patella, requested the rezoning. The planning board had voted to recommend favorably on approval of the rezoning by a 3-2 vote. The commissioners approved the rezoning unanimously.
“As we the County Commissioners of Yadkin County have found this property to be located near existing agriculture land and have further found the proposed change to be supported by the land use plan, we find that the above reference proposal for rezoning to be consistent with the development principals and guidelines for rural agriculture as stated in section 7, page 24 of the 2011 Yadkin Valley Land Use Plan,” said County Manager Lisa Hughes of the board’s approved rezoning change. “The proposal is also consistent with the 2011 Future Land Use Map as this parcel is shown to be located in a rural agriculture area of the county. We therefore consider the proposal for rezoning to be reasonable and in the public’s interest.”
Yadkin County citizen Barry Hennings was honored by the commissioners for his dedicated service to the county.
“I’ve gotten to know Barry Hennings on several levels,” said Hughes. “I’ve gotten to know him on the planning board and various construction projects. Berry Hennings has been a wonderful asset to this county on those projects.”
Hennings has been a regular member and chairman on the planning board and his wisdom, experience, and good judgment displayed on the board have assisted on guiding land use and regulations throughout the county, according to county officials. Hennings has served the county for many years and also has helped with major county projects as a consultant.
Hennings was rewarded with a plaque and his picture was taken with Chairman Kevin Austin.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the county,” said Hennings. “It’s been a privilege to serve on the board, see a lot of things, and see a lot of changes in the county in the 15 to 16 years on the board. The county’s moving in a good direction and I appreciate that there are public servants like you guys who are willing to serve their term to the county. I got a little piece of it on the planning board, but the time you serve to the county is a lot more than I have ever served.”
Austin told Hennings to “go home and rest up. We’re keeping a seat warm for you up here.”
Also during the meeting, the environmental health fee schedule was revised with three major changes.
The wording was changed from regular permits to repair permits as well as to have one fee per residential system of $125, which was dropped from $215.
A decrease also was made on the commercial side recommending a fee drop from $375 to $250 for 750 gallons. The rationale for both fee drops is to encourage residents to actually make repairs.
The property certification fee also was deleted, a fee the board stated should have been deleted earlier as it was serving the county little use.
“This is what we like to do — cut taxes and fees.” said Austin.
The changes to the schedule were adopted unanimously.
David Moxey was elected to be the voting delegate for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference in Winston-Salem Aug. 11-14.
On Aug. 29, a Joint Board of Commissioners/Board of Education meeting will be held at the new Yadkin County Agricultural and Educational Building with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.
Board vacancies appointments were presented by clerk Tanya Gentry. Eugene Brown, Danny Royall and Barry Crissman were all reappointed to the Richmond Hill Law School. Jeff Eads and Monta Davis-Oliver were appointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Board. All appointments and re-appointments were passed unanimously.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.