The Yadkin County park project is underway with trails being repaired and playgrounds being planned, commissioners said on Monday’s meeting.
The park has been budgeted $90,000 for the playground. The playground is going to be divided into an area for older children and for children under 5, with safety and age appropriate equipment for each group.
“The problem is which do you build first,” said Commissioner David Moxley. “It’s like building a house. Which part do you build first?”
The original plan was to split the spending up into two years, spending $45,000 one year and the other half the next. Commissioner Marion Welborn moved that the both parts should be done at the same time so that neither age group would be alienated.
The playground will be close to the picnic shelter, along with a possibly volleyball court.
The Yadkin County Park is already getting closer to completion with the addition of gravel to driveways and parking lots, seeding of eroded areas and making the walking trails better. The dam also needs to be completed and disc golf tees are going to be added.
Hennings Construction Company was awarded the winning bid by the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners to construct the new jail, according to a press release.
“The bid was awarded to Hennings Construction Company, a company that has a reputation for excellent work,” said Chairman Austin Kevin.
The construction company also has a good reputation in the community, he said.
“I taught both Britt and Darren in high school and their both still doing good work,” said commissioner and retired teacher David Moxley. “It makes you feel good when you can award a bid to local folks who pay taxes in Yadkin County.”
Before the jail can be built, grass needs to planted, and demolition work and leveling of the ground will need to take place. Preparation started on October 24 and is planned to be completed before Thanksgiving, according to the press release.
“This work was best suited to be done in the fall since the soil will be dryer than it might be in late winter,” said county Manager Aaron Church. “This allows a seamless transition into the main construction shortly after the bid opening that will be scheduled for January.”
The new jail will cost approximately $5.9 million and will help to house more inmates.
In other news on Monday, the bridge dedication to Winston-Salem Sgt. Mickey Hutchens was also discussed at the commissioners meeting Monday.
Hutchins was killed while responding to a call in 2009. In May, his wife requested help from the board of commissioners to name the bridge on U.S. 421 after her husband.
The signs to the bridge that read “Sergeant Mickey Gray Hutchens Memorial Bridge” were unveiled on Friday.
“I’m proud the county got the ball rolling on this,” said Commissioner Kevin Austin. “Hutchens lived in Yadkinville, and it seems like a perfect fit to honor him this way.”