“What’s proposed right now, and nothing is set in stone, is widening that section of road to make it more safe and more aesthetically pleasing,” said Town Planner Joseph Sloop. “What it would entail would be widening the road, putting in a turn lane and curb, gutter and sidewalk.
“It would be pedestrian-friendly and also car-friendly,” he said. “We are early in the process. I can’t say that it would happen tomorrow. These kind of things take a while. We’ve notified the owners already about it. The next step is the DOT is going to come out and stake off where the right-of-way would be and where the easement would be. We will just take it from there.”
There was a short public hearing on the Wesley Community Development rezoning request for a project on Harrison Street. The development firm had a piece of property, two and a half acres, rezoned on Harrison Street. Plans are in place for handicapped-accessible duplexes.
There will be six rental units, and Roy Helm explained how everything would be accessible by wheelchair with no steps. It is an alternative for affordable housing, according to Sloop.
Sloop gave a report on the success of the Easter egg hunt held Saturday at the city park. Yadkinville Mayor Hubert Gregory said he has heard a lot of positive comments from downtown business representatives about Sloop’s enthusiasm.
There was a lot of discussion over a fire hydrant in front of the arts center. There will be pavers put in place, and the discussion was on whether it would be feasible to take out the fire hydrant and put it elsewhere.
Another issue was that of Christmas lights and pole height regulations off the curb and on the curb.
Chief Bryan Southard of the Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Department presented his monthly report, saying there was a 11 percent increase in calls from last year during March.
The totals from last month were at 111 with last year’s total at 1,157 and last year to-date at 864.
There were 10 auto accidents, one power line or tree down, 10 public service calls, four grass or woods fires, five assists to other departments, two stand-bys, one chimney fire, seven alarm activations, two vehicle fires, three structure or electrical fires, 52 investigations, four gas leaks and 101 emergency medical service assist calls.
Chief Tim Parks of the Yadkinville Police Department said there were 31 reported crimes in March, 14 arrests, 83 citations, 686 calls for service with 7,437 miles driven and 12 parking citations, $70 collected in fines.
Parks said that at one particular address in town, Piedmont Village at 409 Harrison Ave, there were a total of 48 9-1-1 calls, of those 30 were calls for law enforcement, 16 were EMS calls, and were two fires reported since Jan. 1.
“Law enforcement has responded to this facility more than medical services,” he reported. There were seven law enforcement calls made for psychiatric or suicidal or mental commitment issues.
“In one 48-hour period around March 15-16 the police department answered seven calls to this one facility, accounting for 90 percent of our total call volume for that period,” he reported.
There were two reported missing persons, both of whom were gone for extended periods of time, requiring extended investigation efforts, and both were returned safely. There were eight calls for fights, thefts and intoxication.
“Since this weekend the police department has responded to Piedmont Village four times, arrested two of their residents, one of which was for the stabbing of a resident by another intoxicated resident. We met with staff and the owners on March 22 to address the issues to date, but problems persist.
“We’re having some real problems,” Park said, adding the department needs to meet with the town attorney.
Capt. P.L. Long, assistant chief of police, said the meeting with the home’s staff included a lot of “excuses.”
“They kind of blamed the issue on the inability to properly screen their residents. They have mixed residency,” he said. Residency is for geriatric and mental illness patients, Long said.
“I met with the owner and their staff,” he said. “I don’t know if the screening process can be improved upon.”