Yadkinville approves budget

By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com

Following four separate public hearings Monday night, the Yadkinville Board of Commissioners approved all of the items discussed, including the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

Two of the hearings were on special fund allocations, one for $25,000 to help fund Surry Community College’s Yadkin Center project and the other for $20,000 to help fund the SECU Hospice Home construction. Both were the third installment in each project, with one more in 2019-20 for the SCC project and two more for the hospice home project.

No one spoke in opposition of the allocations, but Marty Driver with Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, which operate the home in Yadkinville, did update the commissioners on the project. As of Monday five of the six beds at the home were serving patients, and since the home opened, it has served patients from as far away as Virginia, because the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson has been full.

“We’ve had over 50 people die there since we opened,” she said, noting that those patients ranged in age from a newborn to a 13-year-old to a patient who was 103. “It’s been such an amazing facility, it makes me proud of our town, our community and our county.”

Driver said when people are sent to the hospice home, sometimes they’ve been in hospitals for days or weeks, “They get there and they just know they are back in Yadkinville, back home.”

Both special allocations were approved unanimously by the board, as was the 2018-19 fiscal year budget, which included no increases in tax rate or water or sewer rates. There were no comments made by the public during the hearing on the budget.

The fourth hearing was on a requested rezoning of property at 104 E. Lee Ave., at the corner of Lee and South State Street. Town Manager Perry Willliams explained that all of the adjacent properties already had been rezoned from R-10 Neighborhood Residential to B-2 Highway Business in 2007 when the town implemented a large land-use plan, but the property owners, E.C. Adams and Scottie Dinkins, didn’t want to rezone at the time.

The property owners requested the rezoning and the planning board unanimously recommended its approval. The commissioners took the recommendation and approved the change.

Rather than adopting any water and sewer policy updates, the board asked the staff to look into creating a policy that would address if a water customer had a leak in a swimming pool and how to address adjusting sewer charges if the leakage wasn’t entering the sewer system. This came after a town resident addressed the board Monday with such an issue, which has apparently been going on for a year or two.

The existing policy will not allow adjustments for sewer charges, so board members want to consider adjusting the policy.

The town attorney, Ben Harding, updated the board about John Johnson’s request to purchase a portion of land from the town where the pump station is located next to the Surry Community College’s Yadkin Center. Harding said the strip of property would allow Johnson a wider driveway into an eight-acre piece of property he owns.

The board also accepted the bid for $198,544 from Randy Griffin to handle the U.S. 601 North Sewer Line project during Monday’s meeting, and learned that the town would be reimbursing John Willingham through a tier three facade grant for a sign project he undertook.

In other business, Williams informed the board that the county commissioners are interested in partnering with the town somehow in completing a pump station and water line project toward West Yadkin School. A joint committee of the town and county is being developed to work out the logistics of the project. In addition to Mayor Eddie Wilmoth, Commissioners Chris Matthews and Richie Parker volunteered to serve on the joint committee.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

No tax, utility rate increases

By Wendy Byerly Wood