Town land up for sale

Trash bin violations to be cited

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

Land on a prime thoroughfare in Elkin is up for grabs after town commissioners voted at their May meeting to list the two tracts for sale.

The property in question, two parcels on CC Camp Road totaling 1.28 acres near the newly-constructed Advance Auto store, were purchased by the town several years ago to accommodate future plans for constructing a new fire station, explained Town Manager John Holcomb. But in working on designs for the new station, architects explained that the building would have to be two stories and that wasn’t suitable for what the town needed.

Holcomb asked town commissioners for permission to put the property up for sale, which they voted to approve unanimously.

The sale of the land will be done through a sealed bid process, so that once a person makes an offer, the town will open that offer and the advertise it to give other people interested time to bid.

“The board has the right to refuse any and all bids if they come in below what the board feels it’s worth,” Holcomb assured them.

The town paid $200,000 for the property, and the Surry County tax value on the properties now totals $238,620.

In other business at the May board of commissioners meeting, the elected officials approved changes to the town’s solid waste ordinance.

Mayor Sam Bishop explained the changes come after town officials noted more people leaving their roll-out trash cans on the curb all week and on the weekends.

The amendment to the ordinance now requires residents keep their trash carts stored away from the street and screened from view of the street except during the 24-hour period of their weekly pick-up, 7 p.m. the day before pick through 7 p.m. the day of collection.

Town Attorney Raymond “Scooter” Parker explained the newly amended ordinance, in addition to defining the screening rules, includes information about a first-time warning and then a $20-per-day fine for violations of the ordinance after the warning.

The new rules, which were approved 3-2 by the board, go into effect July 1. Commissioners Dr. Skip Whitman and Terry Kennedy voted against the amendment, with Whitman voicing his opinion that he would’ve hoped to have seen people in town have enough pride to keep the street fronts trash bin free.

Also, during the meeting, the board unanimously approved a contract agreement with Garanco to complete the next phase of construction at the Heritage Center on Standard Street. The $231,000 construction contract will be funded by a State Regional Trails grant program and the Chatham Foundation.

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

Trash bin violations to be cited

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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