Work continues on sewer improvement for the Pittsburgh Glass Works facility off CC Camp Road, and more funding has been secured to assist with that economic-development project.
In February of 2013, the town and the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority began working together on the sewer-improvement project, with Elkin serving as a “flow-through mechanism” for the grant funding.
The original grant, received May 2013, from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Industrial Development Fund totaled $500,000, but more recently that amount has been increased by $148,259.
The grant amount was amended with PGW’s creation of 131 new jobs at its Elkin facility, according to a resolution adopted at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Elkin Board of Commissioners.
The actions of the commissioners, all made unanimously, included the adoption of the resolution recognizing the amended grant amount; an agreement between the town and the YVSA for the flow-through of funding; and allowing Mayor Lestine Hutchens and Town Manager John Holcomb to both be on the signature cards so they can sign any documents needed to transfer funds to the sewer authority for the project.
In other business:
• The board voted unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement which will have the town shut off water supply to any industrial users who are not complying with the applicable sewer requirements determined by the YVSA. This would happen following written notification of the non-compliance, which would include discharging chemicals and waste beyond allowable levels.
• Eagle Scout Jarrett Peterson was recognized for completion of his Eagle Scout project, which provided railing, landscaping and repurposing of an old pump house at the old shoe factory dam on the E&A Rail Trail.
• A donation of land from the Tri-County Citizens Foundation, which was originally established as a 501(c)(3) to coordinate the renovation of the historic Reeves Theater, which has since been sold to private investors.
The foundation also owns two lots which are mainly gravel parking areas in an L-shape south of the railroad tracks and between those and the Elkin Antiques & Collectibles Mall on South Bridge Street, and behind the mall on Front Street.
With the foundation going dormant, Robin Turner approached the town about donating the land to the town. After discussion and prior to making any of decision about the donation, commissioners voted to accept the donation contingent on a phase one environmental study coming back clean.
• The board voted unanimously to spend $4,870 to add a large TV monitor where the commissioners can see the agenda packet information as it is presented rather than replace the aging laptops the commissioners have been using.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.