At the completion of Monday’s meeting, the Elkin Board of Commissioners didn’t adjourn, but instead recessed until its May 2 budget workshop.
The workshop, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall, will be the first for the 2016-17 fiscal year budget season.
With the passing of the consent agenda for the meeting, the commissioners set a public hearing on a rezoning request by James Partin of PET, LLC for two parcels of land on the northside of CC Camp Road just east of its intersection with North Bridge Street from R-20, residential, to B-2, highway business.
The hearing will be held during the May 9 commissioners meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
In other business:
• The commissioners unanimously gave permission to the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce to hold its annual pumpkin festival downtown on Main Street Sept. 24. In a second motion, the board also approved an alcohol waiver in Elkin Municipal Park for Sept. 24 for the first Big Elkin Brewfest, to be held after the pumpkin festival.
• Dr. Bill Blackley, representing the Elkin Valley Trails Association, updated the commissioners on his group’s progress.
He reminded the board that the new 178-foot footbridge should be put in place May 6, and site preparation for that already is underway. Also, once a seat belt is installed, motorized trail tours via electric golf cart can begin for those who are not able to walk the trail. He said 11 veterans have been trained and will be operating the tours.
Also, April 16 and 23, the EVTA will be holding workdays to allow volunteers to continue building and maintaining trails.
Planning is underway to prepare Elkin to host the February 2017 annual meeting of the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which follows the E&A Rail Trail and Main Street in downtown Elkin. The trail town meeting also will be held the same weekend in February in Elkin, making it a two-day event, Blackley reported.
He announced the Yadkin River paddle on May 14, which will be the morning of the Elkin Roots Music Festival, to be held in Elkin Municipal Park. Also, the Tour de Vino fundraiser will be held May 21, in conjunction with the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival.
One of the EVTA’s biggest fundraisers of the year, the Trails Boogie, will be held at The Liberty in downtown Elkin June 16. The event is free, and includes a band, food, and more.
The group also is working on completing a connection between Crater Park and the trail at the Elkin Public Library. Blackley said once that is complete, there will be a wheelchair-accessible trail from Crater Park to the end of the E&A Rail Trail.
• The commissioners unanimously passed the 2015-16 fiscal year audit contract with Martin Starnes for $27,500, which is an increase of $725 from last year’s contract. The cost remains less than the town previously was paying to former auditors.
• The board discussed conducting the town manager’s annual review during a closed session of its May 9 meeting. Each commissioner was asked to fill out their observations for the review so they will be prepared.
• Mayor Hutchens brought to the board’s attention that the county commissioners are considering adopting a no-tethering ordinance for animals in county. Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner said Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain officials also plan to mirror the county’s ordinance. Town Attorney explained the county can’t adopted an ordinance to affect towns, so the towns were adopting it on their own. Commissioner McCulloch expressed her desire to see Elkin also adopt a similar ordinance. No further discussion was had on the topic.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.