Elkin commissioners address several items, including rezoning two parcels to highway business

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

Two pieces of property on CC Camp Road is being rezoned following votes by the Elkin Board of Commissioners Monday night.

The parcels are being rezoned to B-2 Highway Business from R-20 Residential at the request of the property owners, with other property around it being B-2 and upon the recommendation of the town’s planning board, the commissioners unanimously voted in favor of the zoning change.

The land in question sits on the north side of CC Camp Road just east of Coffee House restaurant.

The commissioners also voted unanimously to approve a resolution at accept grant funding for more safety improvements and economic growth through the building of more hangars at the Elkin Municipal Airport. The grant amount is $149,778, a slight decrease from past years when the grant was more than $160,000, explained George Crater, planning director for the town.

The grants cover 90 percent of the project, requiring a 10-percent match from the town. Crater told the commissioners it was a deal since the Elkin airport gets no funding from the county, just from the town and the state.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor Lestine Hutchens took the opportunity to read a letter received via email by Adam McComb, recreation and parks director, from Larry Cook, a Lincolnton resident.

“I hike normally at Stone Mountain or at Pilot Mountain but when I feel that it is a bit much for this old man I enjoy the walking at your fine park,” Cook wrote in his letter. “And every where you look it is so well maintained and educational with the informative signs and displays. Just feels like it’s alive and folks want you to be happy to be there and I am!”

Cook continued, “The Bald Cypress trees were always my main attraction but I think the little library on a post is just a great idea! I live in Lincolnton County and am there quite frequently. My hat is off to you folks in Surry County that have such a nice well maintained park!”

Commissioner J.L. Lowe also praised the recreation and parks department, noting the two ball fields in use at Chatham Park on his way to the commissioners meeting Monday night.

But McComb said credit for the park beautification should go to his employees, Charles Felts, Doug Holbrook and Ocean Hinson.

In other business, Bill Blackley gave an update on the happenings with the Elkin Valley Trails Association. He said already in May 110 volunteer hours have been worked during two trail days, with trail development continuing on the mountain bike trail.

He said four motorized golf cart tours have been given in its first week being offered.

The 180-foot footbridge to be added to the trail where it will cross Big Elkin Creek at the town reservoir should be delivered by the end of May, with its being installed shortly thereafter, and McComb reported he is hopeful to have a grand opening for both the new bridge and the mountain bike trail, which is nearby, simultaneously.

The board of commissioners also approved appointing members to two of the town advisory boards — Phillip Lyles and Jennifer White on the Main Street Advisory Board and Charles Chappell and Craig Pardue to the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Rather than adjourning the meeting, the board recessed its meeting until its budget workshop May 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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

By Wendy Byerly Wood


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