The long-awaited East Bend waterline project will soon be back on schedule. It was announced Monday at the Yadkin County commissioners meeting that a grant has been received from the Appalachian Regional Commission which will help to fund the project.
East Bend’s existing water supply comes from wells in the area, most of which are in poor condition. The new waterline will bring water from Forsyth County down Flint Hill Road into East Bend.
“We talked with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for a long time and lost a lot of time trying to deal with USDA and, of course, this [grant] was going on in the background too, but now that it’s here we’re ready to go and this project’s going to start happening now. We’re ready to set up our community meetings and all of that and get easements signed, just all the great stuff we can actually start moving forward and we’re excited about that,” said Chairman Kevin Austin.
Austin said a press release would go out soon from the county with updated information on the waterline project.
A rezoning request for a property located at 1645 U.S. 601 S. was approved during the meeting. The property was zoned for manufacturing and the owner requested a zoning change to highway business for the purpose of having an auto sales business.
Also approved during the meeting was a grant application for monies which will go to YVEDDI for the purpose of public transportation. Those funds are divided into three areas to provide transportation for the elderly and disabled, rural general public and employment transportation assistance.
A bid from Northwestern Emergency Vehicles for an ambulance remount also was approved. An existing patient compartment will be remounted to a new 2016 Ford F-450 chassis at the cost of $98,215.
County Manager Lisa Hughes mentioned in her report the state has adopted a budget and there will be some positive and negative impacts for the county based on the budget.
“One was the sales tax change that will be effective in fiscal year 2017 and I will note that while that is a good thing and it will mean more revenue coming back into Yadkin County, it is to be used for economic development, public education and community college,” Hughes said.
“One thing that will impact our budget negatively is the increased cost for autopsy fees and medical examiner fees,” Hughes said. “The autopsy fees are going up from $1,250 to $1,750 and medical examiner fees from $100 to $200. Typically we spend about $17,000 for medical examiner fees and we did include this in the budget because we knew this might be coming.”
On Oct. 8, the board of commissioners will participate in a board of health training. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.