Two Yadkin County Senior Citizens were honored at the Monday night meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners. Margaret Shore and Sam Crowley were winners at the most recent Yadkin Valley Senior Games.
“They have gone above and beyond and won at the local level. They have competed and won at the state level and now they will be going to Birmingham, Alabama in June to compete on the national level,” said Natalie Williams, of the Yadkin County Human Services Agency.
Shore will be competing in the Women’s Doubles Pickle Ball tournament and Crowley will compete in golf. The Commissioners praised the two for their skills and wished them luck at the national competition.
“Everybody needs to try these games,” said Shore. “It’s good exercise, makes you healthier and you enjoy it and you meet a lot of nice people at the Y.”
Courtney resident Stacey Deel addressed the board during the public comment portion of the meeting. He expressed his concern for the ongoing trash and litter problem around the county.
“I’ve been walking the roads of this county for the last year and half and it’s bad,” Deel said. “It’s a disgusting eye sore, we need to have everyone on board. We’ve got to stand up and take our community back.”
“What legacy are we going to leave our kids?” Deel asked. He noted that NC DOT will give residents free garbage bags, reflective vests and gloves for the purpose of community clean up. He asked that the Commissioners also look into possible solutions to the litter problem in Yadkin County.
A public hearing regarding the rezoning of a property on Richmond Hill Church Road took place at Monday’s meeting. Property owner Brandon Smith requested the property be rezoned from Rural Agriculture to Community Business for the purpose of expanding his gun shop business which is located on an adjacent property. The planning board recommended that a 1.42 acre portion of the seven acre property be rezoned as Community Business – Conditional with the stipulation that it could only be used for the purpose of the gun sales/gunsmith/welding shop.
Several individuals spoke out against the rezoning, sharing concerns that they heard the location was to become a gun range. Neighbors of the property said they were concerned about the peace, quiet and safety of the area should a gun range be installed, or even additional shooting that could take place at the gun shop.
Ronald and Pat Renegar live in Harmony but own land adjacent to the property up for rezoning.
“I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be a lot of shooting going on, people bringing trade ins, repair guns, you’re going to have to test them out,” Ronald Renegar said. “For the peace and safety of the neighborhood there, me and Pat are going to have to say we’re against it.”
Janice Hobson owns land across the road from the property, which is she is currently trying to sell.
“Nobody wants to buy land when they know all this shooting’s going to be going on,” she said. “I think it’s really bad. There’s a lot of wildlife there and we hate for them to have to leave because of all this shooting going on all the time. I think it’s terrible and I think we should vote no.”
Yadkin County Planning Director Dawn Vallieres noted that the property was not large enough to be zoned as an outdoor shooting range and that was not part of the conditional use rezoning that Smith had applied for.
“All we really wanted to do is sell guns, work on guns and make more money for ourselves and grow the business, we have outgrown the shop we’re in now,” Smith said.
The Commissioners voted to approve the rezoning request.
Also approved at the meeting was a contract in the amount of $26,400 with Yadkin Valley Construction for dredging sediment from a watershed structure. The county maintains 14 watersheds throughout the county which were built in the late 1960s for flood control. Over the years the pools have filled with sediment and are in need of refurbishing. The dredging will not completely fix the issues with the watersheds, but will allow some time for the county to seek additional funding to address the ongoing problems.
The board approved a financial arrangement in regard to the Richmond Hill Law School Commission. The Commission was formed in 1970 for the preservation of the historic home of Judge Richmond Pearson. It was recently discovered that the Commission has been operating as a non-profit using the county’s tax id number. In order to correct this issue, the county will create an expenditure line within Parks and Recreation for the Richmond Hill Law School Commission and take over the funds of the group until it can establish itself as non-profit.
In the Commissioner comment portion of Monday’s meeting, several of the board members expressed their condolences to the family of Jeffrey Key who drowned on Friday at Lake Hampton in the Yadkin Memorial Park. Chairman Kevin Austin did express his pride and gratitude at the professional work done by local emergency officials who assisted with the recovery efforts. Austin said the board would be discussing what could be done at the park in the future to encourage more use of life jackets and other safety measures while enjoying the lake.
Kitsey Burns Harrison will be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.