Board to set budget workshop dates

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

February 10, 2014

The Board of Commissioners for Elkin are scheduled to meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

On the agenda is Todd Tucker of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership.

According to officials, an appearance by Tucker is standard protocol, as the partnership routinely updates commissioners on matters pertaining to economic development in the county.

Also on the agenda is Dr. Bill Blackley of the Elkin Valley Trails Association. It is expected that Blackley will provide commissioners with an update on matters pertaining to a trail footbridge EVTA is constructing.

More recently, EVTA elevated an osprey nest in downtown Elkin with the support of Duke Energy Co., and construction of the platform was donated by the Elkin City Schools maintenance department. It is unknown if an osprey has claimed home to the pole that rests in Crater Park.

At the meeting, the board is expected to decide on budget workshop dates. Last year, Elkin’s budget workshops and debates led to an increase of taxes by 10 percent, one of the largest increases ever recorded for the town.

Also on the agenda are bylaw changes to the library board.

Following the meeting, commissioners will head into a closed discussion over personnel matters.

With the light agenda, commissioners are expected to breeze through Monday’s public portion of the meeting. However, Elkin’s town manager puts no time frame on how long a meeting will last.

“Sometimes when the agenda is short, it provides ample opportunity to talk about lots of interesting things. I never bet on how long or short a meeting will be. One never knows,” said Lloyd Payne.

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