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Lights, RVs, pet control top Monday town meeting

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

April 14, 2014

The Elkin Board of Commissioners is set to meet on Monday at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on code enforcement matters, an airport grant, animal control signage and making Elkin more RV-friendly.


Public Hearing


On the agenda is a public hearing relating to a text amendment for repeat offenders of code violators. Commissioners will weigh in on walloping repeat offenders with an additional $100 fine.


“This is an added penalty if someone repeats the same violation within a 12-month period of time essentially adding an additional penalty. Kinda hard to claim ignorance on not knowing something if you were already cited or warned within the past 12 months,” said Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne.


Airport


State aid from the North Carolina Department of Transportation is on its way to the Elkin Airport. According to records, commissioners would need to sign off on a State Aid to Airports Block Grant. The grant will provide a new airport lighting system. It also pays for obstruction removal and a survey. The total grant amount is $150,000. The local match by Elkin would be $16,667.


EVTA Update


Dr. Bill Blackley of the Elkin Valley Trails Association is expected to provide an update on trail and bridge construction progress. According to Blackley, the footbridge had been delivered last month and remains at a Mount Airy facility until the section above the Shoe Dam Factory is ready for installation.


Animal Control


Elkin is getting tough on pet poop and out-of-control animals. Signs and fines for not curbing, or controlling one’s pet are in final stages of development. Last month, commissioners narrowed down the selection for one sample sign and asked Payne to develop language to be placed on the sign. The signs will cost about $50 each. It is unknown on the exact amount of signs the town will need to purchase until commissioners narrow down neighborhoods needing the signs and exact locations for sign placement.


The pet leash ordinance topic was spearheaded by Commissioner Bob Norton, who said he is responding to community concerns of animals running onto neighbors’ yards and defecating on the property. Violators of the existing animal leash ordinance may result in a misdemeanor and a $50 fine, according to town officials.


Downtown RV Parking


Last month, commissioners discussed options toward making Elkin an RV-friendly town and asked its parks and recreation director to develop recommendations relating to parking, water and electricity of RVs.


When asked if Crater Park would be a suitable location, Payne said it’s not a good idea if the weather is bad to mess up ball fields and the park. “The location needs to be on a hard-pan surface where the property doesn’t get torn up if it is wet and we are not getting calls to assist people who get stuck trying to get in or out of the site,” Parks and Recreation Director Adam McComb said.


The portion of the meeting will allow McComb to provide commissioners with an update on how best to designate a section of Elkin for RV parking.


Budget Workshop


Commissioners will resume business at Town Hall for its annual budget workshop meeting on May 1 at 5:30 p.m.


Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.