The way has been cleared for contractors to put final preparations together and move the newest footbridge going in over Big Elkin Creek for the E&A Rail Trail.
The Elkin Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the third memorandum of understanding for this second pedestrian bridge, which is being installed near the water treatment plant at the north end of the existing trail.
Since the Elkin Valley Trails Association has received grant funding for the bridge project, any money up-fronted by the town will be reimbursed by EVTA, explained Adam McComb, recreation and parks director for the town.
He explained the bridge has been purchased and is staged at Smith-Rowe Construction in Mount Airy. Once the memorandum passed, McComb said the company will begin the final steps of preparing the supports for the bridge before moving it into place. He expected the move to come at the end of July or early August.
Bill Blackley provided a number of other updates from the EVTA group during Monday’s meeting as well.
He said a new, wider entry road as well as more parking have been added at Crater Park, which is the site of the Elkin river access and boat launch.
Also, during the summer months, the EVTA is hosting Dirty Thursdays each week at 5:30 p.m. as work days on the mountain bike course, which can be accessed for work days off N.C. 268 Bypass west of North Bridge Street. Trail work also is beginning between Brookfall Dairy Road and Carter Mill Road, he reported.
A $15,000 grant from Rotary is providing emergency rescue signs along the trail, and the EVTA is working with Surry emergency services to provide location identification so those in need of help can better direct emergency crews to where they are, Blackley said.
With $4,200 raised by the Yadkin Valley Trail Riders group, a campground is being built along the trail which can accommodate riders and their horses on overnight ventures, he said.
In other business during the meeting, the commissioners approved selling two 2010 Crown Victoria patrol cars which had been used for parts at a cost of $1 each to Allen Moody, who provides mechanical work and towing at little charge to the town over the years. Moody will in turn sell them for scrap metal, which is estimated to earn $250 each, explained Police Chief Monroe Wagoner.
Joe Walker was reappointed to the town Tourism Development Authority; Commissioner J.L. Lowe was reappointed to the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority; and Robin Turner was reappointed to the Yadkin Valley ABC Board.
The commissioners voted to cancel their July meeting, with little town business to conduct during the summer.
They closed their meeting by recessing until 8 a.m. June 27 when they will handle any year-end budget amendments which are required and will hold a closed session in order to conduct a review of Town Manager John Holcomb’s job performance.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.