The North Carolina National Guard post in Elkin will be growing in land mass as well as motor fleet following action by the Elkin Board of Commissioners Monday night.
While representatives of the National Guard were expected to attend Monday’s meeting, Elkin Public Works Director Robert Fuller said since the local post is an engineering unit, they likely had been deployed to the eastern part of the state to assist with flooding and other problems caused by Hurricane Matthew.
About a year ago, the National Guard approached the town, Fuller explained, with the proposition that if the town would give the National Guard three acres of land, then the Guard would provide an easement to allow gravity-fed sewer lines to reach the town’s public works facility and four other properties on Carter Mill Road. At present, the town has to use a pump to send wastewater to the lines.
Fuller said the NC National Guard is working to consolidate its facilities across the state, and its leaders have a desire to triple the size of the motor fleet at the Elkin Armory on North Bridge Street, but are unable to do that on the existing property due to space constraints.
According to a map provided by the National Guard in its presentation for Monday evening, the plan is to create eight main hubs around the state, and then each of those hubs will connect with 28 spoke locations, with Elkin being one of those, and another 11 transitional sites will exist. In the master plan map, Mount Airy would no longer be the site of an armory.
The approximate three and a half acres requested by the armory is a wooded area directly behind the existing facility.
The Guard information noted that any property acquisition by the National Guard “would include a reverter clause back to the governmental entity of choice. Current deed includes a reverter clause to the Elkin/Jonesville City of Commerce.”
Commissioner Dr. Skip Whitman questioned whether the finalized parking area at the site would aggrevate the runoff into Big Elkin Creek, but Fuller said he thought the work would actually improve the situation.
The commissioners voted unanimously, following a motion by Commissioner Bob Norton and a second by Commissioner J.L. Lowe, to approve the donation of land to the National Guard in exchange for the easement for the sewer line.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.