After giving the town an easement to install a pipe on Standard Street for a much needed infrastructure repair project, an Elkin businessman is saying he’s up the creek in frustration after contractors hired by the town destroyed a concrete slab on his property.
During a meeting of the Elkin Board of Commissioners held on Monday evening, Steve Waddell of Steve’s Car Wash asked town commissioners to replace the concrete slab saying he was assured of the practice long before he signed the easement. The cost of replacing the concrete slab is about $3,500.
In January, Elkin officials had closed Standard Street due to flooding. Voids and open pockets were discovered under the road. Then, town officials indicated in a news report that they were in discussion with a property owner, whereas an easement was “necessary for the route of the new pipe.”
“I was assured everything would be replaced if it needed to be disrupted to place the pipe. That’s exactly why I signed the easement. Scooter told me I was assured things would get replaced,” said Steve Waddell of Steve’s Car Wash. “I didn’t contract with anybody to replace a pipe along the street. This was not my project. None of this was my responsibility… It could’ve cost the town significantly more had I not granted the easement.”
According to Waddell, he has been complaining about the faltering infrastructure on the street for 12 years. “I have been waiting for this pipe issue to resolve so I can get the place looking again,” he said. “I wanted to support the town through the easement. They baited me into it… They didn’t come through. This is now a nightmare for me.”
Town Attorney Raymond Parker objected to Waddell’s request. Commissioners sided with Parker. It is unknown if commissioners would revisit the matter.
In other town business, Bill Blackley of Elkin Valley Trails Association provided an update on trail progress.
Lon Snider requested an alcohol waiver for Insane Terrain, a running event/fundraiser to be held in Elkin. Skull Camp, a microbrewery in Elkin would provide products to patrons of the race. After discussion, commissioners said Skull Camp has to be in compliance with state ABC permit laws. Commissioner Bob Norton asked questions on the checks and balances of age verification. Skull Camp officials stated the process would be handled diligently with zero tolerance on any risk associated with underage drinking. The waiver was passed.
A SilverSneakers Program was passed by commissioners. The SilverSneakers Fitness program is the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. The town will be reimbursed for facility use by seniors registered under the program. Parks Director Adam McComb said that in the greater Elkin area, male seniors 65 years of age or older do not have a facility to use, while females are able to use another facility at a female-only establishment.
The Elkin Parks and Recreation Department submitted ordinance changes relating to park management, use of facilities, and matters pertaining to volunteer coaches.
The town adopted subdivision and floodplain ordinance revisions, and made updates to the town wellness program for town employees.
Commissioners approved a paving cost of $3,380 for Standard Street.
Commissioner J.L. Lowe was successful at convincing commissioners to explore a public/private partnership with the Surry County Board of Commissioners on development of a shell building concept in Elkin. The town will seek a dialogue with county officials. No action has been taken on the matter, as the item is exploratory.
The town went into a closed session for economic development. Actionable item taken and approved is the following:
According to the released resolution, “The Town of Elkin intends to support the grant with a cash match, by allocating funds through a Workforce Grant incentive agreement already in place with the job commitment company of Prism Medical Products, LLC, which is valid through the Building Reuse job verification period, to satisfy the requirement of the 5% cash match of the requested award amount of $300,000, equal to $15,000.”
According to town officials, it is an item required for a Reuse Grant application in which Bonanza Group has requested the town to apply for on behalf of Prism Medical Projects expansion project at 119 W. Main St.
Commissioners are in recess until Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. A project update meeting will be held at Town Hall.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.