Sides’ rezoning application, proposed budget up at Monday’s meeting

  • Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:20 a.m.
Rowan County Commission Chairman Jim Sides.
Rowan County Commission Chairman Jim Sides.

SALISBURY — A public hearing will be held as part of Rowan County Commission Chairman Jim Sides’ rezoning application for his property in the western part of the county at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting.

Sides formerly used the property as a mobile home park on Henkle Craig Farm Road, according to a commissioners’ memo. Sides is asking the property be rezoned from a manufactured home park to rural agriculture.

The property had two mobile homes removed from it years ago, the memo said, and no longer deserves the current zoning designation. Sides did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The planning board voted unanimously to suggest approval of the rezoning based on criteria of the surrounding zoning area and the land’s current use.

Vice Chairman Craig Pierce called the agenda item “very routine.”

“He’ll recuse himself and I’ll run the meeting during that public hearing,” Pierce said. “There’s nothing there, other than just, he wants to make it residential and get it out of the mobile home park use because he has some other uses for it.”

Commissioners are also expected to receive a copy of the proposed 2013-2014 budget at Monday’s meeting.

County Manager Gary Page said commissioners will see the proposal for the first time when they enter the commissioners’ chamber.

County leaders will then set a public hearing date for early to mid-June to hear feedback from groups, individuals or organizations being affected by the proposed budget.

“After that night, if they feel like they can adopt it that night, fine. If they feel like they need to have another budget workshop, then they’ll set one,” Page said.

Commissioners are also expected to present a lifetime achievement award to former Department of Social Services Director Edwin Koontz.

They will also recognize the winners in an artwork contest for the 2012-2013 NC Farm to School program.

Those winners include: Marissa Blackwell, a fifth-grader at Ethan H. Shive Elementary and teacher Amy Parsons; Logan Willbanks, a first-grader at Millbridge Elementary and teacher Kimberly Nance.

Two more Rowan County students won for next year’s 2013-2014 program.

Commissioners will recognize Heaven Thornton, a 5th grader at Landis Elementary again with Kimberly Nance; and Ashton Brown, a first-grader at Rockwell Elementary and teacher Amy Parsons.

Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.

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