January 16, 2018

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the County of Alleghany (hereinafter the “County”) has received an offer for the purchase of certain real property owned by the County as described herein below and proposes to sell the same pursuant to the provisions of G.S. §160A-269. Said property is situated in Gap Civil Township, Alleghany County, North Carolina, and is more particularly described as follows:

BEING all that certain tract of land containing 100.725 acres, more or less, as shown on the plat thereof entitled as “Property To Be Conveyed To The Conservation Fund – Toy Beamer Estate Tract”, prepared by Andrews & Hobson Surveyors, Drawing No. 6732, dated December 08, 2016, and recorded in Plat Book 11, at Page 60 of the Alleghany County Registry, to which said plat and record thereof reference is hereby made for a more complete and detailed description.

The above described property was acquired by the County of Alleghany under a Quitclaim Deed dated July 13, 2017, and recorded at Book 387, Page 243, Alleghany County Register of Deeds.

The County has received an offer of TWO HUNDRED NINETY-THREE AND 00/100’s ($293,000.00) DOLLARS.  A deposit of 5% (FIVE PERCENT) has been received along with said offer. Within ten (10) days of the date hereunder any person may raise said offer by filing an upset bid in writing, stating the amount of the new offer and the name and address of the offeror. The upset bid shall be in an amount no less than THREE HUNDRED SEVEN THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY AND 00/100’s ($307,750.00) DOLLARS, plus the cumulative costs of publication for this Notice and the recording costs for the a Deed from the County to the buyer. Upset bids shall be delivered to Michael James, County Manager, Post Office Box 366, Sparta, NC 28675 (Physical Address:  348 South Main Street, LL80, Sparta, NC 28675), no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 29, 2018, and shall be accompanied by a deposit in the amount of FIVE (5%) PERCENT of the new offer in cash, or by certified or personal check made payable to Alleghany County.  Upset bids, if mailed, must be received in the office of the County Manager on or before the above stated date. In the event more than one upset bid is filed, the first upset bid received shall govern and all subsequent upset bids received shall be returned to their respective bidders. Upon receipt of an upset bid in compliance with the foregoing provisions, the property will be advertised again for additional upset bids, under the same procedure as set forth above, which procedure shall continue until no further upset bid has been received.

Upon the completion of all required upset bid periods the final offer received will be presented to the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners, which may accept the offer or reject the same. In the event the offer is rejected, the County may elect to sell the property again under the above stated procedure or under any other lawful procedure as permitted by Article 12, Chapter 160A, North Carolina General Statutes. In the event the offer is accepted, closing on the same must take place within thirty (30) days of said acceptance.

This the 16TH day of January, 2018.


Alleghany County Buying Locally Initiative Yields 60 Vendors $435,000

December 20, 2017

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $435,413.52 with 60 local vendors since mid-May.

“The current Board of Commissioners have placed an emphasis on buying items from Alleghany County vendors whenever possible.  County staff has really taken this initiative to heart and run with it,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We always have to balance being good stewards of taxpayer money.  That means sometimes we do have to go outside the county to obtain goods and services.  But our county employees do their best to acquire things locally.  Since we do not have any ‘big box’ retailers here in Alleghany County this money is being spent at family-owned businesses.  These vendors live here and in turn re-spend that money locally.”

The County has purchased everything from youth sports uniforms to heating oil to auto parts and repairs to the meals served to inmates at the county jail from locally-based, family-owned businesses.

“We are proud to support our local vendors.  Alleghany County is home to many top-notch small businesses,” added Mark Evans, Board Chairman.

The buying locally results by vendor are updated approximately every two weeks on the county website at the following link:

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

(336) 372-4179

Brunch Bill Public Hearing

The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Administrative Building at 348 S Main Street. The public hearing is for a proposed Ordinance to Allow the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages before Noon on Sundays at Licensed Premises. On June 29, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 155, entitled “An Act to Make Various Changes to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Laws. The proposed ordinance is available for public inspection at the Alleghany County website, and in the Alleghany County Managers Office, 348 S Main Street LL80 Sparta, NC 28675.

Alleghany County Maintenance Garage Completed

December 8, 2017 

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that Building Inspector Travis Dalton has issued the Certificate of Occupancy for the new County Maintenance Garage.  The garage is located at 37 North Cox Street on a portion of the former county library property.   

“This new garage will enable the county to perform most routine maintenance of county vehicles, including ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and Alleghany in Motion vans, here in house.  This will save the taxpayers money and decrease the vehicles’ down time,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We already have a certified mechanic working for the Maintenance Department.” 

“Our new garage is more than twice as large as the old shop – and much better equipped,” added Josh Greene, Public Works Director.  “We have substantially more storage and can now accommodate larger vehicles such as ambulances.  My team has worked hard to finish the interior of the building over these last several weeks and I appreciate their efforts.”   

FG Dillard & Sons of Sparta erected the metal building while the County Maintenance staff completed the electrical and the interior work.  The new garage has several offices and a partial second floor for storage.  The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. 

The County Maintenance staff will host a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the public in January.  The exact date and time will be announced in the near future. 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Makes Final Payment on Loan

December 6, 2017 

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today made the final payment to USDA on a 15-year loan from 2002.  The proceeds of the $780,000 loan were used to renovate the former Troutman factory and convert it into the Blue Ridge Business Development Center (BDC).  The BDC currently houses the Alleghany Campus of Wilkes Community College, a small business incubator, and the Alleghany County Library.   

“The Board of Commissioners is pleased to make this final loan payment.  The County pledges to be good stewards of public money.  Sometimes, we have to borrow large amounts of money to carry out major projects such as the renovation of the Blue Ridge Business Development Center.  Removing this $73,000 annual payment will increase our financial flexibility going forward,” stated Michael James, County Manager.   

“Having the Community College, the Business Development Center and now the Library under one roof has been a wonderful asset for the citizens of Alleghany County,” added Mark Evans, County Commission Chairman.   

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

(336) 372-4179

Notice of Public Hearing

The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 6:30pm in the County Administration Building, 348 South Main Street, Sparta, North Carolina.  The purpose of the hearing is to discuss possible economic incentives to be provided for Glade Creek Animal Hospital in the amount of $3,000.00.  ­Further details can be obtained from the Alleghany County Manager’s Office, 348 South Main Street, Sparta, North Carolina or call (336) 372-4179.  The public is invited to attend.

Alleghany County Closes on $1.375 Million Loan for School Renovation

October 26, 2017

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County recently closed on financing for $1,375,000 for renovations at Sparta Elementary School.   The financing was provided by BB&T under the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program (QZAB).  The QZAB program was created in 1997 to allow access to very low cost loans for local school construction and renovation.

“The Board of Commissioners is committed to providing the proper learning environment for the students of Alleghany County so the leaders of tomorrow can be prepared for their careers.  Educational opportunities support the future of our county,” stated Mark Evans, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  “We will work cooperatively with the Board of Education to help our school system succeed.”

Michael James, County Manager added, “We want to thank the Department of Public Instruction, the Local Government Commission, our good friends at BB&T and Karen Evans, our Finance Officer, for all their help in securing this financing for our school improvements.  The County is receiving a 0% interest rate which will save our taxpayers a significant amount of money over the next 15 years.”

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

(336) 372-4179

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