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

manageralc@skybest.com

(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

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

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

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Commissioners Honor Kenny and Cheryl Harris

Sparta, NC – The Alleghany County Commissioners today enacted a resolution to honor Kenny and Cheryl Harris of Sparta for dedicated community service, including over 20 years serving as foster parents.   

“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to thank the Harrises for everything they do and have done for the young people of Alleghany County,” stated Mark Evans, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  “They have continually placed the wellbeing of children above their own.  They are truly remarkable folks.”     

Lisa Osborne, Social Services Director added, “I have worked with Kenny and Cheryl Harris here for many years.  They have provided a safe supportive home to so many foster children over the years.  I don’t know what we would do without them.” 

Alleghany County will soon begin a campaign to recruit new foster families.  If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Tiffany Perry or Charity Ballou at the Department of Social Services at 336-372-2411.

 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Awards Animal Shelter Contract

July 20, 2017

 

Sparta, NC – The Alleghany County Commissioners today announced a new 5 year contract with Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital to manage the county animal shelter.  Twin Oaks has managed the county animal shelter since its inception in the mid 1990’s.

 “We are pleased to renew our contractual relationship with Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital for 5 more years,” stated Alleghany County Manager Michael James.  “I have personally enjoyed getting to know Dr. Nash Williams and his dedicated staff in my time here in Alleghany County.  The shelter animals are in good hands.  We are also pleased to continue our buying locally theme.”   

“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to thank Dr. Williams and his team for their selfless work for these many years,” stated Mark Evans, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  “We appreciate everything they have done for the County.”     

Dr. Nash Williams, the Owner of Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital added, “I am pleased to have a new contract with the County.  We’ve had an excellent relationship for many years.  My team works hard to get these animals adopted and keep our euthanasia rate very low.” 

For more information on Alleghany County’s buying locally efforts, go to http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/.

 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Awards Fuel Oil Bid to Home Town Oil

July 18, 2017 

Sparta, NC – The Alleghany County Commissioners today announced the awarding of the 2017/2018 fuel oil contract to Home Town Oil & LP Gas, LLC, of Sparta.  Home Town will provide fuel oil for county buildings as well as the Crisis Fuel Assistance Program through the Department of Social Services.  The County estimates it will purchase about 5,000 gallons of fuel depending on the severity of the winter. 

“We are pleased to award the fuel oil bid to Home Town Oil & LP Gas, LLC again this year,” stated Alleghany County Manager Michael James.  “With the current emphasis on spending locally, we are always excited when an Alleghany County business wins a bid.”   

“Home Town Oil has been serving us well the last several years and is a valuable partner.  Jackie Billings and his team have always gone above and beyond to help my team,” stated Josh Greene, Alleghany County Public Works Director.  His team works directly with the fuel oil vendor to supply the county buildings.     

Jackie Billings, the Owner of Home Town Oil added, “I am excited to once again secure the County’s business.  It has been a mutually beneficial relationship.” 

For more information on Alleghany County’s buying locally efforts, go to http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/. 

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Sparta Manufacturer to Expand — Up to 35 New Jobs Expected

For Immediate Release:

February 20, 2017
Sparta, NC — Napco USA today announced a planned expansion of its production line in Sparta. The manufacturer or rigid board packaging and marketing materials, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, will add up to 35 jobs over the next 2 years. To assist the company in its expansion, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved a $225,000 Building Reuse Grant to be accompanied by an $11,250.00 local match from the Alleghany County Commission. The company will also receive training and onboarding funds of up to $1000.00 per job created from the North Carolina Community College System.

“We appreciate the Alleghany County Government and State of North Carolina for assisting with our pending expansion. We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary in Sparta and look forward to increasing our production very soon,” stated Napco USA President Paul Demmink.

“We are very pleased to assist Napco with their coming expansion,” added Mark Evans, Chairman of the Alleghany County Commission. “They are one of the bedrocks of our local economy. The County Commission stands ready to assist our local companies in any way we can.”

The North Carolina Building Reuse Grant Program supports the renovation or expansion of buildings occupied by a company operating in the state of North Carolina for at least 12 months. Companies must meet the weekly wage standard, provide at least 50% benefits to employees and be represented on the Priority Industry Table. The program requires a 50% match from the company and a 5% match from the local government.

For More Information Contact:
Michael James
Alleghany County Manager
manageralc@skybest.com
(336) 372-4179

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