Alleghany County Now Live Streaming County Commission Meetings

 

February 19, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that it has begun live streaming all county commission meetings beginning with today’s session.  To view the live stream, simply load the county website (www.alleghanycounty-nc.gov/) and click on the icon “Stream Commissioner Meetings.”

“We are excited to serve our citizens better by live streaming county commission meetings,” stated Michael James, County Manager.  “We all have jobs and family commitments and not everyone can attend the meetings in person.  This gives our citizens another option to be informed.  So cozy up on the couch in your fuzzy slippers and watch your local government in action.”

For the time being, the live stream will be internet only.  But the county hopes to begin live broadcasts on the local government channels through Alleghany Community Television in the near future.  “One of the most important roles of local government is keeping our citizens informed of what we are doing,” added Mark Evans, County Commission Chair.

The recorded meetings will still be available to watch through all the normal channels including the county website, YouTube and the local government channels through Alleghany Community TV

The County Commissioners meet regularly on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm and the third Monday at 10:00 am.

For More Information Contact:

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

County Seeking Citizens to Serve on Courthouse Advisory Committee

February 19, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced the formation of an advisory committee to assist with the upcoming decision about whether or not to expand the county courthouse.

“If we are going to spend several million dollars on a courthouse expansion or a new courthouse, we want to make sure we have explored all possible avenues and scenarios.  It is important to have citizens as part of this committee in addition to county government personnel,” stated Mark Evans, County Commission Chair.  “We want to make sure this decision is made properly and in an organized and informed manner.”

The committee will be comprised of 8 to 10 individuals including 1 or 2 County Commissioners, representatives of other County agencies as well as up to 4 citizen members.  The four potential outcomes to be studied include the proposed expansion presented in November of 2017, renovating a different building, constructing a new courthouse or continuing to utilize current court facilities.

“Any citizen interested in serving on this committee should use the Courthouse comments box on the county website or send a letter (PO Box 366, Sparta, NC 28675) or email (manageralc@skybest.com) to my office.  Please write a few sentences detailing why you would like to serve on the committee,” stated Michael James, County Manager.

“We anticipate the committee will meet 1 to 2 times per month over the course of 6 months or so.  In order to accommodate everyone’s schedule, many of these meetings will need to occur during regular business hours.  Please keep this in mind if you are interested in serving on the committee.”

The application period extends from February 20th to March 9th.  At the March 19th County Commission meeting, the Commissioners will appoint the citizen committee members.  The committee is expected to hold its first meeting shortly thereafter.

For More Information Contact:

 

Michael James

Alleghany County Manager

manageralc@skybest.com

(336) 372-4179

Alleghany County Spends $95,000 with 34 Local Vendors in January

 

January 31, 2018

Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $94,974.95 with 34 local vendors during the month of January.

“The current Board of Commissioners have emphasized buying goods and services from Alleghany County vendors whenever possible.  The county staff has embraced this,” 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 try diligently to transact business 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.  With the way the calendar fell in January, we had three check runs instead of the normal two which partially explains the increase.”

During January, the County purchased such items as HVAC repairs at the Community College, CRISIS heating oil for Social Services recipients, numerous upset bid legal advertisements in the Alleghany News 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 and small business owner.

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