The King City Council unanimously approved the countywide land use plan during its Monday meeting, joining Walnut Cove and Danbury in approval for the plan.
No one spoke during a public hearing on the plan, called the Stokes 2035 Vision Comprehensive Plan, but Director of Planning Todd Cox told the council that the plan had been reviewed by all of the city’s advisory boards.
“This plan would aid staff, advisory boards and the Council in making future decision with regards to land development, infrastructure improvements, parks, sidewalks, trails, and capital expenditures,” he said. “Comprehensive plans can also help in obtaining grants from the state and federal government.”
The Stokes County Board of Commissioners is the only governmental agency in the county that still needs to approve the plan before it can go into effect.
Employee of the Quarter
Council honored Sandra Farrar as the King Employee of the Quarter during Monday night’s meeting.
Farrar was nominated by King Police Chief Paula May.
Both King Mayor Jack Warren and City Manager Homer Dearmin said that since Farrar had joined the city several months ago she had been a joy to work with and was appreciated by every department.
Finance department recognized
Warren presented a certificate of recognition to Finance Director Susan O’Brien noting that her department had received the Distinguished Budget presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United State for the third consecutive year.
Dearmin said the finance department had received great recognition for its efforts in recent years.
“For those who have been attending our meetings regularly it might seem like Susan is up there all the time,” he said. “That is because we are leading the pack in terms of of financial and budget reporting. This is the third year this award has been received by the city and Susan and her staff, the fifth consecutive year we have been recognized for excellence in financial reporting for the comprehensive financial report and this past year we added the popular annual financial report that is a little bit easier to read if you are not an accountant. We are very proud of Susan and her staff.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.