The former home of Sue’s Restaurant in Dobson could become a farmer’s market under a plan to be discussed Monday night by county commissioners – Jeff Linville | The News
The Dobson Farmers Market has been held under the Simpson Insurance picnic shelter at Dobson Square Park, but could be moving to more available parking in front of the Surry County Government Service Center. – News file photo
DOBSON — The Dobson Farmers Market could be getting a new home after a discussion on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners.
For the past few years, the Farmers Market has been held under the Simpson Insurance picnic shelter at Dobson Square Park, which is located toward the south side of the park adjacent to West Folger Street.
While the spot does have nice picnic tables under shelter, the location isn’t in the path of the town’s heaviest traffic, driving or walking. Also, it doesn’t have as much parking as, say, the Surry County Government Service Center in front of the Health and Nutrition Center.
In 2016 the Surry County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase the Dobson Plaza property, which not only included the main building where the former Just Save/Lowes Food grocery store was, but also Sue’s Restaurant on the other side of the parking lot.
Because the building housing Sue’s Restaurant was found to have what county officials termed “structural deficiencies,” which ultimately led to the demolition of the building.
Last month, Knopf received a letter from Bryan Cave, county Cooperative Extension director, and Tony Davis, Soil and Water Conservation District director. Cave and Davis said their agencies, the local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other allied agricultural agencies have been working with the community and area entities to propose the building of a new Farmers Market structure where Sue’s used to be.
The close proximity to the ag offices in the government service center, the high visibility to traffic coming off U.S. 601 and the ample parking make this an excellent location both for a Farmers Market and as an educational venue for these clients, they said.
The letter mentioned possible outdoor uses by members of 4-H, Master Gardeners, Cattlemen’s Association, Family and Consumer Science clients, Wellness, and the Health and Nutrition Center.
“We have received a bid of $88,000 for a 62’x90’ open-air pole structure,” states the letter from Cave and Davis. “The structure would have a concrete floor and a restroom roughed in for the future. In the future, an area of the structure would be enclosed for storage of materials used there.
“We have secured approximately $45,000 in support of this from allied groups. We are asking that the Surry County Board of Commissioners assist us in securing the remainder of the required funding.”
Cave included an agreement from Samuel Johnson, of Samuel Johnson Construction, for the amount of $88,000.
The issue is on the agenda for discussion at Monday’s meeting of the county board, which starts at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.
The commissioners have a “consent agenda” where they simply agree to a package of things that aren’t typically considered controversial.
Such things include reclassifying a job description at the animal shelter, abolishing a position at the health department that is no longer needed, and signing off on a contract with the company that will perform the audit services for the county.
Also on the list for this month’s consent agenda are two requests for new furniture.
Don Mitchell, county facilities director, said that the district attorney’s office has requested a conference table, 10 chairs for the table, two desks, two end tables, one office chair and 10 bookcases.
“Kelly Holcomb from River’s Edge met with the district attorney and the assistant district attorney and prepared a quote to include all the items they are needing,” Mitchell wrote in a note to the board. “The total cost, including installation, is $17,140.91.”
Mitchell added, “River’s Edge also gave me a quote for four 4-shelf bookcases that have been requested by the USDA. The cost for these bookcases, including installation, is $3,000.52.”
Mitchell said there are funds available in the budget for these purchases, so he just needs permission from the board to do so.
The former home of Sue’s Restaurant in Dobson could become a farmer’s market under a plan to be discussed Monday night by county commissioners
The Dobson Farmers Market has been held under the Simpson Insurance picnic shelter at Dobson Square Park, but could be moving to more available parking in front of the Surry County Government Service Center.