County budget worksessions begin next week

JEFFERSON-Ashe County Commissioners will roll up their sleeves next week as they begin examining every line item of the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

County officials will begin work on the budget at 9 a.m. on June 13.

Next week’s workshops are a lead-up for the public hearing at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 20. The hearing is intended to give the public a chance to give commissioners’ feedback or for departments to plea their cases for funding. A vote on the budget will likely follow.

In other business, the commissioners tabled any action on a request from the Greater Lansing Area Development organization until a future meeting. The group has requested $50,000 in funding for the Lansing Park Horse Creek restoration project, County Commissioner Larry Rhodes confirmed.

Project background

The project is located on Big Horse Creek at the Historic Lansing Creeper Trail Park. Big Horse Creek is part of the upper New River sub-basin and Kanawha River Basin. The majority of the North Fork of the New River is classified

as an “Outstanding Resource Water.”

The project location is surrounded by land owned by the town of Lansing, which was acquired in 2015 through a grant and private donor funds to build a greenway park. Erosion due to high water events in the creek threatens stability of the greenway trail as well as park land at the creek banks, according to information supplied by GLAD to county commissioners.

During each of these events, sediment loads are deposited downstream, and a turbidity current is visible where Big Horse

Creek confluences with the river.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.
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