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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Grant falls through for Stokes garage

County will not pursue project that would by shared with YVEDDI

DANBURY (Winston-Salem Journal) -
A proposed maintenance garage will not be built because state money for the project is no longer available.

Stokes County and the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. had worked on the project. The garage would have included a transportation office for YVEDDI.

A grant for about $300,000 that was awarded to YVEDDI by the N.C. Department of Transportation in 2003 is no longer available, County Manager Bryan Steen told commissioners during the board’s meeting yesterday.

Steen, who met with DOT and YVEDDI officials in June, also said that DOT officials were stunned to hear that the building project was a joint venture between the county and YVEDDI.

DOT officials told Stokes officials that the grant application asked for money for a project that was only for YVEDDI, he said.


Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

This is not surprising at all. YVEDDI, despite its disingenuous name, is nothing more than a welfare facilitation organization. I used to be one of the Stokes County representatives to the organization and the meetings usually always consisted of discussions on how to con County governments into paying for various programs, usually through matching money grants. On more than one occasion, the grant applications neglected to include the parts of the request that were for the benefit of the County.

I tried unsuccessfully to pull Stokes County out of nearly every regional, cooperative, and partnership. The County gets sucked into the organization on the standard collectivist lies and then never seems to be able to extricate itself. I calculated one year that getting the County out of all these collectives could net taxpayers about a two or three cent tax cut.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 4:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$30,000 for 2 acres of land??? is it built on a gold mine??

I wouldn't be surprised if Leon Inman got some cut of the commission on that real estate transaction. He probably brokered both ends of the deal!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:13:00 AM  

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