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Wallburg Town Hall opens

by Staff Writer: Daniel Kennedy

Seven years after the town was incorporated, Wallburg held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to commemorate the grand opening of a town hall building at the corner of Hwy. 109 and Franklin Drive.

“There were a ton of people who were influential in this,” said Wallburg Mayor Allen Todd. “We appreciate everyone coming out. It’s a new beginning for us.”

Allen spoke at length of the generous support from members of the community who helped in the town’s incorporation process in 2004. Inside the 11,500-square-foot facility, many of those local officials – including Davidson County Commissioner Chairman Sam Watford – were on hand for the 10 a.m. ceremony.

N.C. Senator Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, was invited by Allen to say a few words in regards to his efforts in the town’s incorporation.

The way in which the town had come together was unique in his experience without stirring immense controversy.

Bingham helped facilitate the transition by negotiating with High Point, which had to sign off on the town’s charter.

“The biggest hurdle was that they had to get permission from Winston-Salem and High Point (to incorporate),” Bingham said. “Well, I represented High Point, so I began to get to know the city councilmen and I knew how important relationships were. I’ve always had the ability to work across the aisle...and I got a lot of help.”

Todd also acknowledged Davidson County Purchasing Director Dwayne Childress, who was presented a plaque for taking a lead role in the financial planning for the building’s construction. The costs of erecting Wallburg Town Hall totaled $1.4 million, which was paid in full by city savings.

Jarrell Contractors, a Salisbury-based company, were responsible for the design and construction of what is now home to council chambers and several offices, including the mayor’s. It also accommodates the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office with an office.

Council members have met twice in the new facility after moving their monthly meetings from their old headquarters at the Wallburg Fire Department.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or dk52189@yahoo.com.

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