Budget Decision: Work At Truck Driver Training Center Delayed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 20, 2012

A decision on whether to fund construction at the truck driver training center on the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College won’t happen until next spring.
Although a decision on whether to allow the college to use $111,980 from budget savings on renovation to the Gantt Building was on county commissioner’s agenda Monday, County Manager Beth Dirks said the college had requested the item be removed.
The college worked out an agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation that will allow the work to be delayed, and the request will likely be in next year’s budget, Dirks said.
The request was originally made last month, but two commissioners questioned whether it should be allowed and another questioned whether it had to be done immediately.
College President Dr. Mary Rittling said that the work will have to be done to keep the program in Davie County, and if not now, in next year’s budget.
During the public comment section of Monday’s meeting, Randy McDaniel Sr. suggested the county adopt a policy that savings on projects in any department go back into the county’s general fund.
“The savings belong to the taxpayers,” McDaniel said. “If they’ve got some emergency … you can call a meeting.”
He said the county should explore all options with the community college, including establishing it as it’s own …