The Wilkesboro Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the installation of six new pickleball courts at Cub Creek Park.

The courts will be built near the park’s Bridge Street parking lot on the site of a former T-ball field that was washed out by flooding last October.

The town received a “turn key” estimate of $57,540 from Ronda-based Triangle Fence Co. for essentially all work after the site has been prepped by the town. Factoring in paving costs and materials for site preparation, the total project could cost about $90,000, according to Bob Urness, the town’s assistant town manager and director of finance.

Urness said that grant opportunities might be possible for the project but were unlikely because the town had just received a $25,000 grant from the Health Foundation for the work being done at the inclusive playground being added to Cub Creek.

Town Manager Ken Noland said during the council’s regular meeting Monday, held remotely via Zoom, that town crews would immediately begin building the site base, in preparation of Triangle Fence’s work starting in May and the project being completed sometime in June.

Councilmember Nellie Archibald made the motion to approve the project after bringing up the matter during the council’s work session earlier Monday. She pointed out that the town’s two existing pickleball courts at Cub Creek are heavily used.

The new courts would allow the town to host pickleball tournaments similar to those hosted in Statesville and Beech Mountain.

The town’s parks and recreation board voted unanimously in August to table plans to use portions of two tennis courts at Cub Creek for both tennis and pickleball.

The plans were tabled by the board after 13 people spoke in opposition to striping the tennis courts and putting up portable pickleball nets so court time could be shared by players of both sports and congestion on the two existing pickleball courts could be alleviated.

Other actions

Also on Monday, the council:

• approved the adoption of new fence standards to town code, establishing standards for fence height, design, maintenance and security. Among the guidelines, finished side of fences should face the exterior of the property, with framing exposed to the inside of the property. Setbacks should be at least four feet from property lines to allow the maintenance of the fence and landscaping. In the town’s historic district and B1, fence heights are now limited to four feet in front of properties and six feet on side or rear areas. In residential zones fences shall not exceed five feet in front and eight feet on the side or rear areas. Fences in business or industrial zones can be up to eight feet in any area of the properties

• called for a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Wilkes Agricultural Center concerning the rezoning of parcel 1502351 from B2 (general business) to R20A (residential/agricultural) so that parcel owner Maria Juardo Garcia can build a home on the property

• called for a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Wilkes Agricultural Center concerning the rezoning of parcel 2203700 from R6 (general residential) to B2 (general business). The property owner, Cornerstone Church of Wilkes Inc., is requesting the rezoning so that it can lease space on the church campus to Elburn, Ill.-based Sun Ovens, a company that makes solar cooking ovens

• called for a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Wilkes Agricultural Center concerning the rezoning of parcel 1505861, owned by Barry Bush and at 914 Winkler Mill Road, from R20A to R6, so that Wynnefield Properties can develop an 84-unit apartment complex on the property. The complex would consist of three three-story residential buildings and a single-story clubhouse, similar to the Covington Way and Mountain View apartment complexes in Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, respectively.

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