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Supervisors set for update on marina

Monday, September 26, 2011

An update on the progress of a feasibility study for a marina at Philpott Lake tops the agenda for the Henry County Board of Supervisors' Tuesday afternoon meeting.

In December, supervisors directed county staff to update a 2004 feasibility study. Doug Covington, of the Lane Group of Wytheville, has worked on that project, and he is scheduled to talk about its progress at the board's 3 p.m. meeting at the Henry County Administration Building.

Also at the afternoon meeting, the supervisors are scheduled to:

"¢ Hear matters presented by the public.

Glenda Stone requested time to discuss matters regarding the Blue Ridge Regional Library Board.

Randy Scott, of the Martinsville-Henry County Taxpayers Association, also requested time on the agenda. Scott indicated he may be joined by Doug Stegall.

"¢ Hear a report on delinquent tax collection efforts from County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff.

As of Aug. 31, 96.48 percent of 2010 personal property taxes and 93.67 percent of real estate taxes were collected.

"¢ Hear a monthly update from Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

"¢ Consider items of consent that include confirmation of minutes of the Aug. 23 meeting; approval of accounts payable; and a proclamation to establish Oct. 2011 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Henry County.

"¢ Consider designating a voting representative for the Nov. 13-15 Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) annual meeting.

Each county is asked to designate a member of its elected board and an alternate to vote on the county's behalf on any issues that may arise.

Supervisors Jim Adams, Blackberry District; Tommy Slaughter, Reed Creek District, and H.G. Vaughn, Ridgeway District, plan to attend the annual meeting.

"¢ Consider an additional appropriation of $122,599 from the Virginia Department of

Fire Programs Aid to Localities Fund, as requested by Dale Wagoner, director of public safety.

Wagoner indicated the money must be used to pay for training, construction of training centers, firefighting equipment and protective clothing.

In the past, the county has allocated the appropriation equally among the eight volunteer fire departments, which would result in a per-department allocation of $15,324.87 this year.

"¢ Consider a $131,583 additional appropriation from the Virginia Department of Education for Axton, Campbell Court, Carver, Rich Acres, and Sanville elementary schools.

The money would be used for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and Acting School Superintendent J. David Martin requested supervisor's action on that as well as to accept and appropriate $200,000 from a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.

Martin said the grant will allow the school board to continue a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge to provide an after-school program at Laurel Park Middle School.

"¢ Consider appropriating $21,753.23 to help pay for the inmate video visitation project in the county jail. The money was raised by charging each inmate $1.50 per day, as allowed by state code.

Sheriff Lane Perry asked that the money be combined with $50,000 set aside by the county to buy the video system.

"¢ Consider an additional appropriation of a $22,996 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to continue support to Neighborhood Watch programs and the

Citizen/Teen Academy and pay overtime to deputies to provide extra patrols.

"¢ Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to the Blue Ridge Regional Library Board and consult with the county attorney on pending legal matters, the acquisition/disposal of real estate and to discuss as-yet unannounced industries.

At the 6 p.m. meeting, supervisors will:

"¢ Hear from Reid Young, who requested time to discuss litter issues.

"¢ Hold a public hearing on a rezoning application from Sammy J. Handy for property at 8962 Fairy Stone Park Highway, just west of Cobler Road in the Blackberry District. He requested the rezoning of about 2.2-acres from Suburban Residential District S-R to Rural Residential District R-R to place a single-wide manufactured home on the property.

"¢ Hold a public hearing on a rezoning application from Enterprises, L.L.C./Jerry Harper Jr., concerning property .2 mile south of the end of Frank Wilson Avenue in the Horsepasture District. The applicant requested the rezoning of about 15 acres from Industrial District I-1 to Agricultural District A-1 with plans to build a home on this property.

"¢ Hold a public hearing on the proposed abandonment of 30-feet of right of way off 1500 Orchard Drive in the Blackberry District, as requested by Avie Peak. The section of road never was constructed but it has the potential to be used as access by other properties that now use a connecting right-of-way off County Line Road.

Planning staff believes there is no public necessity to continue the section of right-of-way as a public road. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) also has no objections to the abandonment.

"¢ Hear a report on general highway matters from Lisa Hughes, resident engineer for VDOT.

 

 
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