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Budget before board
Monday, June 25, 2012
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will consider several budget adjustments before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1, including $121,965 in additional fuel costs for various departments.
Those funds will be deducted from the board’s Contingency Fund, which currently contains $131,825, board documents show. After fuel costs are deducted, $9,860 will remain in the contingency fund.
Other budget adjustments for supervisors to consider are:
An additional $45,000 request from the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA to help offset the costs of preparing dogs from the animal pound for adoption/rescue; reducing the 911 Center’s budget due to the elimination of a position; adding a code enforcement officer in the Planning, Zoning and Inspections Department; additional costs in the sheriff’s office related to part-time animal shelter worker; and an $80,310 reduction in funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Library because the system no longer will operate the Bassett Historical Center, beginning July 1.
Paula Burnette, chairman of the library board, and Drusilla Carter, director of the library system, requested time on the agenda to make a presentation.
Representatives of the SPCA also have indicated they will attend the board meeting.
Also at their 3 p.m. meeting Tuesday, supervisors will:
• Consider an additional appropriation of $1,450 from the asset forfeiture line item to the travel expenses line item as requested by Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell.
• Consider an additional appropriation of $6,000 from insurance reimbursements into the sheriff’s office’s repair vehicle line item, as requested by Sheriff Lane Perry.
• Dale Wagoner, director of public safety, asked the board to consider an additional appropriation and permission to carry forward $38,000 from soft-billing revenue from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013 to match an anticipated grant from the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. Combined, the funds will be used to buy a new ambulance and stretcher for the county’s supplemental EMS program after July 1.
• Consider a request from J.R. Powell, director of the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Communications Center, that the board approve $107,439 — grant proceeds from the Virginia E-911 Services Board. A local match is not required for the grant, which will be used to replace the center’s computer hardware for mapping and CAD systems.
Powell also asked the board to approve additional appropriations of $88,221.15 to Dell Inc. for computer hardware and $6,043.41 to Software House International for software.
Henry County is the fiscal agent for the center, and board approval is required.
• Consider awarding a $60,000 contract to Fairystone Construction, low bidder, for the substantial reconstruction of a home on Pleasant Ridge Road in Bassett as part of the South Street Rehabilitation project.
• Consider a transfer appropriation of $200,000 from the school division’s facilities, operations and maintenance category to the instruction category, as requested by Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton.
The school system has saved significant money on facilities projects during recent months and wants to use the savings to pay for additional items on the instruction side, Cotton said.
Supervisors will be asked to act only if the Henry County School Board takes similar action at its meeting today.
• Cotton also is asking supervisors to approve and appropriate a rebate of $30,456 from American Electric Power for energy improvements at Laurel Park Middle School and Magna Vista High School. Proceeds from the rebate will be used to complete lighting and ceiling renovations at Magna Vista, contingent on the school board taking similar action today.
• Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to the Roanoke River Basin Association; consult with the county attorney on pending legal matters; the acquisition/disposal of real estate; and to discuss as-yet unannounced industries.
The board also will meet at 6 p.m. to hear matters presented by the public and an update on general highway matters from Lisa Hughes, resident engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.