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Council to mull storm declaration
Monday, July 9, 2012
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
When a strong storm knocked out power for a few days two weekends ago, Interim City Manager Leon Towarnicki declared a local state of emergency.
Martinsville City Council on Tuesday is to adopt a resolution confirming the declaration. That is necessary so the city can seek federal and state funding to help pay costs it incurred in dealing with the blackout, such as keeping people safe and restoring electricity, a document shows.
The resolution mentions that fallen power lines and trees blocked numerous streets and left the entire city without electricity.
The council will consider the resolution when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.
Other agenda items will include:
• Considering final approval of an ordinance that makes littering a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.
• Hearing reports on costs incurred so far in efforts to redevelop the old Henry Hotel, as well as on recent efforts by the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. to attract new businesses and industries.
• Making routine-type budget adjustments, and
• Hearing business from the floor.
At 7 p.m., the council will meet in closed session to discuss a prospective company that has not yet publicly announced its interest in locating in the community, as well as to consult with legal counsel.
If they run out of time to discuss those matters during the half-hour before the 7:30 p.m. open session, council members will go back behind closed doors at the end of the meeting.