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Supervisors to hear from PHCC chief at meeting
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hear a presentation by Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of Patrick Henry Community College.
Godwin took over the helm at PHCC in July. Since then, she has visited many community organizations. She requested time on the supervisors’ 3 p.m. agenda to formally introduce herself.
Also at that meeting Tuesday in the Henry County Administration Building, supervisors will:
• Consider approving items of consent that include confirming minutes of the Aug. 28 meeting and approval of accounts payable.
• Consider a resolution in honor of Piedmont Community Services’ 40th anniversary in Henry County. The agency began helping residents of Martinsville and Henry County in 1972. Jim Tobin, executive director, will attend the meeting.
• Consider designating a voting representative for the 2012 Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) annual meeting Nov. 11-13.
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. If no supervisors plan to attend, the board may designate a nonelected official to vote.
Supervisors Jim Adams, Tommy Slaughter and Joe Bryant plan to attend the annual meeting; H.G. Vaughn is on a waiting list to attend.
• Hear a report from County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff on delinquent tax collection efforts.
• Hear a monthly update from Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.
• Hear a presentation and consider a request from Sheriff Lane Perry about LeadsOnline, which offers online help to law enforcement and local governments by tracking items that may be stolen.
The sheriff’s office received a free trial subscription to the service and found it beneficial. Perry now wants to spend $3,100 for a subscription for the rest of the fiscal year, but he is constrained by budget concerns.
Perry plans to ask the supervisors to consider using their contingency fund to pay for the subscription.
• Consider accepting and appropriating two grants totaling $31,541 for traffic law enforcement.
The grants are from the division of Motor Vehicles ($25,541) and from a regional grant through the Martinsville Police Department ($6,000).
Perry indicated that the grants will be used to pay overtime to deputies working extra speeding, occupant protection and alcohol/DUI assignments.
An in-kind match will be provided by the sheriff’s office through equipment use.
• Consider accepting and appropriating two grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the agency’s Bulletproof Vests Partnership Program (BVP).
The fiscal 2010-2011 grant is $28,536, and the fiscal 2011-2012 grant is $7,516.99.
The required 50 percent local match will come from Perry’s current budget.
• Consider accepting and appropriating two planting and maintenance grants for Gateway Streetscape, including $12,000 from the Virginia Department of Forestry for staffing costs and $5,000 from the Lowe’s Corp. for planting pots in Uptown Martinsville.
Supervisor approval is required because the county is the fiscal agent for Gateway Streetscape.
• Consider allowing employees to buy laptop computers and iPads through a payroll deduction plan.
As in the past and if approved, the county would partner with and buy those items through the school division’s contracts with vendors.
A monthly payment would be deducted from participating employees’ paychecks for six months, starting in January. The amount would be based on the cost of the item. No interest would be charged on the transaction.
Participating employees would sign a contract for the transaction and would be obligated to pay any balance owed, even if they leave the county’s employment during the six-month period.
• Consider an additional appropriation of $446,280 to the school division.
Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said the extra money is due to changes in the state budget that resulted in additional funding for retirement, inflation, preschool costs and other items.
• Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to the Community Policy and Management Team, Fieldale Sanitary District Board, Southern Area Agency on Aging Board and Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority; meet with the county attorney to discuss pending legal matters, the acquisition and/or disposal of real estate and as-yet unannounced industries.