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Outgoing Martinsville City Councilman Kimble Reynolds Jr. (second from left) receives a key to the city from Mayor Kim Adkins (center) as council members (from left) Mark Stroud, Gene Teague and Danny Turner look on. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday bid farewell to Vice Mayor Kimble Reynolds Jr., presenting him a symbolic key to the city.

Reynolds first was elected to the council in 2004. He is finishing his second four-year term as a councilman. Tuesday night’s council meeting was his last unless the council has to call a special meeting later this month.

As a councilman, Reynolds served one term as mayor from July 2006 to June 2008, plus three terms as vice mayor. Both positions are two-year offices elected by fellow council members.

Reynolds, an attorney whose law firm and residence is on Starling Avenue, decided earlier this year not to seek a third term.

Along with the key, Mayor Kim Adkins presented him — as a token of the council’s appreciation — a box that was hand-carved by a local artisan.

Adkins mentioned that during the past eight years, Reynolds held leadership roles with the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia First Cities coalition. He also has been involved with the National League of Cities.

“He made sure the voice of Martinsville was always heard” in statewide affairs, she said.

“His legacy, in my view, will be his commitment to civic engagement” and building a sense of community in Martinsville, Adkins added.

Councilman Danny Turner acknowledged that he has not always agreed with Reynolds’ opinions on issues, but he said the outgoing councilman always has done “what’s right in his heart,” and he admires him for that.

Reynolds has “been a role model to me,” Turner said.

Councilman Gene Teague said that what he admires most about Reynolds is “the deliberate way in which he approaches issues.”

Reynolds does not always speak up first, Teague said, “but when he speaks, he has something to say, and usually it’s something good.”

Councilman Mark Stroud said that before he retired from the city sheriff’s office, he saw how Reynolds handled himself as a lawyer in court.

“He’s a fine man,” Stroud said, and “an upright, standout guy.”

“I wish you the best, my friend,” he told Reynolds.

The council held a reception for Reynolds on Tuesday before the meeting started.

He received two standing ovations from a large crowd that gathered in the council chambers to see him honored.

Reynolds recalled that in the past eight years, he saw a lot of changes for the better, including the development of a public transportation system, new walking trails and the New College Institute.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve this community,” he said, noting that area residents have “a fraternal spirit” which enables them to cooperate to make improvements.

Sharon Brooks Hodge of Greyson Street was elected to the council on Nov. 6. She will take Reynolds’ seat as soon as she is sworn into office during a special council organizational meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 2.

Also Tuesday, the council adopted a resolution to finance the purchase of a new fire engine through Carter Bank & Trust.

The engine’s purchase for $456,436 was approved during the last council meeting on Nov. 27. The city will fully pay for the engine up front so it can get a 3-percent discount on the original price.

However, the purchase still will be financed. The city’s total cost, including 1.6 percent interest, will be $481,708.56. Payments will be made twice a year for five years starting next August, the resolution indicates.

The new engine is to be delivered to the city in about seven months. It will replace a 1979 model that already has been sold, even though it has brake problems and had outlived its usefulness to the city, officials have said.

The council also appropriated $26,850 into the current fiscal year’s budget.

Of that sum, $1,500 is a donation from Martinsville Circuit Court Judge G. Carter Greer that will be used toward pay bonuses for court workers. The money is from a discretionary account of the state-administered court, according to city Finance Director Linda Conover.

The remaining $25,350 is from a Community Development Block Grant and will be used toward city Neighborhood Stabilization Program expenses.

Details of other actions taken during the council meeting will be reported in the Martinsville Bulletin on Thursday.


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