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Kendall to seek re-election to supervisors
Friday, January 11, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Milton Kendall announced Thursday that he will seek a second term on the Henry County Board of Supervisors.
Kendall, 53, said he enjoys his job as the Iriswood District supervisor and that he can help “people in the community.”
Also, “I think we have a good board and a good administration to work with,” he said.
The important board accomplishments during his tenure include creation of a paid emergency medical services (EMS) program and a new rescue squad in the Dyers Store area.
“When I look back, I can honestly say I helped things, but I don’t want to take the credit” because the board as a whole participated, Kendall said. “It takes all of us working together. It took the whole board” striving to move forward.
In the future, Kendall said he wants to see the board focus on advancing construction of Interstate 73.
“I’d like to see that start in Henry County at the Patriot Centre and go to the bypass” if possible, he said.
“I think that’s the best shot we have got at bringing Martinsville and Henry County back. We need to get more of a road system,” he added.
He said he thinks Interstate 73 will be built in much the same way U.S. 58 is being improved across southern Virginia — a project that dates back to 1989 and still has hundreds of miles unimproved.
“They have been chiseling along at” U.S. 58, and it will be the same way with I-73, he said.
“When talking about building I-73 from Michigan to Myrtle Beach, you know” it cannot be done all at once, Kendall said. “Just building sections at a time” is more affordable and feasible.
In the next four years, “we have got some tough economic times, but we’ve got to move on and get through them. We’ve got to keep going,” he said.
Although Kendall said he does not anticipate that the local economy will improve drastically in the near future, many other localities are experiencing the same thing.
“This is not just in Henry County. It’s the whole U.S.,” he said. As supervisors, “we’ve got to continue to make good sound decisions” to be poised for a large-scale improvement.
Kendall and his wife, Betty, have three children and live in the Axton area.