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Board to discuss bids for marina

Monday, March 25, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider awarding contracts for work on building a marina at Philpott Lake.

Officials opened the first round of bids on Feb. 19 for three portions of the project: marina dock and concession building construction; electrical service; and group campground upgrades. However, bids for the marina dock and concession building were higher than expected and above budget.

County staff decided to rebid the marina project, and broke it down into five portions: dock/floating platform; concessions building; plumbing improvements; electrical at the marina; and gas/fuel system.

The new bids were due by Friday and will be presented to the board Tuesday.

In other matters at their 3 p.m. meeting in the Summerlin Meeting Room, supervisors will:

• Consider recommendations from Public Safety Director Rodney Howell that came from a recent fire and EMS study.

Howell will recommend that supervisors formally create the Emergency Services Advisory Council (ESAC) to advise county staff and supervisors on fire and EMS-related matters and to help implement county-wide procedures, policies and practices.

Howell suggested the council would be chaired by the public safety director, and made up of one representative from each volunteer fire and rescue department. Members will be either a district fire chief, district rescue captain or an appointee, and will have authority to represent their agency in all discussions and decisions.

The council will help develop a countywide emergency services organization to improve all aspects of emergency response; represent volunteers in financial, administrative and operational activities; promote cooperation between all emergency response agencies by creating a uniform standard of operations for emergency response; develop an organized and financially efficient system for funding capital improvements; improve training, create officer standards and address other issues.

Howell also proposed that the council develop a strategic plan for fire and EMS, including a common mission and vision; a reasonable apparatus list to adequately meet service delivery demands; a comprehensive capital improvements plan; and standard operating procedures to be implemented across the county.

He recommended the committee would provide periodic updates to supervisors, with the first update due within six months.

• Consider approving items of consent that include confirming the minutes of meetings on Feb. 26 and March 12; accounts payable; and a proclamation to establish April 2013 as “Fair Housing Month,” as requested by Lee Clark, director of Planning and Community Development.

The proclamation is one component of activities to promote fair housing and is required by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for each year of an active Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

• Consider a resolution to honor of the Axton Lifesaving Crew, Inc. on its 20th anniversary. The crew was formed in 1993.

• Consider a proclamation to establish April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” as requested by Sandy Dawson, sexual violence case manager for Citizens Against Family Violence.

• Hear from Rick Ward, the new executive director of the Blue Regional Library System, who wants to introduce himself to the board.

• Consider a proclamation to establish April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” as requested by Nancy Kennett of the Martinsville-Henry County Exchange Club.

• Hear a monthly report on delinquent tax collection efforts by county Treasurer Scott Grindstaff.

• Hear a monthly update from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. by Lisa Fultz, director of the EDC’s Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division.

• Consider an additional appropriation of a $10,000 Harvest Foundation grant for the Parks and Recreation Department to improve the access road to the lower field at the Smith River Sports Complex River Access Point.

• Consider an additional $2,796.31 appropriation of EMS Training Funds from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and other individuals to reimburse expenses from programs already held by the Department of Public Safety. A local match is not required.

• Re-consider a request from Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton to retain carryover funds from the fiscal 2012 budget.

According to Cotton, the majority of the $1,719,429 in carryover funds — $1,490,982 — would be used for capital projects. The rest would be used for the school board’s continuing obligation toward its other post-employment benefits (OPEB) expenses.

The carryover request first appeared on the supervisors’ February agenda, but a decision was deferred until this month so county staff could do additional work on the fiscal 2014 budget.

• Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to the West Piedmont Planning District Commission; pending legal matters; the acquisition/disposal of real estate; and as-yet unannounced industries.


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