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Supervisors to discuss 2014 legislative agenda

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider adopting its 2014 legislative agenda for the General Assembly.

Items the county wants legislators to consider in January are in the categories of economic development, education, emergency services, transportation, local governance and administration, and land use/environmental/recreational.

“In the face of the commonwealth’s fiscal issues, we probably could sum up our requests for the 2014 session as follows — please do not enact any measures that further reduce current funding for localities or shift more funding requirements upon localities,” board documents state.

The list includes increased appropriations for the Governor’s Opportunity Fund; continued support of the New College Institute, Patrick Henry Community College and the Virginia Museum of Natural History; support for minimum mandatory sentences for people convicted of possession, sale or manufacturing of methamphetamine; and fund construction of Interstate 73, with the highest priority on the section from the Patriot Centre industrial park to the U.S. 58 bypass.

The list also states that the supervisors “vehemently” oppose any changes in the Business, Professional and Occupational Tax

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(BPOL) or the Machinery and Tools Tax that would result in less revenue for localities.

Also at their meeting at 3 p.m. in the Henry County Administration Building, the supervisors are scheduled to:

• Approve consent items, including the confirmation of the minutes of the Oct. 22 meeting and approval of accounts payable.

• Consider projects for a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy compiled each year by the West Piedmont Regional Economic Development District. The plan will be sent to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to maintain the eligibility of the participating localities for EDA funding.

Among the projects proposed for inclusion are Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, expansion of Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek, water and sewer line projects, upgrading the Philpott Water Plant and the New College Institute’s development of Baldwin Block.

• Hear an update from Treasurer Scott Grindstaff on delinquent tax collection efforts. According to board papers, the Treasurer’s Office has collected 96.94 percent of 2012 personal property taxes. The amount collected in October was $10,165.75.

It also had collected 93.94 percent of 2012 real estate taxes as of Oct. 31. The amount collected for that month was $60,857.26.

• Hear the monthly update from Mark Heath, president/CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

• Receive monthly financial reports.

• Consider a contract amendment to Wiley-Wilson Inc. for $294,700 for professional engineering services at the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre.

The amendment includes redesign of Lot 1 for a specified end user; develop a new design for Lot 4 for a specified end user; redesign the industrial access road and utilities; new design of the wastewater lift station; and continue environmental permit activities.

Approval of the amendment will allow the staff to move quickly with the project once appropriate permits are granted, something that has been held up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The amendment also gives the staff the flexibility to cancel the contract if the permits are not granted, board papers state.

• Consider awarding a five-year contract to the city of Martinsville to provide fiber network connectivity between the primary 911 center and the backup center on DuPont Road. The annual cost would be $6,456, or $32,280 for the five years.

• Consider approving committed carryover funds from the fiscal 2013 budget year to the current fiscal 2014 budget. The request totals $32,822,926.49, including interfund transfers of $7,348,364.97.

• Consider awarding a contract and additional appropriation for engineering consulting services to establish a stormwater management program.

Lee Clark, director of planning, zoning and inspection, is asking the board to accept a state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) grant of $34,025, award a contract and appropriate the funds to hire an engineering consultant to perform work to establish a DEQ-approved stormwater management program.

Following the review of competitive bids, staff is recommending a contract be awarded to Timmons Group in the amount of $31,000. The rest of the grant funds will be used for advertising and training costs associated with establishing this new program.

• Consider accepting donations of $1,191 from the Fontaine Ruritan Club and $698 from Altrusa of Martinsville-Henry County. Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry wants to use the money to buy investigative equipment and cameras for litter prevention, board papers state.

• Receive routine reports from county departments and the county administrator’s report.

• Go into a closed session to discuss appointees to the Public Service Authority, Patriot Centre Advisory Board and West Piedmont Planning District Commission; discuss pending legal matters; discuss the acquisition/disposal of real estate; and discuss as-yet unannounced industries.

 

 
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