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State resolution to honor Summerlin

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will present a General Assembly resolution commemorating the life of late Henry County administrator Benny Summerlin.

Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, will attend the meeting to present the resolution to Robin Summerlin, wife of the late administrator who died in August 2012.

Also at the board’s 3 p.m. meeting at the Henry County Administration building, the supervisors are scheduled to:

• Consider a resolution providing assurances to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that the county will comply with the conditions of permits for sponsor gardens and maintain adequate liability insurance for the potential projects.

According to Jamie Smith, a spokesperson for VDOT, sponsor gardens are an initiative between VDOT and counties. Counties identify sites they would like to see landscaped, generally gateway sites into the community. If these sites are approved by VDOT, the county seeks businesses to sponsor the landscaping there.

The board also will consider approving an appropriation of $12,500 from The Harvest Foundation for the creation of the first sponsor garden at the U.S. 220 Business cloverleaf. Other businesses have expressed interest in creating additional sponsor gardens.

• Consider accounts payable.

• Consider a date for the 2014 organizational meeting when the chairman and vice chairman for the coming year will be chosen. Meeting dates for 2014 also will be set.

• Consider adopting a fiscal

2014-15 budget calendar. The calendar calls for a joint meeting with

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the school board at 5 p.m. Jan. 13; distribution of budget documents Jan. 24; budget requests due in the county administrator’s office Feb. 14; joint budget work session with the school board at 5 p.m. Feb. 25; school budget request due April 1; presentation of total county budget to board of supervisors at 5 p.m. April 2; work session on school budget and total county budget at 5 p.m. April 3; advertise public hearing April 6; public hearings on school and county budget April 22; appropriation of school budget and total county budget May 27; and other work sessions as needed.

• Receive the monthly report from County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff on delinquent tax collections. Also, a report from Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS) will be presented.

According to board papers, as of Nov. 29, Grindstaff’s office had collected 97 percent, or $9,584.52, of the 2012 personal property taxes. It also had collected 94 percent, or $51,358.63, of the 2012 real estate taxes.

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

• Consider adopting a resolution to institute a first-day filing requirement for legislation with local fiscal impacts to give enough time for the Commission on Local Government to analyze the bills fully before passing them on to the General Assembly.

The Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review, which is asking local governments to adopt the resolution, believes there are not enough resources for bills to be properly reviewed for fiscal impact within the time constraints of the General Assembly’s schedule, documents show.

A first-day filing requirement would improve the review process and result in fewer bills with local fiscal requirements making it through the legislature, according to board papers.

• Consider a request from Public Safety Director Rodney Howell to approve the transfer of $4,183 from the grant match fund to the equipment line in the EMS supplemental staff fund.

Howell wants to use the unspent funds to buy personal protective equipment for use by the supplemental EMS staff. The original budgeted funds were allocated to match a grant for five defibrillators. After a competitive bid, the prices were lower than anticipated and the required match was less.

• Consider a resolution submitted by Sheriff Lane Perry to update the signature authorization for access to the jail inmate fund. The fund is comprised of cash on jail inmates at the time of their arrest and contributions to them from family members.

• Review informational items, including reports from building inspection, parks and recreation, public safety and the sheriff’s office.

• Hear the county administrator’s report.

• Meet in closed session to discuss appointees to the Public Service Authority and Patriot Centre Advisory Board; pending legal matters; acquisition/disposal of real estate; and as-yet unannounced industries.


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