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Council to honor Merricks at meeting

Monday, February 10, 2014

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will recognize former Del. Don Merricks for his service to the city and its residents.

Merricks, a Pittsylvania County Republican, represented the 16th District — which includes Martinsville — in the House of Delegates for six years before deciding not to seek re-election last year.

Del. Les Adams, a Republican from Chatham, was elected on Nov. 5 to succeed Merricks.

Merricks will be recognized when the council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

Also on the agenda, the council will proceed with plans to refinance bonds issued in 2009 to save the city more than $120,000 in debt service costs.

Carter Bank & Trust has agreed to refinance general obligation bonds issued to help the city buy a utility truck and install electricity-generating equipment at its former landfill site, as well as general obligation refunding bonds issued to refinance school and redevelopment projects, according to officials.

To meet refinancing requirements, the council will consider final adoption of a preliminary ordinance and initial adoption of an “authorizing ordinance.”

The council also will:

• Hold a public hearing on plans to apply for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program grant to replace an emergency generator at the city shop/warehouse complex on Fishel Street.

A required resolution then will be considered for adoption.

• Hold a public hearing on a special use permit for 1006 Independence Drive concerning a home child care center.

• Hear an update on activities of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

• Hear about a proposed Northside Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

• Hear business from the floor.

No closed session had been placed on the agenda as of Friday.

The council will hold a “neighborhood community meeting” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chatham Heights Baptist Church on Chatham Road. Residents are encouraged to come to discuss issues affecting that part of the city.

At 5:30 p.m. that day, council members will tour the neighborhood to observe conditions of properties there.


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