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Revitalization on agenda for hearing
Monday, February 24, 2014
Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on a proposed revitalization project for a neighborhood on the city’s north side.
City officials hope to be able to improve at least 30 of the 44 houses in the neighborhood surrounding Franklin and Dillard streets and Warren Court.
Assistant City Manager/Director of Community Development Wayne Knox estimates the city will seek an $880,000 “community improvement grant” from the state to help with project costs.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development already gave the city a $30,000 planning grant for the project. Knox has said he thinks the stands a 50-50 chance of getting an actual project grant.
The hearing will be held when the council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at the municipal building uptown.
Also, the council will consider final adoption of an “authorizing ordinance” required as part of the city’s plans to refinance bonds issued in 2009.
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, officials have said.
The latest refinancing effort is estimated to save the city more than $120,000 in debt service.
A public hearing will be held before the ordinance is considered for final adoption.
During the meeting, city employees eligible to receive longevity of service awards through March will be recognized.
Listed by their lengths of service, they are:
• 20 years: Steve Draper and Pam Norman of the sheriff’s office and Doug Wickham of the wastewater plant.
• 15 years: Richard Barrow of the police department, Wesley Brooks of the fire department and Jody Duncan of the revenue commissioner’s office.
• 10 years: Mike Bradshaw of the fire department, Lane Clark of the police department and Marietta Harmon and Rodney Smith of the sheriff’s office.
A certified public accounting firm’s audit of the city’s past fiscal year will be discussed during the meeting.
Other agenda items will include:
• Presenting proclamations in recognition of Red Cross Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
• Hear a report from the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.
• Consider a resolution seeking an increase in street maintenance payments from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The request pertains to the recent widening of part of Liberty Street.
• Hear business from the floor.
• Consider routine-type budget amendments.
• Meet in closed session at 7 p.m. to consider potential appointments to local boards and commissions.