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Applicants sought for board

Monday, May 26, 2014

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing to receive and interview city residents interested in becoming school board members.

Two seats on the Martinsville School Board now held by Craig Dietrich and J.C. Richardson Jr. are up for grabs. Both men are finishing their first three-year terms and eligible for reappointment.

Unlike in some localities — such as Henry County — where voters elect the school board, Martinsville School Board members are selected by the council.

State law dictates that only people whom the council interviews or whose names are given during the hearing can be considered for the school board.

Anyone wanting to be considered but who cannot attend the hearing should send a representative to the hearing to speak the person’s name on his or her behalf, according to city officials.

The law also prohibits the council from making school board appointments sooner than seven days after the hearing. As a result, the council will decide who will fill the board seats when it meets June 10.

Whoever is appointed will serve from July 1 through June 30, 2017.

The hearing will be held when the council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the second floor of the municipal building uptown.

Also during the meeting, the council will recognize city employees who will receive longevity of service awards through June.

Listed by their lengths of service, those employees are:

• 35 years — Eddie Flood of the public works department.

• 20 years — Cindy Dickerson of the treasurer’s office and Brenda Prillaman of the city manager’s office.

• 15 years — Patrick Agee, Robert Haynes and James Lovell, all of the police department.

• 10 years — Jason Biggs of the public works department.

• 5 years — Joan Joyce of the treasurer’s office and Terry Martin of the electric department.

The council will consider final approval of an ordinance needed to adopt the city’s budget for the new fiscal year that will start July 1.

The $89.3 million budget is balanced with almost $2.6 million in reserve funds due to an expected revenue shortfall, the ordinance shows.

No increases in tax or utility rates are included in the spending plan. A proposed water/sewer rate hike has been eliminated by the council.

A public hearing on the budget already was held.

Other agenda items will include:

• Hearing from the Martinsville Electoral Board about a proposed merger of voting Precincts 1 and 6.

• Considering final approval of a zoning ordinance amendment that would temporarily allow land to be used for certain light industrial and commercial development while the ordinance undergoes an overhaul.

• Considering pre-contract documents pertaining to a planning grant for a Northside neighborhood improvement project.

• Making routine-type budget adjustments, and

• Hearing business from the floor.

The council will briefly meet as the Martinsville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to consider adopting a resolution recognizing Father’s Day 2014. The resolution is required as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program in which the city participates, a document shows.

At 6:30 p.m., the council will meet in closed session to:

• Hear about a prospective business or industry, or an existing one that is expanding, which has not yet publicly announced its intentions of doing so.

• Discuss matters involving investing and spending public funds in which competition or bargaining is involved and the city’s financial position could suffer if the discussion was held publicly.

• Consider possible appointments to local boards and commissions.

 

 
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