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Grading winds down at Patriot Centre

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Virginia National Guard lot grading project at Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek Industrial Park has been a success, according to County Administrator Tim Hall.

Hall told the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the National Guard already has begun moving its equipment out of the 15-acre lot 11 site, and will be fully moved out next week. He estimated that the grading was about 60 percent complete, adding that that percentage was roughly what the county had expected.

The project gave the guardsmen hands-on training with grading and their equipment, and in turn helped prepare the lot for a prospective industry.

“This has been better than we ever thought it could be,” Hall said of the arrangement.

The Virginia National Guard has expressed interest in returning to Patriot Centre next year, Hall said, adding that county staff is in favor of continuing the working relationship.

Hall expressed thanks to Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) for allowing the guardsmen to use its shower facilities, and also to Commonwealth Laminating for allowing the grading project to take place so close to its Patriot Centre facility.

Hall added that Director of Engineering Tim Pace, Refuse Director Mike Amos and PSA employee Mike Ward were instrumental in the project.

Also at the 3 p.m. meeting at the Henry County Administration Building, the supervisors:

• Approved a resolution commending the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, which recently received accreditation as a five-star chamber with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Virginia Museum of Natural History Executive Director Joe Keiper accepted the resolution on behalf of chamber President Amanda Witt, who was attending a conference.

“To receive five-star accreditation, one of the steps is to forge good, strong relationships with community leadership and government,” Keiper told the board. “Your work with the chamber over the years is highly appreciated and also a big reason we have five-star accreditation.”

• Approved a resolution recognizing the 75th annual Smith-Foster family reunion.

The Smith-Foster family will celebrate its 75th consecutive family reunion July 31-Aug. 3 in Henry County, where the first reunion was held in 1939.

Tyrone Via, who is a member of the family, said he and his family traveled from Fredericksburg to accept the resolution from the board.

“Folks ask us ... how can family get together for four days and not beat each other up?” Via said, eliciting laughter from the board. “But it’s all love. We are extremely excited, and we’ll be getting together on the last day of July and the first three days of August in the Preston community to celebrate our 75th reunion. Again, we want to thank you for this resolution, and secondly, we want to thank you for the work that you do to keep Henry County strong.”

• Awarded a purchase contract of $34,698 to EMI Security LLC of Bassett for video surveillance and security services for Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC).

Hall said the service will provide electronic visual protection to secure, deter, observe and record activities at CCBC. The system also will allow county staff members to monitor the site remotely from their offices.

Due to the massive size of the CCBC site and its distance from the administration building, Hall said, the video surveillance system will provide a more convenient way to keep an eye on activities there.

• Appropriated an additional $16,500 from reimbursements paid to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for off-duty assignments worked by deputies during fiscal 2014.

• Adopted a concurrence resolution presented by the Henry County School Board to adopt the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) retirement contribution rate of 11.13 percent as approved by the school board.

• Appropriated more than $50,000 to the Henry County Department of Public Safety and the five county rescue squads.

The county recently was notified that it will receive $52,203.84 from the commonwealth’s Four-for-Life return-to-localities fund. The fund is derived from a fee charged on each vehicle registered in Henry County and must be used for emergency medical services training, supplies and/or equipment.

• Awarded a contract to buy office supplies for the county.

County Purchasing Director Carole Jones asked the board to award the contract to Bassett Office Supply. The contract is for one year with an option of four one-year extensions.

The contract does not include a set amount of expenditure, but according to Jones, at most it could exceed the $15,000 threshold that requires board approval.

• Approved an additional appropriation of $6,224 from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and other entities for the reimbursement of expenses from public safety programs.

According to Public Safety Director Rodney Howell, the funds will be used for the compensation of part-time instructors.

Howell also has requested the appropriation of $455 from memorial donations to be set aside to help with the future purchase of an ambulance. The board approved the additional appropriation.

• Awarded a contract of $68,825.76 to Motorola Solutions Inc. to buy a service and warranty agreement on the county’s emergency services radio system.

• Awarded a contract of $28,922 to Trane Inc. for scheduled maintenance services to HVAC systems at county facilities during the upcoming fiscal year.

• Awarded a contract of $37,950 to Appalachian Power for power line right-of-way clearing to move a power line at Commonwealth Crossing.

• Awarded a contract of $228,800 for project management and inspection services at Commonwealth Crossing to The Lane Group of Galax.

• Approved an additional appropriation of $5,000 from the Virginia Supreme Court to the sheriff’s office for prisoner transportation.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said the funds will be used for part-time salaries to compensate deputies for performing these transports.

• Awarded a contract and additional appropriations for the sheriff’s office’s Mobile Command Unit.

Perry asked the board to award a purchasing contract of $105,000 to LDV Inc. of Burlington, Wis., for technical services and technology improvements to the unit. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office previously appropriated $75,288, and Perry also is asking the board to approve an additional appropriation of $29,715 from existing budgeted funds.

• Heard a monthly report on delinquent tax collection efforts from Henry County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff.

As of May 30, Grindstaff said, the county has collected 96.61 percent of 2013 personal property taxes and 92.08 percent of 2013 real estate taxes.

• Learned that Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Mark Heath was unable to attend the meeting to present the monthly EDC update. Heath and his entire staff are in the process of moving into their new offices at the new New College Institute building, Hall said.

• Heard monthly financial reports.

• Approved accounts payable.

• Following closed session, voted to appoint Janet Copenhaver to the Patrick Henry Community College Board for a term that will expire June 30, 2018.

Board chairman H.G. Vaughn did not attend the meeting.


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