Board of Supervisors hold meeting

In its Thursday, October 6 meeting, the Surry Board of Supervisors overheard their first presentation from LaSonia White, in regards to National 4-H Week 2016. National 4-H Week was celebrated from the week of October 2-8. White’s presentation was in recognition of the County’s ongoing partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the contributions the 4-H program has made to the lives of young people in Surry County.

“It’s such a great honor to be selected to serve as Surry County’s unit coordinator,” White said. “This is a position and responsibility that I do not take lightly. I plan to put forth my best effort.

The 4-H youth across the nation are leading efforts to solve problems in their communities and make a difference for their futures. Surry County’s 4-H program numbers more than 375 members and more than 75 volunteers. White had two 4-H members present with her to the board members, and after their presentation, they handed gift bags to the board members.

“I urge the people of this community to take advantage of the opportunity to become more aware of this special program that enhances our young people’s interests in their futures as part of Surry County 4-H Youth Development,” Chairman of the board John Seward said in a statement. “Join us in recognizing the unique partnership between our county and our state University System.”

Another presentation brought before the board was a projects update and contract award, made by Project Manager Brian Camden. Camden address the Board to provide updates regarding ongoing projects in Surry County and to request an award of contract for Pre-Planning Studies and Architectural Services for a proposed Community Recreational Center project.

A publication was made back in June, 2016 and received twelve (12) responses from architectural firms. Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects of Virginia Beach was deemed by the selection committee to be the most qualified and their cost was among the lowest at $89,000. Staff recommends authorizing the County Administrator to enter into a contract with Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects to provide the Pre-Planning Studies and Architectural Services as outlined in the RFP.

The required action was to decide whether or not to authorize the County Administrator to execute a contract with Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects in the amount of $89,000 for Pre-Planning Studies and Architectural Services for a proposed Community Recreational Center project.

Another presentation later was heard from Ricky Woodard, the maintenance supervisor. Surry County Department of Maintenance is responsible for the upkeep (interior, grounds, and mechanical systems) of fourteen (14) County-owned buildings: the Government Center, Recreation Center, Surry Library, Claremont Library, Health Department, Office on Youth, New Maintenance Building, Resource Center, Old Jailhouse, Historic Courthouse, Visitor Center, Head Start Building (on Lebanon Road), Animal Pound, and the Old Dendron Post Office. Numerous projects have been completed or are pending to improve existing conditions of each building.

Other things covered at the meeting included a supplemental appropriation, an appointment on the Youth Services Board and an appointment to the Crater District Agency on Aging Board of Directors. After the meeting concluded, the board went into closed session. The next Surry board meeting will be held on November 3.

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