Bath Supervisors Approve New Sheriffs’ Dept Vehicle

Warm Springs, VA – A new vehicle and vehicle maintenance were discussed at the Bath Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night. The board voted to purchase a new 4 wheel drive vehicle for the Sheriff’s department and also formed a vehicle maintenance committee to look at developing a plan to care for it and all other county vehicles.

At last month’s meeting Sheriff Larry Norfleet made the request for the new four wheel drive. The new vehicle will replace a jeep that has been taken off the road at the request of the board. Sheriff Norfleet presented quotes Tuesday night on lease purchase options for a 2010 ford explorer. The cost is around $27,000.

Sheriff Norfleet explained that a four wheel drive is needed for winter driving and for accessing areas that a squad car cannot navigate. County administrator Bonnie Johnson has been researching grants for the vehicle purchase, but even if a grant is approved, it could take several months to receive the money. The board agreed that a grant should be researched for future purchases.

The new vehicle maintenance committee will see if the County can put together a maintenance program for all county vehicles, including school buses and Sheriffs’ department vehicles. Supervisor Jon Trees suggested developing the program as a cost effective way to maintain vehicles to prevent breakdowns and increase each vehicle lifespan. The maintenance may be done in county facilities by county employees. Supervisor Trees will serve on the committee along with Sheriff Norfleet. Last week the School Board approved members for the committee to represent the school system.

Bath County’s new Tourism Director was introduced at Tuesday night’s meeting. Maryann “Maggie” Anderson of Millboro will start work on Monday August 16.

School Superintendant Sue Hirsh addressed the board about possible replacement of outside doors at Bath County High School. The doors haven’t held up very well. they are aluminum and don’t lock properly and drag. Hirsh wants to look into replacing them with steel doors. The board asked Hirsch to provide a quote next month.

Also on Tuesday night the board passed a resolution to authorize VDOT to install children at play signs on Route 699, Carloover Lane.

Paul Howell and James White were re-appointed to the Airport Authority and Chuck Thomas was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority.

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