Bath Supervisors select company to create county’s economic development plan


The Bath Board of Supervisors takes the next step towards the creation of an economic development plan for the county.  At it’s monthly meeting, the board voted unanimously on the selection of RKG Associates of Alexandria, Virginia to complete the economic development plan.  Fifteen proposals were received in response to a Request for Proposal for the project.  The agreement that will be negotiated with RKG Associates is not to exceed the county’s budgeted amount of $56,800 for the project.

The board also voted to select Springsted, Inc. to do an update on the county employee personnel manual and to institute a performance evaluation system.  Three proposals were received in response to the Request for Proposal for this project.  The agreement with Springsted, Inc. is not to exceed $14,000.  The county’s personnel manual was last updated ten years ago.

The board also approved two revisions to the parks and recreation policy manual.  The board voted to allow the newly created parks and recreation advisory board to make rule changes for youth sports.  Any changes made would be by a majority decision of the advisory board.  Parks and Recreation Director Mark Nelson explained that this change will save a lot of time, because previously any rule changes for youth sports had to go back to the board of supervisors for approval, which could be a drawn out process.

And the board of supervisors also approved a revision allowing the parks and recreation advisory board to participate in the selection of coaches and volunteers.  Mark Nelson explained that with this change, if there are several people applying for a coaching slot, the advisory board would rank the applicants, so several people would be involved in the selection of coaches.

And finally the board approved adding additional services to the county’s  Code Red emergency alert system.  One additional service is weather alerts that will be sent to subscribers of Code Red.  Subscribers will get notification of severe weather events.  And another service added will be alerts that go out to cell phones in the area.  This service will go to all cell phones, not just to the subscribers of  Code Red.  This new service will be used to report any emergency in Bath County and will be especially helpful to those visiting the area or traveling through the county.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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