Highland Board of Supervisors December Work Session

At it’s December work session, the Highland County Board of Supervisors continued discussion on use of the last of the CARES Act funding.  County Administrator Roberta Lambert reported that as of the day of the meeting, December 17, the county had about $10,000 left that was unencumbered.

She also reported that two new requests for funding had come in.  One was from the Department of Social Services for $2,650 so the department could cover more requests for utility assistance.  The second was from the Highland Center for $2,177.35 to cover losses due to the cancellation of the Maple Festival and the Wintertide Market.  The Board approved funding the $2,650 request from the Department of Social Services.

One previous funding request being considered is the installation of a bathroom in the office building that houses the Senior Services office.  Lambert said two bids were received, but they were not comparable.  The two contractors looked at installation in two different ways.  The Board agreed to give one of the contractors the opportunity to re-bid.

Another item being funded is the creation of a county government website.  Lambert reported that two companies, Intrado and CivicPlus, provided proposals for development.    County Attorney Melissa Dowd reviewed both proposals and presented her recommendation for CivicPlus.  Dowd explained CivicPlus can develop the website more quickly, in about four months.  It is the company that maintains the Rockingham County website.  The Board approved using CivicPlus, upon confirmation that it can integrate with current systems and can answer any additional questions from Dowd.

Board Chairman David Blanchard said the Board will need to meet again the week of December 21 to finalize the CARES Act funding and discuss other pressing matters.

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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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