Highland County Board of Supervisors Close Out Meeting

The Highland County Board of Supervisors held it’s annual close out meeting on June 28.

The Board wrapped up the fiscal year 2022 budget, the end of the fiscal year is June 30.  There was a public hearing on the budget amendments.  The amendments adjust the initial estimated budgeted amounts to the actual revenues and expenditures.   The Board adopted the amended budget, which ended up being about $63,000 less than the anticipated budget amount.

The Board also approved a one-year extension on the contract with Republic Services for solid waste collection.  Republic Services proposed increasing fees by 7.87% and a rate adjustment of 1.68%, as allowed within their contract.

County Attorney Melissa Dowd reported on work being done on the draft of the Highland County Emergency Medical Services Ordinance.  The proposed ordinance was written by both paid and volunteer EMS staff.  Dowd said there were a couple of things to be worked on, but the county and EMS are very close to an agreement on it.   She said after meeting with EMS Chief Carl Williams, she is working on some small changes for EMS to review.  She said she was very pleased with their efforts and it showed that a lot of work went into the proposed ordinance.  Supervisor David Blanchard said the proposed ordinance looked really good and it was a great first step.

The Board set a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission for July 28.  The public hearing is on a Conditional Use Permit application for a Bed & Breakfast at 216 Potomac River Road in Monterey.

The Board made the following appointments: Marty Leech to the Department of Social Services Board, Dail Fields to the Economic Development Authority and Chuck Neely to the Tourism Council.

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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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