Highland County Board of Supervisors February Work Session

The Highland County Board of Supervisors held a short monthly work session on February 15.

County Administrator Roberta Lambert reported on a request from the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department.  The Department is considering borrowing $100,000 from the county’s Fire and Rescue Revolving Loan Fund in order to buy a tanker.   Lambert said the Revolving Loan Fund currently has a balance of $90,000, and $20,000 needs to remain in the fund.   She also said the McDowell Department  has already been approved for a $120,000 loan.  That would take the $70,000 from the Revolving Loan Fund, plus an additional $50,000 from the county General Fund.  Lambert said the loan for the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department would have to come from the county General Fund and it would be repaid back into that fund.  The Board tabled action on the loan request until more information is available and the Board plans to consider it again at it’s March meeting.

There was brief discussion about ongoing work to establish a connection on the tower on Jack Mountain to improve emergency services communication.

And the Board adopted a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross month.  The Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross asked each of the localities to adopt proclamations.  County Administrator Roberta Lambert also reported that the Red Cross is accepting nominations for Red Cross Heroes, who will be recognized in April.

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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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