Highland County Supervisors Approve Funding For Some Requests

The Highland County Board of Supervisors held a work session November 3rd  to discuss filling requests it had received for funding from the CARES Act.

The Board voted to fill the following the requests:

The Highland County Public Library $6,600.00

The Highland Center $4,050.00

The Highland Children’s House $3,400.00

The Virginia Cooperative Extension, Highland Office, approximately $2,000.00

The Department of Social Services $4,550.00

The Tourism Council $3,900.00

There were two other requests the Board did not vote to fund at the work session, but plan to discuss more in the future.  One was from the Chamber of Commerce to offset the cost of vendor refunds from the cancellation of the Maple Festival.  The Chamber asked for any amount up to $33,500.00.  The other request was from Beth Armstrong and Harmony Leonard, with Senior Services, for installation of a restroom in the office building beside the courthouse.  The estimate for that is $31,825.00

County Administrator Roberta Lambert reported that costs on modifications at the courthouse are still coming in, so there will be more expenses there.

And following that work session the Board of Supervisors held it’s regular monthly meeting.  The Board heard a presentation from representatives of the Valley Community Services Board.  The agency provides a number of services including mental health services.  In 2019, the agency provided 909 services to 28 Highland residents.

School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott requested a budget amendment for $100,000 of coronavirus relief funding received by the school system and the Board voted to appropriate the funding.

And the Board appointed Brittany Simmons Gumm to the Recreation Commission.

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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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