Highland Supervisors Accept Bid For Monterey Sidewalk Project

Monterey, VA – The Monterey Sidewalk Project bids are in and the Highland County Board of Supervisors has made its selection. This project involves construction of a paved pedestrian pathway encircling the large area of open fields just southeast of the intersection of Routes 220 and 250. The path will run along Route 250 past the Blue Grass Valley Bank and Dollar Store, then south along Meyers Moon Road, then west adjacent to the school parking lot and finally, north along Route 220 to the intersection with Route 250. County Administrator Roberta Lambert discusses the details.

“It was bid and the county’s engineers, Engineering Concepts have reviewed the bid and VDOT [Virginia Dept of Transportation] has also reviewed the bid” says Lambert. “And they are both recommending that the County accept the low bid from Plecker Construction Company in the amount of $423,850.00.”

The Supervisors voted to accept the bid from Plecker Construction. The project should begin this summer and be completed within 180 days. In other business, the Supervisors considered a recommendation for an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. County Administrator Lambert presents the issue.

“Tom Hevener Sr’s term on the Board of Zoning Appeals will expire on June 30th” she says. “Members to this board are recommended by the Board of Supervisors and appointed by the judge of the Circuit Court. Mr. Hevener has indicated that he is willing to accept a re-appointment.”

The Supervisors approved a motion to recommend Mr. Hevener. The Board then discussed scheduling of a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission.

“At the last Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission scheduled public hearings on two conditional use permit applications, the first being Mike Garcia who is applying for a residential wind turbine, and Travis Lambert who is applying for a car service center” says Lambert. “They have scheduled public hearings for June 23rd; I’m checking to see if the board would like to hold joint public hearings.”

The Board approved a joint public hearing for Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 PM. Finally, the Supervisors discussed setting a date for the close out meeting.

“The Board needs to hold an annual close out meeting sometime towards the end of June to close out the 2011 fiscal year” says Lambert. “And we also need to amend the current budget that we’re in, due to various appropriations mainly for the school system throughout the year; we need to amend the budget and bring that all under the budget.”

The Supervisors approved a motion to schedule their close out meeting for Tuesday June 28, at 7:30 PM. The next regular monthly meeting of the Highland County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30 PM in the Modular Conference Center.

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